On-Base Perception

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Ike Davis vs. Lucas Duda: Mets facing decision

Ike Davis, right, and Lucas Duda celebrate after

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If one thing has become increasingly clear early in this offseason, it's that the Mets will  trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. This accomplishes two goals for the Mets, who must resolve a logjam at first base while capitalizing on a market in which power is scarce.

Yes, both Davis and Duda have their flaws. But both have also flashed enough power for rival teams to take a chance that...

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Report: Ruben Tejada weighing grievance against Mets

Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets pops

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Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who has fallen out of favor with the Mets, is reportedly considering a grievance against the club for intentionally delaying his free agency by one season.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report published on Sunday night, the potential grievance stems from the Mets' decision to delay Tejada's planned September call-up, a move that kept him one day short of earning enough...

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Mets prospects showcase their talents in winter ball

Juan Lagares poses for photos during MLB photo

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Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Mets’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:

Juan Centeno

Centeno, 24, went 3-for-10 in a late-season call-up with the Mets. He may be better known as the guy who finally caught Reds...

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Marlon Byrd to sign with Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports

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It looks like Marlon Byrd will be back in the National League East -- and with his original team.

The outfielder, who revived his career with the Mets and Pirates in 2013, is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with the Phillies, pending a physical, according to multiple reports. The deal will pay Byrd $16 million in total, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. That amount would be...

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Mets reach out to Rafael Furcal -- but why?

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The Mets have reportedly checked in with free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Which raises the question: Why?

Furcal was a good player from 2000-2010, generally posting solid-to-above-average fielding and offensive numbers. He was worth about 2-4 Wins Above Replacement each year (or more).

But the past three seasons, Furcal has been replacement level – or he hasn’t even...

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Mets' Jeff Wilpon clarifies 'solidified' roster comments

Jeff Wilpon looks on before the Mets' game

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Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon clarified comments he made earlier this week regarding the team's offseason plans.

While naming some of the players that the Mets believe have "solidified" roster spots for next season, Wilpon also made some glaring omissions, including second baseman Daniel Murphy and catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

But Wilpon said that he was merely "speaking...

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Jeff Wilpon talks first base, Matt Harvey and more

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, left, and Mets

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GARFIELD, N.J. -- Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon joined other team employees on Tuesday morning to help refurbish parts of the Boys & Girls Club here, one year after Hurricane Sandy caused severe water damage to the facility.

"To have all the kids come in later to see all this stuff freshened up will be really neat," said Wilpon, who helped workers add a new coat of...

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Juan Lagares snubbed for Gold Glove nomination

Juan Lagares of the Mets makes a catch

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This is why statistically-inclined folks generally disregard the Gold Glove Award.

Rookie Juan Lagares was a defensive revelation for the Mets in center field during 2013. Among all players with at least 800 innings at one position last season, Lagares had the sixth-most Defensive Runs Saved with 26. DRS is an important stat since it’s the key defensive component in the oft-cited Wins Above...

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