Player News - Mets

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets and Neil Walker's agent have discussed a contract extension that would run through 2019 and would be worth "north of $40 million."

Walker accepted the club's $17.2 million qualifying offer in November, but the two sides are interested in ripping up that deal and installing a new three-year pact. General manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he talked to Walker's agent on Saturday and planned to discuss things with the player himself soon. Walker, 31, hit 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season in his first year in New York before undergoing back surgery.
Feb 19 - 3:33 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

Wheeler had some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a 'pen session last week, but he got through Sunday's session with no issues. It's obviously encouraging, but the righty isn't out of the woods yet after all of his arm problems the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, Wheeler stands a good chance at capturing the final spot in the Mets' rotation.
Feb 19 - 12:38 PM

David Wright (neck) played catch indoors on Sunday.

He didn't play catch outside with the rest of his Mets teammates, but it was the first time Wright has done any throwing since last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. The club will continue to bring the veteran third baseman along slowly this spring, as Wright's participation in Grapefruit League games figures to be fairly limited. He's obviously a major health question mark going into 2017.
Feb 19 - 11:23 AM

Jeurys Familia was absent from spring training workouts for a second consecutive day on Saturday.

As was the case on Friday, Familia checked into the club's spring training complex early in the morning but departed before workouts began. Mike Puma of the New York Post notes that his absence pertains to the MLB investigation around his domestic violence incident.
Feb 18 - 9:20 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Friday with no issues.

He's slated to throw off a mound on Sunday. Wheeler is a little behind schedule after having some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a bullpen session earlier this week. His health is obviously something to keep a close eye on this spring after all his issues the last two seasons.
Feb 17 - 1:40 PM

The Mets plan to have Jose Reyes bat leadoff 3-4 days per week.

It could be more than that, of course, depending on how David Wright's (neck) health is. The Mets aren't sure yet who will bat leadoff for them on days when Reyes doesn't start. Reyes is slated to see time all over the infield and some in the outfield this spring as he prepares for a super utility role. He could be a sneaky value in fantasy drafts this spring as a guy who doesn't technically have a starting job but who is likely to wind up playing a lot.
Feb 17 - 12:53 PM

David Wright (neck) is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday.

It would be his first time throwing a baseball since last June. The Mets are bringing Wright along slowly this spring as he works his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. His health status figures to be a daily topic of conversation throughout spring training.
Feb 17 - 12:51 PM

Jeurys Familia is expected back in Mets camp on Saturday.

Familia is away from the club on Friday to tend to a personal matter. We're still waiting to hear about Familia's expected suspension for his domestic violence incident.
Feb 17 - 12:49 PM

Jeurys Familia left Mets camp on Friday due to a personal matter.

Familia's arrival in camp was delayed because of a visa issue, and he's now away from the club again. It's unclear at this point when he might return, but the Mets should have more on his status later Friday.
Feb 17 - 9:42 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) said he plans to throw off a mound Saturday or Sunday.

Wheeler is a few days behind the other pitchers in Mets camp after experiencing tenderness in his troublesome right elbow following his first bullpen session of the spring. He was able to play catch Thursday, but we're obviously not through the woods here yet. Wheeler is in competition with Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation.
Feb 16 - 2:02 PM

Noah Syndergaard has been named the Mets' Opening Day starter.

"Easiest [decision] I've made in a while," manager Terry Collins told the media in Mets camp on Thursday. Syndergaard is a worthy pick after dominating to the tune of a 2.60 ERA, 1.149 WHIP, and 218/43 K/BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings last season. The mountainous 24-year-old right-hander packed on 17 pounds of muscle over the winter.
Feb 16 - 12:49 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Thursday without issue.

The hope is he can get back on a mound Friday, which would put him right back on track with the other pitchers in Mets camp. Wheeler felt some tenderness in his troublesome right elbow earlier this week after throwing a bullpen session. He is trying to beat out Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation.
Feb 16 - 12:01 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday passes along word that the Mets have no qualms with Noah Syndergaard trying to throw harder so long as he is consistent with his mechanics.

Syndergaard recently told Sports Illustrated that he has packed on 17 pounds this offseason in the quest to improve his strength and durability, with the hope being that he will hopefully be able to stave off the elbow issues which cropped up last summer. Just how much he could actually improve on his fastball speed is debatable. Syndergaard led all qualified starters with a 97.9 MPH heater on average in 2016. There's only so much more room for improvement on that front.
Feb 15 - 4:39 PM

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday that Zack Wheeler (elbow) felt "a little tenderness" following his last bullpen session.

The thought is that it's just scar tissue and he'll throw again soon, but Warthen said the Mets are understandably treating Wheeler "with kid gloves." Wheeler has missed back-to-back years, as he had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and encountered all sorts of setbacks last year. Assuming he's healthy enough to pitch again, the Mets are looking at an innings limit in the low 100s for 2017. There's been talk of using him in the bullpen to manage his workload. Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo are the alternatives for the final rotation spot.
Feb 15 - 1:48 PM

The Mets' top four starters aren't expected to pitch in Grapefruit League action until March 4.

That group includes Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz. This is part of a plan to reduce the workload on the prized arms. Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo are competing for the final spot in the rotation. That competition should start a bit earlier than March 4.


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