Player News - Mets

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Kevin Plawecki drove in three runs in a loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

He drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to plate Dominic Smith with the game's first run. He drove in two more runs with a third-inning single and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Plawecki will serve as the back-up to starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud this year. He slashed .260/.364/.400 in 118 plate appearances last season.
Feb 24 - 6:43 PM

Seth Lugo notched two scoreless innings in his start against the Cardinals on Saturday.

He recorded one strikeout and allowed just one base hit and no walks. He is battling for a rotation slot this spring after going 7-5 with a 4.71 ERA in 18 starts and one relief appearance in 2017. If he doesn't make the roation he will likely start the season in Triple-A rather than pitch out of the major league bullpen.
Feb 24 - 6:37 PM

Noah Syndergaard will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday against the Astros.

The 25-year-old hurler was able to recover from his lat injury in time to make a few appearances at the end of the 2017 season, but was limited to just 30 1/3 innings on the season. Unquestionably, he's one of the best pitchers in the world when healthy, though you'll have to absorb the health risk and pay for his ceiling in fantasy drafts. He has been going off the board as the eighth overall starting pitcher in early drafts.
Feb 24 - 1:02 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce will be held out of action until at least Tuesday due to a sore heel.

It's early in the spring so there's no reason to take any unnecessary risks regarding injuries, so they'll give Bruce a couple of days for the issue to subside. It doesn't seem like the type of injury that should linger into the season.
Feb 24 - 10:55 AM

Juan Lagares remains out of the Mets' lineup for a second straight day on Saturday due to tightness in his left leg.

It sounds like nothing more than the regular soreness associated with spring training. He will work out on Saturday, just not participate in Grapefruit League play. Lagares is expected to function as the club's regular center fielder until Michael Conforto returns in early May.
Feb 24 - 9:30 AM

Corey Oswalt fanned four in two innings of relief as the Mets defeated the Braves 6-2 on Friday.

Oswalt, a 2012 seventh-round pick, busted out in Double-A last year, going 12-5 with a 2.28 ERA in the Eastern League. That earned him a spot on the Mets' 40-man in November. He's not a big upside guy, but he'll be a candidate to spend time in the Mets' rotation this year.
Feb 23 - 4:18 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, in a start against the Braves on Friday.

While most starters are penciled in for two innings in their debuts, Wheeler was slated for just one today. The Mets will tread carefully with him after he missed the end of last season with a stress reaction in his arm. He's not necessarily locked into the Mets' rotation after the Jason Vargas acquisition, but, most likely, there will be room for him if he shows he's healthy.
Feb 23 - 4:16 PM

Michael Conforto (shoulder) has begun hitting off a tee.

It's a baby step, but it's great news for the Mets. Conforto is making progress from left shoulder surgery, but he doesn't plan to rush his way back to the majors. His goal remains May 1, though the timetable could obviously change. The Mets re-signed Jay Bruce during the offseason, so Conforto is lined up to play center field upon his return.
Feb 20 - 12:31 PM

Jacob deGrom will leave the team on Tuesday for the birth of his second child.

He plans to return on Saturday. It won't impact his schedule at all as he prepares for the season.
Feb 20 - 9:33 AM

Yoenis Cespedes has incorporated yoga into his routine in an attempt to avoid injury.

Yes, Yo does yoga. Cespedes still considers himself a beginner, but he explained through an interpreter that he's already feeling a difference in regard to his flexibility. As part of his offseason conditioning plan, Cespedes also ran more than ever while cutting down on the amount of weight he lifted. It's all part of an effort to avoid the leg injuries which have hampered him over the past two years. Cespedes owns an .887 OPS in that time, but he played in just 81 games last year and 132 in 2016.
Feb 20 - 8:56 AM
Tim Tebow - OF - Mets

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Sunday that he believes Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues someday.

That, and not the publicity or merchandise sales, is the reason that Tebow is in big league camp this spring despite hitting just .226/.309/.347 with eight homers as a 30-year-old between Class-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie. Alderson went on to say that after a year and a half of this experiment, that expecting him to make the big leagues was a "modest expectation". Aside from perhaps a cameo on a non-contending team in September, it still seems incredibly unlikely.
Feb 18 - 4:32 PM

Mets placed INF T.J. Rivera on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for Jason Vargas. Rivera will miss the beginning of the season while working his way back from last September's Tommy John surgery.
Feb 18 - 11:54 AM

Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year, $16 million contract with a club option for 2020.

The deal was reported on Friday and is now official after Vargas passed a physical. The veteran left-hander held a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts last season but faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. The Mets hope he can offer some stability at the back-end of their rotation.
Feb 18 - 11:26 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets and Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is for two years and $16 million and contains a club option for 2020, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Vargas, 35, made his first All-Star team last season after posting a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts, but he faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. Still, the depth is useful given all of the health questions in the Mets' rotation. He'll presumably serve as the team's fifth starter this season.
Feb 16 - 10:45 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets "still have solid interest" in free agent starter Jason Vargas.

Vargas has drawn very little attention on the open market this winter after struggling for much of the second half of the 2017 season. He still finished 18-11, with a 4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 134/58 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 total innings. The 35-year-old left-hander can probably be had on the cheap and would make a for a fine innings eater on most clubs. Now that the Yu Darvish domino has fallen, maybe things will pick up for these lower-tier starting pitchers.
Feb 15 - 10:32 AM

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