Player News - Mets

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Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-3 and drilled a solo home run for his team's only run of the game in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

He took starter Dan Straily over the wall in the fifth inning. The Mets couldn't get much going tonight, snaring only six hits total in the ballgame. Nimmo is having a very solid season at the plate and has played his way into steadily increasing playing time as a result. He has a nice .259/.423/.469 slash line with three homers, six RBI and 16 runs scored in 104 plate appearances. He began the season as a bench player but is now starting everyday in the outfield.
May 23 - 10:30 PM

Jeurys Familia coughed up two runs in the ninth inning to blow a save and take a loss against the Marlins on Wednesday.

He was called upon to protect a 1-0 lead and got the first batter to ground out, but then he surrendered a single and a double to put the game in jeopardy. J.T. Realmuto followed with an RBI single to tie the game with Derek Dietrich getting nailed at home plate trying to score a second run on the play. Familia then intentionally walked Justin Bour before giving up another RBI-single to Starlin Castro for the go-ahead run. It was a rare bad outing for Familia but his job as closer is still rock-solid even though he's blown four saves already. He has a 2.35 ERA with 13 saves.
May 23 - 10:24 PM

Jacob deGrom punched out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames but had to settle for a no-decision as his team lost to the Marlins on Wednesday.

He left the game with a 1-0 lead but the Marlins came back to win in the final frame. DeGrom scattered four singles and two walks in the gem outing. His record holds at 4-0 with an awesome 1.54 ERA and 0.99 WHIP after 10 starts. He has 77 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58 1/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week, facing the Braves and Cubs.
May 23 - 10:18 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) will travel with the Mets on their road trip, but there's still no timetable on when he'll return.

Cespedes and Todd Frazier (hamstring) will travel with the team so that trainers can continue to work with both and evaluate their progress. Neither Cespedes or Frazier appear to be ready to return to the field anytime soon, and MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports that a rehab assignment isn't "imminent" for either. We may not see either player back in the lineup until June, at the earliest.
May 23 - 4:12 PM

In his Mets' debut, Jose Bautista went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

Bautista doubled in his first at-bat with his new club, then came around to score the Mets' lone run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Thomas Nido. The Mets' seem content on letting him see regular at-bats while Yoenis Cespedes is sidelined, making him with a short-term gamble in NL-only formats for his power potential.
May 22 - 10:39 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched well in a losing effort against the Marlins on Tuesday, surrendering three runs (one earned) on three hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Wheeler matched his season-high with nine strikeouts in the ballgame and didn't walk a batter. All of the damage against him came during a three-run rally in the second inning, which was helped by a key error made by Jose Reyes. Wheeler has been brutally inconsistent this season, alternating gems and disasters over his last four starts. He now owns an underwhelming 5.32 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season. Despite this strong outing, he isn't a recommended streaming option for Sunday's start against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
May 22 - 10:39 PM

Mets signed LHP Aaron Laffey to a minor league contract.

Laffey had been pitching for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. The 33-year-old left-hander last appeared in a major league game in 2015.
May 22 - 8:40 PM

Jose Bautista is starting in left field and batting fifth for the Mets on Tuesday night against the Marlins.

Bautista caught a flight to New York this afternoon and officially signed his one-year major league contract with the Mets upon his arrival at Citi Field. The 37-year-old hit two home runs in 12 games with the Braves before they released him on Sunday, but he also had a poor .143/.250/.343 overall batting line. This version of Joey Bats is not worth consideration in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 22 - 6:53 PM

Mets optioned INF/OF Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Evans went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts during his short stay with New York. This moves clears a 25-man roster spot for Jose Bautista, who has been signed to a one-year major league contract and will be available for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins.
May 22 - 5:56 PM

Mets signed OF Jose Bautista to a one-year contract.

This came together quickly, as Bautista is already in New York and will be active for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins. He got a major league deal from the Mets despite batting .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances on a minor league pact with the Braves. That just shows how desperate the Mets are for immediate right-handed corner outfield depth. We wouldn't expect the 37-year-old to carry any fantasy value in Queens.
May 22 - 5:55 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms that the Mets have reached a deal with Jose Bautista.

It'll presumably be a minor league contract with performance incentives built in. Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday after batting just .143/.250/.343 in 40 plate appearances and struggling defensively at third base, but the 37-year-old can provide some much-needed immediate corner outfield depth for New York. The deal should be official soon.
May 22 - 5:48 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Mets "will have a deal" with Jose Bautista.

It sounds like there are only a few minor details to sort out. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo was first to report that an agreement was close. Bautista batted just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances with the Braves and struggled defensively at third base, but he makes sense as immediate right-handed outfield depth for the Mets. There will be no fantasy upside here.
May 22 - 5:34 PM

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets are working toward a deal with Jose Bautista.

DiComo notes, however, that the Mets are not the only team showing interest in Bautista, who was released by the Braves on Sunday after batting just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances. It sounds like the 37-year-old will have a new home by the end of the day Tuesday. He would likely play the corner outfield in New York after struggling defensively at third base in his short time with Atlanta.
May 22 - 4:59 PM

Anthony Swarzak (oblique) is close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment, per manager Mickey Callaway.

Swarzak landed on the disabled list since April 1 with a strained left oblique and suffered a setback a few weeks later, but he's on the right track now. The 32-year-old setup man signed a two-year, $14 million free agent contract with the Mets this winter after posting a strong 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 91/22 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings last season between the White Sox and Brewers. He should be ready to rock in about 10 days.
May 22 - 4:03 PM

Devin Mesoraco (elbow) won't be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

Not being in the starting lineup is the bad news. There is good news, however, in that Mesoraco is available off the bench today, and there was no structural damage suffered when Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson struck him in the left elbow on his backswing. Since coming over to the Mets from the Reds, Mesoraco has hit three homers over eight games to go along with a .933 OPS.
May 22 - 1:50 PM


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