Inbox: Will Wilmer get chance to start at 2B?

January 22, 2018

With the official start of Spring Training now three weeks away, the Mets — like most teams in this offseason’s slow market — aren’t quite done shopping. They’re still on the lookout for a second baseman, likely the last piece of their offseason maneuvering. But what about the second baseman they already have? This week’s Mets Inbox starts there: Why isn’t Wilmer Flores being given a chance to start at…

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In short, Santana makes for a curious Hall case

January 20, 2018

Sandy Koufax has long been a touchstone for those short but great careers — for obvious reasons. Koufax is considered one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, but he retired at 30 and stuffed almost all of his value into a glorious six-season period (1961-66). There’s a temptation to say that anyone with a terrific but short career — Ron Guidry, Bret Saberhagen, Wes Ferrell, Dave Stieb — must,…

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Mets invite Tebow to big league spring camp

January 19, 2018

NEW YORK — Tebow Time will be coming back to Port St. Lucie, Fla., in February. The Mets announced Friday that Tim Tebow is among their Major League Spring Training invites for 2018. The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, who was signed by the Mets in September 2016, was in the team’s Minor League camp last year, but he also played multiple Grapefruit…

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Alonso among top prospects at first base

January 19, 2018

NEW YORK — Quite suddenly at first base, the Mets appear well-heeled. Five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez will man the position most days in April. Wilmer Flores remains a steady option against left-handed pitchers. Dominic Smith is still the Mets’ first baseman of the future, in the organization’s eyes — and a promising one at that. But it may not be long before another competitor enters the fray. Coming off a…

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Bruce addition could kick-start Mets' push in '18

January 11, 2018

Terry Francona is sure of one thing: The Mets have themselves a great manager. They also just might be on their way to building a strong enough team to get back into the postseason after being one of baseball’s biggest disappointments last year. Francona called Mickey Callaway “a superstar” in an appearance on MLB Network on Wednesday. Later in the day, the Mets, according to a source, agreed to a…

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Sources: Mets interested in Moose, Frazier

January 5, 2018

The Mets aren’t close to a major move, but they’re monitoring a number of possibilities with Spring Training now barely more than one month away. Sources told MLB.com that the Mets are interested in free-agent third basemen Mike Moustakas and Todd Frazier, if the price drops on either. They’ve had some contact with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy. They’re also open to adding a veteran free agent at first base —…

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Hard-hit rate sign that Mets' Smith will improve

January 4, 2018

Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario‘s sophomore seasons are getting closer by the day, and it’s an important year for the two young Mets infielders. They’ve now moved past their “prospect” status, and 2018 is the next step in what New York hopes will be their development into franchise cornerstones. Smith, especially, has something to prove. The 22-year-old did hit nine homers in his first 49 big league games, which is…

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Mets' 2017 defined by injuries, new arrivals

December 30, 2017

NEW YORK — For the second straight season, the Mets entered 2017 with outsized expectations and dreams of playoff grandeur. For the second straight season, injuries and other issues derailed them — though this time, the Mets could not recover. Instead, 2017 turned into a disappointment for the Mets, who dropped from second to fourth place in the National League East, staying out of contention for most of the summer….

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Inbox: Will Reyes return to play second base?

December 28, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, plenty of questions still surround a Mets team that has made just one major signing this offseason, inking Anthony Swarzak to a two-year deal. Teams tend to stay quiet during the holidays, so while we wait for the Mets to make their next move, here’s a fresh batch of questions and answers: What is the likelihood of the Mets signing Jose Reyes if they…

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Callaway well-read, schooled entering Big Apple

December 26, 2017

NEW YORK — When Mickey Callaway was still just a child, his father, Mike, instructed him to sit next to his baseball coaches in the dugout. So Mickey sat, close enough to watch how the elder men conducted themselves. At home, Mike — one of the highest-ranking civilians in the US Army Corps of Engineers — turned his house into a corporate boardroom, giving Mickey PowerPoint presentations on group development…

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