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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

With the MLB season still on hiatus, let's dip into the mailbag...


Anthony C in Hoboken via text: Is there any chance the Mets bring back Matt Harvey to replace Noah Syndergaard in the rotation? Say yes.

I would love to see Harvey come home, but in no way can he be guaranteed a role. He'll need to earn his way into the rotation (or bullpen). If he could do it, and do it with hunger and focus, it would be an incredible redemption story and something that would captivate baseball and Mets fans.

I realize things did not end well between the Mets and Harvey, who had all sorts of physical and other issues before and after he left New York. Aside from thoracic outlet syndrome, his struggles likely stemmed from the pressure put on himself to be not just successful but a massive, superstar success, which he briefly had and lost.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@parthsrule: What do you think about doing something unorthodox and offering Syndergaard a club friendly (and now player security friendly) multi year extension?

It's not a bad idea, but the Mets are right up against the luxury tax and are unlikely to exceed it. That makes any contract extension tricky. Plus, they've never shown a desire to keep Syndergaard beyond next year.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Jacob deGrom, Jordan Montgomery, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Major League Baseball and all other major sports remain on hold as the United States and the rest of the world practices social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

When things start to return to normal and the 2020 baseball season -- hopefully -- begins, the Mets will have a bunch of roster and lineup decisions facing them after what will very likely be an abbreviated second spring training of sorts.

Among those decisions...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson

Before Edwin Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was also weighing a minor league offer from the Mets. And he would've made history if he signed there.

According to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, "people close to Jackson" were pushing for Jackson (who had previously played for the Diamondbacks) to join the Mets instead, where he would've broken his own record for most teams played for in a major league career had he made the big league roster in 2020.

Instead, the 36-year-old Jackson signed with the Diamondbacks. And his record of teams played for will remain at 14 instead of ticking up to 15.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto
Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Less than a week after Major League Baseball and all other major sports in the United States shut down due to coronavirus, the country is already a much different place.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Tags: Dellin Betances, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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The Mets took care of the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, with Jacob deGrom pitching four strong innings. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom looked every bit the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in order, including a perfect opening three frames. Matt Carpenter tagged him with a solo home run in the fourth to break the streak, but that would be the only hit deGrom allowed over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out three hitters without a walk and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano
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The Mets mustered just five hits as a team, falling 5-0 to the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Steven Matz had a stellar outing on the mound. The lefty, looking to secure a spot in the starting rotation, tossed three perfect innings against the Nats, striking out three batters along the way. Matz's spring ERA is now down to 1.50.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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As the Mets build hope that the team's bullpen will be better this season than it was in 2019, a key piece of the puzzle is the addition of Dellin Betances.

After missing all but one game in 2019 due to shoulder/lat issues and then a partial Achilles tear upon his return, Betances made his Mets spring training debut on Saturday afternoon against the Washington Nationals.

His line in the box score wasn't pretty, as he was tagged for three runs (two earned) with two walks and a wild pitch in just one-third of an inning, but he came out of his first appearance feeling healthy, which he says is most important. 

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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Mets reliever Seth Lugo is about to cross the final hurdle in his return from a fractured pinky toe.

Lugo, who has yet to appear in a game at spring training, will throw a simulated game on Thursday in Port St. Lucie as most of the team travels to face the Cardinals, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

According to Puma, Lugo was given the option of traveling with the team and pitching in Thursday's game against St. Louis or throwing a sim game in Port St. Lucie, and opted for the sim game.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil
Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


Noah Syndergaard, who struck out five while allowing two earned runs in 3.0 innings on Tuesday, is in the midst of two potentially important developments >> Read more

Seth Lugo reflected on a start against the Astros he feels changed the course of his career >> Read more

Dellin Betances threw a simulated game and understands why the Mets are taking it slow with him in spring training >> Read more

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Dellin Betances is trying to be patient as he works his way back from his partially torn Achilles tendon, but he's clearly getting antsy to get into actual games. 

"I would have hoped to pitch last week," Betances said. "But I've got to trust the plan they have for me."

The Mets have been careful not to push the ex-Yankee reliever so far as he comes back. He threw a simulated game on Tuesday, and it was obvious his velocity wasn't anything close to the high 90s he has thrown during his career. 

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Mets reliever Dellin Betances threw a simulated game on Tuesday at spring training as he continued to prepare for Opening Day, with Yoenis Cespedes among the batters who stepped in the box.

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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Saturday, in case you missed it...


Dellin Betances voices his frustrations about having to sit and watch the rest of his teammates play, but says he'll be ready for Opening Day. >> Read More

 

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Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Dellin Betances poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Dellin Betances poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

As the Mets continue their spring training down in Port St. Lucie, not all their players have gotten to participate in the festivities like they'd have wanted to, namely Dellin Betances.

Betances signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Mets in the offseason after nine seasons with the Yankees, but the four-time All Star is coming off a torn achilles tendon he suffered just 0.2 innings into his 2019 season debut in late September -- he had sat out the season until then with a bone spur in his shoulder.

Now down in Port St. Lucie with the Mets, Betances didn't hide his frustration of having to sit out games and watch others pitch while he continues to rehab his left ankle.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)

On Friday afternoon, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen joined the Joe & Evan show on WFAN to discuss everything from hiring Luis Rojas to Yoenis Cespedes' progression this offseason.

The pair asked Van Wagenen what made Rojas (and Carlos Beltran) the right fit to manage the Mets.

"There was something we were looking for specifically for this club," Van Wagenen said. "We wanted a guy that could clearly be a players' first manager, somebody that could walk into our clubhouse and connect with the guys, be able to cross cultural lines with our clubhouse, be able to connect with the veterans, be able to connect with the young guys, the American kids, the international guys. And we felt like Carlos, and now Luis were the right fits."

Tags: Dellin Betances, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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In his latest mailbag, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers questions about Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Steven Matz, and what the Mets' bullpen could look like on Opening Day...


Why are the Mets and Jacob deGrom working to add a new pitch to his repertoire? It seems he's been doing pretty good without it. ~ Anthony M through Facebook.

I though the same thing, Anthony.

To be clear, though, deGrom is not adding a brand new pitch. He's simply working to perfect a backdoor slider (deGrom threw his slider over 31 percent of the time in 2019).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Jeurys Familia put all his offseason work to the test on Sunday, when he made his spring training debut against the Cardinals in the Mets' 3-3 tie in Port St. Lucie. 

Familia got the first two hitters he faced out, and after allowing a single and a walk, he got out of his one inning on the mound without allowing a run. Overall, it was a solid start to his spring, especially with his splitter looking to have that sharp bite back. 

"I was excited to be out there," he said through team translator Alan Surriel after his performance. "It's been awhile since I've been on a mound actually pitching in real game action, to be able to go out there and to throw and to see the results of my hard work this offseason. It felt good."

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Mets reliever Seth Lugo has a small fracture in his left pinky toe that he suffered in his hotel room on Monday night, manager Luis Rojas said on Tuesday.

Rojas said there is "no concern at all" and that Lugo will refrain from throwing for roughly three days before ramping back up again.

"It's probably gonna take a little later until he starts participating in games, but we're not concerned about it. ... they're doing a padding on his spikes," Rojas added. "He was testing it walking around today and everything. It's his left foot, so landing on it the next three days we'll see how it progresses and then he'll start throwing."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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In his latest Mets mailbag, Matthew Cerrone weighs in on the outfield situation, Yoenis Cespedes, what Edwin Diaz' role should be, and more...


What's the opening day outfield? ~ @JoeBacci

Barring a blockbuster trade, which for an outfielder at this point is improbable, the outfield is set up to be J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Yoenis Cespedes is the wild card. If Cespedes is jacking the ball, running well and showing strength, I think he and Davis platoon from the start of the season, with Davis also backing up Jeff McNeil at third base.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So much of the Mets' 2020 season already feels as if it's dependent upon Edwin Diaz re-discovering the form that made him arguably baseball's best reliever two years ago in Seattle. 

As one scout this week told me, "They'll win 90-95 games easy if Diaz figures it out again. And they should have a championship bullpen."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, John Harper
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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas covered a bunch of topics during his first presser of spring training, including there not yet being a timetable for Yoenis Cespedes >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard thinks his vaunted slider, which was missing for most of the 2019 season, is back >> Read more

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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The Mets needed some bullpen help this offseason, and GM Brodie Van Wagenen made it happen when he signed former Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances to a one-year, $10.5 million deal.

In 358 appearances for the Yankees over eight seasons, Betances showed how dominant he can be coming out of the 'pen with a career 2.36 ERA, 621 career strikeouts in 381.2 innings, and 36 saves to his name as well. But the 6-foot-8 flamethrower had an injury-laden 2019 season that is simply unfair when you break it down. 

It's also the reason why a one-year, prove-it deal was given to him in free agency. Betances, though, is confident that he is entering Mets spring training ready to go. 

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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New Mets manager Luis Rojas sat down for his first spring training press conference on Tuesday, and touched on a multitude of topics as he begins to lead this squad into the new season. 

Here are a few answers from Rojas that stood out...

On the Syndergaard-Ramos connection

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The temptation is to say things should settle down now that spring training is opening this week and actual baseball takes center stage, but over the years I've learned never to bet against calamities arising at any moment around the Mets -- now more than ever it seems. 

Still, it would have to be a doozy of a spring in Port St. Lucie to top the chaos of an offseason that saw Carlos Beltran hired and fired as manager before ever putting on the full uniform, Yoenis Cespedes stripped of millions of dollars due to a contract violation involving some type of confrontation with a wild boar, and the team being sold and then un-sold in the space of two months. 

We'll see. At least the focus turns toward the field now, with young Luis Rojas overseeing his first spring training as manager of a ballclub that has championship potential -- if all the ifs go their way, starting with the bullpen.

Tags: David Wright, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who enlisted the help of Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez this offseason, spoke Monday about the tips he has put to use, his (hopefully) improved slider, and more at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"It wasn't anything that I changed significantly," Diaz said about the tips Martinez gave him. "It was mostly the minor adjustments that I felt I needed to make. And I actually put those to work this offseason. I feel very good going into this season."

One of the things Martinez helped Diaz with was his mechanics, which Diaz struggled to harness for much of the 2019 season while also being unable to get comfortable throwing his slider.

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) runs off the field after the during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) runs off the field after the during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dellin Betances has been open about what the Yankees meant to him, and he etched one last farewell on Tuesday as a new chapter of his MLB career begins with the Mets in 2020.

Ahead of Spring Training for the Mets, who have pitchers and catchers reporting next Monday, Betances took to Instagram and thanked the Yankees for the past 14 years in the organization. The flame-throwing RHP signed his one-year contract worth $10.5 million with the Mets after he appeared in the big leagues over nine seasons for the Yankees from 2011-19.

Working back from an injury-decimated 2019 season with the Yankees, where he pitched in one game Sept. 15 before suffering a partially torn left Achilles, Betances looks forward to his fresh start on the Mets but shared a final "thank you" note.

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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After a stellar 2018 season, the Mets were excited to bring Jeurys Familia back to their bullpen. Along with the trade for Edwin Diaz, the Mets were primed to have one of the best back-end reliever tandems in the league. 

But, of course, it didn't play out the way it looked on paper. Diaz was the exact opposite of his dominant 2018 self, and Familia saw his ERA jump from 3.13 to 5.70. 

It was uncharacteristic for both pitchers, but Familia has figured out at least one major reason why he saw those results. He gained weight...

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie
Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MLB rosters expanding to 26 players for the 2020 season will help every team, but the Mets -- who could be carrying some compromised players health-wise -- could be one of the teams that benefits the most from the extra slot.

Still, that doesn't mean New York is sitting in an envious position right now.

In the words of Brodie Van Wagenen, Yoenis Cespedes is ready to go offensively. As far as Jed Lowrie is concerned, Van Wagenen recently said the 35-year-old who dealt with various injuries for most of 2019 has progressed to the point where the team is "optimistic of having him participate in a meaningful way" come spring training.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Weeks stand between the Mets and Spring Training. But before the team takes to Port St. Lucie, Florida, the organization welcomed in 2020 on Saturday at Citi Field with the inaugural Mets Fan Fest.

From second-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and recently hired manager Luis Rojas to players such as RHP Jacob deGrom and 1B Pete Alonso, here's a glimpse at how the Mets looked forward to the upcoming season.

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Edwin Diaz's struggles in 2019 are well-documented.

During his first season as a Met, the 25-year-old pitched to a 5.59 ERA and a 1.379 WHIP. He converted just 26 saves in 33 opportunities and was often plagued by the long ball.

Still, Carlos Beltran was ready to enter 2020 with Diaz set as the team's closer.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia
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Brodie Van Wagenen, Dellin Betances, and Jeff Wilpon
Brodie Van Wagenen, Dellin Betances, and Jeff Wilpon

Suffering through shoulder and Achilles injuries, Dellin Betances threw just two-thirds of an inning as a member of the Yankees last season.

But the hard-throwing right-hander is confident he can hit the ground running as a member of the Mets in 2020.

"This offseason, I've spent a lot of time working on my body," Betances said Saturday at Mets Fan Fest. "I've thrown three bullpens already, so I feel good throwing off the mound. I'm doing more running now than I was earlier in the offseason. I'll be ready to go for this year and I'm definitely excited."

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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

There is a secret weapon for Mets reliever Edwin Diaz when it comes to him potentially rebounding in 2020.

"Once I started throwing this offseason and putting in the work, I was kind of able to pick up on a few different things," Diaz explained Saturday through Mets translator Alan Suriel about how he has worked on correcting his mechanics. "I had a few friends who were able to kind of pinpoint what exactly was going on."

One of those friends? Former Met and Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez.

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The Mets are in upheaval roughly three weeks before spring training starts as they search for a new manager to replace Carlos Beltran.

In his latest mailbag, Matthew Cerrone answers questions about the Beltran situation and more...


The elephant in the room -- and the overwhelming question asked of me -- has been about who I want the Mets to hire to replace Carlos Beltran.

In the wake of the Phillies hiring Joe Girardi, who was my top choice at the start of the offseason, I advocated for Eduardo Perez -- not Beltran. I still like Perez, who I think has a unique mix of relatable player experience, knowledge of stats and feel for the game, media savvy, professionalism, in-game management skills and a commanding presence on and off the field. He signed a new deal with ESPN that can be broken if he is offered a gig to run a team or dugout.

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Carlos Beltran (Treated Image by SNY)
Carlos Beltran (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As he did his work on the field in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, charming fantasy campers and huddling with staff, Carlos Beltran carried around a sadness perceptible to others. His friends in the organization felt it, too -- bummed, perhaps angry, and in disbelief that a promising career was about to end before it started.

There was a path forward for the Mets and Beltran. He could have held a news conference to apologize for his role in the historic Houston Astros cheating scandal. The team could have noted that Beltran was a player in 2017 -- not a team official like GM Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch, and bench coach Alex Cora.

The only development that would have made it truly necessary to fire Beltran would have been if he lied to the team. But, according to the Mets' statement, " We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. "

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So the Josh Donaldson domino finally fell on Tuesday night, and by landing in Minnesota it didn't tilt the balance of power in the NL East, after all. Or my offseason grades, for that matter.

Either the Nationals or the Braves could have separated themselves by signing -- or re-signing -- the power-hitting third baseman. Instead, there's not much to separate the work the four contenders did this offseason, and even the Marlins at least warrant a grade this time for spending a little dough to upgrade their roster.

Last season, the division was the toughest in the majors, producing the 97-win Braves, the World Series-winning Nationals, a Mets team that went 46-26 in the second half (falling just short of a wild-card berth), and the dangerous-but-flawed Phillies who faded down the stretch but at least finished at .500.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Starlin Castro, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Last season, the Yankees were one of the best teams in baseball, but Dellin Betances had to watch that success from the dugout. Betances was injured throughout the 2019 season, except for one game where he faced two batters that he struck out before suffering a torn Achilles.  

So Betances went into free agency coming off a season that he admitted was tough to handle. He spoke to SNY's Steve Gelbs on Mets Hot Stove to explain what he went through. 

"It was tough, last year was definitely tough," Betances told Gelbs. "For me, I enjoy winning. And not being able to play and help my teammates out, I think it hurts me more than anything. I missed the game of baseball a lot. Just watching and seeing the guys play really well with the Yankees last year and not being able to contribute hurt me a lot."

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The following are insights, ideas and notes gathered from recent conversations with team sources, rival executives, reporters, front office assistants and talent evaluators...


It's not just hot air, it seems there really are a lot of trades being discussed across the league. In many cases, several teams are involved on many of the same players, some of which could be passed on in favor of comparable free agents, which explains the gridlock and lack of action.

"It will open up eventually, I'd guess no later than next week," one rival NL East source told me Monday. "Take third base, at some point, someone is going to overbid (either for Josh Donaldson or in trade) and that will be that, the gates will open."

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Josh Donaldson (Treated Image by SNY)
Josh Donaldson (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the balance of power in the NL East potentially hinging on where Josh Donaldson signs, the Nationals' spending spree on lesser free agents in recent days could be an indication they believe he's likely to sign elsewhere. 

The Mets better hope so, anyway. 

In truth, there's probably no good outcome for the Mets here, especially with reports out of Minnesota that the Twins are ready to move on, pessimistic about their chances of signing the last big-splash free agent still on the market. 

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have made some notable additions this offseason and should be better off for them. But while their ceiling is high, it's hard to put them on the same level as the Braves and Nationals. It's also hard to believe that they're done making moves.

Brodie Van Wagenen made a very necessary (if still a bit risky) bullpen addition by signing Dellin Betances. Rick Porcello has also been added to the starting rotation. By also adding Michael Wacha, the Mets have six starting pitchers for five spots -- a good problem to have. The only move of note on the offensive side of things was trading for Jake Marisnick, whose addition was more about his defense in center field than anything. 

With just over a month to go until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, the Mets' payroll for luxury tax purposes is roughly $195 million. When you factor in the additional money Yoenis Cespedes will receive if he is on the Opening Day roster or on the IL for a reason other than his ankle, that number rises to about $200 million -- $8 million shy of the luxury tax threshold. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Luis Guillorme, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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At the Dellin Betances press conference on Thursday, Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets could have "one of the best bullpens in baseball" next season, and while it may have sounded like more of the Brodie-Bravado for which he has become known, in this case he's not wrong. 

He just a long way from being right. 

As a long-time scout said on Friday, "The Mets could have a scary-good bullpen if all goes right but that could be asking a lot. I don't think anybody in baseball has as much of a gap between ceiling and floor as they do in the bullpen, coming off their problems last year.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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Brodie Van Wagenen, Dellin Betances, and Jeff Wilpon
Brodie Van Wagenen, Dellin Betances, and Jeff Wilpon

The Mets report to Spring Training in just over a month. What have they accomplished with their offseason moves and could Brodie Van Wagenen have another move up his sleeve? Plus, what is the best Mets moment of the last decade?


Diane M (Twitter) >> What's one more thing you would like to see Brodie Van Wagenen add to the team before spring training starts?

I want a big move, which will likely also mean making a few more smaller moves. For instance, to pull off a trade for and afford Nolan Arenado, Brodie may first need to find a taker for Jed Lowrie and/or Jeurys Familia. If that sort of thing can happen -- something bold that excites the team, players and fans -- I'm for it.

Tags: David Wright, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out in the ninth inning to take out pitcher Dellin Betances (68) against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out in the ninth inning to take out pitcher Dellin Betances (68) against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As a New York native who was in the Yankees organization since 2006, Dellin Betances opened up about his time wearing pinstripes coming to an end.

After more than a decade in the organization, the Yankees passed on re-signing Betances, who ultimately inked a one-year deal with the Mets. Betances suffered a right shoulder impingement and had a lat strain that kept him on the injured list to start the 2019 season, and partially tore his left Achilles during Sept. 15's debut, effectively ending an eight-season run with the Yankees.

When he was introduced Thursday at Citi Field by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Betances was asked about if there were any regrets with how his Yankees chapter closed.

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Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out in the ninth inning to take out pitcher Dellin Betances (68) against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out in the ninth inning to take out pitcher Dellin Betances (68) against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As a New York native who was in the Yankees organization since 2006, Dellin Betances opened up about his time wearing pinstripes coming to an end.

After more than a decade in the organization, the Yankees passed on re-signing Betances, who ultimately inked a one-year deal with the Mets. Betances suffered a right shoulder impingement and had a lat strain that kept him on the injured list to start the 2019 season, and partially tore his left Achilles during Sept. 15's debut, effectively ending an eight-season run with the Yankees.

When he was introduced Thursday at Citi Field by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Betances was asked about if there were any regrets with how his Yankees chapter closed.

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Speaking on Thursday after introducing Dellin Betances at Citi Field, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen touched on a host of topics, including what's next this offseason. Here are the takeaways...


It was 'come get us' in 2019, what is it in 2020?

"We're chasing a World Series champion now, we're chasing another divsion title holder in the Atlanta Braves," Van Wagenen said. "As I said last year at the trade deadline, we're the underdogs now and it's our responsibility to go chase some other people down. If we can play to our potential, I think we can contend and play with the best."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Dellin Betances had "a lot of teams" involved with him before he signed his one-year contract worth $10.5 million with the Mets, but the combination of New York and Carlos Beltran sealed the deal.

During his introductory press conference Thursday at Citi Field, the right-handed reliever singled out Beltran -- a former teammate with the Yankees from 2014-16 -- as a key reason why he chose the Mets.

"For me, he played a big part, definitely," Betances said. "I love Carlos Beltran as a friend and I can't wait to play for him."

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Mets RHP Dellin Betances
Mets RHP Dellin Betances

Brodie Van Wagenen wasn't shy on Thursday when explaining what he thinks the signing of Dellin Betances could mean for the Mets.

"This signing is different. This signing was intended to blow the cover off of our ceiling," Van Wagenen said at Citi Field while introducing Betances as the newest member of the Mets. 

"We believe that a healthy and dominant Dellin, combined with Edwin Diaz and Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson, Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach, Robert Gsellman. This collective group has the potential to be one of the best bullpens in baseball."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Despite a late-season injury that ended a tough year health-wise, RHP Dellin Betances is on the path to a Spring Training return.

Formerly with the Yankees from 2011-18, the new Mets reliever was introduced Thursday at Citi Field in New York, where he provided an update on his partially torn left Achilles.

After the injury occurred on Sept. 15 -- his 2019 debut, following a long stint on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement and low-grade lat strain -- Betances did not get surgery.

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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Following the news that the Mets had signed Dellin Betances to a one-year deal, Marcus Stroman reacted by doing what everyone else who doesn't play baseball for a living does.

He took to Twitter.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Long Island native displayed a holiday spirit usually reserved only for presents and eggnog.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In an unexpected Christmas gift to fans, the team has agreed to sign reliever Dellin Betances. SNY was first to report the deal.

The agreement, which is for one year with a player option for 2021, guarantees $10.5 million. Betances had the opportunity to sign for more money elsewhere, according to sources, but several factors pulled him toward the Mets.

As a native New Yorker, Betances liked the idea of remaining in his home city. He also wanted to play for his former Yankees teammate Carlos Beltran.

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