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Mets reach out to Rafael Furcal -- but why?

Rafael Furcal is hit by a pitch with

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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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Terry Collins uneasy about Bobby Parnell's recovery

Bobby Parnell of the Mets walks off the

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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...

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Vic Black records first career save for Mets against Reds

Mets relief pitcher Vic Black throws against the

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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...

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Is Matt Harvey still a Cy Young contender?

Matt Harvey delivers a pitch during a game

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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...

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Yankees, Mets schedules released

This Newsday composite shows Mets third baseman David

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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...

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Sandy Alderson sends email to season-ticket holders

Mets GM Sandy Alderson speaks with reporters. (Oct.

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After a week in which the Mets traded two of their top run-producers, Marlon Byrd and John Buck, and lost ace Matt Harvey until possibly the 2015 season, Sandy Alderson believed it was necessary to address season-ticket holders.

The general manager sent out an email Thursday night thanking fans for their support and saying "the trade was the right decision as part of our plan moving forward."

Alderson...

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Vic Black to go to Mets in Marlon Byrd deal

Victor Black is reportedly the player to be

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The Mets have long liked pitcher Vic Black. Now it they're getting a second chance at him.

Black is the player to be named later coming from the Pirates to complete the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade, it was announced Thursday afternoon. The Mets also received second base prospect Dilson Herrera in the deal. For more on Herrera, see our prospect profile.

Black tweeted from his verified...

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