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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:
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
CINCINNATI -- Terry Collins has read all the medical reports, the ones that say that Mets closer Bobby Parnell will be fully recovered from neck surgery by the start of spring training.
Yet, none of those reassuring words can replace Collins' lingering image of the pitcher, who has dropped 30 pounds after surgery because he has not been able to eat solid food.
"When a guy walks...Read more »
CINCINNATI -- Mets manager Terry Collins expressed concern on Tuesday night that closer Bobby Parnell might not be at full strength after undergoing surgery to correct a herniated disc in his neck.
It's why the manager was watching closely as Vic Black notched his first career save in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Reds.
"As I'm sitting here I'm hoping and praying Bobby Parnell comes...Read more »
Mets fireballer Matt Harvey was locked in a tight National League Cy Young battle with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw until it was discovered Harvey had a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and would be shut down for the season.
It seems like the award is Kershaw’s for the taking at this point, and Harvey’s case has all but gone out the window.
But Marlins rookie phenom Jose Fernandez...Read more »
The Yankees open their 2014 schedule deep in the heart of Texas, while the Mets have the Big Apple all to themselves.
The Yankees start their year with a three-game set against the Astros in Houston and the Mets begin against Washington at Citi Field, the just-released 2014 MLB schedules reveal.
The Yankees and Mets play each other from May 12-15, with the first two games at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees...Read more »