Friday, November 21, 2014

Mets News: Mets Single Game Tickets Go on Sale Today!

Mets News: Mets Single Game Tickets Go on Sale Today!

Single-game tickets for the Mets’ 2015 season will go on sale today, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. at and 718-507-TIXX. Tickets start at $11.

The Mets open their home schedule, Monday, April 13 vs. Philadelphia. The seven-game opening homestand also features four with the Marlins and runs through April 19. The Yankees make their annual visit to Citi Field Sept. 18-20.

The Mets’ promo schedule features 13 Free Shirt Fridays, 13 Family Sundays and three postgame concerts. Three fireworks nights are also planned.

Some giveaways include a Jacob deGrom Garden Gnome on May 2 vs. Washington, a David Wright replica jersey on June 13 vs. Atlanta and a National League Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares bobblehead on July 13 vs. Arizona. There will also be a 1986 World Championship bobblehead featuring Jesse Orosco on August 29 vs. Boston.

Mets News: Mets Add Six, Subtract One off 40 Man Roster

Mets News: Mets Add Six, Subtract One off 40 Man Roster

The Mets added right-handers Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and left-hander Jack Leathersich to the 40-man roster in order to shield them from Rule 5 draft eligibility.

Right-handed reliever Jeff Walters, who was added to the roster a year ago, cleared waivers and was removed. He was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Walters underwent Tommy John surgery last June 17 and presumably will not be ready to contribute until the summer.

Now the Mets 40-man roster is full.

Among the players left exposed and eligible to be taken at the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 11: right-handers Logan Verrett, Tyler Pill and Darwin Frias, outfielder/third baseman Dustin Lawley and infielder T.J. Rivera.

Syndergaard, 22, went 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 26 starts for Las Vegas.

Mazzoni, 25, went a combined 7-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts with four teams. He missed the opening two months after suffering a lat-muscle strain in the final Grapefruit League game.

Robles, 24, went 7-6 with a 4.31 ERA in 30 appearances (18 starts) with Binghamton.

Ynoa, 21, went a combined 11-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 25 starts for Binghamton and St. Lucie.

Morris, 22, went 4-1 with a 0.63 ERA and 16 saves in 41 relief appearances with Savannah.

Leathersich, 24, had 48 relief appearances with Las Vegas and Binghamton. He went a combined 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA. For his career, Leathersich has 334 strikeouts in 197 1/3 innings.

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Granderson, d'Arnaud, Eveland, Carlyle, Viola, Black, Roessler, Davis

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Granderson, d'Arnaud, Eveland, Carlyle, Viola, Black, Roessler, Davis

Wright, Granderson, d'Arnaud to visit Long 

David Wright plans to visit Kevin Long in Phoenix in early January to work with the new hitting coach.

Long, who lives in Arizona, said he also has an upcoming appointment to work in person with Travis d'Arnaud. D'Arnaud will be traveling to Phoenix to work on catching with coach Bob Geren.

"We'll tag-team that and do some hitting as well," Long said.

Long also expects to spend time with Curtis Granderson this offseason, although they have yet to work out the dates.

"The main thing I've seen is his hands are kind of moving more than they did when he was with the Yankees," Long said about Granderson. "So we're going to try to just quiet that down a little bit. They're not really getting into a strong position consistently. So we'll work at that. There's a few little, minor other issues that we'll hit. Curtis, he had some streaks this year where he was really swinging the bat well. We'll just try to maintain a little bit more consistency.

Long throwing left-handed should help batters such as Lucas Duda improve against southpaws, the coach added.

"I'll move over a little bit more so that it makes it more difficult to pick up my arm slot," Long said. "... That should help Lucas, getting to face me a number of times. I know Curtis, every time we faced a lefty, and even when we didn't, would take batting practice off me. All of my flips in the cages are left-handed. Obviously the more that you face a lefty, the more comfortable you should become and be."

Mets maintain interest in Eveland, Carlyle

The Mets maintain interest in re-signing Dana Eveland and Buddy Carlyle, even though both relievers were cut loose after the season to avoid $1 million-plus salaries in 2015 as arbitration-eligible players.

The Mets particularly could use Eveland, since they are light on left-handed relief beyond Josh Edgin.

Still, Eveland did not pitch after Sept. 6 and eventually was sent home during the season with inflammation in his pitching elbow. So the Mets would need to be assured the 31-year-old journeyman is OK before bringing him back.

Eveland had a 2.63 ERA in 30 relief appearances this past season.

Carlyle, 36, had a 1.45 ERA in 27 relief appearances after largely being absent from the majors since 2009.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets not interested in trading for high-end shortstop

Mets Rumors: Mets not interested in trading for high-end shortstop

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets are not thought to be factors in trades for high-end shortstops such as Troy Tulowitzki and Starlin Castro. And available players like Arizona's Didi Gregorius are thought to have too many holes in their game to warrant trading a high-end pitching prospect to obtain.

As a result, the Mets may end up waiting into January to see if any of the available free agents (Jed Lowrie, Stephen Drew, etc.) end up without landing spots and come at a low price. At that point, perhaps a team such as the Diamondbacks also becomes less demanding in what it would require to trade Gregorius.

In fact, it may be better than 50-50 chance that Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy are the starting middle infielders with Ruben Tejada as the backup come Opening Day.

Other Notes: Outfielder Eric Young Jr. could become more of a non-tendered candidate than Ruben Tejada because of  his salary. Young is projected to make $2.25 Million in arbitration while Tejada is expected to make in the $1.7 Million Range. The Mets say that's in line with what it would cost to go out on the free-agent market and sign a backup middle infielder. Young on the other hand, the Mets feel could be non-tendered because $2.25 Million on a fifth outfielder could be too costly.

The non-tender deadline is Dec. 2

Mets Rumors: Mets prefer to trade starting pitcher before spring training

Niese going to get shopped?

Mets Rumors: Mets prefer to trade starting pitcher before spring training

According to ESPN NY's Adam Rubin,  Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the Mets prefer to trade one of their excess starting pitchers (Jon Niese, Dillon Gee or Bartolo Colon) before spring training.

The reasoning, "Spring-training trades don't happen frequently," Alderson said.

With Matt Harvey returning from Tommy John surgery and Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom locked into rotation spots, the Mets have six incumbent starting pitchers.

Gee, the least expensive of the trade candidates, is eligible for arbitration and still should make roughly $5 million. And while Alderson said he's not averse to putting a pitcher with a big contract in the bullpen, clearly there's motivation to move a starting pitcher this winter and avoid that option being on the table.
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