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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are currently brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold and are perhaps unlikely to reach any extensions with players of their own until they get some salary cap relief.

But that relief should come after the 2020 season, when Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman, and others are off the books, freeing up tens of millions of dollars in 2021 and beyond.

With the above in mind, and with the goal being to win now and in the future, the Mets would be wise to lay the groundwork for potential extensions for some of the players below, with an eye on striking deals soon after the 2020 season ends...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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In the latest edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Sal Licata embraces Tom Brady in the NFC South, believes in Yoenis Cespedes' home run power, and more!

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The Baseball Night in New York crew is in the comfort of their own living rooms, but they are still talking about Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

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Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

Baseball isn't just about statistics, home run totals, and wins and losses. It's also about emotions, thrills, chills and personal stories that we can invest in.

Thankfully, the Mets are never short on stories and bizarre moments worth dissecting.

That said, here are five storylines I hope to see in 2020...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

Among those decisions...

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

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto
Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

Tags: Dellin Betances, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso each had exceptional seasons in 2019. And yet, despite their incredible performances, the Mets at 86-76 still missed the postseason by three games.

In addition to deGrom and Alonso continuing to be awesome, I see success for the Mets in 2020 hinging on the performance of the following five players...


Amed Rosario

He struggled so much to begin 2019 that there was a question in June about whether Rosario should moved to the outfield or even be sent back to Triple-A. Then, seemingly overnight, he got himself stable and performing well in the field, he started swinging at fewer pitches out of the strike zone, and swinging at more pitches in it. He started making better contact, getting on base more, the Mets started winning, and his entire season turned around.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

With the rest of spring training suspended and the start of the regular season pushed back at least two weeks, there's plenty of time to answer some Mets questions ...


1) Now that the start of baseball is pushed back several weeks, will Yoenis Cespedes be given a pass on the extra innings he needs to achieve his $10 million in incentives? ~ Text from Jan in St. Lucie

I doubt it, though typically any sort of anomaly like this will no doubt involve the MLB Players Union and/or is already is addressed in the contract -- especially given the man injured himself in an incident with a boar.

That said, overall it is an advantage for him and the Mets because it means he'll be needed for fewer games and allows more time for him to rehab, which is a good thing for everyone involved. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Unfortunately, It feels like it could be a long time before we'll have actual baseball to talk about again. 

So with that in mind, though the potential coronavirus ramifications have more real-world importance, I'm going to offer one last look at the optimism I felt oozing from Mets' camp before the interruption.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets OF Michael Conforto
Mets OF Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto's status for Opening Day was very much in doubt before Major League Baseball canceled the remainder of spring training and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks due to coronavirus.

While Conforto could now potentially return by Opening Day (which will be no earlier than April 9), it's still unclear how the oblique injury he suffered will impact his 2020 season and -- potentially -- his future with the Mets.

According to one agent and a rival team executive who spoke with MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, Conforto's injury could jeopardize the chances of the Mets soon making him a lucrative contract extension offer.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

How does Michael Conforto's oblique injury impact any potential contract talks with the Mets? MLB agents and execs weighed in on that topic, as well as whether or not the Mets should bring in another outfielder. Plus, a look around the NL East, and more ...


Financial impact of Conforto's oblique

Michael Conforto's recent oblique injury certainly puts the Mets in a difficult position when looking at their early-season roster. Additionally, according to one agent and a rival team executive, it also could jeopardize the chance of the Mets making a lucrative contract extension offer. 

Extrapolated across a full season's worth of games, Conforto's production through 109 games in 2017 fueled hope he was turning a corner and capable of soon producing a 6.0 WAR season (if not more). He then took a dip, down to the mid 3's, and slightly improved from 2018 to 2019, playing at least 150 games in each season. 

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Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob deGrom made his second start of spring training Wednesday, headlining the Mets' 7-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Five days removed from his latest simulated game last Friday, he fired four near-perfect innings, striking out three with one run on one hit -- a solo home run to Matt Carpenter in the top of the fourth inning.

Following up on his March 1 debut in the Mets' 3-1 victory against the Washington Nationals, when he threw three shutout frames with two strikeouts and one hit.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes
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Michael Conforto was diagnosed Tuesday with a right oblique strain.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff talked with teams about trading for an outfielder, ideally a center fielder, this past offseason. However, understandable confidence in Brandon Nimmo and Conforto, as well as having J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil -- not to mention the possible return of Yoenis Cespedes -- allowed him to give up his search when a perfect deal failed to come to fruition.

Unfortunately for Conforto, while oblique strains tend to seemingly resolve quickly, they're easy to re-aggravate, which often results in a stop-and-go, longer-than-expected return to big-league action.

Regardless of when Conforto returns, third base or one of the two corner outfield spots will continue to bounce between Davis and McNeil.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith
Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A scenario where the middle of the Mets' lineup does not feature Michael Conforto is not one the team wants to think about, but it's one they're possibly facing now that Conforto's status is in doubt due to a side injury he suffered on Saturday.

Conforto, who has returned to New York for further evaluation after receiving an MRI in Port St. Lucie, will hope for good news. But even if the news is good, it's fair to believe his status for Opening Day (on March 26) and beyond could be in doubt.

Fortunately for the Mets, Conforto is the only key player who is currently dealing with a new injury. And unless his absence is months-long, they should be able to withstand it.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets shortstop Amed Rosario
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario

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


Michael Conforto is returning to New York to meet with the Mets' medical director after tweaking his side on Saturday >> Read more

Major League Baseball is among four leagues that will be closing their clubhouses to media due to the coronavirus >> Read more

Seth Lugo made his spring training debut >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If Dominic Smith were to be completely honest, he might say that he was hoping to get traded over the winter. 

After all, even after something of a breakthrough season with the bat in 2019, his playing time is blocked every which way as a Met, with Pete Alonso at first base and a crowded outfield that might once again include Yoenis Cespedes

But Smith offered no hint of any such desire when I spoke to him last week in Port St. Lucie, and good for him for trying to make the best of what could be a frustrating situation. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who said on Feb. 23 that he thought he would be ready by Opening Day if he continued to progress, has taken another big step forward.

Cespedes, who has been taking at-bats in simulated games recently but has not yet played in a Grapefruit League game, has progressed to running to first base at full speed, reports Newsday's David Lennon.

In order to return to games in the outfield, Cespedes will first have to show he can run the bases at full speed and run and cut in the outfield at full speed.

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Jacob deGrom established the terms of engagement with the very first pitch of his afternoon on Field 7 at Mets' spring training complex, an informal setting to be sure. 

Friendly fire with teammates at the plate? To deGrom there's no such thing.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Mets OF/3B J.D. Davis, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury, took batting practice on Tuesday and said he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

"Yeah, I feel like I'm ready enough to be ready for Opening Day and everything," Davis said. "I have no setbacks or anything right now. So feeling good, feeling strong. All the strength is there, all the range of motion is there. It's just easing it back in and I think the next thing is just live ABs, hit off the machine and maybe work on diving back to the bag and sliding. But, other than that, we're looking good right now."

Davis jammed his shoulder last week when he dove for a ball at third base, and has been rehabbing since the day after the injury -- first doing non-baseball work and then resuming baseball activity.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets reliever Dellin Betances threw a simulated game on Tuesday at spring training as he continued to prepare for Opening Day, with Yoenis Cespedes among the batters who stepped in the box.

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Mets OF Michael Conforto
Mets OF Michael Conforto

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto enters the 2020 season at 27 years old in what is his second-to-last year of arbitration. If an extension isn't reached before the end of the 2021 season, Conforto will be a free agent. And the Mets shouldn't let things get to that point.

Conforto, whose breakout season in 2017 (.279/.384/.555) ended after 109 games due to a shoulder injury that required surgery and negatively impacted his start to the 2018 season, has been tagged as "too streaky" by some and seemingly disappointed others who think his career batting average (a stat that doesn't matter nearly as much as it used to) is too low.

While the "streakiness" thing is debatable since every hitter is streaky to an extent (scope out Mike Trout and Christian Yelich's month-by-month breakdowns), here's what we know Conforto is:

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, and the Mets are reportedly willing to listen.

But while the Mets have what looks to be a good problem right now with six starting pitchers for five rotation spots, they would be wise to hold on to Matz.

According to the New York Post, the Mets would want a big league player back from the Yanks for Matz, with the Post citing Miguel Andujar as their potential ask. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Corey Oswalt, David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. 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...


The Mets' split squad beat the Nationals at home and lost to the Marlins on the road.

After making his spring training debut, Jacob deGrom talked about the pitch he's working on the most >> Read more

J.D. Davis has resumed baseball activity as he works his way back from a shoulder injury >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Yoenis Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes

Seth Lugo's next step in coming back from his pinky toe fracture was to throw live batting practice, and that's just what he did on Sunday.

And who did he face? None other than Yoenis Cespedes

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

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

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

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

Tags: Dellin Betances, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets INF/OF J.D. Davis had an MRI on his injured left shoulder that did not reveal "a ton of inflammation" or "new structural damage," and will begin rehabbing on Wednesday, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said.

"It sounds like we're in a pretty good spot with it overall," Van Wagenen added, noting that the MRI did reveal what looked like an old labrum injury.

While Davis will begin rehabbing immediately, he will refrain from baseball activity for a week before being reevaluated.

Davis spoke roughly an hour after Van Wagenen, saying he was relieved that the damage revealed by the MRI was old.

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Michael Wacha (Reinhold Matay)
Mets RHP Michael Wacha (Reinhold Matay)

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


J.D. Davis injured his left shoulder while diving for a ball at third base and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday >> Read more

Michael Wacha weighed in on the potential that the Mets could go with an outside the box solution to fill the No. 5 slot in the rotation >> Read more

Scouts and execs weighed in on how Seth Lugo could impact the Mets' 2020 season >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Seth Lugo, Tim Tebow, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

A version of this story was originally published on Jan. 21, 2020


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the offseason began, the thought of Yoenis Cespedes contributing to the 2020 Mets was a pipe dream. Then, he started hitting bombs. Then, his contract was restructured to incentivize him making it back on the field. Then, he started running.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

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


Based on conversations with team insiders, at this early point in the spring, it sounds to me like Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil will 100 percent be kicking off Luis Rojas' lineup in April.

After that, expect Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto and some flip-flopping between Wilson Ramos and Robinson Cano. Amed Rosario seems destine to hit eighth or maybe even ninth on certain occasions, while the J.D. Davis/Yoenis Cespedes situation will impact left field and the heart of the lineup in a way that can't be known yet.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Sunday, in case you missed it...


Yoenis Cespedes broke his media silence for the first time -- despite saying he would go all season without speaking -- and said he could be ready for opening day. >> Read More

Another Mets Prospect Deep Dive, this time on OF Jake Mangum, whose all-around game could see him rise through minors quickly >> Read More

Tags: JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes said he wasn't going to speak to the media at all this season, but that didn't last very long as he sat in front of the mic on Sunday morning. 

Joined by team translator Alan Surriel, Cespedes got right to the point when asked if he will be ready for Opening Day. His answer?

"If I continue progressing the way that I am, yes," he said. 

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Luis Rojas spoke in Port St. Lucie Friday afternoon just a day before the Mets kick off their first game of spring training, and discussed the progress he's seen out of injured outfielder Yoenis Cespedes so far this offseason.

On what he saw from Cespedes this week and how long until he's ready

"Well I think it was a really big week for him. He's advancing, he's progressing, he's doing things everyday that just impress you. He's out there taking fly balls with the rest of the outfielders -- obviously limited in the movement laterally and covering ground -- but he's out there, he's moving, getting behind balls, making throws in. He threw a couple to home plate yesterday, he made a couple of throws after a cutoff in relays. Facing live pitching."

"He's basically going through the schedule at lets say 75 percent of it, 80 percent of it from what everyone else is doing. So that's big news for us and the timelines not...we don't know yet. He's got to go through this progression. And our performance staff is working close with him, and he's doing a good job responding to it."

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Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


With Mets Spring Training kicking off, we're about to go from "best shape of his life" stories that often don't matter to game results that never matter >> Read more

Yoenis Cespedes and Jacob deGrom faced off against each other in live BP >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jacob deGrom was on hand at Mets spring training on Thursday putting in some bullpen work before going out to face live hitters in his first live BP session. 

And among his opponents was Yoenis Cespedes

As Cespedes continues to work his way back, the matchup against deGrom wasn't the most fair, with the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner blowing some pitches by him.

Here's what else happened at camp down in Port St. Lucie...

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Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training
Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training

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


Yoenis Cespedes tracked fly balls with the rest of the outfielders as he continued to progress toward a return >> Read more

Seth Lugo talked about his injured toe and updated his timeline >> Read more

J.D. Davis will take 50 percent of his spring training reps at third base, where he is most comfortable >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Yoenis Cespedes was part of a group of Mets outfielders (Brandon Nimmo, J.D. Davis, and Michael Conforto among them) tracking fly balls in the outfield on Wednesday as he continues his progression toward a return.

Cespedes participated in the Mets' first full squad workout earlier this week but broke off to do individual work with the performance staff when the rest of the outfielders split up into two groups. Wednesday was different.

It should be noted that the other outfielders in Cespedes' group on Wednesday seemed to be getting balls hit to them that were farther away/tougher to track than Cespedes' were, but there is plenty of time for that to ramp up.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is very excited about his club's outlook for the 2020 season. 

Appearing Tuesday's Mets Hot Stove, Van Wagenen expressed his confidence in the current roster, highlighting the team's strong second-half effort in 2019.

"We have talent, we have experience, and we have a team that's returning from last year that's carrying a great deal of momentum and confidence," said Van Wagenen. "So, we're very excited to get these guys in camp.

"The first half of the year last year, we were in a lot of close games and we couldn't figure out how to win those games. Second half of the year, that changed. The team had a better focus. The team had better chemistry and understanding of the small margin of error between winning and losing, and I think the goal is that they can carry that over into this year."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training
Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Spring Training is in full swing for the Mets in Port St. Lucie, with games starting in just four days.

While every member of the team has arrived in camp, some (Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes to name two) don't appear to be on track to be ready for game action when the bell rings on Saturday.

Going by the above, listening to manager Luis Rojas talk, and reading between the lines, here's our roster prediction 3.0...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

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


Yoenis Cespedes participated in the Mets' first full squad workout of spring training, which included taking live batting practice >> Read more

Prior to taking the field, Cespedes said he wouldn't be talking to the media at all this season >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

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


Seth Lugo is dealing with a small fracture of his left pinky toe but the Mets are not concerned >> Read more

Brodie Van Wagenen detailed what's ailing Jed Lowrie and touched on what his chances are of being ready for Opening Day >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Yoenis Cespedes spoke to the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday, but only say that he wouldn't be speaking to them at all for the remainder of the season. 

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

On Baseball Night in New York, Doug Williams, Anthony Recker and John Harper gave their thoughts on Cespedes' comments and discuss what role he could play for the Mets in 2020.

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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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In his latest Mets mailbag, Matthew Cerrone weighs in on the outfield situation, Yoenis Cespedes, what Edwin Diaz' role should be, and more...


What's the opening day outfield? ~ @JoeBacci

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who is continuing to work his way back but has no timetable for a return, worked out on the field Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

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


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

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

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New Mets manager Luis Rojas sat down for his first spring training press conference on Tuesday, and touched on a multitude of topics as he begins to lead this squad into the new season. 

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

On the Syndergaard-Ramos connection

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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