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Monday, August 25, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Colon, Plawecki, Reynolds, Syndergaard, Staying in Vegas?, Duda, Wright

Mets News and Notes: Colon, Plawecki, Reynolds, Syndergaard, Staying in Vegas?, Duda, Wright

Bartolo Colon has cleared waivers, making him eligible to be traded to any team during the remainder of the month, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted.

Colon is owed $11 million in 2015.
The Mets have not made any concrete decisions on September call-ups, but two of the biggest prospects at Triple-A appear likely to be passed over.

Neither catcher Kevin Plawecki nor middle infielder Matt Reynolds needs to be added to the 40-man roster this winter, since each was drafted in June 2012. While nothing has been determined firmly, that is likely to keep both from joining the Mets after Las Vegas' playoff run ends, team insiders suggested.

As for Noah Syndergaard, there still will be healthy debate about a September call-up, a source said. Syndergaard does need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter. The argument for the call-up, even with him approaching an innings cap, is that he could benefit from exposure to the majors. The argument against the promotion centers on not rewarding Syndergaard for an uneven season. He currently has a 4.85 ERA and 1.504 WHIP at Triple-A.
The Mets' player-development agreement with Triple-A Las Vegas expires after this season, but it looks like the pair will remain partners for two more years.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it's a "very strong possibility" the sides will remain aligned.

Las Vegas manager Wally Backman said to the newspaper: “I’ve got a real good feeling we’re gonna be back. I don’t know that for sure, but I think we’ll be back. I’m sure the Mets would like to have us on the East Coast, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. And if we can’t be there, in my opinion this is the best place to be. I would like to see them come back here.”

Rochester, in upstate New York, was a potential fit for the Mets, but is reportedly announcing a two-year extension with the Twins on Monday night.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado claimed the National League Player of

the Week honor, beating out Mets first baseman Lucas Duda.

Arenado hit .545 (12-for-22) with three solo homers and an MLB-best 1.045 slugging percentage for the week ending Sunday.

Capped by a two-homer game Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Duda hit .348 (8-for-23) with five homers, 11 RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
David Wright's shoulder apparently is affecting him more than the captain is letting on.

Hitting coach Lamar Johnson told SNY's Robert Brender :“We're trying to work on a consistent swing. When your shoulder is hurt, it’s really tough. It’s hurt in his left shoulder and that’s where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. It's been tough because he’s been trying to play through that. It’s just been a real tough haul because it’s hard to get a consistent swing when you’re in pain a little bit.”

Separately, Wright departed Sunday's game at Dodger Stadium with neck spasms.

Wright had a cortisone shot in the shoulder heading into the All-Star break.
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