Mets Merized Online » Adam Rubin Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Set 1 PM Deadline Today To Avoid Arbitration Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:35:00 +0000 Mets Cubs

The New York Mets have set a 1 p.m. ET deadline today for the team to come to terms with arbitration eligible players.

The Mets have already agreed on terms for one-year deals with Rene Rivera ($1.75MM), Zack Wheeler ($800,000K), Jenrry Mejia ($1.9MM) and Lucas Duda ($7.25MM).

Projected salaries for players the Mets still need to agree with:

Travis d’Arnaud – $1.9 million

Jacob deGrom – $4.225 million

Josh Edgin – $800,000 thousand

Jeurys Familia – $8.7 million

Wilmer Flores – $2.9 million

Matt Harvey – $5.325 million

Addison Reed – $7.9 million

Original Report – Jan 12

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Sandy Alderson is setting a hard deadline of Friday at 1 P.M. as the deadline to agree to terms with players who have filed for salary arbitration.

So far this offseason, the Mets have come to terms with Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler, and Jenrry Mejia. This means the Mets have a lot of work to do over the next 24 hours, as Travis d’ArnaudJacob deGrom, Lucas DudaJosh EdginJeurys Familia, Wilmer FloresMatt Harvey and Addison Reed have yet to come to terms with the Mets.

It should be noted that last year, deGrom was unwilling to sign his $607,000 contract when the Mets renewed his contract. It was a symbolic gesture as deGrom had no negotiating rights due to his being a pre-arbitration eligible player. With deGrom not signing the contract, the $607,000 salary was assigned to him.

The last time the Mets went to arbitration with a player was with Oliver Perez in 2008. Perez won his arbitration case with the Mets, and he made $6.5 million during the 2008 season.

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It will be interesting to see how this hard line plays out with arbitration hearings being what they are. A player’s reps will be presenting all the reasons why the arbiter should decide in their favor.

Meanwhile on the flip side, the Mets legal team will be presenting all the reasons why the player is undeserving of the salary figure they submitted. Sometimes it can get real ugly.

It’s funny because just on Tuesday, I was praising the Mets for being among the top teams in staying clear of arbitration hearings with their players.

This new tact is quite a dynamic shift in philosophy. I would imagine this comes directly from the top and straight from Jeff Wilpon. Hopefully this has no effect on morale. I don’t know why, but I always get a real creepy feeling whenever Jeff sticks his nose in Mets decisions like this.

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Michael Conforto Will Not Play Winter Ball Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:00:17 +0000 michael-conforto

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has not and will not play any winter ball this offseason.

Despite Terry Collins‘ (and probably most people’s) recommendation for him to play winter ball and get as many reps as possible, Conforto’s representatives are not allowing it because it poses a ‘financial risk,’ according to Adam Rubin on Twitter.

Juan Lagares is allowed by his agents to play in the winter because he is guaranteed money over the next few seasons, and is not in the position Conforto is in. While Lagares is guaranteed money through 2019 (with a team option for 2020), Conforto is going year to year with a low salary almost entirely dictated on his level of play. If he were to get injured in the offseason and lose playing time in 2017, for example, his 2018 salary would take a hit.

In 33 Triple-A games this past season, Conforto absolutely mashed at a .422/.483/.727 (1.209 OPS) clip with nine home runs, eight doubles, and two triples. According to Adam Rubin on Twitter, another reason he did not participate was that the level of play in winter ball is lower than the level of AAA.

Conforto hasn’t just been sitting around doing nothing, though. He has been conditioning all offseason and plans on entering spring training in the best shape of his life. He is hoping that his strides made at the end of last season regarding going the opposite way, as well as some extra muscle, will translate into more home run power. I am hoping for that as well.

The best thing for Michael Conforto is to get as many at-bats as possible against any pitcher not named Madison Bumgarner. We can expect him to get plenty of work during Spring Training, including some innings at first base, as the Mets look for Conforto to significantly bounce back in 2017.

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Jacob deGrom Will Have Elbow Surgery This Week Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:40:36 +0000 jacob-degrom

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has opted for season-ending surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. He will have the procedure this week, Terry Collins told reporters before Tuesday’s game with the Braves.

DeGrom, 28, was initially slated to pitch last Sunday, but after throwing a bullpen session Friday, he felt the recurring pain in his right elbow while tossing a ball during practice.

Doctors will move the ulnar nerve, which had been causing intermittent elbow discomfort as well as finger numbness over his last 5-6 starts. DeGrom went 7-8 this season with a 3.04 ERA in 24 starts.

Original Report – Sep 18

Jacob deGrom who was expected to rejoin the rotation and start on Sunday, is likely out for the season according to general manager Sandy Alderson who spoke to reporters at Citi Field before the game on Saturday.

After throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, deGrom felt a twinge and some pain in his elbow and team doctors determined he will need surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his elbow.

“I think we knew that it was something that was going to have to be done in the offseason, and we were trying to put it off until then. It’s definitely disappointing,” said deGrom.

Manager Terry Collins said that deGrom was very upset when learning his season was over because of continued pain in his elbow and forearm.

“I talked to him again this morning, and he’s still very upset at the fact he still feels it today. I just said ‘look, you’ve got to move forward and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

“We just have to prepare not to have him,” Collins continued. “It was hard. When he walked in, I could tell something was wrong. But again, you want to try to make sure. He was really down about it because he was so excited about coming back.”

Alderson said that the surgery is not as serious as Tommy John surgery, but that it’s still a significant procedure and an unfortunate loss for the club.

The likely recovery time for ulnar nerve surgery is anywhere between 4-6 months although each case is very different. DeGrom has already had Tommy John surgery on that elbow to repair the ulnar collateral ligament.

The 28-year old righty ends his season having made 24 starts for the Mets and posting a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while striking out 143 batters in 148 innings pitched. DeGrom had a 7-8 record.

The Mets have now lost Matt HarveyZack Wheeler and deGrom for the season. All three are expected to be ready for spring training.

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Gsellman Has Labrum Tear In Non-Pitching Shoulder Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:55:13 +0000 robert gsellman 2

Robert Gsellman has at least some degree of labrum tear in his non-pitching shoulder, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Team doctors will wait until after the season to determine whether Gsellman will require surgery.

Gsellman has not been swinging the bat at all in Las Vegas or with the Mets, which has made the issue glaring, adds Rubin.

After tossing 5,2 scoreless innings in a non-decision against the Nationals on Wednesday, Gsellman has a 3.08 ERA over five appearances including four starts since being called up.

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Mets Option Montero To Las Vegas, Expected To Recall Verrett Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:43:04 +0000 logan verrett

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is hearing that RHP Logan Verrett will likely be recalled by the Mets to replace RHP Rafael Montero who was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after last night’s game.

The Mets added Montero to the 25-man roster for Monday’s start in place of Jacob deGrom and tossed five scoreless innings against the Marlins despite walking six batters. After tossing 100 pitches in his emergency spot start, the Mets are taking an opportunity to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.

Verrett has appeared in dual roles for the Mets this season, going 1-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 12 starts, while posting a 1.29 WHIP and 2.81 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

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Mets Reshuffle Roster, Place Cabrera and Ruggiano on DL Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:47:25 +0000 asdrubal cabrera

The Mets added outfielder Jay Bruce and LHP Jonathon Niese to the 25-Man roster. The club also recalled infielder Ty Kelly and LHP Josh Edgin from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.

New York also optioned outfielder Brandon Nimmo and RHP Seth Lugo to Las Vegas and placed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 15-Day DL.

Bruce, 29, a three-time All-Star, is batting .265 (98-370) with 22 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs, 80 RBI and a .559 slugging percentage in 97 games. His 80 RBI lead the National League (fourth in the major leagues), while his 25 home runs are tied for fourth-most in the NL. Jay Bruce will wear #19.

Niese, 29, was 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA (60 earned runs/110.0 innings) in 23 games, 18 starts for the Pirates this year. He was 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA (two earned runs/8.1 innings) in five games in relief this season. He will reprise his uniform No. 49.

Original Report – 10:00 AM

With newcomers Jay Bruce and Jon Niese set to join the team today, the New York Mets may have as many as four new faces when they take the field tonight at Citi Field for game two of the Subway Series.

Beat writer Adam Rubin is reporting that utility player Ty Kelly and left-handed reliever Josh Edgin will join the club from Triple-A Las Vegas.

He says this is a prelude to the likelihood that Asdrubal Cabrera (sprained knee) and Justin Ruggiano (strained hamstring) will land on the disabled list.

It’s not clear how the other two spots will be freed, but he speculates that Brandon Nimmo could be demoted. Also on the bubble might be reliever Seth Lugo.

We’ll know more later today when the Mets are expected to report the results of Cabrera’s MRI and whether Ruggiano will in fact be forced to the DL after only a three day tenure with the team.

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Houston Astros Sign Yulieski Gurriel Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:30:39 +0000 gourriel

Update: According to Rolando Napoles and later confirmed by Jesse Sanchez of the Astros have signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five year deal worth $47.5 million.

Original Report

Yulieski Gurriel, the latest cuban defector who had been on the Mets radar is not believed to be on his way to New York anytime soon. Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the team is unlikely to sign Gourriel.

On top of the expected multi-year deal required to obtain his services, it is believed he may need some time at the minor league level to ready himself to help a big league club. Rubin advised that Mets brass came away less than enamored with the 32 year-old Cuban star from his June 27 workout for the team.

With a possible resurgence of Jose Reyes, who has been off to a solid start in his first six games back as a Met, the team does not seem to believe that Gourriel would be worth the contract. Reyes has started his season with a .250/.308/.708 slash to go with three homers, three RBI and five runs scored. He though of course is not looked at as a long term solution.

Reyes though is not the only player the Mets have to help man the infield as Wilmer Flores had been on a mission prior to the All-Star break. Over his last 30 games, Flores has hit unbelievably to a .293/.337/.565 slash. In that same time period he has seven homers with 21 RBI and 11 runs scored. Anytime Flores has a threat of losing his job, he seems to excel as he has done here.

Yoenis Cespedes has spoke very highly of his good friend, Gourriel, calling him the best player in Cuba. It is always hard to tell how a player’s game though may translate when making their way to the States. Weeks prior it seemed there was a hot pursuit for Gourriel’s services, but talk has died down and we have yet to hear anything of where he may be leaning. It does not seem though the Mets will be a part of that decision.

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Jerry Blevins Proving To Be A Big Part Of Mets Pen Tue, 03 May 2016 16:46:00 +0000 jerry blevins

The New York Mets completed one of their best April’s in team history, going 15-7 for a .682 winning percentage. As Adam Rubin noted, the Mets twice had more wins in April in 2006 (16-8) and 2002 (16-10) but those were in more games played.

A number of factors led to such an impressive month, as the Mets offense woke up halfway through April, the starting pitching was impressive despite early issues from Matt Harvey and Steven Matz, and the bullpen has done a formidable job holding leads, much better than many early predictions favored them to be.

Before Monday night’s home game with the Atlanta Braves, the Mets pen ranked 9th in baseball in ERA at 2.84, 9th in OPS at .630, and 3rd in K/9 at 10.48. The Mets bullpen is also in the bottom third of the amount of extra base hits surrendered, only giving up 17 extra base hits to date.

A key contributor has been LHP Jerry Blevins, who’s been fantastic thus far for the Mets in his short New York career.

I say short because Blevins, 32, was involved in not one, but two different broken arm injuries in 2015. The first occurred on April 19th when Blevins was pitching in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins. With one out and runners on the corners, recently suspended Dee Gordon hit a 0-1 off-speed pitch right back at Blevins, fracturing his forearm. Blevins would go on to try and rehab it without surgery, until he next incident occurred four months later.

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While rehabbing his way back for late season action, Blevins re-injured his left arm in August, when he slipped while stepping off a curb retrieving his iPhone from his car in Florida. He re-fractured his distal radius bone in his left forearm, the same one he had initially injured in April against the Marlins.

Blevins had surgery after the incident in Florida, requiring a plate and six screws. Blevins rehabbed in the offseason and was ready for another opportunity with a clean bill of health for 2016. Blevins knew that he had to adjust after having surgery, and needed to test his arm out as soon as he was cleared to do so. He talked in spring about facing the new challenge.

“Something is new. I’ve got metal latched to bone in my arm. So there was definitely a bit of apprehension. But there’s only one way to find out how it’s going to be. And that’s to start throwing. Knock on wood, it’s been great so far. I haven’t had any issues. It feels really good now.”

Blevins is healthy and back in action for the Mets this year, after resigning with the club in December for $4 million plus incentives to be one of their their lefty specialists.

In Spring Training, Blevins talked about how the incidents from 2015 have had an impact on his life, and are a constant reminder of the wacky season he had. At least he has a sense of humor about it!

“Every time somebody tweets about me, all the comments are: ‘Watch out for a curb. Wrap him in bubble wrap,’” Blevins said. “So it’s something I’m prepared for.”

He’s off to a great start in 2016, as he’s 1-0 on the year, with a 3.38 ERA in 12 appearances. Blevins has struck out seven, and has not issued a walk in eight innings of work before Monday night’s game.

His secondary stats are excellent as well, as he owns a 0.50 WHIP, and a .148 batting average against. Blevins has inherited 12 runners, and only one has come around to score. And his FIP also reveals that Blevins has done better than what his ERA indicates, as he’s currently at 2.94.

Blevins’ splits are phenomenal against left-handed hitters, as he owns a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits, one extra-base-hit, and one earned run.

He’s essentially a three-pitch pitcher, throwing his sinker 45% of the time, followed by a curveball 31.7%, and a slider at 19.2%. He also features a changeup that he’s only employed 4.2% of the time thus far. Despite not featuring overpowering “stuff”, Blevins has been successful in his career by pitching on the first base side of the rubber, and throwing at more of a three quarter delivery, giving the opposition a more difficult task of trying to pick up the ball at an altered angle.

Blevins is going to play an important role for the Mets in the pen, especially when facing the tough left-handed hitters in the National League East. Here’s Blevins’ career numbers against some of the tougher competition in the NL East, Bryce Harper (0-1), Daniel Murphy (0-3), Freddie Freeman (3-8 with 2 strikeouts), Dee Gordon (1-7), and Ryan Howard (0-3 with 2 strikeouts), and Odubel Herrera (0-2).

The Mets bullpen has been a collective success so far, and more help is on the way in LHP Josh Edgin, and the return of Zack Wheeler in July, which would push Bartolo Colon to the pen and for some spot starts. In order for the Mets to make another run at the World Series this year, they’re relying on their pen of veterans and young arms to carry the load and turn the ball over to Jeurys Familia. Blevins and his lefty arm will be a big part of that for the Mets in 2106, but maybe keep the bubble wrap handy when he’s walking near curbs.

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Syndergaard’s Slider Is Unhittable Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:00:02 +0000 Noah  Syndergaard

Last season, Noah Syndergaard basically dominated with a fastball/sinker, curveball, and a changeup. He tinkered with a slider, but he only threw it 3.15% of the time. After a full offseason to work on the pitch, Syndergaard announced in a big way that the pitch will be a big part of his repertoire this season.


You don’t throw 95 MPH sliders with all the cheat codes on when you’re playing a video game. It’s not seemingly impossible.  It is impossible.  Somehow, someway Syndergaard was able to do it.  Syndergaard took that pitch and took it to another level. Everyone noticed it, including Syndergaard himself as Adam Rubin reported:

“I realized in the beginning of the game I had a pretty good feel for it,” Syndergaard said. “I really took it to the next level, because I’ve never thrown a 95 MPH slider before . . . .  I kind of shocked myself with how good my slider was. It felt good in spring training, but I amped it up to another level today.”

That’s an understatement. Seven of Syndergaard’s nine strikeouts came with the slider.  He only had 11 strikeouts from his slider all last season.  None of the Royals could hit the pitch, not even Hall of Famer George Brett - he of 3,154 hits and a career .307 batting average.

“There is no man alive who could’ve hit those three sliders Syndergaard threw to Morales,” Yost said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 95-mph slider. George Brett was in here [his office] and I asked him if he could hit that, and he said no way.” (New York Post)

After watching Syndergaard last year, we should no longer be surprised that Syndergaard has unmatched and unhittable stuff. And yet, he continues to amaze because he has a strong work ethic and a willingness to be coached. He gets better and better. He even amazed his teammates; the same people who watch him day in and day like David Wright.

“He had electric stuff,” captain David Wright said. “I looked up at the scoreboard and saw 94, 95. I go ask [catcher] Travis [d'Arnaud] what those pitches were, and he’s talking about sliders. That’s unheard of. That’s about as good as I’ve seen. Stuff-wise, composure-wise, for a young guy to come into this environment and throw that type of game, he’s got the ability to be a special one.”

By the way, for all the talk about his new unhittable slider, Syndergaard still had his original pitches all working:

“He was throwing me fastballs right down the middle,” said Alex Gordon. “I couldn’t catch up.”  No one was catching up to the fastball. No one was making contact with the slider. Travis d’Arnaud, an exceptional receiver, even had trouble catching the pitch at times. Syndergaard now has two unhittable pitches. Amazing.

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Mets Release Ruben Tejada After He Goes Unclaimed Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:44:35 +0000 ruben tejada

The Mets announced that Ruben Tejada has been released after the infielder went unclaimed on waivers.

Tejada, 26, was due to make $3 million dollars this season after the Mets offered him arbitration, but the team will only pay him $500,000 because they released him 15 days prior to Opening Day.

Tejada is now free to sign with any team, and this ends his six year run with the Mets with a .255 batting average, .330 OBP and .688 OPS in 580 games with the the organization.

Interestingly enough, his last impression with the team was being tackled by the Dodgers’ Chase Utley and suffering a fractured leg in the NLDS.

According to the Daily News, sources told them last month that they were looking to move Tejada and prepared to cut him before Opening Day to make sure his $3 million salary was never guaranteed.

For the better part of the last three years, Tejada has been one of the best backup middle infielders in the league and he should have no problem catching on with another team. His departure opens the door for Eric Campbell or Matt Reynolds.

Original Report

According to Adam Rubin of, the Mets have placed shortstop Ruben Tejada on waivers.

Tejada, 26, was slated to earn $3 million this season had he made the opening day roster. However, the Mets will now only have to pay the infielder $500,000. A claiming team can try to work out a trade for Tejada through Thursday.

Should Asdrubal Cabrera start the season on the disabled list, Wilmer Flores will now most likely get a majority of the starts in his absence with Matt Reynolds backing him up.

Earlier this month it was reported that the Mets could either trade or release Tejada before opening day, and now that has come into fruition.

In six seasons for the Mets, Tejada appeared in 580 games, hitting at a .255/.330/.323 clip with ten home runs and 148 runs batted in.

Tejada became a fan favorite in the NLDS this past season after Dodgers infielder Chase Utley broke Tejada’s leg on a take out slide into second base.

To be honest, I’m a little surprised that the Mets chose to waive Tejada and couldn’t find a trade partner for him. I thought they were going to be able to get something for him, but now they are losing him for nothing.

Tejada could have been a valuable piece for the Mets this season in a reserve role, and I’m definitely sad to see him go.

I won’t be surprised if he’s picked up or traded for by the Cardinals now, considering Jhonny Peralta is set to miss 2-3 months.

Best of luck, Ruben…

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Granderson Arrives At Camp With Healthy Thumb Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:12:06 +0000 curtis granderson hr

Curtis Granderson arrived in camp on Monday and reported his surgically repaired thumb is completely healthy.

In a video interview posted by Adam Rubin, Granderson said, “Hand’s all good. Met with the doctors, that would have been, middle of December to get the brace off and everything, and was instructed that really no physical therapy was needed. Just normal movement was going to go ahead and strengthen it right back up.”

“I’ve been working out, started hitting again in January like I normally do, all baseball activities as normal.”

Granderson injured the thumb in game three of the NLCS, but didn’t have surgery until shortly after the World Series ended.

Last season Granderson hit .259/.364/.457 with 26 HR, 70 RBIs, and 91 walks in 157 games.

I’m looking forward to having an outfield of a healthy Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Alejandro De Aza this year. Let’s go Mets!

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Collins: Syndergaard Will Start Game 2, DeGrom Goes Game 3 Sat, 17 Oct 2015 21:23:51 +0000 noah syndergaard

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.

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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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