Player News - Mets

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Conforto (shoulder) has begun hitting off a tee.

It's a baby step, but it's great news for the Mets. Conforto is making progress from left shoulder surgery, but he doesn't plan to rush his way back to the majors. His goal remains May 1, though the timetable could obviously change. The Mets re-signed Jay Bruce during the offseason, so Conforto is lined up to play center field upon his return.
Feb 20 - 12:31 PM

Jacob deGrom will leave the team on Tuesday for the birth of his second child.

He plans to return on Saturday. It won't impact his schedule at all as he prepares for the season.
Feb 20 - 9:33 AM

Yoenis Cespedes has incorporated yoga into his routine in an attempt to avoid injury.

Yes, Yo does yoga. Cespedes still considers himself a beginner, but he explained through an interpreter that he's already feeling a difference in regard to his flexibility. As part of his offseason conditioning plan, Cespedes also ran more than ever while cutting down on the amount of weight he lifted. It's all part of an effort to avoid the leg injuries which have hampered him over the past two years. Cespedes owns an .887 OPS in that time, but he played in just 81 games last year and 132 in 2016.
Feb 20 - 8:56 AM
Tim Tebow - OF - Mets

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Sunday that he believes Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues someday.

That, and not the publicity or merchandise sales, is the reason that Tebow is in big league camp this spring despite hitting just .226/.309/.347 with eight homers as a 30-year-old between Class-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie. Alderson went on to say that after a year and a half of this experiment, that expecting him to make the big leagues was a "modest expectation". Aside from perhaps a cameo on a non-contending team in September, it still seems incredibly unlikely.
Feb 18 - 4:32 PM

Mets placed INF T.J. Rivera on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for Jason Vargas. Rivera will miss the beginning of the season while working his way back from last September's Tommy John surgery.
Feb 18 - 11:54 AM

Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year, $16 million contract with a club option for 2020.

The deal was reported on Friday and is now official after Vargas passed a physical. The veteran left-hander held a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts last season but faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. The Mets hope he can offer some stability at the back-end of their rotation.
Feb 18 - 11:26 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets and Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is for two years and $16 million and contains a club option for 2020, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Vargas, 35, made his first All-Star team last season after posting a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts, but he faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. Still, the depth is useful given all of the health questions in the Mets' rotation. He'll presumably serve as the team's fifth starter this season.
Feb 16 - 10:45 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets "still have solid interest" in free agent starter Jason Vargas.

Vargas has drawn very little attention on the open market this winter after struggling for much of the second half of the 2017 season. He still finished 18-11, with a 4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 134/58 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 total innings. The 35-year-old left-hander can probably be had on the cheap and would make a for a fine innings eater on most clubs. Now that the Yu Darvish domino has fallen, maybe things will pick up for these lower-tier starting pitchers.
Feb 15 - 10:32 AM

Mets signed OF Matt den Dekker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 30-year-old outfielder was originally drafted by the Mets back in 2010 and played his first two major league seasons in Queens. He owns a weak .234/.316/.354 career batting line but carries a strong reputation on defense.
Feb 15 - 9:03 AM's Anthony DiComo believes notes that the Mets view Juan Lagares as their everyday center fielder until Michael Conforto (shoulder) returns.

Lagares has been mentioned as a potential trade target, but DiComo doesn't see that happening, calling the Mets "bullish" on the 28-year-old. He's capable of getting to anything in the outfield, but his career OPS of .663 helps illustrate how ineffective he has been with the bat. New York also has Brandon Nimmo as an option, and while he provides much more value offensively, he's not near the defender Lagares is. Conforto isn't expected back until the beginning of May at the earliest.
Feb 14 - 7:10 PM

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said Wednesday at spring training that Jeurys Familia "will probably get the majority of the saves."

New manager Mickey Callaway had suggested that the Mets might use a closer-by-committee approach, but we've heard that from many teams in the past before watching them ultimately settle on one guy for the job. Familia posted a disappointing 4.38 ERA over 26 appearances in 2017 while battling right shoulder trouble, but he's the man to draft in the Mets' bullpen.
Feb 14 - 12:43 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are discussing the idea of Todd Frazier batting leadoff.

It's an odd idea given that Frazier is a .245 career hitter with a .321 career on-base percentage, though he did show improvement in the OBP department last year. The veteran slugger would probably be better utilized in the heart of the Mets' batting order. He signed a two-year, $17 million free agent contract with the Mets last week after tallying 27 home runs and 76 RBI over 147 games between the White Sox and Yankees in 2017.
Feb 13 - 4:38 PM

Wilmer Flores will get outfield reps this spring in Mets camp.

Jose Reyes is also going to play some outfield, though that's less news-worthy given that he saw a bit of action there last season. Flores hasn't played a single inning in the outfield in his major league career, but the Mets want to find creative ways to get the 26-year-old in the lineup after watching him put up a .795 OPS with 18 home runs in 110 games last season.
Feb 13 - 4:26 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that the Mets are considering a reunion with outfielder Matt den Dekker.

Den Dekker, who broke into the majors with the Mets in 2013-2014, spent the majority of the 2017 season at the Triple-A level where he slashed .250/.322/.441 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 79 games in stops with the Marlins and Tigers. The Mets are in need of outfield depth and it would only require a minor league deal to sign him, so it's realistic that this could come together.
Feb 13 - 11:25 AM

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports that Zack Wheeler has been receiving daily shots of a bone growth drug into his stomach for the past six months.

The drug, Forteo, helps to form new bone, increase bone mineral density, and increase bone strength. It's quite the commitment from Wheeler who is looking to improve his durability. He made just 17 starts in 2017 before suffering a stress reaction in his right arm after missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery.
Feb 11 - 8:44 PM

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