Mets Rumors & News

  • No plans for Mets to skip Steven Matz in rotation

    Newsday "Steven Matz and Mickey Callaway had a “good talk” Thursday morning, the manager said, and the Mets have no plans to skip Matz in his next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Braves. Matz struggled Wednesday against the Cardinals, allowing seven runs (three earned) in 3 1/3..." April 26

  • Matt Harvey curses at reporter after bullpen question

    Larry Brown Sports " Matt Harvey is having a rough go of it. The New York Mets pitcher did not talk with the media on Tuesday after his first bullpen appearance of the season. On Wednesday, he declined to speak with reporters again and even threw in a curse word for good measure." April 25

  • Matt Harvey refuses to speak with media after first bullpen outing

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Harvey made his first bullpen appearance of the season for the New York Mets on Tuesday night, and we have no way of knowing how the right-hander felt about it. After he allowed two hits and one earned run in two innings of relief work, Harvey refused to speak with reporters about his new..." April 25

  • Matt Harvey’s first appearance out of the bullpen was not great

    Hardball Talk "Over the weekend, the Mets decided to move struggling starter Matt Harvey to the bullpen, hoping he would re-find success in a new role. His first appearance as a reliever this season wasn’t particularly impressive. Harvey entered in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday night against the..." April 25

  • Mets’ Fab Five dreams really ended when Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland were hired

    New York Daily News "They were such contrived nicknames anyway. The Fab Five, the Five Aces or the Boys from Queens. Whatever you want to call the five former aces the Mets had been selling their fans for years as the future of this franchise, for the Mets marketing departments it was probably very exciting. For..." April 25

  • How Mets now will use Matt Harvey, who isn’t getting babied

    New York Post "Fixing Matt Harvey is important to the Mets, but it hardly ranks as the team’s primary goal. So Harvey, in his new role as reliever, will be treated like any other member of the bullpen. In other words, the Mets will not create situations for Harvey to pitch just for the sake of getting him..." April 25

  • John Smoltz, Hall of Fame starter-turned-closer, believes Harvey isn't done just yet despite demotion to bullpen

    New York Daily News "That July night in 2001, John Smoltz had already started 356 games and won 157 of them. The four-time All-Star was as nervous as a rookie when he got ready for his first appearance out of the bullpen. The future Hall of Famer was dealing with learning to pitch after Tommy John surgery, the..." April 24

  • Zack Wheeler misses out on sweet homecoming as Mets may shake up back end of rotation

    New York Daily News "Zack Wheeler grew up just a few miles from here. The Mets righthander now makes his offseason home just down the road. But in two attempts, Wheeler has yet to get an official start at SunTrust Park. The Mets and Braves postponed Sunday’s series finale because of rain. It has been rescheduled as..." April 23

  • Mets-Braves rainout sets record for early season weather-related PPDs

    ESPN "The Braves announced that their game against the New York Mets in Atlanta has been postponed due to inclement weather, setting a record. There have been 26 weather-related postponements this season, and according to The Associated Press, that's the most through April since Major League Baseball..." April 22

  • Mets send Matt Harvey to bullpen

    New York Post " Matt Harvey’s immediate fate has been decided: He is headed to the Mets’ bullpen. Manager Mickey Callaway reached the decision Saturday after lefty Jason Vargas was cleared medically to pitch in a rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas. " April 21

  • Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes thinks playing golf will help end slump

    ESPN "New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes wants to swing his way out of an early season slump, but with his golf clubs rather than his bat. "One of the things that I did before, years ago, when I was in a slump, was playing golf and trying to get out of my slump," Cespedes told reporters through..." April 21

  • It's time for the Mets to move on from Matt Harvey

    The Score "As Matt Harvey walked off the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning of Thursday's game in Atlanta, he appeared confident. After all, the right-hander had retired the side in order with just 16 pitches, and he'd lasted six innings for the first time since last May, blanking the Braves over the..." April 20

  • MLB Rumors: Mets' Michael Conforto for Marlins' J.T. Realmuto?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Over the next few months, we're going to find out a couple things about the Mets. -How much does the front office believe in this team's hot start and ability to contend all summer? -At what cost will general manager Sandy Alderson upgrade the catcher position? The answers to those will..." April 20

  • Where ‘kicking the tires’ could lead Mets in the trade market

    New York Post "One week of Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido sharing catching duties has hardly convinced Mets officials the team is set at that position. But as team brass is “kicking the tires” on potential trade options, according to a club source, it’s Lobaton and Nido who will have to continue handling the..." April 20

  • Matt Harvey not interested in bullpen move: 'I'm a starting pitcher'

    The Score "Matt Harvey's fall from grace could land him in the New York Mets' bullpen, but The Dark Knight doesn't appear ready to make such a move. Following another bad outing Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters, including Mike Puma of the New York Post, that it..." April 20

  • Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

    Hardball Talk "Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s..." April 20

  • Should the Mets try to trade Amed Rosario for J.T. Realmuto?

    SNY TV "The Mets have been in touch with the Marlins regarding a trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto, and are expected to circle back with the Marlins at some point this season. The 27-year-old Realmuto will earn $2.9 million this season, and is arbitration-eligible after this season and next -- before..." April 19

  • With Jason Vargas nearing return to Mets, Mickey Callaway considering six-man rotation

    New York Daily News "Jason Vargas is nearing a return to the majors, and once the lefthander is ready to take the mound for his 2018 Mets debut, manager Mickey Callaway will have a decision to make with his starting staff. Will he send Zack Wheeler back to the minor leagues? Will he remove one of his starters from..." April 19

  • Matt Harvey’s job could be on the line in this start

    New York Post "Matt Harvey knows who he isn’t anymore. The fastball and slider he used to emasculate scores of major league hitters are gone, forever altered after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and another procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome. So, if the former All-Star Game starter doesn’t begin..." April 19

  • Mets Sign Vance Worley To Minor League Deal, Release A.J. Griffin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have signed right-handers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland to minor league contracts and released fellow righty A.J. Griffin from his minor league deal, per Anthony DiComo of (via Twitter). The 30-year-old Worley, a Wasserman client, turned in solid numbers from 2014-16 when he..." April 19

  • Wheeler open to shift to bullpen if that's what it takes to stay

    SNY TV "Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is open to a move to the bullpen if that's what it takes for him to stay on the big league roster. "I am not being selfish, I am just trying to prove my case," Wheeler said after Tuesday night's start. "I want to be here and be on this team. Whether it is helping in the..." April 18

  • How NL-Best Mets' Dream Rotation Is Rebuilding Hype After 2017 Disaster

    Bleacher Report "The dream was always there for the New York Mets, maybe not as far back as when Matt Harvey was starting an All-Star Game in 2013, but at least as far back as when Harvey and Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz were pitching in a World Series in 2015. The Mets were plenty good..." April 17

  • The odd man out in Mets’ outfield isn’t playing like it

    New York Post "As Brandon Nimmo stepped to the plate with one out in the eighth inning of a tie game Sunday at Citi Field, his Mets teammates urged him toward one goal. A double. A double? Even Nimmo wore a quizzical look. Then the light bulb went off. Nimmo already had singled, tripled and homered, his first..." April 16

  • Travis d’Arnaud to have Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "More bad news for the Mets catchers: Travis d'Arnaud is going to have Tommy John surgery on his torn UCL. His season is over. The Mets placed d’Arnaud on the 10-day DL after his diagnosis the other day and it was not certain whether he’d go under the knife. Today it was decided. This news comes..." April 13

  • Mets have spoken to Marlins about star catcher

    New York Post "This would be an upgrade. A source told The Post’s Mike Puma that the Mets have spoken to the Marlins about catcher J.T. Realmuto. It would take a significant haul from the Mets to land Realmuto from the rebuilding Marlins. The 27-year-old has yet to play this season due to a back contusion,..." April 13

  • Kevin Plawecki’s hand is broken — and the Mets are in trouble

    New York Post "Just when it appeared everything was roses for the Mets, a batch of of dead dandelions arrived. Suddenly, the Mets are without not one, but two catchers as Kevin Plawecki sustained a broken left hand Wednesday night when he was drilled by a pitch in Miami, an industry source told The..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • Sandy Alderson’s culture change plan paying off for Mets

    New York Post "In any business, when a plan comes together, the world is a much brighter place. Coming into the winter, the Mets knew they would have the freedom to make moves. Most importantly Sandy Alderson & Co. wanted all the moves to make sense from a talent and a clubhouse chemistry perspective, a..." April 13

  • d'Arnaud 'shocked' by UCL tear, potential TJ "The first indications of right elbow discomfort, Travis d'Arnaud said, did not surface until Monday, when he went to the field to do some extra throwing before the Mets' game in Miami. Less than 48 hours later, d'Arnaud was in a doctor's office in Manhattan alongside his wife, absorbing the news..." April 12

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • The Mets’ catcher problem nearly immediately blew up

    New York Post "Kevin Plawecki’s left hand was red and swollen — but not broken — giving the Mets an added level of comfort on Wednesday night after they completed their three-game sweep of the Marlins. On the same day Travis d’Arnaud was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Travis d’Arnaud put on DL with partially torn UCL in right elbow

    Newsday "The Mets have suffered their first major injury of the season. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) elbow. D’Arnaud landed on the disabled list Wednesday after an MRI revealed the tear, and the team said it will decide in the next few..." April 11

  • This unlikely duo’s relationship epitomizes Mets’ togetherness

    New York Post "The Mets’ hot start didn’t just happen. The Salt and Pepper celebration didn’t just happen. Beyond the improvements made on the field, relationships had to build and one of the most interesting developments on the team is the friendship that has formed between Todd Frazier and Yoenis..." April 10

  • Matt Harvey says Mets have sent a message across 'all of baseball'

    SNY TV "Matt Harvey wasn't shy about his expectations for the Mets before the season, saying they were going to "shock" people. And he was clear after the Mets swept the Nationals on Sunday night that he feels the team has sent a message not just to the Nats, but to the league. "Coming in here and..." April 10

  • Mets send Brandon Nimmo to Las Vegas, call up Corey Oswalt

    Hardball Talk "The New York Mets have optioned outfielder Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas and have called up pitching prospect Corey Oswalt. Nimmo was hitting well — batting .333 with a 1.044 OPS in six games — but was just keeping right field warm for Michael Conforto, who came off the DL last week." April 10

  • Yankees acquire L.J. Mazzilli from Mets for Kendall Coleman

    Newsday "The Yankees have acquired infielder/outfielder L.J. Mazzilli from the Mets in exchange for outfielder Kendall Coleman. Mazzilli, 27, is the son of former Met and Yankee Lee Mazzilli, who also served as the Yankees’ first base coach from 2000-03 and as bench coach in 2006." April 10

  • ‘Are you kidding me?’ Ex-Mets execs chime in on A-Rod claim

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez took his trip to Fantasyland during Sunday night’s ESPN broadcast, but reality called a day later. Rodriguez said he wished he had followed his heart before the 2001 season and signed with the Mets, instead of accepting a historic $252 million deal with the Rangers. The All-Star..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • A-Rod: I regret not signing with the Mets

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez, New York Met? On the call for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” Rodriguez said that if he could do it all over again, he would have signed with the Mets during the 2000-01 offseason. “I thought I would make great concessions to go play for the Mets,” Rodriguez said on the..." April 09

  • Mets' 'Five Aces' rotation will finally get a run together with Zack Wheeler set to start Wednesday

    New York Daily News "It’s ironic actually. For years, the Mets’ dream of a rock-star rotation featuring their five young, hard-throwing pitchers was deferred by injuries. This time, an injury will finally bring the one-time Mets’ dream rotation of Five Aces back together. After one start in Triple-A, Zack Wheeler..." April 09

  • The Mets just keep piling up wins, and an excellent bullpen deserve a lot of the credit

    CBS Sports "For the first time since 2006, the New York Mets have won six of their first seven games. The Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon (NYM 3, WAS 2) to improve their record to 6-1, and after a rough 2017 season, this is exactly the kind of start new manager Mickey Callaway was..." April 08

  • Mets have too many center fielders who ‘deserve’ to play

    New York Post "Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares have gone from sharing center field to waiting for any opportunity to contribute. The Mets outfielders were bumped to the back burner with Michael Conforto’s return from the disabled list on Thursday, a full 3 ¹/₂ weeks before the team had originally planned. And..." April 07

  • Tim Tebow Blasts Home Run on First Pitch in Class AA

    New York Times "Tim Tebow certainly has the flair for the dramatic. On the first pitch of his first at-bat with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (yes, that’s the name of the Mets’ Class AA affiliate), the former Heisman Trophy winner smashed a three-run home run on Thursday. Does that sound familiar? Around..." April 06

  • Mets to active Michael Conforto for Thursday’s game, option infielder Phil Evans: source

    New York Daily News "While Mets manager Mickey Callaway would only joke around about Michael Conforto's expected activation from the disabled list on Thursday, a Mets source confirmed that the Mets' All-Star outfielder will be activated for the first game of the Mets' series against the Nationals in Washington. "He..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Mets preparing to activate Michael Conforto

    Yardbarker "The Mets will bring outfielder Michael Conforto on their forthcoming road trip to Washington, D.C., Mike Puma of the New York Post reports on Twitter. While the precise plans aren’t yet clear, it seems likely that Conforto will be activated from the DL tomorrow, Puma notes. This is the latest..." April 04

  • The successful unveiling of the new Matt Harvey

    New York Post "Welcome to the new Matt Harvey and a new way of handling him. It should prove to be a winning combination. Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland used Harvey for five shutout innings Tuesday night at a cold, wet Citi Field against the Phillies. This was a healthy Harvey who wasn’t..." April 04

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