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Terry Collins told reporters this afternoon that Noah Syndergaard will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday.

“Well, Noah came in today, and I ran by all the scenarios that certainly we have had with all of these young pitchers this season, and that is, Okay, you’re at 187 innings for the year, how are you feeling?”

“He said, “I’m feeling great. I feel great. I’m not stiff. I’m not sore.” And I said, “Well, then you’ve got tomorrow.”

Collins explained how important it was to him for Syndergaard to pitch on Sunday rather than Steven Matz.

“I mean, I love these young pitchers. They’re going to be so good. We just thought if you had to sit down right now with what we’ve seen in the last month of the season, and that’s as far back as I’m going to go, if you had to put the four guys that were in the rotation right now, it would go basically deGrom, Harvey and Syndergaard at the top.”

“No disrespect to Steven, but he just hasn’t pitched a lot. We want him to start, so we put him in the bullpen tonight. Hopefully get him an inning here in the next couple days, but he’ll pitch Game 4.”

“We like the matchups, and tomorrow night and tonight. This is just like the Dodgers, we’ve got two of the best in the game we’ve got to face. So we kind of like the matchups.”

Matz, of course, is your Game 4 starter.

October 16

Earlier today I was curious as to why a decision had yet to be made on who would start Game 2  of the National League Championship Series opposite Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.

It turns out the reason, as explained by Terry Collins, is that Noah Syndergaard ended up throwing over 100 pitches warming up before entering the game in relief at Dodger Stadium on Thursday and tossing 17 more pitches in an electric seventh inning. As a result he is feeling sore today.

“I’m certainly well aware I got him up four times last night. You can almost say he got ready four times. That could have almost been five innings of work, because I knew he threw over 100 pitches warming up. So if he’s still tender tomorrow, he’s probably not going to be the Game 2 guy. So that’s why I said I don’t have one at the moment.”

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, if Steven Matz were to pitch Game 2 instead of Syndergaard, then that would push him to Game 4. That would result in Syndergaard making just one start in the NLCS while Matz would make two – Games 2 and 6

Matt Harvey figures to start Games 1 and 5, while Jacob deGrom figures to start Games 3 and 7.

I love Matz and all, but I sure hope Thor is feeling significantly better tomorrow and that he can make that Game 2 start.


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Slumping Cespedes Will Be Moved Down Batting Order Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:43:11 +0000 Cespedes Yoenis

After taking another collar during Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Yankees, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the coaching staff is concerned that their once red-hot slugger hasn’t been the same since he was hit in the upper leg by Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler last Tuesday.

“One of the coaches brought up during the game that he’s 0-for-15 since they drilled him,” manager Terry Collins said. “I don’t think he’s afraid by any stretch of the imagination. We’ll just keep running in him out there.”

In an attempt to get Cespedes going again, Collins plans to bat him lower in the order in Sunday’s Subway Series finale.

Cespedes has primarily batted in the second and third spots in the batting order since joining the Mets. No word on how much lower in the order he’ll bat tomorrow, but this is likely temporary.

“We’ll see if we can get some guys on ahead of him,” Collins added. “That might help out.”

David Wright expressed confidence that Cespedes will break out of it very soon.

“Unless you want him to hit .500 with 100 home runs per year, which is what his pace was for a few weeks or a month or whatever it was, you’re inevitably going to slow down a little bit,” Wright said.

“But he’s the type of guy that makes adjustments fairly quickly. It wouldn’t surprise me if he gets hot again here real soon.”

Cespedes has seen his batting average drop from .309 to .283 since he was hit by Koehler.


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Back in the Saddle Again: Travis d’Arnaud Batting Fifth Tonight Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:56:44 +0000 travis d'Arnaud

He’s Baaa-aaack…

Travis d’Arnaud is back in the Mets lineup and batting fifth tonight against the Washington Nationals.

Can I get a… Hell Yeah!

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Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is now in New York and with the team. He will be activated from the disabled list before Friday’s game with the Washington Nationals.

To make room for d’Arnaud the Mets optioned Anthony Recker back to Triple-A Las Vegas after this afternoon’s loss to the Padres.

That leaves Kevin Plawecki as the backup catcher. But he should get plenty of starts at least until TDA is 100 percent ready for a full grind.

D’Arnaud successfully caught the entire game on Wednesday for a second straight day with Double-A Binghamton and proclaims himself ready to go. His addition should provide some boost to the lineup.

July 27

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who is trying to recover from a left sprained elbow, is getting ever so closer to rejoining the team.

On Sunday, d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the DH for Double-A Binghamton in an 8-0 win. He also caught five innings on Saturday with the B-Mets after the team shifted his rehab assignment from St. Lucie to Binghamton.

If all goes well, d’Arnaud should be activated from the DL later this week. However, he would likely need to catch a full minor league game before getting back to the majors.

D’Arnaud, 26, was batting .296 with a .873 OPS in 77 plate appearances this season before he was injured.

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D’Arnaud Expected To Return From DL Next Week Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:46:18 +0000 jacob deGrom travis d'Arnaud

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud will begin his rehab assignment tonight for Advanced-A St. Lucie and according to Terry Collins, he could be ready to return from the DL next week.

“I don’t think he’ll catch seven days, but I’d like to get him seven games of worth of at-bats to get him to 20-25 before he’s activated, ” Collins said before last night’s  3-0 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field.

“It’s been a month, but I certainly think that there’s a legitimate possibility that next week at this time he’s here.”

The St. Lucie Mets play a doubleheader tonight so d’Arnaud should get some at-bats at DH and perhaps catcher for one game.

D’Arnaud, 26, was batting .296 with a .873 OPS in 77 plate appearances this season before he was injured.

July 21

Some rare good news for the Metropolitans broke today as Adam Rubin of ESPN reported that Travis d’Arnaud has taken batting practice the past couple of days and is set to begin playing in rehab games later this week.

D’Arnaud will probably play a couple games in the Gulf Coast or Florida State Leagues before moving to the upper minors and ultimately joining the big-league squad.

The Mets can use all the help on the offensive side of the ball right now that they could get. D’Arnaud is a big-league caliber hitter that has been productive in his limited time this year. Slotting him into the core of this lineup is a step toward getting the offense back on track. Now they just need another bat, maybe two…

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Jack Leathersich May Need Elbow Surgery Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:03:06 +0000 jack leathersich

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, lefthanded reliever Jack Leathersich may have to undergo Tommy John surgery. He will be evaluated by team doctors who will make a final determination.

Leathersich, 25,  has not appeared in a game since June 29 when he threw 57 pitches during a relief outing with Triple-A Las Vegas a day after he was demoted from the big league team.

In 17 appearances this season for the Mets, Leathersich had a 2.31 ERA and 1.629 WHIP in 11.2 innings pitched with 14 strikeouts and seven walks.


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Gee Goes Unclaimed, Mets Outright Him To Las Vegas Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:02:04 +0000 dillon gee

The Mets have outrighted Dillon Gee to Triple-A Las Vegas after he passed through waivers and went unclaimed by any teams.

It seems teams were even unwilling to pick him up for simply assuming the remaining $3 million left on his contract.

He’s back with the Mets.

June 21

A source that the New York Mets have failed to trade right-hander Dillon Gee despite some interest from other clubs.

Instead the team has now placed him on outright waivers for the purpose of sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Barring a claim, he would clear waivers on Tuesday.

Adam Rubin points out that because Gee has more than three years of major league service, he could refuse an assignment to Las Vegas if he clears waivers and declare free agency.

“However, he is unlikely to do so because he would vacate the $3.1 million still owed to him this season.”

If Gee reports to Las Vegas and is not promoted to the Mets later in the year, he also could declare free agency shortly after the season.

June 15

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets will designate pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment.

Gee, 29, has had the worst season of his career this year. He is currently 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA through eight appearances (including seven starts). He had his worst outing of the season yesterday against the Braves in which he allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 3.2 innings in a spot start. Gee has, however, been a regular member of the rotation (when healthy) for the past five seasons. In parts of six seasons, all with the Mets, Gee has a 40-37 record and 4.03 ERA (91 ERA+) in 679.1 innings.

Gee has bee the subject of trade rumors all season. Those rumors have only grown as Noah Syndergaard joined the team and as Steven Matz continues to dominate in Triple-A.

The Mets have been unsure of where to put Gee, twice putting him in the bullpen and then having him start. With Akeel Morris being promoted today, designating Gee for assignment clears up a roster spot for him.

The Mets will now presumably look to trade Gee to another team. He is making $5.3 million this season.

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Bobby Parnell Back With The Mets Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:00:29 +0000 bobby parnell

The Mets announced that reliever Bobby Parnell will rejoin the Mets on Wednesday and then be activated from the DL within a few days.

Parnell had a 30-day rehab clock in the minors that was set to expire, and because he has more than five years of service time in the majors,  he could have refused an assignment to the minors.

He appeared in his final rehab game on Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton and tossed a scoreless inning albeit with a walk, a hit batter and wild pitch.

Overall, the numbers for Parnell in 15 rehab appearances are not good, posting a 11.57 ERA over 14 innings and getting tagged for 22 hits, 14 walks, three wild pitches and two hit batters.

Additionally, his fastball velocity is far below his norm, averaging about 92 mph.

Despite his subpar numbers, the Mets hope that he can soon find his form while with the big league team.

“You don’t know until he gets here,” Terry Collins said. “He may amp it up and pitch at 95, 96 a little bit. So he might have it still. But we won’t know until he’s here.”

As for his role, Collins added, “I think I’ll just get him in there and let him get his feet wet again.”

Parnell, the team’s former closer, last pitched in the majors on Opening Day in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery eight days later.

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Marcos Molina Is Being Evaluated For Tommy John Thu, 28 May 2015 14:45:39 +0000 Marcos Molina (Photo: Bryan Green)

Marcos Molina (Photo: Bryan Green)

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets’ pitching prospect Marcos Molina was shut down after six starts this season because of elbow difficulty.

The 20 year old right hander has one of the highest upsides in the Mets’ minors, and he was rated as the Mets’ 9th best prospect by MMO during our preseason rankings.

Here’s what our minor league analyst Michael Mayer had to say about him:

“Molina has a great pitchers frame that allows him to hit mid 90′s on the gun but tends to be in the lower 90′s later in the game. His fastball his already a plus pitch and likes to attack hitters with it. His changeup is his best offspeed offering that has a nice sink to it and good control but he sometimes telegraphs it by lowering his arm angle. To become a successful Major League Pitcher he needs to refine his curveball that has said to be “slurvy” at times.”

Molina was 1-4 his season with a 4.41 ERA for Single-A St.Lucie, but he was incredible last year with the Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones.

Molina had a outstanding 1.78 ERA and 0.82 WHIP with 91 strikeouts in 76 innings.

Hopefully the injury is nothing serious and the Mets are just being cautious. It would be a shame to see another promising young pitcher like Molina miss significant time recovering from Tommy John.

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Mets Officials Underwhelmed By Lefty Relief Candidates In Camp Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:51:19 +0000 Mets relief pitcher Scott Rice

Mets officials have been underwhelmed by the four left-handed relief candidates in major league camp: Scott Rice, Sean Gilmartin, Dario Alvarez and Jack Leathersich, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

“They might acquire someone from outside the organization before Opening Day. Baltimore Orioles southpaw Brian Matusz is one potential option. A waiver claim on a lower-tier reliever also is possible.”

Sandy Alderson said recently that despite the need, Steven Matz will not be a consideration for the bullpen.

“I’m not happy where we are with our left-handed situation, so that is a work in progress.

When asked if money was the real reason he failed to address what he initially called a critical offseason priority, the Mets GM responded:

“There just wasn’t anybody in whom we were prepared to invest a major league contract. It’s not the financial issue.”

Reliever Duane Below, who was signed to a minor league deal in the offseason, is also going to get a longer look as none of the primary candidates have stepped up. But even Below seems like a long shot given his reverse splits.


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Adam Rubin Reviews Alderson’s Biography Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:08:25 +0000 baseball maverick

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York published a review last night of Sandy Alderson’s upcoming biography “Baeball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets”. In his review, Rubin highlighted Alderson’s comments on Terry Collins‘ job security and what happened behind the scenes in the Carlos Beltran trade. Here are some of the most interesting details.

  • Amid reports manager Terry Collins‘ job was safe last August, Collins’ chance of returning actually was 51 percent, according to Alderson, who told Kettmann at the time: “Frankly, for me, that percentage has been eroding.”
  • Alderson was upset about a drop in walks. ”We can’t just throw up our hands and say, ‘We’re not being selective at the plate anymore, so much for that,’” Alderson said. A meeting with hitters saved Collins’ job.
  • Alderson approached Peter Greenberg, the agent for Jose Reyes, in June of Reyes’ walk year, but the GM was rebuffed in extension talks. Alderson never made an official offer that winter, but informally indicated the Mets genuinely were prepared to bid $100 million.
  • “The sad thing is if we sign Jose, we’re just maintaining the status quo. We’re not improving the team,” Alderson told Kettmann at the time.
  • The Mets initially had insisted on Gary Brown, Brandon Belt or Zack Wheeler for Beltran. Belt was preferred.
  • Ruben Tejada is one of the few criticized. “Gradually you come to the conclusion that Tejada is just a placeholder,” Alderson said. “He’s not a long-term guy for us.”

Thoughts: There’s a lot of great information here, but I am wary of the authors portrayal of Alderson. Rubin notes that the book has an “excessively positive” tone, and it’s ridiculous to say at this point that the Mets are “revived”.

The Mets have yet to achieve a winning season during Alderson’s tenure as GM, so I don’t trust that the author will evaluate Alderson objectively after making a statement like that on the cover.

Despite its potential slant, I agree with Rubin that it’s still worth reading. I would just recommend being skeptical  and cautious about some of the claims made within the book.

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Mets Avoid Arbitration With Jenrry Mejia, Agree On $2.6 Million Contract Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:54:02 +0000 jenrry-mejia

The Mets and Jenrry Mejia have agreed to a one year deal for 2.595 million to avoid arbitration, according to Jon Heyman. Mejia had filed for $3.0 million while the Mets initially offered $2.1 million.

Mejia will likely start the season as the Mets closer no matter what Terry Collins keeps saying about it being a competition this Spring.

So we have only Lucas Duda left to sign as arbitration hearings begin next week. Someone asked me if I thought the delay could be the two sides working on an extension, but I’m sure that’s not the case given how broke the team still is. I still expect both sides to settle before their hearing.

January 16

The Mets have avoided arbitration with Daniel Murphy, agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal with him on Friday night. Murphy had submitted an $8.6 million figure while the Mets countered with $7.4 million.

According to what a team source told Adam Rubin the Mets have no plans for a multi-year deal with Murphy and the All Star second baseman will head into free agency after the 2015 season.

The team has already reached deals with Dillon Gee for $5.3 million earlier in the day, and for $1.88 million with shortstop Ruben Tejada. They signed Bobby Parnell for $3.7 million last week.

That leaves just Lucas Duda and Jenrry Mejia to sign on the dotted line.

January 15

Today was the deadline for exchanging arbitration figures with any arbitration eligible players who remained unsigned.

The Mets avoided arbitration with two of their five eligible players when the agreed to one-year deals with Dillon Gee ($5.3M) and Ruben Tejada ($1.88M).

Here are the salary figures exchanged with the remaining unsigned players.

  • Lucas Duda filed for $4.7 million, Mets offered $3.75 million.
  • Jenrry Mejia filed for $3.0 million, Mets offered $2.1 million.
  • Daniel Murphy filed for $8.6 million, Mets offered $7.4 million.

Adam Rubin also added that a team source told him definitively that the Mets have no plans for a multi-year deal with Daniel Murphy and he will be a free agent after the 2015 season.


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Mets Avoid Arbitration With Bobby Parnell Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:20:10 +0000 New York Mets v Miami Marlins

The Mets announced they have avoided arbitration with reliever Bobby Parnell and agreed to a contract for the 2015 season. Adam Rubin reports that Parnell will get the same $3.7 million he earned last season.

Parnell, 30, underwent Tommy John surgery last April and is expected to return to action in mid April or early May according to Sandy Alderson.

Terry Collins has said repeatedly this offseason, that Parnell will resume his role as the Mets closer once he is activated.

Other players who are due arbitration include Daniel Murphy ($8.1M in 2014), Dillon Gee ($4.99M), Lucas Duda ($4.25M), Jenrry Mejia ($2.5M) and Ruben Tejada ($1.7M).


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Mets Payroll Near $100 Million But Likely To Drop Before Opening Day Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:50:04 +0000 jeff wilpon

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York estimates the Mets payroll is currently at around $99.3 million dollars barring any further changes to the roster.

With the new league minimum set at $507,500, Rubin assigned that figure to 14 pre-arbitration players while adding in the $62.5 million in guaranteed contracts to David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, Michael Cuddyer and Jon Niese. He projects Mets arbitration eligible players to total $25.24 million.

However Sandy Alderson warned that payroll is more likely to go down than up before Opening Day. For instance it could drop to $94 million if they do in fact move Dillon Gee, and even more if Niese or Colon get dealt instead.

In 2014, the Mets began the season with a third straight year of a reduced payroll, coming in at $87.3 million dollars and ranking 24th. They will likely top that mark in 2015, but not by much even though Jeff Wilpon promised greater payroll flexibility for this offseason back in September.

Meanwhile, MLB reported a record shattering $9 billion dollars in gross revenue in 2014 as reported by Forbes Magazine. All teams received an estimated $40 million dollars each this year from new National TV baseball contracts.

The Mets had their sixth-consecutive season below .500 in 2014 and have not made the postseason since 2006.


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Mets’ 40 Man Roster After Additions and Subtractions Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:47:33 +0000 noah syndergaard

The Mets announced that right-handers Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris plus lefty reliever Jack Leathersich have been added to the 40 man roster. Additionally, Jeff Walters, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, was removed from the roster.

Here is what the Mets 40 Man Roster looks like after all is sad and done:

Pitchers (23)

Dario Alvarez
Vic Black
Bartolo Colon
Jacob deGrom
Josh Edgin
Jeurys Familia
Dillon Gee
Gonzalez Germen
Erik Goeddel
Matt Harvey
Jack Leathersich
Steven Matz
Cory Mazzoni
Jenrry Mejia
Rafael Montero
Akeel Morris
Jon Niese
Bobby Parnell
Hansel Robles
Noah Syndergaard
Carlos Torres
Zack Wheeler
Gabriel Ynoa

Catchers (2)

Travis d’Arnaud
Anthony Recker

Infielders (8)

Eric Campbell
Lucas Duda
Wilmer Flores
Dilson Herrera
Daniel Murphy
Ruben Tejada
Wilfredo Tovar
David Wright

Outfielders (7)

Michael Cuddyer
Matt den Dekker
Curtis Granderson
Juan Lagares
Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Cesar Puello
Eric Young Jr.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on December 11 during the Winter Meetings. If the Mets acquire any player with a major league contract between now and the draft, they’ll have to make room for him and remove a player the roster.

November 20

All MLB teams must decide by today which minor league players they will add to their 40-man rosters to protect them from this upcoming Rule 5 Draft to be conducted in December.

On Tuesday, Sandy Alderson told reporters that he expects to add 5-6 prospects to the 40-man roster and that it will be heavily dominated by right-handed pitchers.

Noah Syndergaard will head the list of players and right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett and Akeel Morris could all be protected as well. That leaves one or two more spots and I’m betting it will be two from a group that includes Gabe Ynoa, Jack Leathersich, T.J. RiveraDaniel Muno, and Dustin Lawley.

Remember that anyone selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on the new team’s 25 man roster all year or be returned to the original team. So the strategy is to try and protect those players who could help an MLB team right now.


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Mets Considering Re-Signing LHP Dana Eveland Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:32:02 +0000 dana-eveland-mlb-philadelphia-phillies-new-york-mets-850x560

Yesterday we learned the Mets were interested in bringing back right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle, which you can read here.

Today, Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports that Sandy Alderson also has interest in re-signing left-hander Dana Eveland.

Eveland, 31, had a 2.63 ERA in 30 relief appearances for the Mets, striking out 27 and walking six in 27.1 innings pitched. Eveland had a career best 1.09 WHIP after last pitching in the majors in 2012. Over nine major league seasons his WHIP is 1.629 with a 5.27 ERA.

It’s not known how Eveland has progressed since after being shutdown with inflammation in his pitching elbow in early September and being subsequently released after the season. If healthy, he’s worth bringing back on a one year deal.

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Prospect Pulse: Matt Reynolds, SS Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:00:15 +0000 MiLB: April 28 - St. Lucie Mets at Tampa Yankees

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY published an interesting article yesterday about Mets infield prospect, Matt Reynolds. In the article, Reynolds discussed his strong bounce back performance this year, and how he has improved since 2013. Here is what he had to say.

“I feel like I’m pretty close to being ready to play in the big leagues,” Reynolds said. “Obviously there’s still a lot of things that I want to work on and I want to get better at. This year has been really good for me. I’ve gained a lot of confidence from it. And I’ve also seen what aspects I need to improve on a lot. It’ been a fun year and the Fall League has helped out a lot more.”

“My approach at the plate, my swing improved a lot this past offseason,” Reynolds said. “It carried over into the season. I made a lot of adjustments of staying through the middle of the field and not trying to pull the ball too much. When you have that approach, you’re able to hit a lot more pitches. I was able to keep a consistent approach for most of the year and it worked for me.”

This season was a remarkable turnaround for Reynolds. After hitting just .226 for the High-A St. Lucie in 2013, Reynolds batted .343 this season with six home runs and 61 RBI for AA-Binghamton and AAA-Las Vegas. He also stole 20 bases and posted a solid .859 OPS.

The Mets are very high on the 23-year old shortstop. MMO’s John Bernhardt interviewed Sandy earlier this month, and he praised Reynolds for his defensive skills and sound approach at the plate.

“He’s been solid at shortstop. And we’ve left him there and expect that he’ll be able to remain there. He’s also an excellent athlete. He’s got a strong arm, pretty good range defensively. Offensively, he had just a great season last year — really a breakout season for him both at Binghamton and at Las Vegas. The numbers get a little inflated at Las Vegas, but his were right in line with what he had done in Binghamton.”

“I think what he’s done — by his own word, he’s indicated — he’s started to use all the field. He’s not really trying to pull everything. And although he had some home runs, and I think he’s got three home runs already in the Arizona Fall League, he tries to use the whole field. He’s sort of a gap-to-gap guy. So we’re very high on Reynolds and hope that he can at least at the outset of 2015 duplicate what he was able to do last year.”

So what’s the plan for Reynolds? Alderson told reporters on Thursday that he will likely start the season in Las Vegas and won’t break camp with the Mets. However, I expect him to get called up at some point during the year. Reynolds is a polished hitter drafted out of college, so he should not need a lot more time in the minors before he is ready to play in New York.

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Wally Backman Will Not Join The Mets In 2015 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:27:20 +0000 backman

Wally Backman will not join the Mets in 2015. Instead he will return to AAA Las Vegas, where he just won a division title and Manager of the Year in the Pacific Coast League, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Instead, Sandy Alderson, who spoke briefly about the topic on Sunday, will likely make some minor changes to the coaching staff including reassigning Lamar Johnson and Luis Natera.

Without any other changes to the major league coaching roster, it seems there is no fit for Backman in Queens. Side stepping like a pro, Alderson concluded that “I never like to announce changes if there are going to be any at the time the season ends. So anything we do will be deferred (Adam Rubin, ESPN).

Adam Rubin’s source calls the changes the Mets will make “limited” while Andy Martino of The Daily News quoted a source as saying that the previously mentioned coaches would be reassigned and Bob Geren would return.

The most interesting twist in this discussion is the idea of Backman interviewing outside of New York. His history with the Mets front office aside, Backman has done an admirable job with the 51′s and with coaching vacancy’s looming throughout baseball, he could make sense for another club.

Mets fans seem more interested in moving Backman into a position with the major league team than Alderson and the front office. For now it appears he’ll be back in Las Vegas for 2015 unless another team poaches him.

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Mets Logo Under Fire From Hackers, Or Not… Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:31:05 +0000 Courtesy of

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Multiple outlets reported late in the afternoon yesterday that the Mets logo had been changed. The change, a tiny one, replaced the United Nations with the silhouette of 601 Lexington Avenue, formerly known as the Citigroup Center. Mets officials were quick to point out that their original logo included the United Nations and social media accounts which featured the new logo were quickly changed.

Adam Rubin seemed to have led the charge on Twitter regarding the logo. Many, including the New York Times, speculated that this was the work of hackers, frustrated with the Mets and calling the team out on their alignment with Citi. The company does pay $20+ million per year to own the naming rights to Citi Field. While the speculation is surrounding hacking, I have serious doubts about those claims. Here’s why.

Hackers are usually very calculated and by their nature, extremely smart. Why would a hacker take time to break into the New York Mets official Facebook and Twitter accounts, just to replace the profile photos with a slightly altered version? Even more so, a hacker would have done his research. He would have known that in 2001, Citi sold their controlling stake in the building and it was renamed, by the property owners, 601 Lexington Avenue. This makes the entire hack irrelevant.

What is the real story here? Is it that the Mets are dealing with a hacker that just isn’t all that smart? Is it that the Mets changed the logo themselves in a back room deal with Citi Group? The world may never know. What I can say is that the “statement” from a hacker is ill conceived and the idea that the Mets could slip this past fans is equally pathetic. Either way, peace seems to have been restored, in the form of the UN, to the Mets skyline.

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Alderson Impressed with Nimmo’s Batting Practice Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:29 +0000 brandon nimmoThe Sterling-Award winners in the Mets organization were in attendance Monday night to not only receive their awards, but also participate in batting practice and meet the team and front office. Brandon Nimmo was one of the attendees, who won the Sterling Award as the best player at Single-A St. Lucie Mets.

Nimmo played 62 games for St. Lucie, batting .322 with five triples and four home runs. The most impressive stat was his on-base-percentage, which was an incredible .448. His plate discipline can be credited for the 50 walks he drew. Additionally, Nimmo only made one error in 130 chances while playing mostly center field.

Made famous for being the guy who didn’t play high school baseball (he played American Legion Ball because his high school didn’t have a team), Nimmo impressed the Mets front office during batting practice on Monday.

“Did you see his batting practice today?” Sandy Alderson asked ESPN’s Adam Rubin and a group of reporters at Citi Field. “There was a lot more man there than there was a year and a half ago.”

Nimmo has filled out since being drafted in 2011. When he was drafted, he weighed 180 pounds. After an offseason of training with Andrew McCutchen at the IMG Academy in Florida, he now weighs in at 205 pounds.

In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Rubin,  Nimmo said, “I do think the offseason and the training we put in and the nutrition, I think all of that came into what you saw this year, a little bit more power, a little bit more body control, (and) better swing. I am a lot stronger than I was a year ago. It’s helped me out a ton.”

The Mets are starting to feel good about Brandon Nimmo after facing early criticism for passing on the Marlins former Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez to take Nimmo 13th overall. Nimmo’s progress this year will be a huge factor into Alderson’s offseason playbook in regards to bringing in an outfielder to play alongside Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson.

Safe to say that Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto headline a strong crop of prospects waiting in the Mets’ pipeline.

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Jenrry Mejia Leads NL With 15 Saves Since All Star Break Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:40:45 +0000 jenry mejia

Jenrry Mejia earned his 26th save of the season on Friday night as the Mets beat the Nationals 4-3, however his post game celebration caused a bit of a stir.

After Mejia struck out Ian Desmond to end the game, he pointed at Desmond’ as if he were casting a fishing rod and then began reeling him in. It was hilarious.

Apparently, and according to Adam Rubin, some players thought it was too over-the-top. Bryce Harper in the on-deck circle was among some Nats who were none too pleased, says Rubin.

“That wasn’t called for,” Denard Span said to reporters about Mejia’s antics. “No need for that.”

Terry Collins didn’t have a problem with it. “You’ve got to have some emotion in the game. We see it everywhere. …But, gosh, it’s a big win for us against a first-place team and there’s no reason not to be excited.”

Mejia says it’s all spontaneous and not scripted. “I just go out there and it’s like adrenaline. I just do what comes naturally. I just struck him out, and I did something to finish the game.”

Ian Desmond, who was the target of Mejia’s fish reeling, didn’t seem to mind it. “If you don’t like it, play better.”

Look, Jenrry Mejia is a refreshing departure from the norm. Let him celebrate all he wants. I only wish we had more personalities like him.

By the way, since the All Star break Jenrry Mejia is tied with Trevor Rosenthal for the National League lead in saves with 15. So yeah, keep on celebrating Jenrry…

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