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Amazin Avenue

Jason Vargas was Jason Vargas in 2018 - except when he was Vargy

Long live Vargy. When the Mets signed Jason Vargas to a 2-year, $16 million contract before the start of the 2018 season, it was seen by some as a solid back-end of the rotation/innings eater deal, and others as a colossal waste of money. It turns out that both were sort of correct. Vargas’s second stint as a Met got off to a shaky start, when he landed on the disabled list with a fracture in his non-throwing hand in Spring Training. Due to the subsequent surgery and recovery time, Vargas didn’t make a start until April 28th. His first three starts fed into the doubts about his...

Amazin Avenue

Brandon Nimmo was the best offensive player on the Mets in 2018

The former first round pick made great strides in his first full season in the majors Given how the 2018 season turned out, it’s hard to believe Brandon Nimmo was optioned to Triple-A just ten games into the year. The move followed Michael Conforto’s return from shoulder surgery, which resulted in fewer playing opportunities for the young outfielder. Thankfully, Nimmo was called back up three days later and left no doubt that he deserved a spot on the roster, developing into the team’s most reliable offensive threat while flashing his brilliant and infectious smile. Drafted...

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Mets have some new school GMs under consideration, but will Fred Wilpon accept analytics?

The Mets field of candidates for their GM search is growing with Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom recently interviewing.        

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for October 11, 2018

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Two new names emerged in the Mets general manager search. The Rays’ senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom already interviewed for the position and Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff is currently on the Mets’ radar. The salary projections for 2019 have been released, and quite a few players on the Mets are due nice pay raises. Dominic Smith surprised a local softball team when he showed up to their game. Both Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez are off to quick starts in the Arizona Fall...

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Chaim Bloom interviewed for the GM opening with New York Mets

The Rays senior VP of baseball operations has been sought out before The New York Mets have interviewed Tampa Bay Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, Chaim Bloom, for their open general manager position, per a report from Mike Puma, the Mets beat writer for the New York Post. Bloom just finished his 14th season with the Rays organization. Since joining the Tampa Bay Rays, Bloom has risen rapidly through the ranks, eventually being promoted in November of 2014 to his current position, in which he shares the general manager duties with GM Erik Neander. In 2015, Bloom was among...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays VP Chaim Bloom interviews for Mets GM job

Rays senior VP Chaim Bloom is expected to be a candidate for several GM-level job this winter, and he reportedly had his first interview Wednesday, talking with Mets officials about their vacancy.The New York Post's Mike Puma reported Wednesday that Bloom interviewed for

Amazin Avenue

Daniel Zamora provided stability to the Mets bullpen down the stretch

The Stony Brook alum made quite an impression in a short amount of time. Daniel Zamora was one of many pleasant surprises for the Mets in the second half of the 2018 season. The former 40th round draft pick was acquired in a trade that sent Josh Smoker to the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 31. Zamora spent most of the season in Double-A Binghamton, where he quietly put together solid numbers in 40 appearances that included a 3.48 ERA, .197 AVG, 1.03 WHIP, 69 strikeouts, and 16 walks in 51.1 innings. After Bobby Wahl was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury on August 17, Zamora...

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Theo should make a push for Zack Wheeler in 2019

While many Cubs fans have pondered the potential of big-name free agent signings like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado in the 2019 offseason, it may be in the team’s best interest to reopen their pursuit of Mets starter Zack Wheeler. After missing all of 2015 and 2016 due to complications surrounding his Tommy John surgery, […] Chicago Cubs: Theo should make a push for Zack Wheeler in 2019 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Despite his second-half struggles, Devin Mesoraco was a solid pick-up for the Mets

Mesoraco proved to be a serviceable catcher and caught a majority of Jacob deGrom’s starts. Going into the season, the New York Mets expected a platoon of Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki to hold down the fort behind the plate. Fate threw a wrench in those plans when d’Arnaud suffered a torn UCL in his right elbow in early April. On the same day the club announced that d’Arnaud needed Tommy John surgery and would miss the rest of the season, Plawecki broke his hand after being hit by a pitch and was forced to miss six weeks of action. With the prospect of the ineffective Jose...

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: Why Matt Harvey should be re-signed

With plenty of talent testing the free agency waters this off-season, the Cincinnati Reds expect to be chasing after arms to shore up their weak starting rotation and bullpen. Could one of those pieces already be in the clubhouse? In a mid-season trade with the New York Mets that sent injury-prone catcher Devin Mesoraco to […] Cincinnati Reds: Why Matt Harvey should be re-signed - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

New York Mets: The Underrated Value of Seth Lugo

Seth Lugo was a valuable pitcher for the New York Mets in 2018. He can start, close and relieve. What role will Lugo fill for the 2019 pitching staff? The New York Mets saw Seth Lugo thrive out of the bullpen in 2018. Following an injury-riddled 2017, the lanky righty found a home and proved to […] New York Mets: The Underrated Value of Seth Lugo - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

SNY TV

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes says he will undergo second heel surgery on Oct. 23

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes told reporters on Sunday that he will undergo his second heel surgery on Oct. 23.

New York Post

Only Brandon Nimmo could find bright side of a pulled hamstring

Brandon Nimmo chose to look on the bright side, because that is his nature. Better to sustain a hamstring injury on the final weekend of the season than with a significant portion of the schedule remaining. The Mets outfielder was removed from Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Marlins in 13 innings after pulling his right...

Federal Baseball

Joe Ross wraps up return from Tommy John, looks to 2019...

Joe Ross looked sharp early, but gave up three home runs on Friday night in Coors Field in what ended up a 5-2 loss to the Rockies. In his second start back after over a year of rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Joe Ross gave up eight hits and four runs, three earned, in six innings of work on the mound in what ended up a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets in the nation’s capital. “He’s more effective when he’s down, the ball moves a little bit more, his changeup is better, his slider’s better...” - Davey Martinez on Joe Ross vs NYM The four runs he allowed came in over his first...

Amazin Avenue

Reliving David Wright’s memorable 2015 return

With the odds stacked heavily against him, Wright worked his way back from injury and was a key contributor to the team’s World Series run. The date is Monday, August 24, 2015. The New York Mets are in the heat of their first pennant race in nine years and are beginning a four-game showdown with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The club has won 15 of its last 21 games and to surge past the underachieving Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East. With 39 games left, the Mets have opened up a five-game lead in the division and are looking for...

Federal Baseball

Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s series opener with the Marlins + Trea Turner ❤️...

Catching up with Trea Turner as he wraps up a solid season and tries to keep improving over the last week of the 2018 campaign. With a career-high in games played (156 - he’s played in every one so far and he’s managed to avoid any injuries this season), and career-bests in doubles (26) and home runs (18), and a major league-leading 42 stolen bases, Trea Turner has put together an impressive 2018 so far. There is, of course, room for improvement for the 25-year-old shortstop, who finished a four-game set with the New York Mets this weekend with a .272/.346/.414 line in 710 plate...

Rising Apple

Mets injuries hurt the offense, but maybe not as bad as we thought

Are injuries to blame for the poor New York Mets season or do advanced analytics tell a different story? Every New York Mets fan thinks that injuries to top offensive players ruined the 2018 season, but when you break it down, there are some major surprises. One of the least discussed injuries had more impact […] Mets injuries hurt the offense, but maybe not as bad as we thought - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Mets assistant GM: We were right to hold onto our starters

WASHINGTON — The debate over whether to maintain the current starting rotation or trade pieces to address weaknesses isn’t settled, but the Mets lately have made a case for keeping the unit intact. A team clobbered by injuries early this season that was buried in the NL pennant race before midseason, entered Friday 39-34 since...

Federal Baseball

Washington Nationals’ Joe Ross continues to impress in second start back from Tommy John surgery...

Joe Ross made his second start back in the Nationals’ rotation following Tommy John surgery last July. Joe Ross’s initial return from Tommy John surgery was wiped out by rain five outs in, but he finally made it all the way back from the torn UCL in his elbow last Thursday, when he faced the Chicago Cubs in the nation’s capital. “He’s more effective when he’s down, the ball moves a little bit more, his changeup is better, his slider’s better, and he was able to do that...” - Davey Martinez on Joe Ross vs the Mets Ross, a year-plus removed from having his elbow repaired,...

New York Post

Mets send ailing Wilmer Flores back to New York

PHILADELPHIA — Wilmer Flores’ barking knees prompted him to take a surprise detour to New York on Wednesday. The Mets infielder dressed and departed Citizens Bank Park before first pitch against the Phillies, and is expected to be examined on Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Flores indicated his knees — particularly...

Rum Bunter

Pirates News: Chad Kuhl Undergoes UCL Surgery

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that right-handed pitcher Chad Kuhl has undergone surgery for his UCL. Chad Kuhl last pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 26th against the New York Mets.  The right-hander lasted only four innings before being removed with right forearm tightness.  He went through a period of rest before undergoing surgery […] Pirates News: Chad Kuhl Undergoes UCL Surgery - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets: Zack Wheeler finishes the 2018 season at his best

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler engineered a brilliant close to 2018 after a rough time in recovering from injuries in the last few years. He’s now done for the year. After an incredible performance in the second half of the season, Zack Wheeler has been officially shut down for the last two weeks of […] Mets: Zack Wheeler finishes the 2018 season at his best - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets' Wilmer Flores done for season

WASHINGTON — Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season because of soreness in both knees. Manager Mickey Callaway said Flores has earl -onset arthritis in both knees and will receive injections to alleviate the pain. "It's not like surgery is recommended at this time," Callaway...

Amazin Avenue

Wilmer Flores diagnosed with early onset arthritis in his knees

His 2018 season is finished. Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both knees and is done for the season. Mickey Callaway acknowledged that he is unsure what this means for Flores’s future. The injury brings an end to a season in which Flores played in 126 games and hit .267/.319/.417 in 386 at-bats while posting a 102 wRC+ and a 0.5 fWAR for the New York Mets. He primarily started at first base but has seen his playing time at the position diminish since Jay Bruce returned from the disabled list. Since the beginning of September, Flores has hit .207 (6-for-29)...

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Red Sox notebook: Sore Mookie Betts kept out of the lineup

NEW YORK — Mookie Betts might be close to winning the American League MVP award, but the Red Sox are being careful before they let him come back from an injury this close to the playoffs.Betts left Sunday’s game with tightness in his left side, the same injury that kept him out two weeks in June, after hurting himself trying to throw. He said his body wouldn’t let him complete a throw against the Mets that bounced three times before reaching home, letting a run score.He hasn’t thrown since, but was hoping to try it before last night’s game.Yet Betts still thought he would be...

SNY TV

More Tebow Time? Mets would be "surprised" if he isn't back in 2019

Mets OF Tim Tebow, whose season ended in July due to a broken hamate bone in his right hand that required surgery, will likely be back in 2019.

30 Clubs in 30 Days: Mets Aces Discuss Expectations

From Port St. Lucie, Al Leiter talks to Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom about returning from injury, expectations to make another run in the playoffs and more.

Evaluating Matt Harvey's first spring training start: Good or Bad?

On SNY's Loud Mouths, Jon Hein and Marc Malusis discussNew York Mets starter Matt Harvey's first spring training start as he works his way back from injury.

David Wright discusses shoulder injury and immediate Mets future

New York Mets captain David Wright addresses the media for the first time since being shut down with his shoulder injury.