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87-75, 2nd in NL East
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New York eyeing a center fielder

The Mets already have a talented group of outfielders on their roster, but they believe there's just one thing missing: a two-way center fielder. Trading for someone like Andrew McCutchen could help solve that problem. Teams with holes to fill (Insider)

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Will Mets acquire 'complete' CF?

Jim Bowden notes Juan Lagares is the team's best fielder at the position but struggles against right-handed pitching. Discussions with the Pirates (Andrew McCutchen) and Reds (Billy Hamilton) have apparently gone nowhere. Biggest holes (Insider)

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1dKeith Law

Farm system rankings: The top 10

The Yankees have no weaknesses, the Padres have upside, and the Pirates return their top five from '16, but one system retains its title as MLB's best.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have hired former major league catcher Chad Kreuter to serve as St. Lucie manager. Marc Valdes will serve as pitching coach and Valentino Pascucci will be the hitting coach for the Florida State League club.

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Less support for Wagner in HOF vote

In his second year on the ballot, Billy Wagner saw his vote total drop from 10.5 percent in 2016 to 10.2 percent. The total required for induction is 75 percent. Full results

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What would Mets say off the record?

If you gave truth serum to the executives of all 30 MLB teams, what might you hear? Buster Olney believes the Mets would reveal they have no reason to expect meaningful production from David Wright moving forward. Front-office truths (Insider)

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Will Michael Conforto step up in 2017?

Conforto remains a star middle-of-the-order hitter waiting to happen, Tony Blengino writes. All he needs is the at-bats, which will only come if Jay Bruce and/or Curtis Granderson are traded. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)

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Mets among MLB's best teams

The Mets are confident that they'll have all or almost all of their starters fully healthy for 2017, but the group still has its question marks. Where does New York rank on Buster Olney's list? Top teams (Insider)

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Is Cespedes MLB's best left fielder?

Galvanized by Yoenis Cespedes' big bat, the Mets have gone 110-79 in games where he's played for them over the last two years. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top left fielders (Insider)

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Wagner receives little support on ESPN ballots

ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots, and Billy Wagner grabbed two votes. At 11.8 percent, he fell far short of the 75 percent threshold for entry. ESPN's HOF ballot

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Mets give Familia $3.3M raise despite uncertainty

All-Star closer Jeurys Familia got a sizable raise from the Mets on Friday while still waiting to find out whether he'll be suspended by MLB under the sport's domestic violence policy.

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6 minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

Four minor league players were suspended Friday for 50 games following positive tests for banned stimulants, and two more were suspended following their second positive tests for drugs of abuse.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets right-handed prospect Gary Cornish, a 19th-round pick out of the University of San Diego last June, has been suspended 50 games for a positive test for an amphetamine, MLB announced. He made 14 relief appearances for Brooklyn after the draft.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda and the Mets have settled for $7.25 million, according to Jon Heyman. Duda is eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

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Mets, Duda avoid arbitration at $7.25 million

First baseman Lucas Duda and the New York Mets avoided arbitration when they agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract, a small raise after an injury-plagued season.

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9dAdam Rubin

Tebow likely to play in some spring games

GM Sandy Alderson says former Heisman winner Tim Tebow will probably participate in some Grapefruit League games with the Mets this spring, even though he didn't get invited to big-league camp.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets signed left-handed reliever Adam Wilk to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training. Wilk, 29, has appeared in nine MLB games with the Tigers and Angels and has a 6.49 ERA. He is returning from June surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson cannot foresee adding a position player to the team before spring training unless it's on a minor league invite.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Rivera should get exposure to outfield and Michael Conforto to first base during spring training, according to Sandy Alderson.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Rosters are not set, but the Mets who may participate in the World Baseball Classic are Jose Reyes, Jeurys Familia and Hansel Robles (Dominican Republic), Asdrubal Cabrera (Venezuela), Rene Rivera and Seth Lugo (Puerto Rico), Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Gavin Cechinni (Italy), and Ty Kelly (Israel).

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson is placing a hard deadline of 1 p.m. ET Friday for completion of negotiations with the team's arbitration-eligible players. There will be no negotiations after that point. The Mets instead will be going to hearings. That's a new philosophy for the organization. Oliver Perez is the only player with whom the Mets have gone to a hearing in the last 15 years or so, so this is a radical change.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson disputed a published report quoting Wally Backman as saying the Mets are intentionally blackballing him from getting another job in MLB. "Who?" Alderson initially joked. "... I guess I will say this: Wally did a good job for is at Las Vegas. ... Nobody has called about Wally."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

How often will Tim Tebow appear in Grapefruit League games even though he is not invited to major league camp? "Too frequently for some and not frequently enough for others," Sandy Alderson deadpanned. "... He'll be around."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson said it would be "difficult" to trade Curtis Granderson, in part because he can play center field. Michael Conforto would be more of a "question mark" playing center field if Granderson were traded.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs671Tied-25th
Batting Average.24625th
On Base Percentage.31623rd
Slugging Percentage.41716th
Earned Run Average3.583rd
Quality Starts87Tied-5th
WHIP1.278th
BAA.25411th

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