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Former Met Rajai Davis will play in Mexican League in 2020

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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. 

On May 22, Davis made his memorable debut with the Mets, as he paid more than $230 dollars to take an Uber from Pennsylvania to Citi Field. He arrived during the middle of the game, and when called on as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, Davis slammed a three-run home run off of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle to help give the Mets the win over their division rivals.

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– SNY (@SNYtv) May 23, 2019

In all, Davis played in 29 games with the Mets last season, slashing .200/.231/.400.

At the end of the season, Davis said that he hoped he’d get another chance to keep playing in 2020.

I’m just going to wait it out and train like I’m going to get another job next year,” Davis told Newsday. “I guess we’ll see what happens.”


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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

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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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Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso

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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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Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes,

Matthew Cerrone

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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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Amed Rosario, Seth Lugo

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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.


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JD Davis,

Danny Abriano

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As Mets spring training rolled on, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom were among the early arrivals at camp on Thursday.


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Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard

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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


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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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Zack Wheeler

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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.


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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.


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Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Ronny Mauricio,

Danny Abriano

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom spoke Wednesday at spring training, meeting the media for the first time since arriving in Port St. Lucie.

One of the things on deGrom’s mind — which he also touched on in late-January during the Mets’ Fan Fest at Citi Field — is winning a third-straight Cy Young award.

“Any time you’re at your best personally, you’re gonna help the team,” deGrom said. “You set personal goals. I’ve said that the last couple of years. That (winning another Cy Young) is definitely another personal goal of mine, but (this is) most importantly a team game — want to win a World Series. But any time you’re at your best, you help the team.”


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Jacob deGrom,

Danny Abriano

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA — On Wednesday morning, when one good friend of Carlos Beltran‘s saw the back page of the New York Post, which labeled Beltran “The Godfather,” he felt physically ill.

“I almost threw up,” the friend said.

Many people around the game maintain a strong affection for Beltran. Even Yankees officials, who have been annoyed about Beltran’s role in the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scheme, have felt that the demonization of their former employee has gone too far.


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Carlos Beltran,

Andy Martino

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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


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Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes,

Danny Abriano

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On Tuesday evening, more details came to light about Carlos Beltran’s involvement in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

Beltran was the only player mentioned by name in the MLB report on the Astros’ investigation, and a new report from The Athletic has gone into more detail regarding Beltran’s role.

Here are some findings of the report, which was written by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, with reporting from Marc Carig:


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Carlos Beltran

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Pete Alonso seems more than ready to follow up his record-setting rookie season with another big year in Queens.

With Mets Spring Training officially starting this week in Port. St. Lucie, Alonso shared a photo of himself on Instagram, taking a friendly jab at Noah Syndergaard in the process.


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Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard‘s vaunted slider abandoned him for most of the 2019 season, with him unable to generate the movement and velocity that made the pitch one of the best weapons in baseball from 2016 to 2018.

Whether it was due to the new ball (with lower seams and a slicker feel that hampered certain pitchers), something mental, or a combination of things, Syndergaard’s slider in 2019 was mostly bad — averaging 89.1 mph after averaging 92.0 mph the year prior.

Speaking Tuesday at Mets camp, Syndergaard said his nasty slider seems to be back.


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Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos,

Danny Abriano

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It’s rare when nearly everyone agrees on something, which is what made the harsh negative reactions to Joel Sherman’s exclusive report Monday about Major League Baseball’s potential new playoff format so unique.

At first glance, the idea of going from 10 to 14 playoff teams — including four wild cards in each league, with only one division winner automatically advancing to the league division series — seemed terrible. At second glance, it seemed even worse.¬†

Adding on to the awfulness of the playoff expansion itself was the reported reasoning behind it, which revolved around a “reality TV twist” where certain teams pick their opponents, and a desire by commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB to satisfy networks and advertising partners.


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The Mets needed some bullpen help this offseason, and GM Brodie Van Wagenen made it happen when he signed former Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances to a one-year, $10.5 million deal.

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

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


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Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia,

Scott Thompson

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Speaking Tuesday after reporting to spring training in Port St. Lucie, outfielder Michael Conforto was the first Mets player to truly speak at length about the situation that led to Luis Rojas replacing Carlos Beltran as manager.

“It’s definitely a shock,” Conforto said about the Astros sign-stealing scandal fallout leading to the change. “And we were all very excited about getting the chance to play for Carlos. It’s tough to not have the chance to play for him, to see what he had to offer. But obviously the organization is gonna do what’s best for us moving forward into the season.

“Us as players, everybody who plays Major League Baseball was locked in on all the stuff that was going on. Obviously it was — there’s a line that definitely shouldn’t be crossed and, you know, Carlos’ involvement with that, it is what it is. Moving forward, I think it’s best that we just are focused on us and the season. With Luis in that spot, I think we can just focus on playing baseball.”


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Carlos Beltran, Michael Conforto,

Danny Abriano

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Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a single against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a single against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is confident in himself heading into 2020 after missing most of the last two seasons due to various lower body injuries. But there is still no timeline for his return to game action.

“We haven’t gotten there yet,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said Tuesday during what was his first presser of spring training. “We don’t have a timeline. So Ces, he’s running, he’s hitting. I’ve had conversations with him, but we don’t have the timeline yet. The performance staff is working on his progression. We’re going from there.”

Cespedes, whose contract was reworked during the offseason — with the guaranteed money lowered substantially due to the ankle injury he suffered last season on his ranch¬†during an incident with a wild boar — has been hitting in the cage and running on the field since at least January.


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Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes,

Danny Abriano

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More Mets continue to report to spring training, as¬†Michael Conforto¬†has made his way to Port St. Lucie.¬†Luis Guillorme¬†and¬†Jake Marisnick¬†were right behind him as well…


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Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto

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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Come and get us?

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has learned his lesson from last season, when he told the rest of the NL East to come get the Mets and found himself saying “they came and got us” by July.

But that doesn’t mean the expectations for the Mets aren’t high.


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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Amidst one of the more controversial offseasons in the sport’s history, Major League Baseball is consiering a massive overhaul to its playof system beginning in 2022, according to the New York Post.

After introducing the Wild Card game to expand the playoffs from eight teams to 10 in 2012, the new system would potentially include 14 playoff teams, three division winners and four wild card teams. The team with the best record in each league would automatically advance to the Division Series, leaving the remaining six teams to play in a Wild Card round.

The most radical change would be a Selection Sunday-type show in which the two division winners not receiving a bye to the Divison Series would get to choose their opponent in the Wild Card round from the bottom-three Wild Card teams. That would would be a best-of-three series, all of which would be played at that team’s home stadium. The other division winner would pick from the remaining two teams, and the top Wild Card team would host the other Wild Card team that wasn’t selected.


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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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


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David Wright, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes,

John Harper

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Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Dominic Smith (22) celebrates after hitting a three run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Dominic Smith (22) celebrates after hitting a three run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

As the Mets enter spring training this week, we’ve got some important news updates.¬†

Uniform number updates and changes, to be specific. 

Reporters were in the team’s spring training locker room on Monday and The Athletic’s Tim Britton had the update: new Mets pitcher Rick Porcello will wear No. 22, the same one he wore during his time with the Red Sox.¬†


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New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Juan Lagares was the longest-tenured player on the Mets, and now he’s jumping ship to San Diego.¬†

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the 30-year-old is joining the Padres.¬†

Lagares joined the Mets originally in 2006 and debuted with the team in 2013, signing as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. Known for the strong defensive aspects of his game, Lagares signed a five-year extension with the Mets in 2015.


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“It’s outta here!!”

“And the ballgame is OVER!”

Two phrases that have become part of the soundtrack of Mets baseball don’t quite sound the same when they don’t come from the mouth of¬†Gary Cohen. Check out¬†Ron Darling¬†and¬†Keith Hernandez¬†giving it their best effort.


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Mets pitchers and catchers reported to Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Monday to mark the official opening of spring training, and they did so at a brand-new facility. 

Take a look around Clover Park, as SNY got a sneak peek inside the clubhouse, weight room and the field itself.


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Luis Rojas (Treated Image by SNY)
Luis Rojas (Treated Image by SNY)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets manager Luis Rojas has been in Port St. Lucie since last week getting ready for his first season at the helm.

On Tuesday, Rojas will meet the media for the first time at spring training during what will be his first non-pomp and circumstance press conference as Mets manager.

Here are five questions he should be asked…


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Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes,

Danny Abriano

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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)

Yoenis Cespedes has never played anywhere but the outfield during his nine-year big league career, but that could be about to change.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen recently said that Cespedes is ready to go¬†offensively as he looks to work his way back from nearly two years on the shelf. And if he’s ready to mix in defense during spring training, it could include reps at first base.

“Really, it’s a matter of having as many players capable of playing multiple positions as possible,” Van Wagenen said over the weekend, according to Tim Healey of Newsday.


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JD Davis, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes,

Danny Abriano

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released a statement on Monday regarding the ending of negotiations with Steve Cohen and the process of the sale of the team going forward.

“As spring training begins, on behalf of ownership, we would like to share more information explaining why the proposed transaction has ended, however due to confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements we are unable to do so at this time,” Wilpon said. “So right now, I believe we need to focus on the future and not in the past and that’s what we intend to do. We would like to assure our fans that we will continue our commitment to winning in 2020 and beyond and we’ll work hard to earn and maintain everyone’s confidence and trust. We’ll be moving forward to find a new transaction. We will not be giving details or updates on the timeline or process until we are prepared to make a public announcement. Thank you, that’s all I can say for now.”

On Feb. 6, after Cohen announced that his deal to become majority owner had fallen through, Sterling Partners released a statement citing the “highly complicated” transaction they had been attempting with Cohen and adding that Sterling intended to “pursue a new transaction and has engaged Allen & Company to manage that process.”¬†


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It’s been well-reported at this point¬†Jeurys Familia¬†has had a body transformation heading into spring training this year. The veteran reliever has dropped 30 pounds from the 270-pound mark he said he was at last season.¬†

Familia has been noticeably slimmer¬†at the Mets’ facility in Port St. Lucie, and with pitchers and catchers officially reporting on Monday, he spoke about his weight loss again — saying he didn’t even realize how heavy he was.¬†

“I was just really overweight,” he told reporters through translator¬†Alan Suriel after his workout on Monday. “Most seasons I would be around 240, 245 and I didn’t realize I had gotten that far overweight. So I just wanted to come back and be at the same weight I was for the rest of my career.”


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Jeurys Familia,

Scott Thompson

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Pitchers and catchers reported to Mets spring training on Monday, and¬†Wilson Ramos¬†was there bright and early to gear up for another year behind the plate as the team’s starting catcher.¬†

While Ramos will continue to build chemistry with the pitchers he worked with last season, he mentioned how excited he is to work with Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha as well. The Mets acquired the two starters that will be battling it out for the fifth rotation spot in camp, and Ramos knows from facing them what they bring to the table.

“Very happy for who we acquired,” he said. “Those two veteran pitchers in the rotation, they’re really good. I’ve been facing them before and they throw the ball really good, so I’m very excited to meet with them.”


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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who enlisted the help of Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez this offseason, spoke Monday about the tips he has put to use, his (hopefully) improved slider, and more at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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

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


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Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo,

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Spring Training officially starts for the Mets this week, with pitchers and catchers reporting on Monday. But it wasn’t just the pitchers that made their way into the Port St. Lucie facility.¬†

Check out¬†Yoenis Cespedes¬†and¬†Brandon Nimmo¬†joining the likes of¬†Noah Syndergaard,¬†Steven Matz, and¬†Marcus Stroman¬†arriving at Mets spring training…


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Like many Mets,¬†Jeff McNeil¬†is down in Port St. Lucie early to gear up for the start of spring training. Position players don’t have to report until the end of the week, but that hasn’t stopped many from getting a head start.¬†

McNeil also comes into spring training with a more defined role than he had last season. Though he played very well in a super-utility role, the 27-year-old is expected to be the Mets’ everyday third baseman. And it’s something that he believes will make this spring simpler as he prepares for the 2020 regular season.

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said on Monday morning. “I think for the most part I’ll be at third base, I’m not 100 percent sure about that yet. But, yeah, kinda know what I’m doing this year so makes it a little bit easier.”


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Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)
Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)

Back in 2018, Jeff McNeil was strictly a second baseman — at least according to former Mets manager Mickey Callaway. Heading into the 2020 season, he’s been ranked one of the best third basemen in baseball.

According to MLB Network’s ‘The Shredder,’ McNeil is the No. 5 third baseman in the game.

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Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo,

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On Thursday evening, the Mets released a statement confirming reports that the deal with Steve Cohen to buy a majority stake in the team had fallen through. 

“The transaction between Sterling and Steve Cohen was a highly complicated one,” the statement read. “Despite the efforts of the parties over the past several months, it became apparent that the transaction as contemplated would have been too difficult to execute.

Sterling intends now to pursue a new transaction and has engaged Allen & Company to manage that process.”


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The Mets were back out on the field Sunday in preparation for the start of spring training this week at Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

Michael Wacha¬†has now reported to camp, and he joined the many other pitchers who got their work in…


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The Mets signed pitcher Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal guaranteed with an additional $7 million in potential incentives on Dec. 11, 2019.

Wacha, 28, had a 4.76 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 126.2 IP in 2019 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but has struggled with injures over the last few seasons. He hopes to stay healthy in 2020 after improving his conditioning in the offseason.

“This spring feels a little different, for sure,” Wacha said. “I feel very healthy, very strong. I guess in 2018 knocked me out with that oblique injury, and that kind of carried over into the offseason where I was training and rehabbing that oblique all the way through the offseason in 2018-2019, and heading into Spring Training. It was nice to have a good offseason where I was fully healthy, fully recovered, and really got some good work done.”


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