Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter

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Maybe it took longer than it needed to, but the decision to cut ties with Carlos Beltran shouldn't have any lingering impact on the Mets as it applies to their 2020 season.

As long as they make a good choice to replace him. 

Ideally that would be Buck Showalter, whose in-game acumen and years of experience make him the best choice for a win-now team, all the more so now for a franchise in upheaval just a month from spring training.  

Is it likely? Probably not, unfortunately, based on everything Brodie Van Wagenen said at the Beltran press conference in November. The GM clearly wanted a collaborative manager, mostly meaning someone who wouldn't push back no matter the amount of front-office involvement in day-to-day decision-making.

Perhaps that's why there is already early buzz now about Luis Rojas, who at age 38 has managed in the minors for the Mets and in winter leagues as well, earning considerable respect in the organization along the way. 

But my feeling all along has been the 2020 Mets need a proven manager, especially after Mickey Callaway's mistake-filled tenure, and they were taking a considerable gamble by hiring Beltran over someone like Joe Girardi. 

As it turned out, for all Beltran's experience as a player in New York, and separate from his role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, he showed terrible judgment in publicly denying his involvement when the news first broke, as if unaware how that could come back to haunt him.

In New York, especially, making such decisions on what and what not to say in twice-daily press conferences is a huge part of the job, and we all saw how it flummoxed Callaway during his two seasons as manager.

Showalter, in addition to his touted baseball acumen, has navigated those waters without incident over the years. Other veteran managers like Dusty Baker and John Gibbons have done much the same, though not in New York, while earning reputations as excellent communicators who build strong relationships with players.

With that in mind, the Mets knew that for all of Beltran's inexperience as a manager, his status as a former All-Star player and potential Hall of Famer was going to command instant respect in the clubhouse, smoothing his transition into the job.

Rojas has no such gravitas, having never played in the big leagues. He does have relationships with some of the current Mets, having managed them in the minors, and it doesn't hurt that he's the son of Felip Alou and brother of Moises, but he would have a lot of proving to do to win over a clubhouse of players that grew weary of Callaway's poor in-game managing. 

I'm not saying Rojas wouldn't be a good manager, and at least he has the experience in the minors that works in his favor, but it's a completely different world managing in the big leagues, especially for a team with high expectations in New York. 

At this point, especially, the Mets need to take the closest thing to a sure bet. 

However, if the Mets remain determined to avoid hiring a veteran like Showalter, Baker, or Gibbons, my choice would be Eduardo Perez, a candidate the first time around who impressed the decision-makers, to the point where at least some people in the organization wanted him over Beltran, according to sources. 

Certainly Perez, who had a 13-year career in the big leagues as a player, is a more well-rounded candidate, having coached in the majors, worked in the front office, and managed in winter leagues, in addition to working as an ESPN TV analyst these days. 

Perhaps significant as well, people who know Perez say he has the type of engaging personality that would work well in New York, in addition to the baseball smarts that come with growing up around the game as the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez

When I was making calls for a story back in October during the first managerial search, in fact, a current big-league hitting coach told me Perez would be "a better choice right now than Beltran."

He went on to detail Perez's experience and said, "Eduardo's got a great feel for the game, he's very knowledgeable about hitting, and he has a good way with people. He's a guy who can communicate, which is what GMs want now, a guy who can take the information from the front office and present it the right way to players."

That said, Perez too would come with some risk as a first-time manager. 

The question then, that lingers from the Beltran hiring, is what's most important to Van Wagenen and the Mets -- hiring the best possible manager or maintaining a certain amount of front-office control? 

Remember, Van Wagenen made a point of saying at Beltran's press conference that it was important that he and others in management would not have to "inhale" as they entered the manager's office but could "exhale" instead -- which seemed to be an indictment of Girardi's well-documented intensity.

Meanwhile, the Mets didn't even interview Showalter the first time around, surely aware of his reputation for wanting much of the control in decision-making. In both of those cases, however, I think Van Wagenen underestimated the willingness of those managers to work with the front office for the good of the ballclub. 

The bottom line is Showalter would give the Mets the most certainty in every way as the manager in 2020. Shouldn't that be the objective, all the more so after the Beltran saga? 


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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

MLB Network has released its Top 100 Players Right Now, and four Mets make an appearance on the list.

Jacob deGrom leads the way for the Mets at No. 8, coming off of his second straight NL Cy Young Award. DeGrom led the National League in strikeouts with 255, and posted an 11-8 record with a sparkling 2.67 ERA. He's the second-highest pitcher ranked on the list, slotted just below new Yankees acquisition Gerrit Cole, who came in at No. 7.

Coming off of an historic rookie season, Pete Alonso debuts on the Top 100 Right Now list at No. 24. After winning NL Rookie of the Year and setting the single-season rookie home run record with 53 dingers, Alonso comes into his second season with sky-high expectations, but has done his best to downplay his personal goals early in spring training

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Brad Brach
Brad Brach

The Mets bullpen struggled last season, but righty Brad Brach was a bit of a bright spot. 

Signed in August after the Cubs DFA'd him, Brach threw 14.2 innings with a 3.68 ERA for the Mets over the final two months of the 2019 season. He added another 15 strikeouts as well. 

After his revitalization, the 33-year-old was re-signed by the Mets in December for $850,000 in 2020, with a $1.25 million player option for 2021. 

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Mets manager Luis Rojas spoke on Monday after the team's first full squad workout of spring training. Here are the takeaways...


Jed Lowrie has "no limitations"

Lowrie has been participating in all drills at camp while wearing an enormous brace on his left knee, but he has "no limitations," according to Rojas.

"Lowrie went through the day, he did everything with the team," Rojas said. "He was out there doing the plays -- the bunt plays, first and thirds, took ground balls at second base, he did some covers there as well. He was in the live BP facing (Robert) Gsellman on field 5. He looked good, he's moving good. He's got that brace, it works for him to do all his movements."

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Yoenis Cespedes was among the participants Monday morning when the Mets had their first full team workout of spring training. And his swing was looking pretty good during live batting practice. 

Facing off against Michael Wacha, Cespedes almost went yard, but the ball went foul. His first swing was also a slight mishap, as it flew over the dugout out of his hands. Overall, it was good to see the veteran outfielder back in the batter's box. 

Check out the rest of the Mets warming up with Yo...

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Approached Monday morning by reporters at his locker at Mets spring training, Yoenis Cespedes said he wouldn't be speaking to the media this season.

"Not today, not tomorrow, not at all this year," he said.

Asked why he wouldn't talk, Cespedes said "because I don't want to."

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

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


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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow walks back to the clubhouse before the start of workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow walks back to the clubhouse before the start of workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Tim Tebow doesn't downplay the fact that he has yet to fulfill his dream of playing Major League Baseball, but that hasn't stopped him. Entering his fourth season with the Mets, the 32-year-old left fielder is coming off a 2019 season at Triple-A Syracuse in which he struggled, slashing .164/.299/.338 with four home runs and 19 runs batted in over 77 games.

So the odds are more than stacked up against Tebow, the former college football star at the University of Florida (2006-09) and three-year NFL quarterback (2010-12) who signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in September 2016. But he's back once again for his latest Spring Training with the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where Tebow embraces another opportunity.

"When I love something or am passionate about it, I kind of go all in for it," Tebow said Sunday. "Hopefully, that's something that anyone can see about my life and I think that's the biggest thing and I think that's also for a time. I think there (are) seasons in our life that call for different things and, hopefully, this can be a part of that season of my life. But ... it's not something that I want to do forever. There's a lot of things that I want to do that I'm very passionate about."

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Robinson Cano did not get off to the start he'd hoped for last season in his first year with the Mets after spending a lot of time on the IL, but it seems like he's doing all he can to make sure he stays on the field in 2020.

Speaking to the media Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Cano, who played in just 107 games in 2019 in part due to a partially torn left hamstring, said he's working on keeping his lower body in shape.

"I just need to stay healthy," Cano said on how he can be the player he normally is. "I've been working on my legs back home and something I'm going to continue doing here."

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Marcus Stroman has always been driven to prove the doubters wrong. It's in his DNA as someone who has defied huge odds by becoming a major league starting pitcher at the height of 5-foot-7, and people who know him say it explains why he talks such a big game. 

In his first comments of spring training, for example, Stroman told reporters in Port St. Lucie, Florida, this week that he has "the best sinker in the league" and that he is "pretty much unstoppable" when he's in a good place mentally, among other things.

Strong stuff for a guy who didn't quite live up to expectations upon arriving in the midst of the Mets' wild-card push last August, via the trade from the Blue Jays, before finishing strong in September.

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Mets' Tim Tebow spoke to media for the first time at Spring Training on Sunday, and was asked if he heard anything from the XFL.

"Yeah there was some communication," Tebow said. "We had a couple conversations ... I love what they're doing, and I think it has a chance to have success, and I think that's great.

"I think there needs to be a place for a lot of players that are really good, and should and could be playing in the NFL, and are better than a lot of NFL players. There's a chance they're going to be seen. So I think it's awesome, and I think it's good for a lot of guys that are going to get a spot on an NFL roster because they're going to show a team they're worth it. But for me, this is what I wanted to do and pursue it, and be all in."

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On Sunday, Mets infielder Jed Lowrie arrived at Spring Training wearing a knee brace on his left leg during workouts.

When asked about the knee brace, Lowrie didn't get into specifics.

"This is just a brace that alleviates my symptoms and makes me feel like myself," Lowrie said. "Like I said, I'm wearing this brace to alleviate my symptoms and so I can feel like myself... I don't want to get into specifics of symptoms."

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Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)

Here's everything you need to know about Mets prospect Matthew Allan...


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 225 pounds

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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 Saturday, in case you missed it...


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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Former Yankees and Mets infielder Tony Fernandez passed away on Saturday at the age of 57 after suffering a brain stroke that came with complications from polycystic kidney disease.

Fernandez is most notably known as a Blue Jays legend, winning four Gold Gloves, going to five All Star games and winning a World Series title during his time in Toronto, but he did spend two stints in New York -- in both Queens and The Bronx.

Leaving the Padres after two seasons, Fernandez joined the Mets in 1993, but the stay was short lived. After a disappointing start to the season, he was traded back up to Toronto, where he played a big role in the Blue Jays winning the World Series later that season.

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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)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon recently took part in a Q&A email exchange with the New York Post.

In the exchange with Steve Serby, Wilpon touched on a wide variety of topics, from the 2020 team outlook, the Steve Cohen deal falling through, Mickey Callaway's tenure as Mets manager, Pete Alonso's potential, and much more.

Here are a few of Wilpon's answers from some of the many topics discussed:

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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)

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made headlines on Saturday, telling The Athletic that part of the reason why Jose Altuve didn't want his jersey ripped off after hitting a walk-off home run in the ALCS against the Yankees was that "he's got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible."

In an interview with Ken Rosenthal, Correa said that Altuve's wife didn't like seeing him shirtless on national TV, but also that Altuve's "terrible" tattoo played a key role in Altuve telling his teammates to leave his jersey intact.

"The second reason - he doesn't want me to talk about this, but I'm going to say it, is because he's got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible," Correa said. "It was a bad tattoo, and he didn't want nobody to see it. He didn't want to show it at all."

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Luis Rojas spoke to reporters in Port St. Lucie Fla. on Saturday on the heels of Pete Alonso's arrival at Spring Training, and as expected the new Mets manager was all smiles when he talked about the team's slugger.

But just as Alonso mentioned that his personal goal in 2020 was not to hit even more home runs, but rather win a Gold Glove, Rojas said the 25-year-old isn't focused on offensive numbers as he enters his second big-league season.

"You can't set goals as far numbers and try to do better than he did last year," Rojas said of Alonso. "I don't think he's going to give himself a number to hit. I know that he's got himself ready."

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Mets pitchers and catchers continued to work out in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.

Check out some of the action, as Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz were among the pitchers to hit the practice fields ...

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Pete Alonso, coming off one of the most prolific rookie seasons in baseball history, arrived at Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.

After working out on the field with his teammates, Alonso took to the podium to answer questions about his personal goals for the 2020 season, playing for Luis Rojas, and much more.

Here are five key takeaways from Alonso's first media availability of the new season:

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Pete Alonso has officially arrived at Mets camp and sure seemed happy to see his teammates.

After arriving at Clover Park, Alonso had hugs for Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and other Mets players and staff. 

He quickly got to work, getting loose before taking part in infield drills and getting in some batting practice. He finished up his first day of camp by signing autographs for Mets fans young and old.

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Noah Syndergaard reported to Mets spring training last week and has spent a lot of his time on the field without his shirt on. 

On Saturday, the rest of his team followed suit.


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 Thursday, in case you missed it...


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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.

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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

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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."

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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

New Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway spoke about his former managerial job at Spring Training in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday.

When asked if he took time to reflect on what went wrong with the Mets, Callaway was quick to respond in a joking manner.

"I had PTSD," Callaway said.

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Alex Rodriguez (Mark J. Rebilas)
Alex Rodriguez (Mark J. Rebilas)

Alex Rodriguez, who grew up a Mets fan and has spoken in the past about idolizing the 1986 World Series team, has emerged as a "potential suitor" to buy the team, reports Thornton McEnery of the New York Post.

According to McEnery, Rodriguez is "kicking the tires" about the idea of buying the Mets, though sources told McEnery that any bid from Rodriguez would be "a long shot" that would require Rodriguez putting together "an ownership group of even wealthier investors."

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released a statement last week after the potential sale to Steve Cohen fell through, saying the team is "moving forward to find a new transaction."

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A few hours after J.D. Davis said he was ashamed for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, former Astro and current Mets teammate Jake Marisnick also expressed remorse.

"I feel terribly about it," Marisnick said in his opening statement. "There's a line and it was definitely crossed. I want to say sorry to the fans, Major League Baseball, my peers, and anybody else who was affected by this."

Asked about his role, Marisnick expressed regret about not speaking up and putting a stop to what was going on.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen swung back at Zack Wheeler on Friday, a day after the former Met took a shot at the team for not trying harder to re-sign him this offseason before he went to the Phillies.

"Our health and performance department, our coaches all contributed and helped him parlay two good half seasons over the last five years into $118 million, Van Wagenen said, according to David Lennon of Newsday. "So I'm proud of what our group was able to help him accomplish. I'm happy he was rewarded for it."

Van Wagenen, who said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by Wheeler's comments, also disputed the notion from Wheeler that there were "crickets" coming from the Mets' side this offseason, telling SNY's Steve Gelbs that the Mets had contact with Wheeler's agent up until a week before Wheeler signed with Philadelphia.

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Mets OF/IF J.D. Davis, who was on the Astros in 2017 and 2018, spoke candidly on Friday about his role in the sign-stealing scandal and backtracked from comments he made on the matter earlier this offseason.

"Back in December we had that same question, and I spoke a little bit prematurely," Davis said, alluding to comments he made suggesting he wasn't aware of what was going on in Houston. "I spoke before the MLB or during the investigation. And so again, I was a rookie and I was going up and down the system and I was fighting for my life. MLB called and I cooperated with them. I made my statements. Again, back to the December comment and the interview -- I spoke prematurely."

Asked if he was "embarrassed" by his role, Davis called it a fair question.

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Mets outfielder Tim Tebow is spotted doing some early outfield drills before the team fully reports to Spring Training.

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Need some last-minute help with this year's Valentine's Day plans?

Well, we've got just the person to help you manage your special day this year.

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is here to help you with all of your Valentine's Day needs, from what to wear, dinner plans, and much more ...

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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 Thursday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas talked about Seth Lugo's desire to be a starter, the MLB rules changes, and more >> Read more

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Thursday, the MLB Network put out their list of the Top 100 players in baseball right now.

Coming in at No. 8 overall is Mets star pitcher Jacob deGrom.

In 2019, deGrom won his second-straight NL Cy Young Award, going 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 255 strikeouts in just 204 IP.

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Met Rajai Davis announced on Thursday night that he will be playing pro ball in Mexico in 2020.

Davis, 39, tweeted out that he is joining Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, saying "Going South of the border to play this game I love so much. Thanks to @AcererosOficial and @JoseMelendez123 for this opportunity to continue to play ball."

The veteran outfielder signed with the Mets in December 2018, and then spent the beginning portion of the season with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. 

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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) goes to the dugout between innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) goes to the dugout between innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Wednesday, former Met Zack Wheeler talked about his Cy Young and World Series aspirations with the Phillies.

But on Thursday, Wheeler seemingly took a parting shot at the Mets.

According to Greg Joyce of the New York Post, Wheeler said he wasn't surprised to not hear back from the Mets before signing with the Phillies "because it's them. It's how they roll."

Wheeler, who played his first seven years in the big leauges with the Mets (though he missed two seasons due to injury), signed a lucrative five-year, $118 million deal with Philadelphia in December, joining Aaron Nola at the top of the Phillies' rotation.

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Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, and Starling Marte
Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, and Starling Marte

It's tempting during the rumor frenzy of the Hot Stove to become desperate for a blockbuster trade. The avalanche of news that a deal is getting done, seeing it announced, realizing the rumors were true and watching an elite player put on your favorite team's uniform is inspiring.

However, as is often said, sometimes the best deal is the one you don't make. And this certainly applies to situations recently presented to Brodie Van Wagenen.

In the end, in each instance, he erred on the side of caution. And, while this may not be as exciting as a realized trade rumor, he made the right decision.

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On Thursday, Mets manager Luis Rojas spoke to media at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida about relief pitcher Seth Lugo, getting to know Marcus Stroman, and the recent MLB rule changes.

On Seth Lugo wanting to be in the starting rotation...

"Well I had Lugo as a starter in the minor leagues," Rojas said. "I remember in the championship year in Savannah, he was one of our starters, and he actually made a key start for us to win the championship. Seth, we've had conversations, and they have been about being in our bullpen. But, he's always had the mentality of being a starter, just because that's how he developed in the organization. It wouldn't surprise me, having conversations with Seth before with somebody about being a starter or wanting to be a starter. That's the mentality that he developed with."

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Mets RHP Marcus Stroman wasn't dominant last season after being acquired from the Blue Jays in July, but he was pretty good after a bit of a shaky start, posting a 3.77 ERA in 59 innings while striking out 9.1 batters per 9.

That strikeout rate was a huge increase from what it was earlier in 2019 with the Blue Jays, and continuing to ring guys up is something Stroman is focusing on in 2020.

He'll also be trying to cut down on his walks, with too many of them late last season helping to lead to a 1.47 WHIP during his time with the Mets.

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Mets general
Mets general

SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, today announced its 2020 spring training schedule for the Mets featuring more than 100 hours of exclusive programming, plus complete daily coverage of the team on SNY.tv and across SNY's Facebook (facebook.com/SNY), Instagram (@snytv) and Twitter (@snytv) platforms.

Mets baseball swings back into action on PIX11 Saturday, February 22 at 1:10 PM as the Mets host the Miami Marlins and on SNY Sunday, February 23rd at 1:10 PM as the Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The network's Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and field reporter Steve Gelbs will call all the action live from Port St. Lucie. Full schedule is listed below.

SNY's Mets Hot Stove will re-locate to the newly renovated Clover Park - Tuesday, February 18th and Wednesday, February 19th and will culminate with SNY's annual LIVE one-hour show from Duffy's Sports Grill Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 p.m. Mets players scheduled to appear at Duffy's include Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Marcus Stroman. 

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A true dual threat, J.D. Davis can hit and pitch.

While he was used strictly as an offensive player for the Mets in 2019, he has experience pitching in the bigs (albeit limited experience) with the Astros and was a pitcher and hitter throughout college.

On Thursday at Mets camp, he showed off his windup.

Tags: JD Davis, Danny Abriano
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Carlos Beltran lost his job as Mets manager partly due to concern that further details about his involvement in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal would emerge. 

On Tuesday, a new report in The Athletic painted Beltran as not only one of the ringleaders of the scheme, but someone who intimidated players who were against it.

On Thursday, Beltran's former teammate Carlos Correa called BS on those allegations.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Danny Abriano
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As Mets spring training rolled on, Marcus StromanNoah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom were among the early arrivals at camp on Thursday.

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Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (right) talks with Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (left) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (right) talks with Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (left) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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


Luis Rojas talked about Jacob deGrom, Dominic Smith, and lots more during Wednesday's presser >> Read more

Before Mookie Betts was traded to the Dodgers, the Mets engaged the Red Sox in trade talks and discussed several different proposals >> Read more

DeGrom talked about his desire for a third-straight Cy Young award and advice he got last season from Pedro Martinez >> Read more

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Spring Training is about to be in full swing for the Mets, and one metric already predicted an NL East title for New York's 2020 season.

Baseball Prospectus released its annual projections Tuesday, pegging the Mets atop the division with 88 wins -- one game ahead of the second-place Nationals and five games ahead of the third-place Braves -- leading to Wednesday's discussion on SNY's Mets Hot Stove.

After the simulations saw the Mets leading the pack at 88-74, followed by the Nationals (87-75) and Braves (83-79), Jim Duquette provided context behind the numbers.

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This past offseason, Zack Wheeler signed a big contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, and on Wednesday he explained that his goals with his new team are just as big.

Wheeler, who spent his seven big-league seasons as a Met (though he missed two full seasons due to injuries), signed a five-year, $118 million deal with the Phillies, and he wants to take his game to the next level with the Mets' NL East rivals.

"I just want to go out there and do the best I possibly can. I think I've done well over the past few years, but I think I could take that next step, and that's the ultimate goal," Wheeler said at Phillies spring training. "I want to go out there and win a Cy Young or two and make the All-Star team and carry us into the playoffs. That's my goal now. 

"What happened this offseason has sort of passed. I've reached that level of my career and now that's past and I want bigger and better things. Like I said, Cy Youngs, going to the playoffs, winning the World Series and that type of stuff. It's a good group here to do it with, and I think we have the opportunity."

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Perhaps no one was more excited to get going with the Mets' first Spring Training workout than Luis Rojas. The new Mets manager revealed as much while meeting with the media after New York's return to the field Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

"Getting here today early, I joked and told the guys earlier, I've been wearing this uniform since like 5:30 in the morning," Rojas said with a laugh. "So it's been a really exciting day for me and that's probably the most fun, just getting here and getting all the guys in one room, being able to talk to them, communicate about what we're going to be doing out there and then going out there and executing it. I mean, I've got to give credit to the coaches. They did such a good job just keeping the stations that we had going on active. From the sides, from the throwing program and to the defensive stations that we had, they were all very energetic and they were all very well coordinated. Time wise, it was a great job by the coaching staff today."

While all position players set to join the pitchers, catchers and others already on the ground at Clover Park, the Mets are already off and running. Rojas recapped the opening day's slate and looked forward to the rest of the week, with the following takeaways from Wednesday's press conference setting the scene.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Jacob deGrom, Luis Guillorme
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Jacob deGrom, who will be looking to secure his third straight NL Cy Young Award, arrived at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. And Amed Rosario was right behind him. 

Meanwhile, deGrom threw some pitches in a bullpen session as well. Here's a look at deGrom's work on Wednesday ...

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After spending his first four seasons with the Mets, catcher Kevin Plawecki was traded to the Cleveland Indians in January 2019.

Entering 2020, Plawecki, now 28 years old, finds himself with another new team in the Boston Red Sox.

On Wednesday, Plawecki spoke about starting a new season with a new team, and also discussed how he's handled what the Red Sox have gone through this offseason since Alex Cora was fired for his involvement in the Astros' scandal.

"I don't pay attention to background noise anymore. Fifth year now, that's all it is, background noise," said Plawecki. "You can't really worry about it, can't think about it, because there's nothing you can do about it. It's been a little bit of a different offseason, but at the same time we're here, and I'm excited. I'm ready to go."

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Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts

Before Mookie Betts was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, the Mets "made numerous calls and exchanged several various concepts" with Boston, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

According to Sherman, the Mets were unwilling to give up Jeff McNeil (who was "integral' to the Red Sox) in any deal for Betts due to the fact that Betts only had one year of team control left.

Instead, the Mets offered packages that revolved around one of Brandon Nimmo or J.D Davis plus one of prospects Andres Gimenez or Ronny Mauricio, according to Sherman.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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