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Mets Morning News for February 20, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 20, 2019

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Michael Conforto is hoping to carry his late success in 2018 into this season and believes Chili Davis’ old-school approach can help the Mets. Jacob deGrom isn’t worried about what Luis Severino has to say about how deGrom should handle his contract negotiations. The Mets need Amed Rosario to take the next step in his development. After starting this spring training healthy and from the beginning, 2019 is already off to a better start than 2018 for Jason Vargas. Keon Broxton was not expecting to...
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Jeurys Familia is set to be one of the best setup men in baseball in 2019

Jeurys Familia is set to be one of the best setup men in baseball in 2019

Having rejoined the Mets, Familia will pair with Edwin Diaz to form a dominant combo in the bullpen. July 21, 2018, was a bittersweet day for Mets fans, as that was the day that the organization traded All-Star closer Jeurys Familia to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for two prospects: third baseman Will Toffey and reliever Bobby Wahl. On the one hand, the Mets were not a contending team and Familia was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, so it made all the sense in the world to get something of value in return for two months of his services—though whether or not the...
23 hours ago
Mets Morning News for February 19, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 19, 2019

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Much of the extension talk this offseason has been focused on Jacob deGrom, but Noah Syndergaard has indicated his openness to to an extension as well. “I love being a Met, I love New York City, the fan base is great and has been very kind to me,” he said. ”I see kind of the routes the game is going with (Bryce) Harper and (Manny) Machado have still yet to sign, and it’s kind of scary, honestly. It’s definitely something different than I’m used to. Only time will tell.” After getting...
Feb 18, 2019
A healthy, good Steven Matz would be huge for the 2019 Mets

A healthy, good Steven Matz would be huge for the 2019 Mets

2018 was Matz’s healthiest season yet, but he’ll need to improve his performance in 2019. The Mets are heading into 2019 hoping that their starting rotation is at least as healthy as it was last year. There are two members of the current rotation that are huge injury risks, however, one of whom is Steven Matz. In terms of sheer volume, 2018 was a banner year for Matz, as he set career highs for the major league regular season with 30 starts, 154 innings pitched, and 152 strikeouts. He made just one trip to the disabled list, missing the beginning of August with a strained muscle in his...
Feb 18, 2019
Mets Morning News for February 18, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 18, 2019

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets signed Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training. Ken Davidoff tried his best to determine the factors that brought us to the current stand-still in free agency. For the first time in 17 months, T.J. Rivera is healthy and ready to take the field for the Mets. As a recipient of one of the biggest and longest contracts in MLB history, Robinson Cano gave his take on the lack of money spent on players the past two winters. Jacob deGrom took the...
Feb 17, 2019
Mets sign Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract

Mets sign Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract

Hechavarria provides some depth at the shortstop position. The Mets have signed Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training. Given that the roster lacks a natural backup for Amed Rosario at the shortstop position, this is a depth signing that makes sense for the team and there is a chance he could make the big league roster. The only other player with significant experience at shortstop among players likely to make the 25-man roster is Jed Lowrie, but there is some doubt he can hack it at the position at this stage is in his career. The deal...
Feb 17, 2019
Michael Conforto could put the Mets over the top in 2019

Michael Conforto could put the Mets over the top in 2019

He’s already one of the best players in the league, and 2019 is the year everyone realizes it. On the surface, Michael Conforto’s 2018 was good, but nothing special. He posted a 120 wRC+, backed by a 117 DRC+, and hit 28 home runs in 638 plate appearances. Take a peak at his splits, however, and the story is entirely different. In the first half, while still recovering from a serious shoulder injury, Conforto managed only a 101 wRC+, batted a meager .216, and posted an anemic—by his standards—.150 ISO. In the second half, he exploded for a 143 wRC+, as his stats surged across the...
Feb 17, 2019
Mets Morning News for February 17, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 17, 2019

Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Edwin Diaz has a “big set of cajones” and he’s looking to bring that mentality, which he credits to his parents, to Queens. After an extended look in the majors last season, both Drew Smith and Tyler Bashlor are fighting for the final couple of bullpen slots with the big league club in spring training. Peter Alonso knows that fairly or unfairly, there is a chance he may not be coming north with the Mets after spring training, especially given the situation with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who Alonso...
Feb 16, 2019
Baseball should be broadcasted by people who like baseball

Baseball should be broadcasted by people who like baseball

In the most talent-rich era baseball has ever seen, most broadcasts are filled with nothing but negativity about the current game. Since Rob Manfred took over as commissioner of baseball in 2015, one of his main initiatives has been trying to change the game to better cater to the viewing audience. Earlier this month, a new batch of proposed changes was reportedly submitted by the player’s union to the league. Whether you agree or disagree with the necessity of these initiatives, it’s clear baseball is trying to attract new fans by improving the aesthetics of the game. One area that...
Feb 16, 2019
Mets Morning News for February 16, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 16, 2019

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Yoenis Cespedes is walking again and hoping to be back with the Mets this season. Ricky Bones has been tapped at the new pitching coach for the St. Lucie Mets. Anthony DiComo says Rajai Davis’ speed on the basepaths and versatility in the outfield is something the Mets have lacked in recent years and could be a big asset. For what it’s worth, Wilson Ramos had a similar offer on the table from the Angels and chose to sign with the Mets instead. Tim Tebow will be moving up to AAA to start the...
Feb 15, 2019
One Last Move: Adam Jones

One Last Move: Adam Jones

Still unsigned, Jones could be the last piece of the puzzle for the Mets in 2019 Welcome to One Last Move, where our writers pitch a move to the Mets that would close out their off-season and make the team better in 2019. Although the Mets have greatly improved this offseason, no team is ever complete. In trading for Keon Broxton, the Mets added some depth to their outfield. However, even with the addition of Broxton, the Mets could still benefit from the addition of a more experienced outfielder. Therefore, the Mets should execute one last transaction by signing veteran free agent Adam...
Feb 15, 2019
Mets Morning News for February 15, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 15, 2019

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Jacob deGrom met with the media and discussed his desire to stay with the Mets long term. If the team does not lock him up, the reigning Cy Young winner will consider what is best for himself and perhaps cap his workload this season. He is using what little leverage he has to get an extension, but who really has the leverage in this situation (paywall alert)? Jacob deGrom seems content to let this play out in the public eye and that puts the team in an awkward situation. There is nothing left for the...
Feb 14, 2019
Amazin’ Avenue Audio, Episode 310: Pitchers and Catchers and Vegas Gif-Shows

Amazin’ Avenue Audio, Episode 310: Pitchers and Catchers and Vegas Gif-Shows

This week, we prepare for spring.  Amazin’ Avenue Audio, Episode 310: Pitchers and Catchers and Vegas Gif-Shows Welcome back to Amazin’ Avenue Audio, where we reflect on the start of spring training. This week, Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore look to the spring training stories that are intriguing them, once again pick ‘a guy’ in the Mets’ bullpen, and discuss the future of entertainment. Plus, we think that Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud will be in The Best Shape Of Their Lives. As always, you can listen or subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, where we...
Feb 14, 2019
Five spring training storylines to watch this year

Five spring training storylines to watch this year

New faces, intriguing positional battles and deGrom contract take center stage for the Mets. The New York Mets enter spring training looking to put a second consecutive fourth place finish behind them and return to the playoffs for the first time since their 2016 Wild Card berth. There are no shortage of intriguing storylines (and no, not that “Player X is in the best shape of his life”) to keep an eye on as camp kicks off. The Brodie Bunch Brodie Van Wagenen talked the talk this offseason, telling the world that he plans to “develop a winning culture and a winning mindset” and...
Feb 14, 2019
Mets Morning News for February 14, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 14, 2019

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Edwin Diaz was a little surprised he was traded by Seattle but he is happy to be with his new team. His new manager and teammates are also excited the electric closer is with the Mets. Mickey Callaway is hoping to learn from last year’s mistakes and wants to improve communication with the players. The second-year manager downplayed any pressure he feels, but with Jim Riggleman serving as the bench coach Callaway could be on the hot seat sooner rather than later. Despite struggling for most of the...