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Mets Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

A savior is on its way to Gotham—and we're not talking about Captain America or the Dark Knight. Spring Training will soon arrive to save New York sports fans from what has been a frustrating, hair-pulling winter of discontent, filled with underperforming teams and contenders with more holes than the Swiss cheese on a Reuben sandwich from the dearly departed Carnegie Deli. Pitchers and catchers are set to descend upon Port St. Lucie, Florida, in just a few weeks as the New York Mets officially get the 2017 season underway. The Mets, who lost the National League Wild Card Game in 2016, will be looking to not only get through camp healthy, but ready to hit the ground running as they embark on a journey that hopefully culminates with the team's second NL East crown since 2015. While health will be a focal point of camp, the Mets have some questions that must be answered ...




Tim Tebow Not Among Players Invited to Mets’ Major League Camp

The New York Mets sent out invitations Wednesday to their major league spring training camp, but Tim Tebow is not one of the names on the list, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.  Carig did add that the Mets could "borrow" Tebow for Grapefruit League games. A former college football star and NFL quarterback, Tebow signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September and spent the fall in the Gulf Coast and Arizona Fall leagues.  Tebow's attempt at the majors was a surprising one, as he hadn't played organized baseball since high school. After he put on a showcase in late August for MLB scouts, reviews of his potential spanned from "a complete waste of time" to "better than I expected," per Josh Peter of USA Today.  Even so, his first at-bat in the Gulf Coast League was something out of a storybook, as he belted an opposite-field home run.  It was all downhill from there, though, as ...




Predicting New York Mets Depth Charts a Month Ahead of Spring Training

"Depth" is a loaded word for the New York Mets. The Mets won the National League pennant in 2015 on the strength of their stacked, young starting rotation. Last season, the same group was beset by injuries, and it is a question mark going into 2017. New York is also dealing with a glut of corner outfielders and uncertainty in center field, and it is likely to lose its closer for a significant stretch due to a domestic violence suspension. Injury issues lurk in the infield as well. All that said, this is a talented roster fully capable of competing for an NL East title and making another deep postseason run. As we slog through the final month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, let's run down the Mets' depth chart, with the obvious caveat that further trades or signings will change the calculus. We'll also take a look at some players ...




New York Mets’ Top Free-Agent, Trade Targets Post New Year

Nobody's going to criticize the New York Mets for re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million deal. Despite already having a full complement of outfielders under contract, Cespedes is unquestionably the key piece of the team's offense. But with Cespedes back in the fold, this glut of outfielders has limited the Mets' ability to improve elsewhere—namely in the bullpen. "It’s like buying a new house without selling your old one," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson remarked in early December, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. "Sometimes you get stuck in the transition, and it’s not a good place to be." No, it's not.  But there's a market for some of those excess outfielders, namely Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson. In fact, the Mets could potentially unload one of them in exchange for one of the players we're about to look at—a New Jersey native who would represent a major addition to their ...




Is Andrew McCutchen the Right Win-Now Splash for Mets’ World Series Chase?

Starting in center field for the New York Mets...Andrew McCutchen. Your reaction to that sentence—assuming you're a Mets fan—likely depends on your feelings about risk versus reward. Because, boy, does McCutchen offer plenty of both. McCutchen is a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as of this writing. His name has churned through the rumor mill this offseason, however, with the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays among his reported suitors.  After the winter meetings, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington expressed a desire to keep McCutchen in black and yellow. "Our intent coming in here was to have Andrew McCutchen in our lineup going forward. No one changed that," Huntington said, per MLB.com's Adam Berry. "It's unlikely that someone changes that going forward. We're not going to close the door, but we're not going to be making calls." There's wiggle room in that statement. McCutchen may not be on the clearance shelf, but he's available for the ...




Matt Harvey Comments on Recovery from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Surgery

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey watched his 2016 campaign come to an abrupt end when he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, but the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year sounded optimistic regarding his return when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday.  According to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin, the 27-year-old confirmed he's on the mend and feeling strong on the mound after the surgery "involved removing a rib so that muscles constricting a nerve that bridges the neck and shoulder had space to relax." Specifically, Harvey confirmed he's no longer experiencing numbing sensations in his right throwing hand.  "My hand was really cold all the time," he said, per Rubin. "I've got some warmth back and no more tingling. The ball is coming out really good right now, especially for December." Harvey also expressed optimism regarding his ability to bounce back following a shaky statistical 2016 season precipitated ...




Curtis Granderson Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Mets OF

New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is generating trade interest as the organization works to clear out an outfield logjam during the offseason. Continue for updates. Orioles Reportedly Have Interest in Granderson Thursday, Dec. 1 Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported the Baltimore Orioles "seem to have interest" in Granderson but "not really" Jay Bruce. Mets Open to Trading Granderson for Right Price Wednesday, Nov. 30 Marc Carig of Newsday reported Wednesday that Granderson is the asset generating the most discussion among other teams after speculation that Bruce would be the one moved. He noted the Mets are open to dealing either player depending on the return package. Cespedes Deal Could Spell End of Granderson in New York New York reached an agreement to re-sign prized free agent Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday. Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that it's a four-year, $110 million deal that comes with a full no-trade clause and that it will be officially announced once ...




Yoenis Cespedes’ $110M Free-Agent Deal a Win-Win for Him, New York Mets

Since Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets seem so right for one another, it's fitting they would agree to a contract that's so right for one another. A reunion between Cespedes and the Mets was the big news coming off the hot stove Tuesday. The 31-year-old outfielder became a free agent when he opted out of a three-year, $75 million contract in early November, which prompted questions about whether he would find a better deal elsewhere. Instead, he found a better deal at the same place he's called home since the 2015 trade deadline. After Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the deal was done, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports spilled the details: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cespedes also got full no-trade protection. And so, the 2016-17 MLB offseason recorded its first major signing. Cespedes' deal is worth more than twice the $52 million Josh Reddick got from the ...




Yoenis Cespedes Re-Signs with Mets: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

For the second year in a row, the New York Mets have re-signed Yoenis Cespedes. The team announced the deal on Wednesday: Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal initially reported the deal on Tuesday. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported the contract is worth $110 million over four years. Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported it comes with a full no-trade clause. ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported Cespedes wanted a fifth year but New York held firm at four. Heyman provided a yearly salary breakdown: The deal is the second-biggest in Mets history after they paid Carlos Beltran $119 million over seven years. Cespedes is hopeful he will be able to finish his career with the Mets, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com: "This is the 3rd time we have acquired Yoenis in 17 months and it appears two legal separations has made the marriage stronger," general manager Sandy Alderson said, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. Cespedes' choice of automobiles became one ...




Neil Walker Accepts Mets’ Qualifying Offer: Contract Details, Reaction

Second baseman Neil Walker will return to Citi Field to continue his stint with the New York Mets after accepting the team's $17.2 million qualifying offer, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Monday. ESPN.com's Adam Rubin relayed Sherman's report, noting Walker's injury history may have prevented him from landing a multiyear contract. Walker confirmed the news on Twitter: With free agency looming, the Pittsburgh Pirates—with whom he spent the first seven years of his MLB career—dealt Walker to a Mets team that lost 2015 postseason hero Daniel Murphy, who signed with the Washington Nationals prior to the 2016 campaign. In New York, the 31-year-old put up one of the best seasons of his career, batting .282 with 23 home runs, which tied a career high and ranked third among National League second basemen.  Nine of those home runs came in April as he quickly endeared himself to Mets fans: A switch-hitter who provided extra pop in a ...




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