8:09 PM EDT, Fri March 22, 2019
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Don’t expect to see Travis d’Arnaud at the start of season

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets have proceeded cautiously all spring with Travis d’Arnaud and aren’t about to start rushing him now. With the catcher still trying to show he’s all the way back from last April’s Tommy John surgery, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday he and team officials are discussing whether d’Arnaud would be...
Mar 21, 2019

Mets’ Tom Seaver honors begin with Citi Field address

The Mets really hit this one out of the park! Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver will get a street outside Citi Field named after him — to go along with a statue the team has promised to celebrate the hurler dubbed “The Franchise.” City officials have already paved the way for the Amazin’s to...
Mar 21, 2019

A different side of Pete Alonso, told through batting cage mishap

PORT ST. LUCIE — Pete Alonso is on the cusp of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Opening Day starter at first base for the Mets. This spring he has posted a .360 average and a 1.076 OPS. Those numbers only tell part of the Pete Alonso story. His passion and love for the game is off...
Mar 21, 2019

Zack Wheeler already has the Nationals on his mind

PORT ST. LUCIE — Much of Zack Wheeler’s focus is already on his scheduled first start of the regular season, but Wednesday he managed to get fired up in a near empty minor league stadium for his last full spring training outing. In a minor league scrimmage — Wheeler’s start Tuesday against the Marlins was...
Mar 20, 2019

What Mets’ roster crunch looks like as spring training winds down

PORT ST. LUCIE — Two first basemen? Three catchers? Seven or eight relievers? These are just some of the roster questions Mets officials are contemplating in these final days of spring training. Thirty-nine players remain in major league camp, but the number will be sliced to 25 in the hours leading up to next Thursday’s...
Mar 19, 2019

Wednesday could be D-Day for Devin Mesoraco’s Mets future

PORT ST. LUCIE — Devin Mesoraco could be headed elsewhere if the Mets don’t plan to place him on the 25-man roster. The veteran catcher, who returned to the team in the offseason on a minor league deal, has an “upward mobility” clause in his contract that can be exercised Wednesday. If the Mets don’t...
Mar 19, 2019

How Robinson Cano pushed the Mets to let him test his limits

PORT ST. LUCIE — Robinson Cano needed a March test for reassurance he won’t be restricted this season by National League baseball. So last week, the Mets’ new second baseman told manager Mickey Callaway something unusual coming from a veteran player in spring training: He wanted to play in six straight games over as many...
Mar 19, 2019

New Mets GM has kept his word so far — but big tests just ahead

PORT ST. LUCIE — Brodie Van Wagenen differentiated himself as a GM candidate by convincing Mets ownership that being an agent provided insight into how players think and, in particular, what they think of the Mets. In the job, Van Wagenen has walked that talk. As one of his top lieutenants Allard Baird, said, “In...
Mar 19, 2019

Mets launch Netflix-style ticket subscription deal

Now you can binge watch the Mets right at Citi Field. Baseball is going the way of the big screen with a new Netflix-style subscription deal that lets Mets fans score standing-room-only access to nearly every regular season home game. For $39 a month, anyone with an iPhone or Android can sign up for the...
Mar 19, 2019

Why the Mets hid deGrom and Syndergaard from Nationals

PORT ST. LUCIE — Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard took their heat to a minor league field at the Mets complex Monday for a last full-throttle effort before the regular season. Both pitchers are expected to make abbreviated spring training appearances this weekend before lining up for Games 1 and 2 of the season in...
Mar 18, 2019

A look inside David Wright’s new Mets reality

PORT ST. LUCIE — David Wright’s first Mets spring training as a non-player began Monday in a polo shirt and dress slacks, hurrying to a morning meeting. Later this week Wright will be at the team’s minor league complex working with the third basemen. Mostly, he is around camp to answer questions general manager Brodie...
Mar 18, 2019

Mets, Yankees share stunningly similar battles, storylines

PORT ST. LUCIE — You have the burly right-handed hitter who probably had the job to lose. And you have the lefty whose reputation has dimmed with injury and lack of production. Are we talking about the Mets first-base job or Yankees? The answer: Exactly. Anyone else noticed the Mets and Yankees are having the...
Mar 18, 2019

Pete Alonso is making the Mets’ decision an easier one

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — If the idea is to break camp with the 25 best players, as Mets officials have insisted is true this spring, Pete Alonso is a slam dunk for the major league roster. Offense, defense, running the bases, the rookie first baseman has shown the Mets everything they could have wanted....
Mar 18, 2019

No other team made sense for Al Leiter’s next baseball challenge

PORT ST. LUCIE — At 9:15 Sunday morning, Steven Matz threw a bullpen session, trying to correct the mistakes that were pounded out of the ballpark on Friday, when the Mets’ lefty could not get the ball down and surrendered four home runs to the Nationals. Pitching coach Dave Eiland watched closely. Quietly standing off...
Mar 18, 2019

Mets bullpen candidate gets roughed up in 43-pitch inning

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Hector Santiago’s strong spring with the Mets was derailed Sunday by a first-inning disaster. The veteran lefty was yanked with two outs in the first after throwing 43 pitches and allowing six runs to the Nationals. The final straw was drilling Victor Robles, the 10th batter he faced in the...