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Lukas Vlahos

Michael Conforto could put the Mets over the top in 2019

He’s already one of the best players in the league, and 2019 is the year everyone realizes it.

On the surface, Michael Conforto’s 2018 was good, but nothing special. He posted a 120 wRC+, backed by a 117 DRC+, and hit 28 home runs in 638 plate appearances. Take a peak at his splits, however, and the story is entirely different. In the first half, while still recovering from a serious shoulder injury, Conforto managed only a 101 wRC+, batted a meager .216, and posted an anemic—by his...

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Allison McCague

Mets Morning News for February 17, 2019

Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

Edwin Diaz has a “big set of cajones” and he’s looking to bring that mentality, which he credits to his parents, to Queens.

After an extended look in the majors last season, both Drew Smith and Tyler Bashlor are fighting for the final couple of bullpen slots with the big league club in spring training.

Peter Alonso knows that fairly or unfairly, there is a chance he may not be coming north with...

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Tim Tebow: AAF Has Called a Lot, Says He's Committed to Baseball with Mets

Former NFL quarterback and current New York Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow told reporters on Saturday that Steve Spurrier, who coaches the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance ...

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Watch: Tim Tebow gets his sports confused at Mets’ spring training

For many, Tim Tebow will always be best known as a football player. Perhaps that’s somewhat true in his own head as well. Tebow had a media availability Saturday and was discussing his work in the outfield — or, as he put it, his lack of snaps. It’s been a while since Tebow was playing football competitively, but old habits die hard, as does old lingo. It may well be that Tebow will always have a football-oriented brain, no matter how far he gets playing baseball. Tebow’s in big...

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David Capobianco

Baseball should be broadcasted by people who like baseball

In the most talent-rich era baseball has ever seen, most broadcasts are filled with nothing but negativity about the current game.

Since Rob Manfred took over as commissioner of baseball in 2015, one of his main initiatives has been trying to change the game to better cater to the viewing audience. Earlier this month, a new batch of proposed changes was reportedly submitted by the player’s union to the league. Whether you agree or disagree with the necessity of these initiatives, it’s...

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Jonathan Maseng

Mets Morning News for February 16, 2019

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

Yoenis Cespedes is walking again and hoping to be back with the Mets this season.

Ricky Bones has been tapped at the new pitching coach for the St. Lucie Mets.

Anthony DiComo says Rajai Davis’ speed on the basepaths and versatility in the outfield is something the Mets have lacked in recent years and could be a big asset.

For what it’s worth, Wilson Ramos had a similar offer on the table from...

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Yoenis Cespedes aiming for a midseason return

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes provided an update on his efforts to return from surgeries to both heels. As Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News writes, Cespedes expressed confidence that he will be able to make it back to the MLB field but said it’s unlikely to occur before the middle of the coming season.  “At this moment, I do feel like I will return,” Cespedes said. “It may be three months, it may be two months, it may be one month. But at this point, the way that I feel,...

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Teddy Zaphiris

One Last Move: Adam Jones

Still unsigned, Jones could be the last piece of the puzzle for the Mets in 2019

Welcome to One Last Move, where our writers pitch a move to the Mets that would close out their off-season and make the team better in 2019.

Although the Mets have greatly improved this offseason, no team is ever complete. In trading for Keon Broxton, the Mets added some depth to their outfield. However, even with the addition of Broxton, the Mets could still benefit from the addition of a more experienced...

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Linda Surovich

Mets Morning News for February 15, 2019

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom met with the media and discussed his desire to stay with the Mets long term. If the team does not lock him up, the reigning Cy Young winner will consider what is best for himself and perhaps cap his workload this season.

He is using what little leverage he has to get an extension, but who really has the leverage in this situation (paywall alert)?

Jacob deGrom seems content to let this play...

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Mets Need to Prove They're a Big-Market Team in Handling of Jacob deGrom

The real issue with Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets is the same one the Mets so often face, the one they never seem to completely answer...

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Todd Frazier: People could lose jobs due to free agency debacle

New York Mets veteran infielder Todd Frazier can be counted among the MLB players frustrated with the slow free agency period. Per Matt Ehalt of The Record in North Jersey, Frazier said “You see what’s going on, it’s not good for the game. … It’s something where as a union we need to come together and figure some things out.” He also offered a blunt warning about what will happen if things aren’t changed soon. It would be hard to dispute Frazier’s point. This is the second...

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Jacob deGrom's 2018 Cy Young Award Returned by Mets Due to Damage

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was unable to enjoy carrying his 2018 National League Cy Young Award around for long before something went wrong...

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Matt Harvey out at least 10 days after suffering glute strain

Matt Harvey was saying all the right things leading up to opening Spring Training with the Los Angeles Angeles, but those positive vibes were quickly squelched after the pitcher suffered an injury Wednesday that will sideline him at least 10 days. Harvey, who signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Angels, suffered a glute strain during agility drills, according to skipper Brad Ausmus. “You can recover from a week and a half,” Ausmus said . “It depends on how he feels when we...

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Brian Salvatore

Amazin’ Avenue Audio, Episode 310: Pitchers and Catchers and Vegas Gif-Shows

This week, we prepare for spring. 

Amazin’ Avenue Audio, Episode 310: Pitchers and Catchers and Vegas Gif-Shows

Welcome back to Amazin’ Avenue Audio, where we reflect on the start of spring training.

This week, Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore look to the spring training stories that are intriguing them, once again pick ‘a guy’ in the Mets’ bullpen, and discuss the future of entertainment. Plus, we think that Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud will be in The Best Shape Of...

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Jacob deGrom not ruling out self-imposed innings limit without contract extension

Jacob deGrom is still seeking a long-term contract extension from the New York Mets heading into the season, and he is not ruling out taking steps to protect his future if he does not get it. In one of the least surprising announcements of the offseason, Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced on Thursday that deGrom will be the team’s Opening Day starter. The 30-year-old later spoke with reporters and was asked if he would consider self-imposing an innings cap on himself in 2019 without a...

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Vasilis Drimalitis

Five spring training storylines to watch this year

New faces, intriguing positional battles and deGrom contract take center stage for the Mets.

The New York Mets enter spring training looking to put a second consecutive fourth place finish behind them and return to the playoffs for the first time since their 2016 Wild Card berth. There are no shortage of intriguing storylines (and no, not that “Player X is in the best shape of his life”) to keep an eye on as camp kicks off.

The Brodie Bunch

Brodie Van Wagenen talked the talk this...

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Linda Surovich

Mets Morning News for February 14, 2019

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

Edwin Diaz was a little surprised he was traded by Seattle but he is happy to be with his new team. His new manager and teammates are also excited the electric closer is with the Mets.

Mickey Callaway is hoping to learn from last year’s mistakes and wants to improve communication with the players.

The second-year manager downplayed any pressure he feels, but with Jim Riggleman serving as the bench...

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Mets’ Otherworldly Closer Edwin Diaz “Happy to Be Here”

After the initial shock of being traded to the New York Mets, along with Robinson Cano, in December, new closer Edwin Diaz chose to look at the bright side of the situation, as per Matt Ehalt of The Record. “I was expecting to be with [Seattle] because they told me they wouldn’t trade me, but I was surprised when they told me I got traded to the Mets,” Diaz told Ehalt. “I think of the positives. [The Mets] give me the opportunity to play baseball. I’m happy to be here.” Diaz, 24...

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Syracuse hires Tony DeFrancesco as manager

The New York Mets AAA club begins its inaugural season after relocating from Las Vegas. Tony DeFrancesco is now the skipper. Tony DeFrancesco was named manager of the Syracuse Mets on Wednesday. The New York Mets’ AAA affiliate will begin its first season on the east coast after six years in Las Vegas. DeFrancesco was the manager of the Las Vegas 51’s last season. He spent nine years as a player in the Minor Leagues before deciding to pursue management. His resume includes 24 years of...

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Cespedes Arrived To Spring Training Today

While many of the Mets’ players have been showing up to Spring Training over the last week or so, there was one notable omission from the list. That player, Yoenis Cespedes, showed up to camp today as he can be seen walking in the parking lot with Amed Rosario. Cespedes, 33, is recovering from double-heel surgery he received in 2018 and is not expected to make it back to the MLB team until at least the middle of the year. In the meantime, Cespedes will be working with Mike Barwis to try to...

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