Player News - Mets

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David Wright is in the Mets starting lineup as the designated hitter in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest against the Nationals.

Wright won't be ready to play the field until mid-March, so he's limited to DH duties until then. He has been playing catch regularly as he's working to come back from neck surgery while also battling spinal stenosis in his back. The odds of him remaining healthy throughout the 2017 season remain slim.
Feb 25 - 8:42 AM

Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a homer Friday in helping to lead the Mets past the Red Sox 3-2.

It's unclear if Conforto can do anything to change the Mets' minds about playing Jay Bruce over him this spring. Realistically, his chances hinge on someone stepping up and making a trade offer for Bruce. Conforto could always disappoint again, but he projects as the superior player of the two.
Feb 24 - 4:12 PM

Seth Lugo threw a pair of hitless innings and struck out three against the Red Sox on Friday.

Lugo went 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA in his eight starts for the Mets last season, but he seems to be behind Robert Gsellman in the pecking order for a rotation spot should Zack Wheeler open the season in the bullpen or on the DL. He's interesting in NL-only leagues anyway.
Feb 24 - 4:10 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets "seriously discussed" trading Michael Conforto straight up for Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez during the offseason.

It's unclear when these discussions took place though the Mets ultimately balked because Martinez is entering the last year of his contract. The Mets have a glut of outfielders but at least two (Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson) are likely to leave in free agency next winter if they aren't traded before then. After hitting just .220 last year, Conforto isn't a lock for the Mets' Opening Day roster.
Feb 23 - 6:24 PM
Tim Tebow - OF - Mets

Tim Tebow is scheduled to arrive at Mets camp on Monday morning.

Yep, this is still happening. Tebow is expected to spend most of the spring on the minor league side of Mets camp, away from the media, but he will hold a press conference at the main facility at 11 a.m. ET on Monday. The former Heisman Trophy winner batted just .194/.296/.242 over 62 at-bats in the 2016 Arizona Fall League.
Feb 23 - 9:38 AM

Mets signed RHP Wilfredo Boscan to a minor league contract.

Boscan posted a 6.46 ERA in one start and five relief appearances last summer with the Pirates. He finished the season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Braves. Consider the 27-year-old right-hander organizational bullpen depth for the Mets.
Feb 23 - 8:42 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw another bullpen session Wednesday.

Wheeler felt some tenderness in his elbow during a bullpen session about a week ago, but it didn't take him long to get back on track. He made it through a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and progressed to about 30 pitches on Wednesday while throwing "85 to 90 percent." He's moving in the right direction, but Wheeler still faces major questions this spring after missing back-to-back seasons following his Tommy John surgery. He's trying to claim the fifth spot in the rotation, but Robert Gsellman is a looming threat. Even if Wheeler wins the job, he's going to be on an innings limit this year.
Feb 22 - 10:22 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins estimated Tuesday that David Wright won't be ready to play the field until around mid-March.

Wright, who is coming back from neck surgery and battling spinal stenosis in his back, played catch Tuesday for the second time this spring. He's going to be eased into action as a DH and in minor league games before testing himself in the field. "He is making strides," said Collins. "You are looking at, three weeks from today we will have a real good idea where he is at. That gives him a lot of time to lengthen himself out." It's ultimately hard to say if he'll be ready for Opening Day until he really starts ramping things up.
Feb 22 - 9:00 AM

David Wright (neck) played catch on a back field Tuesday at Mets camp.

The veteran third baseman is being kept away from the media as he tries to return from last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. "We don’t want him overexposed to where ... if he makes a bad throw, all of a sudden, it’s a big story," manager Terry Collins said. "We want to make sure that when he starts out there throwing in front of everybody, that he’s certainly ready to let it loose." Wright is aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but the question marks abound.
Source: Newsday
Feb 21 - 5:07 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves are among the teams considering Kelly Johnson.

He's still seeking a major-league deal and it's unclear whether the Braves are willing to give him that. Johnson turns 35 on Wednesday and batted .247/.306/.391 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 131 games last season between the Braves and Mets. He could be a useful bench player somewhere.
Feb 21 - 8:09 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, "the feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead."

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were making progress on a contract extension that would potentially run through 2019, but it sounds like there wound up being a big gap in the financial expectations. Walker will make $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in early November. He is scheduled to become a free agent next winter.
Feb 20 - 1:14 PM

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets' extension talks with Neil Walker "have hit a snag."

Carig says "it’s still possible negotiations could heat up once more," but there is nothing imminent at this time. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were discussing a new deal that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million," but there are apparently some disagreements in the details. Walker will earn $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in November. He is currently scheduled to become a free agent next winter.
Source: Newsday
Feb 20 - 11:26 AM

Marc Carig of Newsday was told Monday morning that "nothing is imminent" in the ongoing extension talks between the Mets and Neil Walker.

Walker and his reps met Sunday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and it sounds like there could be an agreement at some point this spring, but we're not there yet. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported this weekend that the two sides have been discussing a contract extension that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million." Walker, 31, slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer for 2017.
Feb 20 - 9:29 AM

Jeurys Familia returned to Mets camp Monday.

Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Saturday that Familia's weekend absence from the Mets' spring training facilities had something to do with MLB's ongoing investigation into the closer's October domestic violence charge. So maybe we'll be hearing about a suspension soon from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Addison Reed projects to open the 2017 season as New York's ninth-inning man, unless Familia somehow avoids punishment.
Feb 20 - 9:01 AM

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


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