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Yoenis Cespedes Has No Plans To Exercise Opt-Out With Mets

Aug 24, 2016 4:24 PM

Yoenis Cespedes says that he still intends to stay for the final two years of his contract with the New York Mets.

The Mets traded for Cespedes last summer and then he re-signed on a three-year, $75 million deal with a clause allowing him to walk away after this season.

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Dwight Gooden Hurt By Darryl Strawberry's Comments

Aug 23, 2016 6:19 AM

Dwight Gooden says he is reevaluating his friendship with Darryl Strawberry after his former teammate's recent comments that Gooden was "a complete junkie-addict."

"The Darryl thing hurt me a lot because I had just thought we reestablished our relationship," Gooden told "The Joe Piscopo Show."

"I forgave him for a lot of stuff. I never threw him under the bus, never said anything about him publicly. For him to say that stuff, you have to draw a line somewhere and I guess do a better choice of picking friends."

Gooden issued a statement later, calling out his former teammate for repeatedly making "our differences personal, going back to our days with the [New York] Mets."

"I had hoped we could keep these differences between us," his statement read, while also vehemently denying Strawberry's allegations he's using cocaine. "But Darryl could not manage to do that. I am sorry for his inability to show more character and strength. While I was there for him, he obviously was never there for me."

Strawberry told ESPN Radio on Monday night that he is trying not to take Gooden's verbal jabs personally, saying people in Gooden's camp are pleased that someone "finally stood up and said something about his issues and his struggles."

"I just felt like I needed to do this," Strawberry said in the interview. "And regardless what anybody else thinks or they can call me whatever they want to call me. As long I've known in my heart that I stepped up to do the right thing to help this man try to save his life, maybe just one day if he gets there and gets a recovery and realizes how good he is, he can come back and say 'thank you, you helped save my life.'"

Strawberry said he is convinced Gooden has relapsed into the drug use that derailed his playing career.

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Mets Place Steven Matz On DL With Shoulder Strain, Inflammation

Aug 23, 2016 6:10 AM

The New York Mets have placed Steven Matz on the disabled list with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation.

The move was backdated to August 15.

Matz had been scratched from Friday's start in San Francisco after experiencing shoulder discomfort. The left-hander already has been pitching with a bone spur in his pitching elbow that will need to be surgically removed after the season.

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Darryl Strawberry Trying To Save Dwight Gooden

Aug 22, 2016 1:23 AM

Darryl Strawberry is trying to save former New York Mets teammate Dwight Gooden before it's too late.

Strawberry believes Gooden has relapsed into the drug use that derailed his playing career.

"He's a complete junkie-addict," Strawberry told the New York's Daily News about Gooden. "I've been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won't listen."

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Mets Have No Plans To Replace Terry Collins

Aug 19, 2016 10:13 AM

The New York Mets have no plans to fire Terry Collins or any of his staff, according to Sandy Alderson.

However, Alderson wouldn't make a blanket statement about the remainder of the season.

"Do I ever make any statement unequivocally?" Alderson said. "There are no present plans to make any changes."

After representing the National League in the World Series last fall, the Mets are 60-60 and four games back of the second Wild Card spot.

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Mets Shut Down Zack Wheeler After Setback

Aug 18, 2016 7:40 AM

The New York Mets have shut down Zack Wheeler for two weeks after he suffered a setback in his quest to return from Tommy John surgery.

Wheeler was diagnosed with a mildly strained flexor muscle by Dr. James Andrews. Wheeler will stop throwing and receive a platelet-rich plasma injection.

John Ricco did not declare that Wheeler's latest setback will prevent him from reaching the Major Leagues this season, but he noted time is no longer on Wheeler's side.

"The reality is two weeks takes you to the beginning of September," Ricco said. "So I'm not going to jump to that at this point, but the clock is certainly ticking."

Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery on March 24, 2015.

The Mets originally eyed July 1 for Wheeler's return to the majors, but three setbacks have seriously derailed those plans.

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Bartolo Colon Draws First Walk In 282nd Plate Appearance

Aug 16, 2016 7:28 AM

Bartolo Colon drew the first walk of his career Monday night against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. It came in Colon's 282nd plate appearance over 19 Major League seasons.

No other player in big league history had appeared at the plate that many times without a walk, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

"That surprised me as well. I don't know why that pitcher didn't strike me out. He could have. I really couldn't do much more at that point," Colon said, citing a sore wrist.

Earlier this season, Colon hit the first home run of his career.

 

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Carlos Gomez May Be Option For Marlins

Aug 15, 2016 7:31 AM

The Miami Marlins are exploring a number of hitters in the wake of Giancarlo Stanton's injury and Carlos Gomez is among the options.

Gomez would presumably join Ichiro Suzuki in a platoon situation.

The Houston Astros designated Gomez for assignment last week and he has drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets as well.

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Terry Collins Rips Mets After Sweep At Hands Of Diamondbacks

Aug 12, 2016 6:30 AM

Terry Collins went after his team in a postgame news conference and lit into them in a closed-door meeting that lasted about 20 minutes after the New York Mets were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Collins questioned the effort of his players and threatened to find players in the Minor League system that would give the expected effort if the ones on the 25-man roster did not.

"They are Major League Baseball players. I don't care where they came from. I don't care how they got here," Collins said. "The names on their backs and on the front of their uniforms say they are a Major League Baseball player. You come [here], you owe a responsibility to the fans, our fan base and the organization -- to yourself -- the respect for this game to grind it out."

"Starting tomorrow we're going to get after it," Collins concluded. "And those that don't want to get after it? I'll find some who do. Because in Las Vegas there is a whole clubhouse of guys that want to sit in this room. And that's all I have to say."

The Mets have lost 11 of their last 15 games, dropping them to 57-57. They are 10.5 games back in the National League East and three games back of a Wild Card spot.

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Mets Plan To Discuss Extension With Neil Walker

Aug 10, 2016 9:18 AM

The New York Mets plan to discuss a long-term extension with Neil Walker at some point.

New York acquired Walker as a one-year rental this past offseason.

"I have not had any conversations with his agent at this point," Sandy Alderson said. "I expect that there will be some conversations before the end of the season. He's been a terrific player for us on the field. He's been excellent in the clubhouse."

Walker, 30, is hitting .268/.330/.449 with 19 home runs this season.

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D-Backs To Start Zack Greinke On Tuesday
Zack Greinke has been sidelined since July 3 with a left oblique strain.

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Mets: Yoenis Cespedes Playing Golf Was 'Bad Optics'
Sandy Alderson called it "bad optics" that Yoenis Cespedes played a round of golf hours before landing on the disabled list with a lingering right quadriceps injury.

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Lucas Duda May Miss Remainder Of Season
The Mets will shut down Lucas Duda for 30 days after he experienced a "flare-up" in his back.

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Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

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Mets, Reds Agree To Restructured Jay Bruce Trade
Brandon Nimmo, originally reported as part of the deal, will not be going to the Reds. Cincinnati will instead acquire Dilson Herrera and left-hander Max Wotell.

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Medical Issues May Be Holding Up Jay Bruce Trade
The Mets agreed to a deal for Jay Bruce with the Reds, but medical issues may be holding up the trade.

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Mets Close To Acquiring Jay Bruce From Reds
The Reds were close to dealing Jay Bruce last summer but never completed the deal.

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Report: Mets Have Made Offer For Jonathan Lucroy
The Mets have reportedly made a three-player offer for the Brewers catcher.

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Mets' Terry Collins Tells Players To 'Lighten Up'
Mets manager Terry Collins told his players to stop putting so much pressure on themselves.

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Diamondbacks Nearing Daniel Hudson Trade
The Diamondbacks don't expect to finalize a trade involving Daniel Hudson on Thursday, but they are getting heavy interest from three teams.

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Jeurys Familia's Saves Streak Ends At 52
The Cardinals beat the Mets on Wednesday night, ending Jeurys Familia's string of 52 straight saves.

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Sandy Alderson: Mets Aren't Discussing Jonathan Lucroy Trade
The Mets are not in talks to acquire Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers, according to Sandy Alderson.

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Mets Pursuing Jonathan Lucroy, Offering Travis d'Arnaud
There are "several" teams in the running for Jonathan Lucroy, according to sources.

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Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza Enter Baseball Hall Of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza became a piece of baseball history on Sunday at Cooperstown.

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Mets Recall Michael Conforto; Send Brandon Nimmo To PCL
Outfielder Michael Conforto will rejoin the Mets at Wrigley Field on Monday.

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Mets Searching For Relief Help On Trade Market
The Mets have watched their vaunted young rotation struggle in a variety of ways this season, but the club's primary focus is to add relief help on the trade market.

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Syndergaard, Cespedes, Fowler Scratched From All-Star Game
Drew Pomeranz. Starling Marte, and Jay Bruce have been added to the NL All-Star Game roster.

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Stephen Strasburg Improves To 12-0 With Win Over Mets
Stephen Strasburg threw seven innings of two-hit ball to help the Nationals beat the Mets 3-1 on Friday night.

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Mets Lose Cespedes, Syndergaard To Injuries
Yoenis Cespedes has an stained right quadriceps and Noah Syndergaard is suffering from arm fatigue.

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Bartolo Colon Replaces Madison Bumgarner On All-Star Roster
Madison Bumgarner is unavailable because he will pitch Sunday for the Giants.

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