Mets Rumors & News

  • If MLB waits to announce Jeurys Familia ban until after World Baseball Classic, it would be an insult to Mets

    New York Daily News "Jeurys Familia came trotting onto Field Seven at the Tradition Field Complex just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. A crowd began to gather around the fences as the big righthander started warming up to pitch his first batting practice of spring. With the crack of his fastball hitting the catchers’ glove, a..." February 22

  • David Wright won’t start playing third until at least mid-March

    New York Post "David Wright’s buildup to playing third base in an exhibition game could take about three weeks. The Mets captain played catch for the second time this spring Tuesday and is expected to see action at DH over the weekend in the Grapefruit League. But manager Terry Collins pinpointed mid-March as..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Neil Walker contract talks with Mets hit a snag, sources say

    Newsday "Despite recent meetings between Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and representatives for second baseman Neil Walker — talks that stoked optimism for getting a deal done — sources said on Monday morning that the sides are no closer to hammering out a contract extension. Sources said contract..." February 20

  • Yankees sign former Mets lefty Jonathon Niese to minor-league deal

    New York Daily News "Jon Niese is back, now trying to make the team across town. The former Met lefty has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Yankees pending a physical, the Daily News confirmed. The 30-year-old could start or relieve for the Bombers. Niese is coming off a poor 2016 season in which he went..." February 20

  • Neil Walker, Mets still talking a new three-year deal

    New York Daily News "Neil Walker may be sticking around. The second baseman had been seeking a three-year deal with the Mets this winter before signing the $17.2 million qualifying offer. Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he has continued conversations with Walker’s agent, speaking as recently as Saturday, and he hoped..." February 19

  • Jeurys Familia leaves Mets again as MLB investigation advances

    New York Post "Major League Baseball’s investigation of Jeurys Familia appears to be progressing toward a conclusion. On Saturday, for the second straight day, Familia departed Tradition Field in the early morning as the Mets excused him from their pitchers and catchers workout. The closer won’t be in camp..." February 19

  • Tim Tebow won’t rule out running for president some day

    Sportsnaut "New York Mets outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow participated in a interview with GQ Magazine, during which he revealed some interesting facts and thoughts about his life. Health and diet were one of the topics covered in the interview. Tebow sticks to a strict ketogenic diet that..." February 16

  • Mets' Syndergaard gets Opening Day nod

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Thursday morning, the New York Mets have named Noah Syndergaard as their Opening Day starter for the 2017 season. Although this hardly comes as a surprise, the April 3 matchup against the Atlanta Braves will serve as “Thor’s” first outing..." February 16

  • How Phil Hughes calmed Matt Harvey’s surgery fear

    New York Post "Baseball is a brotherhood. The Twins’ Phil Hughes wanted to help the Mets’ Matt Harvey any way he could regarding the right-hander’s thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. The Dark Knight is fearless on the mound, but this was uncharted waters. He was facing a surgery last July he knew little about,..." February 16

  • Mets to play exhibition game at West Point

    CBS Sports "At the end of spring training, the Army Black Knights will renew their longstanding tradition of hosting a professional team at West Point for a ballgame. They’ll play the New York Mets at 3 p.m. ET on March 31, it was announced. Tickets will be reserved for cadets and the West Point..." February 16

  • Mets discussed extension in 3-year, $40M range with Walker

    New York Daily News "Before he made the decision to have surgery last summer, Neil Walker got some assurances from the Mets. Sandy Alderson did not guarantee the second baseman, who was facing free agency for the first time, the team would make him a qualifying offer, but the Mets GM gave him some comfort. “They..." February 15

  • Zack Wheeler has tenderness in his elbow

    Hardball Talk "Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has missed two straight seasons due to Tommy John surgery and a complication-filled recovery therefrom. Now his spring is starting out rocky as well. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said today that Wheeler felt “a little tenderness” in his elbow following his bullpen..." February 15

  • Mets seeing if Jay Bruce can solve their first-base problem

    New York Post "Plan B at first base for the Mets could be Jay Bruce. The veteran outfielder likely will receive a look at first base in spring training, according to Terry Collins, as the manager attempts to find at-bats for all his outfielders and establish an insurance policy on Lucas Duda. “Just because..." February 15

  • With big questions about David Wright’s ability to throw, time is now for Mets to get him comfortable at first

    New York Daily News "Eight months after surgery for his neck injury, David Wright still hasn’t thrown a baseball, and it’s starting to feel inevitable that a move to first base may be best for both him and the Mets. Yet Wright said on Tuesday that no one from the organization has even mentioned it as a possibility,..." February 15

  • Mets want David Wright to prove himself early and often in spring

    New York Post "David Wright will have to show the Mets he is still worthy of significant playing time. After missing most of the last two seasons with major injuries, the Mets captain is expected to receive at-bats early in the Grapefruit League season in an effort to gauge his physical readiness. In..." February 14

  • Mets closer Jeurys Familia doesn't discuss possible suspension

    USA Today "Mets closer Jeurys Familia arrived at the club’s spring training complex on Tuesday after missing Monday’s scheduled report date due to visa issues. Familia, who is awaiting Major League Baseball’s ruling on a potential suspension over an October domestic-violence incident, did not discuss his..." February 14

  • Mets manager Collins hopes for healthy rotation in 2017

    North Jersey "The magic number is 30. That’s the amount of starts Mets manager Terry Collins hopes to get out of each of his five starters as they inch closer and closer to being in a rotation together for the first time. “If we can get about 30 starts out of those five guys, I’ll take what’s going to..." February 14

  • Noah Syndergaard won’t embrace title of Mets ace

    New York Daily News "Noah Syndergaard is comfortable on any major league mound now. The Mets right-hander feels at home mowing down major league hitters and taking the ball in playoff games. He welcomes the reports that manager Terry Collins will name him as the Opening Day starter. Still, the 24-year-old isn't..." February 12

  • Mets send Ynoa to Orioles in exchange for cash

    MLB.com "Facing a 40-man roster crunch, the Mets traded pitching prospect Gabriel Ynoa to the Orioles for cash on Friday. Ynoa was No. 18 on the Mets' 2016 Top 30 Prospects list and made his big league debut in 2016, starting three games and coming out of the bullpen in seven others. He finished with a..." February 10

  • Mets' Cabrera blasts Guillen for shock Venezuela snub

    New York Daily News "Asdrubal Cabrera was expecting good news Wednesday, but instead was stung and embarrassed. The Mets’ veteran shortstop had looked forward to playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic next month, gearing his whole offseason toward that only to be snubbed by the team’s GM, Carlos..." February 10

  • Mets reliever not into roles but is ready to fill in for Jeurys Familia

    New York Post "Anytime, anywhere, any inning. Mets reliever Addison Reed watched the postseason closely and was thrilled to see how managers used their relievers, especially how Terry Francona utilized Andrew Miller. Reed likely will be the Mets closer to start the year because Jeurys Familia is expected..." February 10

  • Noah Syndergaard has put on 17 pounds of muscle

    Hardball Talk "This is not a Best Shape of His Life story, really, but the fact that Noah Syndergaard has put on 17 pounds of muscle this offseason comes in the course of this excellent profile of him at Sports Illustrated. He has worked out all offseason, adding that muscle and reducing his body fat. The guy is..." February 09

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Mets GM suggests Michael Conforto could open season in minors

    SNY TV "Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest on Tuesday's episode of Baseball Night in New York. Alderson addressed the current logjam in the outfield and what that could mean for Michael Conforto in 2017. "I think he has the potential to be a very versatile player," Alderson said of Conforto. "He can be..." February 08

  • Tim Tebow says winning World Series would mean more than a Super Bowl

    SI "New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow sat down with Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray and explained why winning a World Series would mean more to him than a Super Bowl ever could have. Below is a transcript of their brief exchange in Houston: Maggie Gray: Would it mean just as much to get to the..." February 08

  • David Wright’s limited workout Monday chance for Mets to start getting some answers

    New York Daily News "It's become a part of the Mets’ spring of late. At the first sighting of David Wright on the fields of their spring training complex, the speculation begins. How much will the oft-injured captain be able to contribute? How many games can he play with the serious spine issues he has suffered..." February 08

  • Zack Wheeler wary of bullpen Catch-22: I don’t belong here

    New York Post "There are self doubts. Two years of being sidelined following Tommy John surgery will do that to even the most strong-willed pitcher. But there is also relentless determination from Zack Wheeler to earn back his starting spot in the rotation. The Mets right-handler returned to practice..." February 08

  • Mets in bizarre experiment: They didn’t actually add anyone

    New York Post "In re-signing Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas last week, the Mets put the (apparently) finishing touches on what will go down as one of the odder offseasons in recent baseball history. To dumb it down: 1. They retained six players whom they could have jettisoned. They re-signed Blevins, Yoenis..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • What a healthy super-rotation would mean to Jacob deGrom

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom is smiling again — ear to hair. This could be his biggest year yet on the mound. That is saying something. What really brought a smile to the right-hander’s face is that the Mets’ stable of stud starters could be together at some point this season in the rotation. That never has..." February 05

  • Mets Infielder Wilmer Flores Wins His Arbitration Case

    New York Times "Wilmer Flores, in his own way and not by his own choosing, has been at the center of some unusual circumstances. He cried on the field during a game on July 29, 2015, because he thought he had been traded from the one organization he had known, only for the deal to fall through that..." February 05

  • Tim Tebow turns to Daniel Murphy as a baseball mentor

    USA Today "Getting ready for his first professional spring training experience, Tim Tebow has turned to a former New York Met for guidance. Current Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy spent seven years in New York and Tebow says the two are “next-door neighbors” in Jacksonville. “It’s not..." February 05

  • Mets continue to pin 2017 hopes to 2016 roster with Salas, Blevins signings

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the New York Mets reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year contract worth $3 million with right-handed reliever Fernando Salas, according to Ken Rosenthal. Later on, the Mets agreed to terms with lefty Jerry Blevins, per Jon Heyman. Both are reasonable deals for the Mets,..." February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Tim Tebow ‘really excited’ for minor-league spring training

    Sportress of Blogitude "Tim Tebow in all likelihood is disappointed over not being invited to the New York Mets’ major-league spring training. But the 29-year-old prospect nevertheless says he “really excited” to attend the minor-league version starting soon in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The former NFL quarterback probably..." February 03

  • Reliever Fernando Salas signs with the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets have signed free agent reliever Fernando Salas to a one-year deal. Salas, 31, posted a 2.08 ERA and 19/0 K/BB ratio over 17.1 innings with the Mets in 2016 after coming over in a trade from the Angels at the deadline." February 03

  • Manfred: Familia decision will come before Opening Day

    CBS Sports "Back in October, New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia was arrested at his New Jersey home after police found reason "to believe domestic violence had occurred." Familia's wife had a scratch on her chest and a bruised cheek. The case against Familia was dismissed in December, in part because his..." February 03

  • MLB: Familia's wife has been cooperative during investigation

    New York Daily News "Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was never charged by Florida prosecutors for an alleged domestic violence incident on Oct. 30, 2015, but baseball commissioner Rob Manfred still gave the Cuban left-hander a stiff 30-game suspension without pay to start the 2016 season, punishment that came as a..." February 02

  • Cespedes' brother making name for himself

    MLB.com "The bright orange wrist bands, the blue socks pulled up high, and the way he looked down at the grass and strutted back to his position in the outfield were the first clues. Yoelkis Cespedes Maceo's face, especially those eyebrows, looked young, but familiar. And that throwing arm -- the one he..." February 02

  • How Mets are trying to massage budget for lefty reliever reunion

    New York Post "The Mets have trepidation heading to spring training without a proven lefty reliever and remain interested in a reunion with Jerry Blevins. But with the Mets limited in payroll flexibility after failing to find a taker for Jay Bruce this offseason, the two sides may have to get creative. To..." February 01

  • Travis d’Arnaud believes Glenn Sherlock will make a difference

    Newsday "In a manner of speaking, the Mets did make a significant move for a catcher this offseason. And the player they hope to acquire, as a result, is the 2015 Travis d’Arnaud, someone the front office believes still exists. Or at least hopes so. On a sunny but cool morning at Tradition Field,..." February 01

  • MLB’s complaining of a lack of cooperation in the Jeurys Familia investigation is a bad look

    Hardball Talk "As you all know, Mets closer Jeurys Familia was arrested last October following an alleged domestic violence incident. In December, the charges against Familia were dropped, in large part because his wife and alleged victim Bianca Rivas, asked prosecutors to drop them, indicating that she would..." February 01

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