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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Michael Conforto stayed red hot at the plate and Jeurys Familia served as the opener during the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Nationals on Monday in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game ...

1. Conforto went yard for the third straight day, launching a two-run homer in the first inning for his fourth homer of the spring. The two-run shot gives him 10 RBI in Spring Training.

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Pete Alonso hits vs. Cardinals 00:00:30
New York Mets first base prospect Pete Alonso hits two singles against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Mets tied the Cardinals. 1-1, on Thursday >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler was dominant for a second-straight start, firing 5.1 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking none, and striking out four. His ERA is down to 2.25.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Peter Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets reliever Drew Smith, who seemed on track to be in the Opening Day bullpen, needs Tommy John surgery, manager Mickey Callaway said Monday.

Smith, who had been sent back to New York to be evaluated by team doctors, is out for the season. 

The 25-year-old Smith had been solid so far in Spring Training, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while walking three and striking out four. 

Tags: Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Mets shine behind Matz 00:01:30
Steven Matz pitched four strong innings for the Mets against the Cardinals and the Mets bats start to heat up winning 9-1.

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1. As the first base battle raged on, Pete Alonso (who was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk (his OPS is 1.297)., and Dominic Smith (who started at first base) went 1-for-3 with a run scored (his OPs is 1.060)...

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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (7-8-1) host the Cardinals (6-7) on Sunday at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX. 

Mets Notes...

Amed Rosario returns to the lineup for the first time since exiting the game on March 4 after getting hit in the hand with a pitch. ... Jeff McNeil gets the start at third base as the Mets prepare for the possibility that neither Todd Frazier or Jed Lowrie will be ready for Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

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With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets lost to the Red Sox, 9-3, on Monday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1. Steven Matz pitched well in the first inning and pitched well in the third inning. The second inning? Not so much. Matz said after the game that he didn't have much of a feel for his curveball but kept going back to it since it's spring training and he wanted to work on it. While working on it, he allowed four runs (all in the second inning) on five hits while walking two and striking out two in 2.2 innings. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall 8-7 to Astros 00:01:36
The Mets played the Astros with Syndergaard starting. Diaz made his debut while Ramos hit a grand slam. NY fell short of the win 8-7.

The Mets lost to the Astros, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Six things to know about Saturday's game

1. Noah Syndergaard was uncharacteristically wild, walking five batters in 2.2 innings (he walked just 39 all of 2018), but he allowed no hits and struck out four while giving up just one unearned run as his fastball sat around 98 MPH and his changeup hit 93 MPH -- yes, 93...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Zack Wheeler (SNY)
Zack Wheeler (SNY)

The Mets (1-1-1) face the Tigers (1-2) on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. 

Mets Notes...

Brandon Nimmo and Zack Wheeler make their Grapefruit League debut along with many of the regulars, while the Mets' split squad is in Disney to face the Braves. Pete Alonso is among those making the trip to Disney, where Corey Oswalt gets the start.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It's not that Tim Tebow is a local legend and brings with him an enormous crowd that make his autograph sensations so unique. Mike Piazza drew similar crowds, as did David Wright.

The difference between Piazza and Wright and Tebow is that, when any fan is lucky enough to be chosen by Tebow and gets their item signed, the fan immediately turns around and is visibly giddy. 

In the case of Wright or Piazza, obviously fans were pumped to get the autograph, but they'd remain focused looking to see if there was another player coming down the line. In the case of Tebow, the selected glow, become frozen and childlike, looking as if they don't know what to do next...

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Familia happy to be a Met 00:03:20
Jeurys Familia could've gone elsewhere and been a closer, but he chose the Mets. Hear his high hopes for this season.

Jeurys Familia was beaming with excitement on Monday as Mets pitchers and catchers began to unofficially report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie. 

The right-hander was back with the team he's spent his entire seven-year career with before he was traded to the A's last summer and he could not be more excited about what lies ahead for the Mets. 

Familia, 29, believes big things are in store for the team this season. 

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Sandy Alderson
Sandy Alderson

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz pays off in a big way for the Mets, new GM Brodie Van Wagenen will be hailed for his boldness and creativity. But to some degree such success would also vindicate Sandy Alderson as well.

After all, it's fair to say the Alderson regime's biggest failure was poor drafting that led to a weak farm system. Certainly, I made that case more than once over the last couple of years, when injuries at the big-league level exposed the organization's glaring lack of talent in the high minors.

However, that assessment needs to be updated a bit, and now that Alderson has officially moved on to become a senior advisor with the A's, where he won a championship as GM and groomed Billy Beane for his Brad Pitt moment, there's a chance his tenure with the Mets will look better in the years to come...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Michael Cuddyer, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Could this be Mets 2019 bullpen? 00:00:30
The New York Mets have made a lot of moves this offseason to help strengthen their bullpen, is this how it will look in 2019?

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Before we throw too many compliments around, let's see how this revamped Mets' bullpen performs in the cauldron of the regular season for Brodie Van Wagenen's "Come get us" Mets. 
 
Relief pitchers are, after all, a famously combustible lot that can experience dips and surges in performance from year to year.
 
But the Mets' relief corps is, on paper, at least, much deeper this winter and the addition Friday of lefty Justin Wilson only bulks up a unit that mostly betrayed the club last year, even as Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo emerged as bullpen assets. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Anthony McCarron
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen continues to follow through on his pledge to spread the Mets' resources around the roster, rather than burn them on one or two players.

By signing lefty reliever Justin Wilson to a two-year, $10 million deal, according to a major league source, Van Wagenen has further deepened a revamped bullpen that includes All-Star closer Edwin Diaz, and setup man Jeurys Familia.

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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For all of the promise their starting rotation offers in 2019, the Mets badly need to add depth there as insurance against the inevitable injuries that will occur. 

My solution? Sign David Robertson

Let me explain.

Tags: David Robertson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees and Mets are both in the market to beef up their respective bullpens, but neither felt strongly enough to make an offer to left-hander Andrew Miller, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

Miller, 33, signed with the Cardinals on Friday to a two-year, $25 million deal with a vesting option for 2021. 

The Yankees and Mets both had initial interest in Miller but his durability concerns steered them away from the two-time All-Star. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, Jeurys Familia
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Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees and Mets are both in the market to beef up their respective bullpens, but neither felt strongly enough to make an offer to left-hander Andrew Miller, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

Miller, 33, signed with the Cardinals on Friday to a two-year, $25 million deal with a vesting option for 2021. 

The Yankees and Mets both had initial interest in Miller but his durability concerns steered them away from the two-time All-Star. 

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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Cardinals and LHP Andrew Miller -- a Mets free agent target -- agreed to a two-year deal for next season.

According to The Athletic, Miller's deal is worth $25 million over the next two years with a vesting option for $12 million in 2021 or a $2.5 million buyout. He also has $500,000 in incentives per season.

Miller was on the Mets' wish list for numerous reasons. First, New York lacks a dominant lefty reliever with Jerry Blevins still in free agency, and he isn't at Miller's level. Also, manager Mickey Callaway had Miller on his staff in Cleveland when he was the team's pitching coach, so that connection was there as well.

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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Mets have made it clear they weren't done improving their bullpen for next season, but it looks like they are about to lose out on one of the bigger names in the reliever market. 

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Cardinals and LHP Andrew Miller are "very close" to agreeing on a deal for next season.

Miller was on the Mets' wish list for numerous reasons. First, New York lacks a dominant lefty reliever with Jerry Blevins still in free agency, and he isn't at Miller's level. Also, manager Mickey Callaway had Miller on his staff in Cleveland when he was the team's pitching coach, so that connection was there as well.

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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Jeurys Familia said Monday that he preferred to return to the Mets to be a setup man over going to a different team to close.

"It means a lot for me, it (is) where I grew up, it's like a home for me," Familia said during a conference call. "That's why I am here today. It doesn't matter what inning I am going to pitch. I come back here to win and get a championship."

Familia added that one of his goals was to return to the Mets, and that he told his agent that if there was any possibility, to make it happen...

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was weeks ago now, long before any of us noticed, that Brian Cashman and Brodie Van Wagenen began talking. The reason seemed simple enough -- Cashman needed pitching, and Van Wagenen had it.

But, as anyone who follows New York baseball knows, this was no small thing at all, and was in fact the beginning of a major change. For years, the Yankees and Mets simply did not believe that a significant deal between them was possible. Now, somehow, they were talking about Noah Syndergaard and others.

Syndergaard did not ultimately become a Yankee, of course. But it got closer than anyone would have thought possible, and that very fact brings major, positive ramifications for years to come. We can no longer dismiss the chance of a major blockbuster transpiring between the teams.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was weeks ago now, long before any of us noticed, that Brian Cashman and Brodie Van Wagenen began talking. The reason seemed simple enough -- Cashman needed pitching, and Van Wagenen had it.

But, as anyone who follows New York baseball knows, this was no small thing at all, and was in fact the beginning of a major change. For years, the Yankees and Mets simply did not believe that a significant deal between them was possible. Now, somehow, they were talking about Noah Syndergaard and others.

Syndergaard did not ultimately become a Yankee, of course. But it got closer than anyone would have thought possible, and that very fact brings major, positive ramifications for years to come. We can no longer dismiss the chance of a major blockbuster transpiring between the teams.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

And just like that, RHP Jeurys Familia is back.

The Mets and Familia agreed to a three-year deal, worth $30 million to bring the former closer back to their bullpen, the team officially announced on Friday.

"We are excited to bring Jeurys back to Flushing," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in an official statement. "Jeurys is a familiar face and an accomplished, elite reliever with experience that will fit well in our clubhouse."

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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This past Monday, I wrote that I expected Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen to do the following five things by end of the week's MLB Winter Meetings, which concluded Thursday.

So, what did he do, what didn't he do, and how will he approach the rest of the offseason?

1. Sign a high-end free-agent reliever

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets bringing back Jeurys Familia on a three-year, $30 million deal feels at first like a sidestep, as opposed to an upgrade.

The reality is that he's a known commodity coming off five-consecutive successful seasons, and he's a veteran reliever with experience pitching in high-leverage situations under the bright lights and pressure of New York City.

The thing is, the above credentials may not be where he provides the most value to the Mets.

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Familia is back, what's next? 00:01:30
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discusses Jeurys Familia, and his plans for the bullpen and the outfield following the Winter Meetings

The Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers after their reunion with Jeurys Familia, who is back on a three-year deal worth $30 million. 

And while Familia isn't a bright and shiny new toy, his signing is a damn good one. And it will remain a damn good one regardless of the moves the team makes from here.

Here are three reasons why...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Jeurys Familia returns to Mets 00:02:29
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino discuss the Mets signing Jeurys Familia, and whether or not more bullpen help is on the way.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterAfter their reunion with free agent Jeurys Familia, the Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers to their bullpen.

With Edwin Diaz and Familia now on board to create a formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the pen, SNY's Andy Martino said early Thursday morning that his belief is that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen came into the offseason seeking "three bullpen pieces."

Now that Van Wagenen has two of those three pieces, the question is where he'll turn next...

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New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and other team executives will descend on Carlsbad, California on Monday for MLB's GM meetings, which conclude Thursday.

In addition to voting for and learning about new league business (such as swapping the elimination of trade waivers while moving the trade deadline to mid-August), teams typically use this week as an opportunity to set their plan for the offseason, learn of other organization's wants and needs and basically kick start the Hot Stove Season...

According to reports and his own social media accounts, Van Wagenen has spent the past few days meeting his players and coaching staff, including manager Mickey Callaway, who he essentially said will be back for at least the start of 2019. Here are four storylines to watch this week...

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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets will get a team's top 10 prospect if they deal Zack Wheeler. They'll get two guys from that team's Top 15-20 if they want multiple players. However, other than the trade for Wheeler, I expect the Mets will be hard pressed to make deals that will satisfy most fans.

As far as Jeurys Familia, who outranked Brad Hand on MLBTradeRumors.com's recent list of the Top 50 Trade Candidates, there were a few things that weren't working in the Mets' favor. 

Unfortunately for them, Familia is earning $8 million this season and will be a free agent after the season. On the other hand (pun intended), Hand is earning $3.5 million this season and isn't a free agent until 2021...

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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Jeurys Familia was two years removed from his 51-save season, and last week the Mets traded him to the Oakland A's for two prospects and additional international bonus pool money.

Familia, who went down in franchise history as one of the best closers the Mets ever had, only had three outings in which he pitched longer than one inning this season, his first after missing most of 2017 with a blood clot in his shoulder. But in each of his two appearances with the A's, Familia has pitched two scoreless innings. 

Since his June 27 meltdown against the Pirates in which he allowed four runs and three hits without retiring a batter, Familia ended his Mets tenure with a string of seven consecutive scoreless innings.

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Jeurys Familia was traded to the Athletics over the weekend, ending (at least for now) his Mets career. 

Familia gets a lot of flak (some warranted, most not) about his postseason performances -- Game 1 of the 2015 World Series was on him, while Game 4 and Game 5 were most certainly not. But where does he rank among the best Mets closers of all-time?

6. Billy Wagner

Wagner's time with the Mets was brief (2006 to 2008, with two appearances in 2009), but his 2006 was one of the best ever for a Mets closer. As the Mets ran away with the NL East, Wagner had a 2.24 ERA (2.84 FIP) and 1.10 WHIP while striking out 11.7 per 9 and saving 40 games.

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Bobby Wahl (63) Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Bobby Wahl (63) Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been officially traded to the Athletics, and in turn, New York's return includes two prospects and international bonus money. 

The prospects included in the deal were RHP Bobby Wahl and INF William Toffey. So just how good is this return?

Starting with Wahl, this 26-year-old has been one of the best relievers in the A's farm system before he was sent away. Over 39.2 innings in Triple-A this season, he owns a 2.27 ERA/2.52 FIP with a 0.86 WHIP as well. 

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Mickey Callaway and Steven Matz talk about Jeurys Familia being traded to the Oakland Athletics.

The Mets have finalized a trade for RHP Jeurys Familia with the Oakland A's. 

Familia is being sent to the A's for two prospects and $1 million in international slot money. MLB.com's Jane Lee was first to report that the trade went final. SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday night that the A's were likely the landing spot for Familia. 

One of the players the A's are sending the Mets is No. 17 overall prospect 3B Will Toffey, 23, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The other is 26-year-old RHP Bobby Wahl.

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Taylor Rooks and Andy Martino look back at the complicated legacy of Jeurys Familia's Mets tenure.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have not finalized a trade of Jeurys Familia, and he will be unavailable to pitch on Saturday for the second straight day. 

The Mets are working to finalize a deal to send Familia to Oakland, according to major league sources. The expectation is that the Mets will get lower level prospects back from Oakland.

The deal has not been finalized, but was advanced enough to keep Familia out of Friday's game. Typically, that means that teams are going through medicals of the players involved...

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Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss how the return of Yoenis Cespedes will impact the likes of Michael Conforto.

The Mets' bullpen faltered a little, but stayed strong to get their first win of the second half over the Yankees, 7-5, in the Bronx Friday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

 

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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets have gotten to the point of exchanging names with teams on potential Jeurys Familia trades, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Martino adds that nothing is imminent but to bet on Familia moving well before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Seven-to-eight teams have shown varying degrees of interest in Familia, and plenty of scouts will be on hand to see him tonight when the Mets face the Yankees in the Bronx. 

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After the Padres traded lefthander Brad Hand to Cleveland on Thursday, teams seeking to add or shed relievers expect that market to accelerate rapidly, in ways that will impact both New York teams.

Baltimore's Zach Britton, in whom the Yankees have shown interest, will be traded soon, according to major league sources. Scouts have determined that he is healthy, and the Orioles don't want to wait. As many as 8-10 teams are in on Britton.

Jeurys Familia has slightly less value, in the estimation of many scouts, but will be traded before long. Interested teams consider it unlikely that the Mets will get back a top-ten prospect, but there will be several teams bidding on Familia. Multiple teams will send scouts to Yankee Stadium Friday specifically to see Familia

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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Phillies and Giants are among teams involved in trade talks surrounding Mets RHP Jeurys Familia, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier in the week that Familia, along with RHP Zack Wheeler and 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, are most likely to be traded this month.

The Phillies might wait on a deal involving Familia until the Orioles decide what to do with Zach Britton and Manny Machado, according to Olney.

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him. Wilmer Flores has less value, but could also go. The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal...

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here is a collection of relevant  trade rumors based on my recent conversations with rival team executives, MLB insiders, local reporters, and people connected to the Mets...

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets have moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and are instead focusing on trading Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

However, in addition to Matz and Wheeler, teams looking for a mid-rotation starting pitcher are also looking at Tyson Ross (Padres), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Mike Minor (Rangers) and at least a handful of other more experienced and reliable arms...

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Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Remember that talk a few weeks ago about the Mets were undecided about whether to be buyers or sellers this season?  

At the risk of reporting the obvious, that is no longer the case. The team is now ready to get serious about trading its free-agents-to-be, and I get the sense that closer Jeurys Familia in particular could go sooner than later. Asdrubal Cabrera is another candidate to be traded in the short term. 

No one around the Mets is talking about contending in 2018 anymore, and rightfully so. The team's three interim GMs, John Ricco, Omar Minaya, and J.P. Ricciardi, have been charged with thinking creatively and being aggressive. If they have ideas that Alderson wouldn't have endorsed, they'll be empowered to pursue those now.

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Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the failure of the Mets bullpen to protect a ninth-inning lead in the loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

Jeurys Familia did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning and the Pirates rallied for four runs to defeat the Mets, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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1) Familia (3-4) surrendered hits to the first three batters and then walked the fourth before he was removed from the game. He was charged with four runs, two after he left in favor of Anthony Swarzak, who allowed a go-ahead two-run single on his first pitch. The Mets' bullpen leads the Majors with 21 losses.

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Jeurys Familia (27) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets were three outs away from back-to-back wins over the Pirates. But shady pitching and questionable managerial calls resulted in a dreadful four-run ninth inning.

Jeurys Familia got the save opportunity to begin the inning, but what transpired was three straight hits that brought one run home. After a walk to Gregory Polanco, manager Mickey Callaway finally came out to the mound to take the ball from the struggling Familia, and Anthony Swarzak came in to clean up the mess. 

Callaway backed his decision to keep Familia in the game by suggesting a closer shouldn't be on a tight leash. 

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The benches and bullpens emptied for the Mets and Pirates on Tuesday night when Josh Harrison's slide in to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth inning broke up a would-be inning-ending double play.

From the mound, Jeurys Familia started screaming at Harrison, who jawed back. And as players rushed in from the dugouts and bullpens, Cabrera's first move was to ... hug Harrison.

Familia left the ballpark without addressing reporters, but Cabrera and Harrison both felt the slide was a good, clean baseball play. And they were right. 

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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Jeurys Familia is among the Mets expected to be dangled in advance of the trade deadline, but don't expect much back in return.

The recent Kelvin Herrera trade netted the Royals only one highly thought of prospect from the Nationals. That's a sign that the relief market isn't what is was a few years ago -- when the Yankees landed Gleyber Torres as part of a deal for a half season of Aroldis Chapman.

As Chris Cotillo of Mass Live notes, teams are far more reluctant to trade key prospects for relievers. And the relief market is also saturated...

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