Box office open: Mets' Single Game Tickets on sale

Home opener April 13 vs. Phillies; deGrom, Wright, Lagares, '86 team among promotions

Box office open: Mets' Single Game Tickets on sale

NEW YORK -- Mets fans can begin planning their 2015 trips to Citi Field, as single-game tickets for next season are now on sale.

Tickets, which start at $11, can be purchased by visiting mets.com/tickets or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

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Mets add Syndergaard, five others to 40-man roster

Mazzoni, Robles, Ynoa, Morris, Leathersich also protected from the Rule 5 Draft

Mets add Syndergaard, five others to 40-man roster

The Mets added top prospect Noah Syndergaard to the 40-man roster on Thursday, along with fellow right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and left-hander Jack Leathersich, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

To make room for Thursday's six additions, the Mets outrighted right-hander Jeff Walters to Triple-A Las Vegas. Walters underwent Tommy John surgery last June and won't be ready for action until mid-summer, at the earliest.

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Japan trip extra special for Duda and his dad

Japan trip extra special for Duda and his dad

NAHA, Japan -- David Duda leaned forward in his seat and went quiet, filming one of his son's at-bats. He had missed a video opportunity earlier in the game, when Lucas Duda hit an opposite-field double off Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Ohtani, and he wanted to make sure he caught the encore.

To David Duda's left, Jeff Beliveau was discussing the moments he will remember from Major League Baseball's Japan All-Star Series. The quiet ones, for example, like rehashing a game with his son, Rays reliever Jeff Beliveau, or sharing breakfast with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.

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Wheels in motion: Ex-Giant wants to win with Mets

Wheeler wonders what might have been in SF, but is excited about outlook in New York

Wheels in motion: Ex-Giant wants to win with Mets

NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler admitted on Thursday that he couldn't help but wonder what it would have been like to still be a member of the Giants as he watched them win their second World Series title in three seasons last month.

Wheeler, of course, was traded from the Giants to the Mets in exchange for Carlos Beltran prior to the 2011 Trade Deadline. That said, Wheeler -- who along with teammate Vic Black on Thursday helped distribute full Thanksgiving meals to families in need across New York City -- added that watching the Giants win another title only has him more excited about the Mets' 2015 season.

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Long to meet with Mets hitters in Arizona

Wright, d'Arnaud will spend time visiting new hitting coach in Phoenix

Long to meet with Mets hitters in Arizona

NEW YORK -- New hitting coach Kevin Long wasted little time immersing himself in video of the Mets' hitters this offseason.

The former Yankees hitting coach met with the Mets' video staff shortly after being hired and had all of the club's video material downloaded onto a tablet computer. He said he's already watched approximately three hours of video on each player, jotting down notes as he watches.

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Mets moving in portions of Citi Field fences

Club expects alterations to benefit its hitters, especially lefty swingers

Mets moving in portions of Citi Field fences

NEW YORK -- Citi Field will be a bit more hitter-friendly in 2015, especially for left-handed hitters. The Mets announced on Tuesday that they are moving in portions of the right-field and right-center-field fences, ranging anywhere from three to 11 feet at certain points.

The biggest alteration is in right-center field, where the distance from home plate to the bullpen areas will decrease from 390 feet to approximately 380 feet.

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Mets not planning to shut down Harvey in 2015

Righty, who had Tommy John surgery in '13, might have occasional start skipped

Mets not planning to shut down Harvey in 2015

NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday that the club plans to have Matt Harvey in the rotation to begin the season -- and, more importantly, to finish it.

Though he did not reveal any specific limitations for Harvey, Alderson said the returning ace will not face a Stephen Strasburg-like shutdown, regardless of whether or not the Mets make the postseason.

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Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

Lefty pitched for Cardinals, Mets, Giants, Royals, Braves, Brewers

ST. LOUIS -- Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.

Born in Kansas City, Kan., Sadecki debuted for the Cardinals in 1960 and went on to enjoy an 18-year Major League playing career. Eight of those seasons came in St. Louis, followed by stints with the Mets, Giants, Royals, Braves and Brewers. He finished with a career record of 135-131 and 3.78 ERA over 563 appearances (328 starts).

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pipeline Perspectives: Castillo, Syndergaard the next ROYs

Big rookie seasons projected for Red Sox outfielder, Mets righty in 2015

Pipeline Perspectives: Castillo, Syndergaard the next ROYs

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

On the heels of the Baseball Writers' Association of America announcing its award winners for the 2014 season last week, our latest task at Pipeline Perspectives is to predict the 2015 Rookie of the Year Award winners.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Excitement mounts for '15 with Citi Cardholder presale

Exclusive opportunity for Single Game Tickets for next season ends Thursday

Excitement mounts for '15 with Citi Cardholder presale

After signing a two-year contract with the Mets this week, veteran All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer said of his new team: "I believe the time is now for us."

The time is now for those who want to watch what happens next, as Mets 2015 Single Game Ticket presale orders are available exclusively for Citi Cardholders. This front-of-the-line access at mets.com/citipresale will run through 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, before regular-season tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. the following day.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stetson alumni Kluber, deGrom bring pride to university

Stetson alumni Kluber, deGrom bring pride to university

DELAND, Fla. -- Walk through the baseball offices of Melching Field at Conrad Park, move past the bulletin board covered with fresh news clippings and step into the Stetson Hatters' locker room. Check out one locker under a flat-panel TV and another near the door to the dugout.

One is signed by Corey Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner; the other by Jacob deGrom, 2014 National League Rookie of the Year.

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Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giving back: Mets skipper Collins volunteers at food bank

The River Fund provides food for around 800 Queens-area families each week

Giving back: Mets skipper Collins volunteers at food bank

RICHMOND HILL, N.Y. -- Mets skipper Terry Collins took a step back from an already busy offseason on Thursday morning to help The River Fund organization prepare for its weekly food bank this weekend.

Collins, along with numerous other volunteers, spent time sorting and packaging food products ahead of Saturday's weekly event that typically provides food to approximately 800 families in the Queens area.

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Mets sign first baseman Allen to Minors deal

Mets sign first baseman Allen to Minors deal

The Mets on Thursday signed first baseman Brandon Allen to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Allen spent last season in the Mets' system, playing in 98 games for Triple-A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. He hit .266 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs.

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Patience the key in Mets' bid to acquire a shortstop

GM Alderson will wait to capitalize on 'ebbs and flows' of market

Patience the key in Mets' bid to acquire a shortstop

PHOENIX -- The Mets moved quickly to address one of their most pressing concerns this offseason, signing free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract on Monday.

Checking off some of the other items on their wish list, especially upgrading at shortstop, may take a little longer, Sandy Alderson warned Wednesday on the last full day of the annual General Managers Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. And that's all right, he said.

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Mets' potential, Wright friendship brought Cuddy to NY

Slugger believes club will contend in 2015

Mets' potential, Wright friendship brought Cuddy to NY

The lure of New York and the appeal of becoming a teammate of his childhood friend, David Wright, were two significant reasons Michael Cuddyer signed a two-year deal with the Mets.

Add to the equation the fact that the Mets are striving to become a serious playoff contender, and Cuddyer was convinced it was time to move to the east coast after spending the last three seasons with the Rockies.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mejia headlines list of Super Two players

The 26 players named are eligible for salary arbitration

Mejia headlines list of Super Two players

Major League Baseball and the Players' Association have finalized a list of 26 players with less than three years of Major League service time who are eligible for salary arbitration, also known as Super Twos, a Major League Baseball source confirmed.

The group is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.

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deGrom honored to march in Veterans Day Parade

deGrom honored to march in Veterans Day Parade

Less than 24 hours after earning National League Rookie of the Year honors, Mets phenom Jacob deGrom spent Tuesday morning honoring others at the 95th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade.

deGrom marched alongside New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, parade grand marshal Ray Kelly and personnel from the Armed Forces. The Mets' right-hander sported his No. 48 camouflage jersey, the same ones the Mets wore on Military Mondays this past season.

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Mets' deGrom named NL Rookie of the Year

Starter bests Reds' Hamilton, Cards' Wong with stellar finish

Mets' deGrom named NL Rookie of the Year

Seven months ago, Jacob deGrom was anonymous. Even in a baseball-thirsty, media-saturated borough of New York City, deGrom was an afterthought. He could not compete with fellow pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard's hype, nor with Rafael Montero's statistical achievements. He was, in essence, just another guy.

Now deGrom is one of the brightest young stars in baseball, a key to what the Mets hope will be their renaissance and, as of Monday evening, the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner. The Baseball Writers' Association of America voted him over fellow finalists Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Kolten Wong of the Cardinals, giving the Mets their first Rookie of the Year since Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden won back-to-back in 1983-84.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mets sign Cuddyer to two-year deal

Adding veteran slugger, New York signals it's ready to compete

Mets sign Cuddyer to two-year deal

PHOENIX -- In signing veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer, the Mets are letting everybody know that they're transitioning from rebuilding to expecting to win next season.

"Yeah, I think [general manager Sandy Alderson] has talked about that we're looking to turn the corner here and start to compete in 2015. I think this is a message that we're going to be aggressive. Right out of the box, we had a guy we liked and we went and got him," assistant GM John Ricco said at the Arizona Biltmore as the annual General Managers Meetings began to heat up Monday.

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Mets sign outfielder Castellanos to Minors deal

Introducing free-agent pickup Michael Cuddyer wasn't the only order of business for the Mets on Tuesday. The club also announced it has signed outfielder Alex Castellanos to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training.

The 28-year-old joins the Mets after playing for Triple-A El Paso in the Padres' system last season. In 113 games in the Pacific Coast League, the 6-foot, 200-pound outfielder from Miami batted .275 with eight homers and 42 RBIs.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Wright's shoulder showing 'marked improvement'

Mets captain on track to resume baseball activities in December

Wright's shoulder showing 'marked improvement'

David Wright appears on track to start baseball activities in December, as the Mets announced Friday that the third baseman "showed marked improvement" in his left rotator cuff during a medical exam this week.

Wright was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery by Dr. David Altchek, according to the Mets. It's a good bet Wright will avoid surgery on the shoulder this offseason, though that was not a huge concern for the club heading into the winter.

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Duda joins MLB's Japan All-Star Series roster

Games between MLB stars and national team begin Tuesday

Duda joins MLB's Japan All-Star Series roster

The postseason may be over, but there is still some exciting baseball to be played. A collection of the game's top talent will represent Major League Baseball next week when the Japan All-Star Series begins on Tuesday, and the roster for the MLB team was revealed on Friday.

Robinson Cano, Yasiel Puig, Evan Longoria and Jose Altuve headline a group of 29 players on the MLB All-Star team, which will be managed by Boston's John Farrell. The Major League squad will play a five-game series against Japan's national team, Samurai Japan.

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Mets sign catcher Monell to Minor League deal

Mets sign catcher Monell to Minor League deal

NEW YORK -- The Mets have signed catcher Johnny Monell to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, the team announced Thursday.

Monell, 28, hit .238 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 68 games split between the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk and the Dodgers' Triple-A Albuquerque affiliates last season. Originally a 30th-round pick of the Giants in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Monell appeared in eight games for them in 2013. He is a career .264 hitter in 709 Minor League contests.

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Amazin' in the outfield: Lagares ranks gems

Amazin' in the outfield: Lagares ranks gems

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball formally acknowledged Tuesday what Mets observers and modern defensive metrics have long known to be true: Juan Lagares is the best center fielder in the National League -- if not all of baseball.

Lagares won his first Gold Glove Award, topping Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton and Washington's Denard Span, the other center-field finalists. It brings an appropriate end to what, by all measures, was another spectacular defensive season for Lagares.

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Gold Glove winner Lagares takes his place with game's best

Gold Glove winner Lagares takes his place with game's best

NEW YORK -- More than a year into Juan Lagares' career, his reputation has caught up to his ability. As a rookie last summer, due in part to limited playing time, Lagares was not even a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in center field.

But as an established player in 2014, he has taken his place among the game's best, and on Tuesday he was named the National League's Gold Glove center fielder, giving the Mets their 10th Gold Glove winner and their first since Carlos Beltran and David Wright in 2008.

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Citi ThankYou HR program donates $138,000

Citi ThankYou HR program donates $138,000

The Mets and the Citi ThankYou Home Runs for Communities Program hosted a luncheon Tuesday, where Citi donated $138,000 to four tri-state area community partners.

The program, in its first year, donated $2,000 for each home run hit at home by the Mets this season, plus an initial donation of $20,000 -- totaling $138,000. City Harvest, United Neighborhood Houses, USO of Metro New York and YMCA of Greater New York befitted from the donation.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Power play: Grandy glad to reunite with Long

Outfielder saw swinging success with new Mets hitting coach back in the Bronx

Power play: Grandy glad to reunite with Long

NEW YORK -- Just before embarking on a trip to England, where he took in a soccer match with teammate Daniel Murphy, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson received a text message from general manager Sandy Alderson. The Mets were considering hiring former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. Alderson wanted to pick Granderson's brain.

And so Granderson, who worked with Long during the two most productive seasons of his career, texted with Alderson and chatted with Long. Not long after, as Granderson vacationed overseas, the Mets hired Long as their next hitting coach, reuniting teacher with pupil.

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deGrom wins Players Choice honor for top NL rookie

deGrom wins Players Choice honor for top NL rookie

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom's romp through awards season officially has begun.

The Major League Baseball Players Association on Monday named deGrom its National League Outstanding Rookie, an award voted upon by fellow players. His selection as a Players Choice Award winner hints at a bigger prize to come: the official NL Rookie of the Year Award, which the Baseball Writers' Association of America will bestow on Nov. 10.

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