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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Padres "remain interested" in Noah Syndergaard.

The Padres had talks with the Mets about Syndergaard at the trade deadline and apparently are still interested in the talented right-hander. San Diego doesn't look like a contender now, but Syndergaard is under control for three more seasons and obviously the hope is that they'd push for a playoff spot during that window. They also have arguably the best farm system in the game, so putting together a viable package for "Thor" is doable. How eager the Mets might be to trade Syndergaard is another matter, especially with new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen in place. MLB.com's Jon Morosi has speculated that the Mets could trade Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom if they don't think they can extend them and then the team could sign a free agent like Patrick Corbin as a replacement.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 16 - 9:27 AM

Mets signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

O'Rourke missed the first half of the 2018 season while completing his rehabilitation from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he posted a promising 1.26 ERA and 21/1 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings in the Orioles' minor league system upon returning to action in mid-July. The 30-year-old southpaw will compete for a spot in the Mets' bullpen next spring.
Nov 15 - 3:36 PM

SNY's Andy Martino reports that Jacob deGrom is staying at CAA and will now be represented by agent Jeff Berry.

DeGrom had previously been represented at CAA by Brodie Van Wagenen, who was named the Mets' general manager last month. The recently-crowned 2018 NL Cy Young Award winner reiterated to reporters earlier this week that he is open to discussing a contract extension with the Mets this winter, and Van Wagenen has said that he will recuse himself from those talks. Berry, then, will presumably have a direct line to the Wilpon ownership group. DeGrom is currently under team control through 2020 via salary arbitration.
Source: SNY.tv
Nov 15 - 11:39 AM

Jacob deGrom has been announced as the 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner.

The 30-year-old right-hander was by far the best pitcher in the game during the 2018 regular season, delivering a 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts over 217 innings. It was the sixth-lowest ERA among qualified pitchers since Major League Baseball lowered the mound in 1969. Just ignore deGrom's 10-9 record, which was a product of poor run support, a shaky bullpen, and bad luck. He beat out Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola for the hardware with 29 of the 30 first-place votes.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 14 - 6:49 PM

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets are working with their insurance company to try to come to a settlement on the $27 million remaining on David Wright's contract.

MLB is helping the process along. Davidoff writes that it would benefit the Mets to get a settlement done -- similar to Prince Fielder with the Rangers, in one recent example -- before next Tuesday, when teams must finalize their 40-man rosters in advance of December's Rule 5 Draft. Depending on how things play out, the Mets could end up costing themselves several million dollars as a result of Wright playing one last game on September 29. If no settlement is reached, the Mets would have to pay Wright in-full for the first 59 games of next season before getting coverage from their insurance company. Either way, Wright has played his final game in the majors.
Nov 13 - 12:31 PM

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at the GM Meetings that he expects Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) to be ready to go on Opening Day.

That would be just 11 1/2 months removed from d'Arnaud's Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but position players usually do recover from the procedure much faster than pitchers. The Mets will probably add a catcher this winter either way. A former top prospect, d'Arnaud holds an underwhelming .245/.306/.406 career batting line in nearly 400 major league games.
Nov 8 - 2:17 PM

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday that Jeff McNeil is "penciled in" as the team's starting second baseman for 2019.

McNeil excelled as a rookie in 2018, batting .329/.381/.471 with 20 extra-base hits and seven steals over his first 63 major league games. That was after he put up a .342/.411/.617 batting line with 19 home runs and 71 RBI in 88 games between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. The late-blooming 26-year-old should carry late-round value in mixed fantasy leagues next season.
Nov 7 - 7:56 PM

Rick Ankiel, who has been planning a comeback to baseball as a reliever, underwent a primary repair of a left elbow ligament and could miss the start of 2019.

Ankiel didn't need Tommy John, so it sounds like he still could pitch early on next season if his rehab goes well. The Cardinals were planning on offering him a minor league contract to try out for the team as a reliever. That's still likely to happen eventually, but the deal will wait until Ankiel is closer to full health.
Nov 7 - 3:20 PM
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Tim Tebow (hand) has been hitting multiple times per week.

Tebow had to be shut down in late July after suffering a broken hamate bone in his right hand, but he's already pretty much back to full health. Van Wagenen noted that Tebow, who will likely begin the 2019 season at Triple-A Syracuse, is on "a real mission to play in the big leagues next year."
Nov 6 - 7:54 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that Jose Reyes wants to continue his playing career next season.

Reyes was one of the worst players in baseball this season, batting just .189/.260/.320 over 110 games for the Mets. He'll turn 36 next June and might have to settle for a minor league contract this winter.
Nov 5 - 9:10 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that Jim Riggleman is in consideration to become the Mets' new bench coach.

Former bench coach Gary DiSarcina will be the team's third base coach next season. Riggleman served as the Reds' interim manager this season after Bryan Price was fired and would give the Mets plenty of experience in the dugout.
Nov 5 - 8:53 PM

The Mets will move bench coach Gary DiSarcina to third base coach next season.

They'll also move Glenn Sherlock from third base coach to first base coach and Ruben Amaro Jr. from first base coach to the front office. The Mets announced earlier Monday that hitting coach Pat Roessler will not return, so they are now on the lookout for a new hitting coach and bench coach.
Nov 5 - 7:42 PM

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday that first base prospect Peter Alonso will be in big league camp this spring and will compete for the first base job.

Alonso was not promoted to the majors in September even though he batted .285/.395/.579 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI between Double- and Triple-A this season. He's surely headed back to Triple-A to start next season but has a chance to be the Mets' regular first baseman sooner rather than later.
Nov 5 - 7:37 PM

Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola were announced on Monday as finalists for the 2018 National League Cy Young award.

As excellent as Scherzer and Nola were, it would be criminal if deGrom doesn't come away with the hardware here. A lack of run support led to just a 10-9 record, but deGrom posted a microscopic 1.70 ERA and 269/46 K/BB ratio across 217 innings. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.
Nov 5 - 6:36 PM

Pat Roessler will not return as the Mets hitting coach in 2019.

New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen stands behind manager Mickey Callaway after his first season on the job, but we'll likely see some tweaks with the coaching staff. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that bullpen coach Ricky Bones will be reassigned within the organization while assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will remain in his current role. Roessler spent just one season as hitting coach, but he was the assistant hitting coach for the previous three seasons. The Mets ranked 24th in the majors with a .701 OPS this past season.
Nov 5 - 1:24 PM


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