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Mets Don't Know How They'll Use Steven Matz In NLDS

Sep 30, 2015 5:16 PM

The New York Mets don't know how they'll be able to use Steven Matz in the NLDS after he was scratched from Thursday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies because of continued upper-back stiffness on his right side.

Matz originally was scheduled to start on Wednesday, but had been pushed back a day because of the back discomfort.

"I just don't feel comfortable putting him out there," Terry Collins said. "I know he'll go out there, but we don't need to subject him to having it get worse."

The left-hander may now end up getting left off the Division Series roster, with Bartolo Colon instead joining a rotation with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Alderson Defends Harvey, Says It's 'Unfair To Put' Saga On Pitcher

Sep 22, 2015 7:23 AM

Sandy Alderson has come out in defense of Matt Harvey, who has taken a lot of criticism for plans to limit his innings as the New York Mets race towards the postseason.

The Mets GM held a conference call with agent Scott Boras and Dr. James Andrews last week to determine the best course of action for Harvey, who is still rounding into form following Tommy John surgery.

The trio, together, decided on the current plan of abbreviated starts as the regular season winds down to keep Harvey's innings in a "reasonable" range.

Alderson says Harvey wasn't a part of the conversation and that Andrews never demanded a hard cap of 180 innings, which Boras has publicly claimed.

"At this point, it's not about Matt not wanting to do this or that -- it's a question of what we think is appropriate," Alderson said. "I think it's unfair to put all of this -- or any of this -- on Matt at this point."

Harvey's workload sits at 176 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, less than two full innings shy of his previous career high.

Joe Trezza/MLB

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Yoenis Cespedes Seeks Six-Year Deal

Sep 19, 2015 2:15 AM

A recent waiver will allow the Mets to negotiate with free-agent-to-be Yoenis Cespedes throughout the offseason. It nonetheless will require a long-term commitment to re-sign him.

Cespedes will be seeking a contract of at least six years this winter, he told ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera before the Mets' win against the Yankees at Citi Field in the teams' Subway Series opener Friday night.

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

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Cespedes Initiated Change In Contract That Will Help Mets Re-Sign Him

Sep 17, 2015 3:10 PM

Yoenis Cespedes told the New York Post that he was the one who initiated the process that led to his agents and the New York Mets altering the language in his contract to make it easier for the club to re-sign him this winter.

The Mets would have essentially been unable to re-sign Cespedes if they didn't come to an agreement on a new deal within five days of the end of the World Series.

"I'm actually the person who told them to change it," the slugger said. "It only gave me five days for the Mets to sign me after the World Series [at which point Cespedes couldn't return to the Mets until next May 15], so I wanted it changed so that it's not just within those five days. So even during the offseason, they can sign me if that's what they want."

Cespedes, who will turn 30 next month, has hit .295/.345/.661 in 197 plate appearances since the Mets acquired him from the Detroit Tigers.

Ken Davidoff/New York Post

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

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Mets, Tigers Agreed On Cespedes Trade Minutes Before Deadline

Sep 17, 2015 7:30 AM

The July 31 trade that saw the Detroit Tigers send Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets was agreed on just minutes before the deadline.

A few hours before the deadline Dave Dombrowski, then the top executive in Detroit, called owner Mike Ilitch asking if he could move Cespedes in the right deal.

"If we're going to get the guy we want for [Yoenis] Cespedes," Dombrowski told Ilitch, "this is going to come right down to the wire. Do I have your OK to make this deal? I know we can trade him for sure, but do you want me to trade him even if it isn't a good deal?"

Earlier that morning Dombrowski had received a call from Sandy Alderson expressing interest in Cespedes after the Mets' deal for Carlos Gomez broke down. Dombrowski told Alderson the Tigers wanted Michael Fulmer in a deal for Cespedes and Alderson agreed to be in touch.

Ilitch told Dombrowski to move Cespedes only if he could get the deal he wanted and until the phone rang at 3:45 p.m., 15 minutes before the deadline, the deal was far from certain.

"We were talking with other clubs, but the Mets, we always felt they were the best fit because they had good pitching and we felt they might give up a guy like Fulmer, who we really liked. They had so many starting pitchers, he was the one guy we identified from other clubs we liked the most," Dombrowski said.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Braves Could Go After Yoenis Cespedes

Sep 15, 2015 6:08 PM

The Atlanta Braves could be one of the clubs that go after Yoenis Cespedes in free agency, according to a source.

Other clubs could likely outbid Atlanta, but they want to field a competitive team by the time their new ballpark opens in 2017.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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Paul DePodesta Open To GM Position

Sep 15, 2015 6:02 PM

Paul DePodesta, who has served as the vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets since 2010, is open to becoming a general manager again.

DePodesta has helped the Mets turn things around. Sandy Alderson, New York's GM, is under contract through 2017 and some view DePodesta has his eventual successor.

However, that doesn't mean he won't interview for positions that would become available sooner.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Collins: 'This Is Far And Above' What Mets Expected

Sep 14, 2015 6:55 AM

The New York Mets have exceeded even their own expectations this season.

The Mets are 82-61 and own a 9.5-game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East. They have a magic number of 11 to clinch.

"It's really hard to imagine that we would be sitting where we are right now, even though we thought we had a good team," Terry Collins said. "This is far and above what we expected."

With their 82nd win, the Mets now have clinched their first winning season since 2008.

“It’s special because we haven’t done it in a long time here,” Collins said. “We made a commitment last fall that it’s time to win. We’re not done. We’ve got a long way to go yet. I just think it shows the commitment the organization made to make this season be something our fans are excited about. We’ve got 19 more to go, but it’s been pretty fun to watch.”

Adam Rubin/ESPN

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Matt Harvey To Pitch Half-Outings To Remain Sharp

Sep 13, 2015 7:17 PM

In order to keep Matt Harvey  sharp for the postseason, the Mets now plan to give him regular starts down the stretch. However, the starts will be half-outings, with another pitcher being used for multiple innings.

The plan is likely to begin next Sunday against the Yankees, when Harvey is tentatively scheduled to pitch after an 11-day layoff.

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

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Yoenis Cespedes Will Draw Significant Interest In Free Agency

Sep 12, 2015 3:44 PM

Yoenis Cespedes figures to draw a lot of interest in free agency.

The Oakland Athletics faded last season after trading him to the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets' offense has thrived after dealing for him.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via MLBTradeRumors)

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

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Bartolo Colon's Scoreless Streak Ends At Record 31 Innings
Bartolo Colon extended his scoreless streak to 31 innings before allowing a few runs against the Braves on Thursday night.


Mets' Dan Warthen Hospitalized For Rapid Heartbeat
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen was admitted to a local Atlanta hospital on Thursday afternoon after experiencing a rapid heartbeat.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets Eyeing Two More Regular Season Starts For Harvey
Sandy Alderson has outlined a tentative plan for Matt Harvey to make two more regular-season starts for the Mets.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets Granted Waiver To Negotiate With Yoenis Cespedes
Major League Baseball and the Players' Association have agreed to allow the New York Mets to remain a bidder for Yoenis Cespedes throughout the offseason.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Cespedes Enjoying Historic Run With Mets
Since coming over in a trade from the Tigers, Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .311 with 13 home runs and 34 RBIs in 34 games.

ESPN Stats & Info

GM Alderson: Mets May Skip Harvey Multiple Times
The Mets have yet to determine a pitching plan for Matt Harvey.

Matt Harvey Pledges To Pitch In Playoffs
Matt Harvey could make fewer starts for the Mets during the remainder of the regular season schedule.

Matt Harvey Focused On Next Start, Not Innings-Count
Mets right-handed starter Matt Harvery is now at 166 1/3 innings pitched.

Mets Plan To Pitch Harvey In Playoffs
Doctors and agent Scott Boras have recommended a limit of 180 innings for Matt Harvey, who is in his first season following Tommy John surgery.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Boras, Mets At Odds Over Matt Harvey's Workload
Matt Harvey's doctors have suggested a 180-inning limit for the right-hander, who is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Mets To Give Harvey, Syndergaard Extra Rest
The Mets will skip Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard at least once in the rotation this month to help limit their innings.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Matt Harvey Closing In On Innings Limit
Matt Harvey has enjoyed his best month of the season in August, but trouble may be coming for the Mets.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Mets Trade Two Prospects To D-Backs For Addison Reed
The Mets have sent right-handed pitchers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch to the D-Backs for Addison Reed.

Source: Mets To Acquire Addison Reed From D-Backs
Reliever Addison Reed is 2-2 with a 4.20 in 38 appearances with the D-Backs this season.

Mets Unlikely To Add Reliever Via Trade
The Mets are in need of a left-handed reliever, but aren't likely to add to the bullpen via trade in the coming days.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Mets Expect To Activate David Wright On Monday
David Wright has completed his rehab assignment at Class A St. Lucie.

Mets To Skip Matt Harvey's Next Start
Matt Harvey has thrown 154 innings after missing the entire 2014 season.

Signed Photos Of Wilmer Flores Crying Sell Out
Signed photos of Wilmer Flores crying on the night he thought the Mets had traded him have sold out.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Syndergaard Campaigns For Spot In Amy Schumer Movie
The Mets pitcher reached out to the actress/comedian via Twitter on Tuesday.

Larry Brown/Yardbarker

Collins Isn't Worried About Uncertain Future With Mets
Terry Collins believes the Mets have a bright future with their young starters, but isn't sure if he'll be around to experience it.

Steven Marcus/Newsday

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