2:35 PM EDT, Sun April 22, 2018
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Brandon Nimmo doesn’t seem to mind his role on the Mets

He’s not getting regular at-bats yet, but the youngster is having a blast in the majors. Mets fans threw a big stink when Brandon Nimmo was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas last week, but it turned out to be no big deal at all, as the former first-round draft pick was back in the majors by Friday. Then, on Sunday, Nimmo got his first big league start since April 3 and made the most of it, slugging a triple and a home run while scoring two of New York’s three runs in their walk-off victory over Milwaukee. It’s still a small sample size, but with a .381 career on-base percentage in 265...

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Mets trade L.J. Mazzilli to Yankees

The former fouth-round draft pick is switching sides in a rare cross-town trade. The Mets and Yankees have struck a rare deal that will send longtime Mets minor league second baseman/outfielder L.J. Mazzilli to the Bronx for Yankees outfield prospect Kendall Coleman. The 27-year-old Mazzilli, son of former Met and Yankee outfielder and coach Lee Mazzilli, was drafted in 2013 as a fourth-rounder out of the University of Connecticut by the Mets. Mazzilli had initial promise in his first years in professional baseball, hitting .278 and .301 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, primarily in...

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State of the Mets, Part 4: The future

The final installment of a deep dive into the current Met roster. Last Tuesday, we published a breakdown of the Mets’ outlook for 2018 and beyond. The first draft of that article was much, much longer, however, and the original provides a much deeper dive into how the Mets got to this point, what the problems with the team currently are, and where the team is probably headed. Over the next few days, we’ll be publishing that longer original in parts, digging into the Mets’ organization to reset our understanding of the current roster. This is Part 4. As we said, this Mets team is...

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State of the Mets, Part 3: Offseason discussion

The third installment of a deep dive into the current Met roster. Last Tuesday, we published a breakdown of the Mets’ outlook for 2018 and beyond. The first draft of that article was much, much longer, however, and the original provides a much deeper dive into how the Mets got to this point, what the problems with the team currently are, and where the team is probably headed. Over the next few days, we’ll be publishing that longer original in parts, digging into the Mets’ organization to reset our understanding of the current roster. This is Part 3. If they wanted to contend in 2018,...

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State of the Mets, Part 2: Asset evaluation

The second installment of a deep dive into the current Met roster. Last Tuesday, we published a breakdown of the Mets’ outlook for 2018 and beyond. The first draft of that article was much, much longer, however, and the original provides a much deeper dive into how the Mets got to this point, what the problems with the team currently are, and where the team is probably headed. Over the next few days, we’ll be publishing that longer original in parts, digging into the Mets’ organization to reset our understanding of the current roster. This is Part 2. On the back of a very...

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Remembering the best start in Mets history

A look back at the unlikely Met who threw 15 shutout innings—and, naturally, walked away with a no-decision. Edgardo Alfonzo’s epic 6-for-6, 3-homer day at the Astrodome in 1999 is widely regarded as the best offensive performance in Mets history. For an organization built on starting pitching, however, its best-pitched game often gets overlooked. The starter that day wasn’t Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, or any other Mets legend, but a September call-up named Rob Gardner. The Mets drafted Gardner from the Twins in the 1963 first-year draft. The Binghamton native made his major league...

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Good or bad, 2018 will be a pivotal year for Gavin Cecchini

Will it be sink or swim for the former first-round pick? Drafted 12th overall by the Mets in the 2012 MLB Draft, Gavin Cecchini’s seven-year professional career has been full of peaks and valleys. Even on draft day, he was a player who didn’t have standout tools, and in the years since, that lack of one or two specific strengths has hurt Cecchini’s development. Over the years, Cecchini has changed his swing multiple times. His most recent swing is flat and level, emphasizing contact over power. Because he does not have much raw power to begin with, possessing gap power but not much...

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State of the Mets, Part 1: The past

The first installment of a deep dive into the current Met roster. Last Tuesday, we published a breakdown of the Mets’ outlook for 2018 and beyond. The first draft of that article was much, much longer, however, and the original provides a much deeper dive into how the Mets got to this point, what the problems with the team currently are, and where the team is probably headed. Over the next few days, we’ll be publishing that longer original in parts, digging into the Mets’ organization to reset our understanding of the current roster. This is Part 1. Two years ago, the 2015 Mets...

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Luis Guillorme is not to be overlooked

One of many middle infielders in the organization, Luis Guillorme’s massive defensive chops will give him an edge. After coming to the United States from Venezuela, Luis Guillorme enrolled in Coral Springs Charter High School in Coral Springs, Florida and quickly became known to scouts in the area as a human highlight reel. The Mets selected the shortstop in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, and he forwent his commitment to State College of Florida to sign with the Mets for a $200,000 signing bonus, slightly over slot value for a 10th round pick. Guillorme soldiered along in his first...

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Mets claim outfielder Bryce Brentz off waivers from Pittsburgh Pirates

Brentz is a former first round pick with the Boston Red Sox The New York Mets have claimed outfielder Bryce Brentz off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates placed the 29-year old on outright waivers after he failed to make the team out of spring training. According to Michael Baron, the Mets have yet to determine where Brentz will report. Brentz, a 2010 first-round draft pick with the Boston Red Sox, displayed power during his minor league career but was plagued by a number of injuries. He made his big league debut in 2014 for the Red Sox, hitting .308 in limited action as a...

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Mets high on first-rounder David Peterson, a lefty that pounds the zone

Lefty David Peterson, the Mets first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, was praised yesterday by manager Mickey Callaway and Michael Conforto.