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Jenrry Mejia First To Get Lifetime Ban For PED Use

Feb 13, 2016 1:48 PM

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia made baseball history Friday, becoming the first player to be permanently suspended by Major League Baseball after testing positive again for a performance-enhancing substance.

MLB said Mejia tested positive for boldenone, which athletes have used to increase muscle mass and once was popular for use in horse racing, and that he is also is permanently suspended from playing minor league baseball.

It marked his third positive PED test in the past year, resulting in the lifetime expulsion.

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Citi Field, Yankee Stadium Could Ban Smokeless Tobacco

Feb 5, 2016 6:23 AM

Already banned at three Major League stadiums, a bill will be introduced Friday that would make smokeless tobacco off limits at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium and other public arenas in New York City's five boroughs.

AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Fenway Park in Boston have already banned smokeless tobacco.

"If New York passes this bill, and I think it will, it moves us dramatically closer to the day when smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all major league cities," said Matthew Myers, the president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a Washington advocacy group.

Tim Rohan/New York Times

Tags: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Mets, Jeurys Familia Agree To $4.1M Deal

Feb 4, 2016 7:30 AM

The New York Mets have avoided arbitration with Jeurys Familia by agreeing to a one-year, $4.1 million deal.

Familia asked for $4.8 million and the Mets originally countered with $3.3 million.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Made Five-Year Offer To Cespedes

Jan 27, 2016 4:29 PM

The Baltimore Orioles were the third team in on Yoenis Cespedes last week along with the Washington Nationals and New York Mets.

Cespedes received a five-year offer from the Orioles, which he obviously turned down in favor of a three-year, $75 million pact with the Mets.

It hasn't been reported what the value or structure of Baltimore's offer was at this point.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cespedes Hopes Deal With Mets Is 'Bridge To A Longer Partnership'

Jan 27, 2016 4:13 PM

Yoenis Cespedes hopes his three-year, $75 million deal with the New York Mets is only the beginning.

Cespedes, who has played for four teams in four seasons, can opt out of the new contract after the 2016 season to become a free agent.

"He doesn't view this as a short-term relationship or short-term contract," agent Brodie Van Wagenen said.

Wagenen added that Cespedes "hopes it will be a bridge to a longer partnership."

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Washington's $110M Offer To Cespedes Was Spread Out Over 15 Years

Jan 27, 2016 7:32 AM

The reported $110 million offer the Washington Nationals made to Yoenis Cespedes was an unorthodox one, according to a report by Peter Gammons.

Cespedes, who ultimately re-signed with the New York Mets for $75 million over three years, would have received the $110 million from the Nationals over a 15-year period. When taking the deferred money into account, the current value of the offer is believed to be around $77 million.

The offer Cespedes accepted from the Mets also included an opt-out clause after the 2016 season, which could allow him to hit free agency for the second time in as many years.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets To Retire Mike Piazza's No. 31 In July

Jan 25, 2016 3:25 PM

The New York Mets plan to honor Matt Piazza by retiring his No. 31 on July 30 before a game against the Colorado Rockies.

The event will be part of a weekend-long celebration at Citi Field.

Piazza is due to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24. He will join Tom Seaver as the only players to go in wearing a Mets cap on their plaque.

"It is such a tremendous honor to have my number retired alongside the great Tom Seaver," Piazza said. "My time as a Met was truly special, and I want to thank Fred, Saul, Jeff and the entire organization for this incredible gesture."

Andrew Simon/MLB

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Yoenis Cespedes Re-Signs With Mets On Three-Year, $75M Deal

Jan 22, 2016 11:24 PM

The New York Mets have agreed to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes on a three-year, $75 million deal.

The deal includes an opt-out after the first season.

Cespedes set career highs in a number of power categories including home runs (35), RBI (105) and OPS (.870).

The Nationals reportedly made a five-year offer to Cespedes.


Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Sources: Cespedes, Mets Discussing Deal With Opt Out

Jan 22, 2016 9:10 AM

The New York Mets are discussing a three-year deal with Yoenis Cespedes that includes an opt-out clause after the 2016 season, according to sources.

The deal would allow him to test the market again next offseason if he so desires.

Reports indicate that Cespedes will decide on his future by the end of this weekend.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets, Antonio Bastardo Agree To Two-Year, $12M Deal

Jan 21, 2016 6:21 AM

The New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with Antonio Bastardo, according to a source.

The deal is pending a physical.

Bastardo, 30, will join Addison Reed as the primary relievers setting up closer Jeurys Familia.

He went 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and one save in 66 relief appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal
The Mets, Braves, and White Sox are known to have interest in signing Yoenis Cespedes.

Report: Cespedes Seeking Six-Year, $132M Contract
Yoenis Cespedes and Roc Nation Sports, his representation, have been seeking a six-year contract worth as much as $22 million annually, according to a report.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Mets Still Interested In Short-Term Deal For Cespedes
The Mets have not extended a formal contract offer to Yoenis Cespedes, but they remain interested in potentially re-signing him on a short-term deal, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cricket Star Kieran Powell Works Out For Mets
Kieran Powell, one of the top cricket players in the world, worked out for the Mets last weekend.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

J.P. Ricciardi Could Take On Larger Role With Mets
J.P. Ricciardi, who has had a large voice in the Mets front office in recent years, could take on a bigger role with Paul DePodesta leaving for the NFL.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Sandy Alderson Says He's Back To Working 100 Percent
A little more than two months after collapsing at Citi Field, Sandy Alderson says he's back to working 100 percent.

Associated Press

Griffey, Piazza Make Cooperstown Hat Choices
Ken Griffey, Jr. will be enshrined in Cooperstown with a Mariners hat, and Mike Piazza will have a Mets cap.


Griffey, Piazza Elected To Hall Of Fame
Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame and will be enshrined this summer.

RealGM Staff Report

Daniel Murphy To Take Physical With Nationals
Daniel Murphy will take his physical with the Nationals on Wednesday almost two weeks after agreeing to a three-year, $37.5 million deal.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Orioles, Mets In Talks With Antonio Bastardo
Antonio Bastardo, 30, spent last season with the Pirates.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Mike Piazza Appears Headed For Cooperstown
Mike Piazza has received votes on 90 percent of the 130 Hall of Fame ballots that have been made public and have been counted by @NotMrTibbs.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Nationals, Daniel Murphy Agree To Three-Year, $37.5M Deal
Daniel Murphy hit .281, with 14 homers, and had 73 RBIs for the Mets last season.

Mets Close To Signing Alejandro De Aza
The Mets will sign Alejandro De Aza to a one-year, $5.75 million contract, according to sources.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets Looking At Span, Venable, De Aza
The Mets are looking to add a left-handed bat to serve as a partner for right-handed-hitting Juan Lagares.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Bartolo Colon Returning To Mets For $7.25M
The Mets have agreed to re-sign Bartolo Colon on a one-year, $7.25 million deal, according to a source.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Michael Cuddyer Retires At 36 After 15 MLB Seasons
Michael Cuddyer hit .259 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in 379 at-bats for the Mets in 2015.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets, Asdrubal Cabrera Reach Two-Year, $18.5M Deal
New York added Cabrera to their infield shortly after they lost out on Ben Zobrist. They also acquired Neil Walker in a trade with the Pirates.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Mets, Pirates Complete Niese-For-Walker Trade
New York focused on acquiring Neil Walker after Ben Zobrist signed with the Cubs in free agency.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets, Pirates Deep In Talks On Neil Walker
Jon Niese is one name that has been mentioned as a possible return for Neil Walker.

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

Mets Meet With Ben Zobrist's Agent
The Nationals and Giants are also chasing after Ben Zobrist.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

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