deGrom talks about frustration 00:01:36
Jacob deGrom and Mickey Callaway talked about the starters frustration he displayed in the dugout. The game is suspended until Friday.

The Mets got a strong start from Jacob deGrom, but Edwin Díaz gave up two runs in the ninth to blow the save, and rain caused the game to be suspended at 4-4 before the bottom of the ninth. The game will resume Friday at 6:10 p.m. >> Box score

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

1) For the first time since April, Wilson Ramos caught deGrom for a second consecutive start, and the results have been positive for the Mets. DeGrom allowed two runs in seven innings on six hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. He threw a season-high 116 pitches. Matt Carpenter recorded an RBI infield single in the third when he beat the shift, and Paul DeJong tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a solo homer, but the Mets reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. DeGrom has allowed 10 homers this season, matching his total from all of last season. He was in line for the win until Díaz blew the save by giving up two runs in the ninth.

In his last start with Ramos, deGrom had 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs in six innings but took a tough-luck loss. Thursday's outing marked the 33rd time since the start of the 2018 season deGrom allowed two or fewer runs. The Mets were 16-16 over the first 32 such starts.

2) Díaz came in for the ninth after a nine-minute rain delay -- the tarp came out briefly before it was rolled up and the grounds crew worked on the infield. He issued a leadoff walk, got the next two batters out and then gave up consecutive RBI hits by Kolten Wong and Harrison Bader, blowing the save as the Cardinals tied the game 4-4. The tarp came out before the bottom of the ninth and the game was suspended.

3) The Pete Alonso-Dom Smith duo struck again on Thursday. After Alonso's one-out ground-rule double in the sixth which got stuck under the tarp, Smith drove Alonso in with a single to shallow center, putting the Mets back in front 3-2. Smith was previously hitting .190 this season with runners in scoring position. 

4) A Todd Frazier bloop single and a Ramos walk loaded the bases for Amed Rosario, who made it 4-2 with a sacrifice fly. The inning ended, however, with Frazier getting thrown out at third on the play. Rosario has 36 RBI this season.

5) Michael Conforto initially gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer to right-center, his 13th of the season. That extended the Mets' streak (and franchise record) of home games with a homer to 17. 

Highlights

Video: Conforto 2-run home run in 3rd gives Mets the lead

Video: Dom Smith gives Mets 3-2 lead


What's next

After the completion of the suspended game, the Mets continue their four-game set against the Cardinals Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. LHP Steven Matz and RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon are the probable starters.


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Ramos needed time behind plate 00:01:05
New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos discusses the difficulties he had at first catching the Mets pitching staff and how it improved.

Mets catcher Wilson Ramos joined Gary Apple as a guest on Mets Hot Stove on Thursday evening.

The 32-year-old catcher discussed his first season in Queens, a year in which he batted .288 with 14 home runs, and also spoke to how much of an adjustment it was for him to learn things on the fly during spring training about an entirely new pitching staff.

"It was really hard in the beginning. During spring training, I tried to (get to) know those guys better, and better, but it's a little bit hard because it's spring training and it's not enough time to get to know everybody," Ramos told Apple. "I'm not catching a complete game. During spring training, I just got like two innings, two innings, and at least seven innings like two times during spring training, but it's hard to know everybody in that short time.

"If you see the numbers after the All-Star break, it was a lot better. It was better communication. We stayed more on the same page, so I think next year will be a lot better because I know those guys more and we've got better communication."  

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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Despite a rocky start in 2019, Mets C Wilson Ramos hit .350 with 15 extra-base hits during the team's final 45 games and legit push for the final Wild Card spot.

That said, GM Brodie Van Wagenen last winter clearly preferred Yasmani Grandal, who just signed a four-year deal with the White Sox. Instead, he ended up with Ramos, who will be paid $10 million this season, after which he can be a free agent.

There was reported friction between Ramos and Noah Syndergaard. Ramos also struggled to begin the season, he'll turn 33 years old next season and -- between repeated injuries -- his production has been very inconsistent the past five seasons. 

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Aug 30, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (40) pitches during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Aug 30, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (40) pitches during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Mets made a move in their bullpen on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to a deal with veteran lefty Chasen Shreve.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Shreve has agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

The 29-year-old has pitched six seasons at the big league level. After spending his first year with Atlanta in 2014, a season in which he pitched to a 0.73 ERA in 15 games, Shreve was traded to the Yankees along with David Carpenter in exchange for Manny Banuelos.

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Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the Yankees fired longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild last month, they did not do it because Rothschild lacked knowledge of his craft, or work ethic, or a connection to his pitchers. In fact, the front office largely believed that Rothschild was performing well at his job.

Unfortunately for Rothschild, the job itself had changed.

The Yankees wanted to push to the edge of contemporary trends, and hired 34-year-old Matt Blake out of the Cleveland organization. Last season, the Mets fired pitching coach Dave Eiland for similar reasons, and are soon to make their own leap into the future.

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Oct 1, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal (10) hits a two run home run during the first inning against the Washington Nationals in the 2019 National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 1, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal (10) hits a two run home run during the first inning against the Washington Nationals in the 2019 National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to terms with the White Sox on Thursday on a four-year deal worth $73 million. And while the Mets pursued Grandal last offseason, they did not engage on him this time around, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Grandal would have been a huge defensive upgrade over Wilson Ramos, who is under contract through the 2020 season. But it could have been tough for the Mets to pull off the switch, especially with Grandal signing this early. 

While the Mets heavily pursued Grandal last offseason with rumors swirling that he turned down a deal worth $60 million over four seasons, Martino said that while the two sides were deep in talks and could've reached that point, the $60 million offer was never on the table.

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Now That's What I Call Mets 2019 00:02:15
The 2019 Mets had some major unlikely heroes throughout the season, now re-live those moments when those heroes took center stage!

This past season, the Mets have had a handful of unlikely heros that captured the hearts of fans with their clutch hits. Rajai Davis might ring a bell?

Re-live the Top 5 unlikely hero moments this year...

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Zack Wheeler
Zack Wheeler

The Mets are open to a reunion with Zack Wheeler, who is an unrestricted free agent. Here's the latest...


Nov. 21, 12:58 PM:

After coming to terms with Yasmani Grandal, the White Sox will pursue Wheeler, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Wheeler is also on the Yankees' radar, according to Martino, who adds that they seem "initially lukewarm on him" when compared to Gerrit Cole.

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard warms up with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard warms up with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

There is reportedly a proposal under consideration by Major League Baseball that would eliminate roughly 40 minor league teams after the 2020 season, with the logic being that the elimination of those teams would lead to improvements -- including regarding ballparks -- throughout the minors.

If the proposal, first reported by Baseball America, comes to fruition, the number of minor league teams affiliated with Major League Baseball would drop from 160 to roughly 120. 

Two of the teams that could be impacted are Mets affiliates -- the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Short-Season A-ball Brooklyn Cyclones.

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets protected four prospects from December's Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday when they added INF Andres Gimenez, LHP Thomas Szapucki, RHP Jordan Humphreys, and C Ali Sanchez to their 40-man roster.

Shervyen Newton -- the Mets' No. 8 prospect per MLB Pipeline and No. 12 per SNY's Joe DeMayo -- was left unprotected.

For the Mets, it came down to a numbers game.

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Jun 30, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen (left) is congratulated bench coach Hensley Meulens (31) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports  (Jennifer Stewart)
Jun 30, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen (left) is congratulated bench coach Hensley Meulens (31) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Stewart)

The Mets interviewed Hensley Meulens for bench coach, according to Dan Martin and Ken Davidoff of The Post.

Meulens, 52, spent the past 10 years -- two as bench coach -- with the San Francisco Giants on 13-year manager Bruce Bochy's staff.

Bochy, 64, retired at the end of the 2019 season. The Giants replaced Bochy with former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (2018-19), who was hired last Wednesday.

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Didi Gregorius/Todd Frazier/Josh Donaldson
Didi Gregorius/Todd Frazier/Josh Donaldson

The Mets have plenty of internal options when it comes to finding a starting third baseman.

Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis and Jed Lowrie are all capable of handling the position, so it's quite possible Brodie Van Wagenen looks to add an outfielder instead, knowing McNeil can play in either spot.

The other play this offseason is to go heavy at third base options and put McNeil in the outfield, who looked comfortable and played well in left field this past season. I still think he's a second baseman, but that's a different subject for a different day...

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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have protected four prospects from this December's Rule 5 Draft by adding them to their 40-man roster in advance of Wednesday's deadline.

INF Andres Gimenez, LHP Thomas Szapucki, RHP Jordan Humphreys, and C Ali Sanchez were all added, bringing the Mets' 40-man roster from 36 to 40.

In order to make room on the roster, the Mets DFA'd Drew Gagnon, who is reportedly close to a deal to play in the KBO in Korea.

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Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Drew Gagnon (47) pitches during the fourth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 14-3. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Drew Gagnon (47) pitches during the fourth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 14-3. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

UPDATE, 3:42 PM: Gagnon has been DFA'd by the Mets.


Mets pitcher Drew Gagnon is close to a deal to pitch for a team in the KBO in Korea, according to a Korean report that was noted by Michael Mayer of MetsMerized.

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Oct 26, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos (28) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 26, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos (28) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

As the MLB hot stove begins to heat up, it looks as if the Mets could be in the market for another catcher. 

The team has expressed interest in veteran Robinson Chirinos, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

Wilson Ramos is still under contract for one more season with the Mets, and the club has an option to bring him back for the 2021 season if they so choose. Meanwhile, Tomas Nido, who served as the backup catcher for most of 2019, is under team control through the 2021 season.

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Zeile and Bobby V reminisce 00:03:00
On BNNY, former Mets Todd Zeile and Bobby Valentine share stories about their playing days together as player and manager.

When Todd Zeile arrived to play first base for the Mets in 2000, he quickly got to know his new manager, Bobby Valentine.

And while the two may have had a bit of an awkward first encounter, they soon got to know each other's tendencies and what to expect on and off the field from one another.

"You were always on your own schedule. Your BP was on your own schedule," Valentine said of Zeile. "You never got hurt. Always answered the bell. Never wanted to have any special treatment with the hitting coach. You had it, you had it, and you did. You had it, so you were easy to manage."

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Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (Jake Roth)
Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (Jake Roth)

To date, sources aware of the situation say the Braves have so far been more aggressive than the Mets when it comes to signing free-agent RHP Zack Wheeler. 

It's their contention the Mets are more likely to let Wheeler walk and instead sign a reliable, consistent, veteran starting pitcher to join their rotation.

MLB people I know all expect Wheeler to field multiple offers of five years and $100 million.

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Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who missed the entire 2019 season, has been taking batting practice (thrown by Endy Chavez) in Port St. Lucie.

"Throwing BP to a prospect in recovery," Chavez captioned the video he posted on Instagram of the BP. The video has since been removed by Chavez. 

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Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third base coach Gary Disarcina (10) exchanges lineups with Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third base coach Gary Disarcina (10) exchanges lineups with Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Despite making a change to their bench boss as the Mets brought Carlos Beltran on this offseason, one might stick around.

According MLB Network, Gary DiSarcina, 52, will be back with the Mets "in some capacity" in 2020. 

DiSarcina handled third base coaching duties for the Mets and has been with the organization since 2018. 

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The bulk of the Mets' impact prospects are in the lower levels of the minors -- highlighted by Brett Baty, Matthew Allan, and Josh Wolf, all selected in the 2019 MLB Draft -- but they do have a handful of prospects who should be ready to contribute this coming season.

While the state of the Mets' farm system is less than ideal due to most of their blue chip prospects being further away and recent trades that saw Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods Richardson shipped off, there are five interesting players to keep an eye on who could make an impact in 2020...

David Peterson, LHP

The 24-year-old Peterson, who profiles as a back of the rotation starting pitcher, was the Mets' top pick -- 20th overall -- in the 2017 MLB Draft.

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Will be hard to suspend Beltran 00:01:56
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the Astros scandal and what it could mean for Mets' Carlos Beltran

Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back with an all-new episode of the Shea Anything podcast! The guys dive in deep on what Andy learned at the GM Meetings about the Mets offseason strategy and what areas they will target.

They also discuss the Astros sign-stealing scandal and what it could mean for manager Carlos Beltran.

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN

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Alonso's 53 Homers in 1 Spot 00:04:23
Re-live Pete Alonso's extraordinary Rookie of the Year season with all 53 of the Polar Bear's home runs in 1 video!

The NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso was said to have insane power entering his first season in the bigs. But he did more than showcase a couple of long balls this season. 

Instead, he set the new rookie record for homers, breaking Aaron Judge's 52 mark. So, in honor of Pete, we've put together every single long ball No. 20 hit this season...

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Mar 6, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Joey Cora (28) looks on between innings of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 6, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Joey Cora (28) looks on between innings of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Another name has emerged for the Mets' bench coach job, with Joey Cora viewed as a "strong candidate" to get it, reports Jon Heyman

The 54-year-old Cora -- the older brother of Red Sox manager Alex Cora -- has been a coach for the Pirates since 2017, and served as their third base coach this past season.

Cora has also coached in the majors for the Marlins (2012) and White Sox (2004 to 2011), and has minor league managerial experience in the Mets and Pirates systems. 

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April 29, 2007; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher (13) Billy Wagner pitches against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at RFK stadium in Washington, DC. The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports Copyright © James Lang (James Lang-USA TODAY Sports)
April 29, 2007; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher (13) Billy Wagner pitches against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at RFK stadium in Washington, DC. The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports Copyright © James Lang (James Lang-USA TODAY Sports)

This article was first published in its original form on Dec. 16, 2018

Former Mets closer Billy Wagner received just 17.9 percent of 425 possible votes one year ago when he again missed out on being elected to the Hall of Fame, and his name is back on the ballot again this year.

Sadly, Wagner has consistently fallen short of the 75-percent threshold needed for an induction. He received just 10.7 percent in 2017.

In 16 seasons, Wagner pitched for the Astros, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox, and Braves, for whom he collected 422 saves with a 2.31 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 1,196 strikeouts in 903 innings. The opposition hit just .187 against him, while striking out 33 percent of the time, both of which are the most all-time among pitchers who have thrown at least 800 innings during their careers.

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Feb 22, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers bullpen catcher Steve Karsay poses during media day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Feb 22, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers bullpen catcher Steve Karsay poses during media day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

As the Mets fill out their coaching staff under first-time manager Carlos Beltran, they have a new candidate for pitching coach.

New York is set to interview Milwaukee Brewers bullpen coach Steve Karsay, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

Karsay previously worked within the Cleveland Indians orgranization from 2012-18, starting as a pitching coach for the Rookie Level AZL Indians before assuming the same position with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2016.

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The Mets introduce Carlos Beltran as their 22nd manager.
The Mets introduce Carlos Beltran as their 22nd manager.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Joe Torre knows all about being a first-timer piloting the Mets. It's where he started his managerial career in 1977, where he navigated the pitfalls of a new challenge and learned and learned and learned.

And he's got some vital wisdom for Carlos Beltrán, who just took over that same gig: Beltrán, like every first-time manager ever, is going to make mistakes. It's what happens afterward that is important.

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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

J.D. Davis was a tremendous hitter for the Mets in 2019, was an integral part of a loose and fun clubhouse that was a breath of fresh air, and is under team control through 2024. But where does he fit? 

The above is something Brodie Van Wagenen might have to wrestle with this offseason as he builds the team for 2020, with a focus on improving the bullpen and defense. He'll also have a hole to fill in the starting rotation if the continued dialogue with free agent Zack Wheeler is not fruitful.

When it comes to Davis, the likely scenarios Van Wagenen has laid out so far make it seem like he might be a man without a position.

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Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

Evidence against the Astros in regard to accusations of their sign-stealing had an e-mail tossed into the fire. 

According to a new report from The Athletic, an e-mail was obtained in which an executive from the team's front office asked scouts to attempt to steal signs. 

The message also suggested cameras be used to help obtain information. 

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Now That's What I Call Mets 2019 00:01:43
Jacob deGrom not only wins Cy Young Awards, he also delivers at the plate! Check out his 2019 Greatest Hits from the batter's box!

Jacob deGrom not only wins Cy Young Awards, he also delivers at the plate! Check out his 2019 Greatest Hits from the batter's box!

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman announced on Twitter that he'll be wearing No. 0 for the 2020 season.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As MLB investigators intensify their probe into allegations of high-tech cheating against the Yankees, Mets and other clubs, a key element of their process will be comparing the accounts of interviewees, and searching for inconsistencies in the various testimonies, according to people familiar with the investigation.

As SNY reported, Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Red Sox manager Alex Cora will be interviewed but appear unlikely to be suspended. The Athletic reported that MLB has also contacted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, who alleged that the Astros used cameras to steal signs in 2017.

However, if the accounts offered by Beltran, Cora or any other witness contain inconsistencies or falsehoods, they and any other witness could end up facing harsher discipline.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have given every indication that improving the bullpen is going to be the priority for them this offseason, though to what extent is quite fuzzy as Brodie Van Wagenen has been making the case that he's counting on Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz to have bounce-back seasons.

And, oh by the way, Will Smith -- arguably the best reliever on the market -- signed with the Braves on Thursday as the NL East champs took a big step to strengthen what was an area of weakness for them in 2019.

Smith got $39 million over three years, and the Mets apparently weren't willing to spend that much, at least in part because they're already paying Familia $10 million a year for two more years.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So Theo Epstein is open for business, seemingly determined to shake up a roster that has fallen short of expectations since the Cubs' curse-busting championship in 2016.

He told reporters at the GM Meetings in Arizona this week that "change is not always easy but it's necessary," and declared "there are no untouchables" when it comes to the possibility of a trade this offseason.

Yes, with his once-youthful core of position players now speeding toward free agency, and a payroll that went over the luxury-tax threshold this season, Epstein apparently is ready to consider any and all deals that could save the Cubs some money while still giving them a shot in 2020 at another championship.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Nimmo, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeff McNeil, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Both Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom took home some major hardware this week, and on Thursday night they followed those up by each finishing in the top 10 of NL MVP voting.

Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger was voted NL MVP on Thursday, securing 19 of the 30 first-place votes. The left-handed slugger beat out fellow finalists Christian Yelich and Anthony Rendon, who finished second and third, respectively.

Alonso, the NL Rookie of the Year, finished in seventh place, receiving two fifth-place votes and finishing with 102 points in the voting system. The slugging first baseman put up power numbers never before seen in MLB history, finishing the season with a major league rookie record 53 home runs.

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Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

What has been expected is now official: Zack Wheeler has rejected the qualifying offer from the Mets and will test the free agent market.

By having extended the one-year qualifying offer that is worth $17.8 million to Wheeler, the Mets will receive a compensatory pick in June's MLB Draft if he signs elsewhere.

While it seems likely that Wheeler won't return, it hasn't been ruled out.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen reiterated on Monday what he said last week: the Mets will keep having dialogue with Wheeler regarding a potential multiyear contract -- something they engaged his camp on during the season.

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Beltran and Astros Scandal 00:01:02
SNY's Andy Martino explains how difficult it will be for MLB to discipline new Mets Manager Carlos Beltran amidst the Astros scandal.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Although Major League Baseball will interview Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora about sign-stealing allegations involving the Houston Astros, the league does not have either accusations or evidence that would point to severe discipline for either, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Beltran was a member of the 2017 World Series champs, and Cora was the bench coach. The Athletic this week quoted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers confirming longstanding allegations that Houston uses cameras and audio signals to cheat.

The story came less than a month after SNY reported that the Yankees believed the Astros were whistling to convey signs during this year's American League Championship Series.

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Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

One amazing thing to keep in mind about Jacob deGrom winning his second Cy Young award is that at no time during his four-year minor-league career did MLB.com rank him higher than 12 on the Mets' annual top prospect list. Similarly, at no time did he ever appear among the league's Top 100 prospects. 

Crazier, he was drafted in 2010 by then-GM Omar Minaya and the Mets with the 272nd overall pick. He missed all of 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery and made his big league debut in 2014 as a spot starter, after which then-manager Terry Collins said the organization still viewed him as a future reliever.

"Any time you draft a player, you think he's going to become a big-leaguer," Minaya once told me. "At first they all have upside, otherwise you wouldn't draft him. That being said, it doesn't always go the way you want it to go each time."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Murphy, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jacob deGrom, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matthew Cerrone
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Van Wagenen on Beltran, Astros 00:01:36
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen address the media about the recent news of the Astros sign-stealing and new manager Carlos Beltran.

Asked at the GM meetings on Thursday about the alleged involvement of Carlos Beltran in the Astros' sign-stealing in 2017, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he hadn't yet spoken to Beltran and deferred to Major League Baseball on most questions since he didn't yet have enough information on the matter.

The questions Van Wagenen deferred to MLB included ones about potential discipline from the league.

Beltran, who played for the Astros in 2017 during the final season of his career, was among those who played a "key role in devising" the alleged camera-aided in-game sign-stealing system they used, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported.

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Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

New Mets manager Carlos Beltran was among those who played a "key role in devising the sign-stealing system" the Astros used in 2017, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, Red Sox manager Alex Cora -- who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 while Beltran was a player in what was the final season of his career -- was among the other members of the Astros to play a "key role" in the sign-stealing.

Rosenthal added that MLB's investigation into the Astros is "virtually certain" to include interviews with current manager A.J. Hinch, Cora, and Beltran.

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Pirates OF Starling Marte
Pirates OF Starling Marte

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made it clear he hopes to add a true center fielder this offseason via trade or free agency -- talking up the need to improve the defense -- and has spoken about using Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo primarily in the corner outfield spots.

As the Mets search for that true center fielder, they can scour the free agent market. While not completely barren, the list of free agent center fielders leaves a lot to be desired, with Brett Gardner (who could be heading back to the Yankees) and Cameron Maybin (whose 2019 might have been fool's gold) highlighting the better options.

This is where Starling Marte comes in.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Carlos Beltran (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Carlos Beltran (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave new Mets manager Carlos Beltran a glowing review Wednesday on WFAN with Mike Francesa.

The Mets hired Beltran after he spent his past year with the Yankees as Cashman's special adviser and learned about the game of baseball from the front office's perspective.

Fused with Beltran's 20 years of playing experience, including with the Mets (2005-11) and Yankees (2014-16), the nine-time All-Star's all-around experience has Cashman among the believers as he embarks on his managerial chapter.

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deGrom reacts to Cy Young win 00:04:56
Jacob deGrom joins Steve Gelbs and Doug Williams to talk about his journey to win back-to-back Cy Young awards.

As he entered the 2019 season off his first National League Cy Young award, Jacob deGrom did so with the goal of getting another one.

He ultimately reached his pinnacle Wednesday when deGrom received the honor over the Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the path to the repeat wasn't smooth sailing by any means.

When he reflected on his repeat campaign, deGrom thought back to the change in mentality and approach he made after three turbulent starts at the end of April -- three straight losses to the Minnesota Twins (14-8, April 9), Atlanta Braves (7-3, April 14) and Milwaukee Brewers (10-2, April 26) in which the Mets' ace allowed 14 runs on 18 hits (five home runs) and dug himself into a hole.

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deGrom's teammates say Congrats 00:01:14
Jacob deGrom's teammates congratulate him on winning back-to-back Cy Young awards.

After the Mets saw one teammate win a National League honor Monday with first baseman Pete Alonso's Rookie of the Year, another award came New York's way Wednesday when right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom earned a second straight Cy Young.

DeGrom received 29 of the 30 first-place votes to dominate his fellow finalists in Washington Nationals righthander Max Scherzer and Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu (received one first-place vote) for the award, which was announced Wednesday and makes deGrom the first Mets pitcher ever to win the award in consecutive campaigns.

From position players such as outfielder Brandon Nimmo and third baseman Todd Frazier to pitchers like righthander Noah Syndergaard and lefthander Steven Matz, the Mets reacted accordingly after the staff's ace repeated.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

On July 25, Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings against the Padres to get his ERA under 3.00 for the first time since April, and afterward I cornered him briefly in the clubhouse to see if I could get him to confess that he'd been tipping pitches early in the season. 

We went back and forth a bit, as he admitted he'd been made aware of something he was doing in his delivery that may have explained giving up 14 runs over three starts, yet insisted he was to blame for leaving too many pitches in the middle of the plate during that brief stretch. 

Finally, I said to him, "Well, if it wasn't for those three starts, you'd have a good shot at another Cy Young Award."

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom followed up his historic 2018 with a brilliant 2019, and the result is another Cy Young award.

DeGrom received 29 of the 30 first-place votes to dominate his fellow finalists in Max Scherzer and Hyun-Jin Ryu (received one first-place vote) for the award, which was announced Wednesday night, making deGrom the first Mets pitcher ever to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

DeGrom joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1973, 1975) as the only Met to win the Cy Young more than once. Other Mets to win the award are R.A. Dickey (2012), and Dwight Gooden (1985).

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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

2019 was the worst season of Noah Syndergaard's career -- the only one of his five big league seasons where his ERA was higher than 3.24. His issues were sometimes mental, sometimes mechanical, sometimes related to bad luck. So how will he turn the page?

"I don't think it's mental," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I think it's just a matter of -- a lot of players will struggle with mechanics and repeatability at different points in time over the course of the year. I think Noah has had such consistent performance -- he had injuries in '17 and '18 -- but his performance was exceptionally level."

While Syndergaard's 4.28 ERA in 2019 was ghastly compared to what he did over his first four seasons, his FIP was 3.60 -- an indication that some of what went wrong was due to bad luck.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza gestures after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza gestures after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Twelve years removed from his 16-season playing career, Mike Piazza is back in the game.

The 1998-2005 New York Mets catcher and 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee will manage the Italian national baseball team, he announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Piazza, 51, is set to lead Italy into the 2020 European Baseball Championship and the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As the Mets embark on the 2020 offseason, there are lots of burning questions, including which free agents they should pursue, which 2019 performances were sustainable, and which players in the farm system (if any) should be untouchable...


Should the Mets sign Josh Donaldson, trade J.D. Davis and make Jeff McNeil a full-time LF?

McNeil, Davis and Jed Lowrie are capable of starting at third base. So, it's difficult to see Van Wagenen shelling out what is likely to be a three-year, $70-80 million deal to get Donaldson.

However, for all of the talk about adding a center fielder or corner outfielder, adding Donaldson would probably be the biggest bang for Van Wagenen's buck.

The fact is, Brandon Nimmo in most comparisons will likely end up being the better option in the field. At the same time, in addition to providing a major upgrade and credibility at the plate, Donaldson will likely be the best option in the field at third base.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has said numerous times that the team hopes to improve the bullpen (among other areas) heading into the 2020 season. What does that mean for the embattled Edwin Diaz?

After a tremendous 2018 season with the Mariners, Diaz had a disastrous season in 2019 after being acquired by New York, allowing 15 homers in 58 innings while posting a 5.59 ERA (4.51 FIP) and 1.37 WHIP. He lost his closer job and was at times relegated to being one of the last options in the bullpen.

Still, Van Wagenen said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN with Mike Francesa that the Mets expect Diaz to be pitching in high-leverage situations in 2020, adding that their "projection systems still believe in Diaz' talent and we know that we've got a guy that's gonna rebound and be an All-Star type performer for us."

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We all know what we see when Mets ace Jacob deGrom pitches -- nuclear stuff delivered with competitive fire and brains from someone who just might be baseball's best pitcher.

"If he's not, he's certainly in that conversation," says Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, the former Braves and Mets lefty who won 305 games in his career.

And if deGrom wins his second consecutive NL Cy Young Award -- the voting results will be announced Wednesday evening and he is the favorite -- he'll get a different kind of next-level career validation, one that few pitchers in baseball history have enjoyed.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Anthony McCarron
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