Mets deal Grandy to LA for player to be named

Mets deal Grandy to LA for player to be named

NEW YORK -- When the Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million free agent deal in December 2013, the contract ushered in a new era for the Mets. The day the signing became official at MLB's Winter Meetings, the Mets crowed about their desire to start competing on an annual basis, with a rising payroll and so much bright, young pitching.

Though the Mets achieved their pennant aspirations in 2015, they faded out of contention early this season. As a result, their selloff of veteran assets continued late Friday, when the Mets traded Granderson and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or a separate cash payment.

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Flexen's effort not enough in loss to Marlins

Flexen's effort not enough in loss to Marlins

NEW YORK -- The Mets were determined heading into this weekend's series with the Marlins not to let Giancarlo Stanton beat them.

J.T. Realmuto beat them instead.

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Familia to slowly make his way back to closer

Familia to slowly make his way back to closer

NEW YORK -- Within the next few days, Mets closer Jeurys Familia will return to the mound for a second Minor League rehab appearance. Familia, who underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his right shoulder in May, still needs to show the Mets he can throw at least 30 pitches in an inning before they will activate him. The organization plans to take his rehab slowly, likely stretching it into the final days of August.

Even once Familia returns, manager Terry Collins said Friday that the Mets are likely to ease him back into his old ninth-inning role. The Mets do not want Familia to overexert himself in late-game situations, preferring him to ramp his velocity back up earlier in games. The Mets are also intrigued by AJ Ramos, whose ERA in save situations this season is nearly two full runs lower than in non-save situations.

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Conforto rides 'Scooter' for Players Weekend

Mets outfielder given nickname by teammates as a rookie

Conforto rides 'Scooter' for Players Weekend

It was shortly after Michael Conforto's big league callup in 2015 that a group of Mets pitchers took it upon themselves to determine what the rookie's nickname should be. Derivations of Conforto's name, such as Forto or Toe, were unacceptable. Hammer, one of Conforto's monikers as a youth, never gained serious traction.

"We were throwing around bad nicknames and were like, 'Scooter's a terrible one,'" teammate Jacob deGrom said. "So then we just started calling him Scooter."

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Montero, Mets look to end skid vs. Marlins

Montero, Mets look to end skid vs. Marlins

Right-handers Vance Worley and Rafael Montero, both of whom have assumed starters' roles this season because of injuries to their teams' respective rotations, will square off Saturday at Citi Field for the second game of a three-game set between the Mets and Marlins.

The Mets have seen plenty of Worley (2-2, 4.97 ERA) throughout the right-hander's career since he began his career with the Phillies. In nine starts (13 games) against the Mets, Worley is 4-4 with a 5.59 ERA, but has not started against them since 2014, when he allowed just one earned run over seven innings and picked up the win while pitching for the Pirates.

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Grandy's slam not enough in Subway defeat

Grandy's slam not enough in Subway defeat

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino bounced back from the worst start of his career while Gary Sanchez flexed his muscle by driving in five runs, helping the Yankees complete a four-game sweep of this year's Subway Series with a 7-5 victory over the Mets on Thursday evening at Citi Field.

One outing after being rocked for a career-high 10 runs (eight earned) by the Red Sox, Severino recaptured the form that has elevated him into the Yanks' ace this season, holding the Mets to an unearned run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up his fifth victory in six starts.

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Matz seeking answers to puzzling rough stretch

After loss to Yanks, Mets left-hander is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in last 8 starts

Matz seeking answers to puzzling rough stretch

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz has tried throwing multiple bullpen sessions between starts, as Jacob deGrom has done with great success. He has tried skipping bullpen sessions altogether. Matz has commissioned hitting coaches Kevin Long and Pat Roessler to examine whether he is tipping pitches. He has dabbled in new drills with pitching coach Dan Warthen.

None of it has worked. None of it has given Matz the answers to why he has struggled so mightily over the past month, allowing seven more runs -- six earned -- in 3 1/3 innings Thursday during a 7-5 defeat to the Yankees. Over his last eight starts, Matz is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA. Following Thursday's loss, manager Terry Collins said he and his staff will discuss skipping Matz's next start.

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Reyes lands on DL with sore left rib cage

Mets recall infielders Cecchini, Reynolds, option reliever McGowan to Triple-A

Reyes lands on DL with sore left rib cage

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes stood near his locker, as he has so many times throughout his career, discussing an injury that he hopes is only minor. Tweaking his left oblique Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Reyes landed on the 10-day disabled list two days later with what the Mets called a "sore left rib cage." The team recalled infielders Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds, also optioning reliever Kevin McGowan to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move.

"I'm going to take like two days without doing anything, and we'll see what happens after that," Reyes said.

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Vientos homers, notches four hits in GCL

Vientos homers, notches four hits in GCL

If there was any doubt about whether Forrest Whitley was ready for the Double-A level, the teenage right-hander laid it to rest on Thursday by tossing six scoreless innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts in his debut for Corpus Christi.

Whitley, MLBPipeline.com's No. 40 overall prospect (Astros' No. 2), retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced in the outing. Seven of those outs came on strikeouts, as he struck out the side in the second and third innings and then once more in the fifth.

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Gsellman returns to hill, apologizes to Sandy

Mets righty had responded to GM's criticism with 'I don't really care' comment

Gsellman returns to hill, apologizes to Sandy

NEW YORK -- For the better part of a minute, Robert Gsellman trudged from the pitcher's mound to the dugout, twice glancing behind him to the open bullpen doors. Gsellman appeared agitated, distressed -- hardly the emotionless soul he purported to be just one night earlier, when Gsellman defied Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's concern over his poor results.

Asked Tuesday if he was aware Alderson said he needs to pitch better, Gsellman replied: "I don't really care." But before giving up three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Mets' 5-3 Subway Series loss to the Yankees, Gsellman apologized to the GM for those words.

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Mets can't solve Yanks, drop third straight

Mets can't solve Yanks, drop third straight

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge awed his teammates with one of the most impressive home runs in Citi Field history and Didi Gregorius delivered a tiebreaking hit to lead the Yankees past the Mets, 5-3, in Subway Series action on Wednesday evening.

The rookie phenom immediately put his head down and began running the bases after his American League-leading 37th homer, a titanic fourth-inning blast off Robert Gsellman. Playing his first career game in Queens, Judge joined Yoenis Cespedes as the only players to reach the third deck in left field.

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d'Arnaud has interesting infield debut at 3B, 2B

Mets catcher dons Wright's glove in emergency, switches back and forth with Cabrera

d'Arnaud has interesting infield debut at 3B, 2B

NEW YORK -- One of the first things Travis d'Arnaud did upon learning he would play the infield on Wednesday was text David Wright, the Mets' longtime third baseman. d'Arnaud requested permission to use Wright's glove. A few beats later, the injured Wright texted back.

"Use it well," he wrote. "Dive for everything."

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Alderson: Wright wants to return this season

Mets GM says team won't ask captain to retire, but may have to look for a 3B in offseason

Alderson: Wright wants to return this season

NEW YORK -- With a little more than six weeks left in the regular season, the window for David Wright to return to the Mets shrinks by the day. When asked for specifics about Wright's timetable, the Mets typically demur, offering little more than vague assurances that he can still return.

For the entirety of this season, Wright has battled shoulder and back issues -- partly a function of the spinal stenosis condition he will have for the rest of his life, partly ongoing fallout from his surgery last summer to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Wright has not come close to seeing live game action, even in the Minors.

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Harvey goes 3 scoreless in 2nd rehab start

Harvey goes 3 scoreless in 2nd rehab start

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's rise to the Majors was typical for a successful collegiate starting pitcher and seventh-overall pick. It never included a stop at Class A Short-Season Brooklyn, though. But on Wednesday night, Harvey found himself on the mound at MCU Park, the home of the Cyclones, for his second rehab start in his quest to return to the Majors following a stress injury to his right shoulder.

Harvey delivered 36 pitches (26 strikes) over three scoreless innings against the Aberdeen IronBirds, allowing one hit and no walks. He struck out the side on 10 pitches in the third inning. Before that, he induced three groundouts and two flyouts, while picking off a runner at second base to end the second.

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Cespedes takes grounders at third base in BP

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Cespedes takes grounders at third base in BP

Yoenis Cespedes has never been one to shy away from his athleticism. Sure enough, he put on an odd but entertaining show at Citi Field prior to the Mets' Wednesday night game against the Yankees.

Much to the surprise of some fans, a familiar face was taking grounders at third base -- Cespedes. He didn't look half-bad, either.

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Rosario, Smith give glimpse into future with HRs

Shortstop goes deep off Chapman, while first baseman belts 1st MLB homer

Rosario, Smith give glimpse into future with HRs

NEW YORK -- Amed Rosario crouched and coiled, priming his body to react to mankind's fastest pitch. No one throws harder than Aroldis Chapman, author of the 18 fastest fastballs in the Majors this season. Pitchers in the Pacific Coast League don't throw 103 mph.

As Rosario soaked in the loudness of 46,474 fans Tuesday at Yankee Stadium -- "something that I've never experienced before in my life," he said -- Chapman started him out with two sliders, then a 100-mph pitch. In a 2-1 count, the closer went back to the slider. Rosario uncoiled. He slashed at the ball, sending it to right-center field for a two-run homer that provided the final margin in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

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Late homers by rookies can't save Jake, Mets

Late homers by rookies can't save Jake, Mets

NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray hurled six-plus solid innings and outpitched Jacob deGrom to pick up his first win in pinstripes, and Aroldis Chapman survived a bumpy ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday evening, concluding the Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series.

Backed by homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez, Gray made his first home start since being acquired by the Yanks and held the Mets scoreless until Dominic Smith's first big league homer in the seventh. Working in front of a sellout crowd of 46,474, the right-hander scattered five hits in a 104-pitch effort, walking two and striking out five.

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Thor throws first bullpen session since injury

Thor throws first bullpen session since injury

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard took his time between throws, concentrating on his target, periodically glancing back at pitching coach Dan Warthen. Syndergaard threw just 20 pitches at less than 100 percent Tuesday in his first bullpen session since tearing his right lat muscle April 30 in Washington. He wanted to be sure to fire each one with conviction.

For Syndergaard, it was the next significant step in his road back from a disabled-list stint that will ultimately cost him more than two-thirds of this season. Pitching off a mound for the first time at Yankee Stadium, Syndergaard inched closer to a Minor League rehab assignment and, ultimately, a return to the Mets.

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Mets acquire Snider from Rangers

Former Blue Jays top prospect hasn't played in Majors since 2015

Mets acquire Snider from Rangers

NEW YORK -- Travis Snider, a former Blue Jays top prospect who made one of the most memorable catches in Citi Field history, is now a member of the Mets' organization. The club acquired Snider from the Rangers on Tuesday for cash, sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Snider, 29, was Baseball America's sixth-ranked prospect in 2009, on a list that also included future All-Stars Matt Wieters, David Price and Jason Heyward. But he never stuck in the Majors, hitting .248 with 31 homers in 242 games for the Blue Jays from 2008-12.

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Lugo hits DL as Gsellman returns to rotation

Mets place righty on disabled list with right shoulder impingement

Lugo hits DL as Gsellman returns to rotation

NEW YORK -- Mets starter Seth Lugo, who spent much of the season on the disabled list and has been pitching with a partially torn elbow ligament when active, is back on the DL. The Mets placed him there Tuesday before their 5-4 loss, scratching him from his scheduled Subway Series start Wednesday against the Yankees due to a right shoulder impingement.

Right-hander Robert Gsellman, who has been on the DL since June 28 due to a strained left hamstring, will take Lugo's place Wednesday at Citi Field.

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Collins: Montero, Robles 'have work to do'

Collins: Montero, Robles 'have work to do'

NEW YORK -- By the fourth inning of the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday, Hansel Robles was already warming in the visiting bullpen. Consider it the Rafael Montero effect. The Mets are so uncertain when and how their most enigmatic pitcher might implode that, despite Montero's three standout innings to open the game, they were worried.

They had a right to be. After Brett Gardner led off the fourth with a sharp line drive, Aaron Hicks singled, then Montero walked two batters and uncorked a wild pitch. At that point, catcher Rene Rivera -- starting in large part because of his relationship with Montero -- jogged out to the mound for a chat.

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Tebow makes one fan's grandmother's day

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Tebow makes one fan's grandmother's day

It's common for fans at Minor League games to hang out near the field, hoping to score an autograph from some of the players walking by -- especially when one of those players happens to be Tim Tebow.

But one fan at Sunday's game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Tampa Yankees wasn't looking for Tebow's signature. He just wanted him to say hi to his 88-year-old grandmother Margaret, a huge Tebow fan who'd recently suffered a stroke. Tebow, because he's Tebow, was more than happy to oblige.

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Mets edged out in Subway Series opener

Mets edged out in Subway Series opener

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez all connected for the 40th home runs of their Major League careers on Monday evening, powering the Yankees to a much-needed 4-2 victory over the Mets in the opening game of this year's Subway Series.

Judge tied the game in the sixth, launching his American League-leading 36th homer off Rafael Montero, and Hicks tattooed a Hansel Robles heater to give the Yanks the lead in the eighth.

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Conforto wears out Phillies, eyes 30 homers

Slugger has been on a tear, going deep 3 times during series

Conforto wears out Phillies, eyes 30 homers

PHILADELPHIA -- With 47 games left in the season, Michael Conforto is sitting on a career-high 26 homers, the latest of them a two-run shot Sunday in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Phillies. He has hit a home run every 15.5 plate appearances, putting him on pace to eclipse 30 -- that nice round number to which every slugger strives -- before September.

That from a player who, if not for injuries, would have started the season in Triple-A. That from a player who spent much of April confined to the bench.

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Granderson's HR, 3 RBIs lead Mets past Phils

Granderson's HR, 3 RBIs lead Mets past Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Through the turbulence of mounting losses, multiple trades and near-daily clubhouse turnover, few Mets have provided more stability than Curtis Granderson. Playing out what are likely to be his final weeks with the Mets, Granderson hit a two-run homer Sunday, collected three hits, drove in three runs and scored three himself in a 6-2 win over the Phillies.

"He comes ready to play. He gets himself ready to play. He keeps himself ready to play," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's an example of a guy you want to follow."

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Mets deal Walker to Brewers

Mets deal Walker to Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- As his teammates played out their 3-1 loss to the Phillies on Saturday, second baseman Neil Walker changed out of his Mets uniform for the final time, throwing on a pair of jeans, a black polo shirt and tennis shoes. He exited the Mets' clubhouse in the sixth inning, climbed into the passenger seat of a green utility vehicle and motored down a Citizens Bank Ballpark corridor, bound for the exit.

About three hours later, the Mets officially announced that they had traded Walker and cash to the Brewers for a player to be named. Walker became the Mets' latest pending free agent to head to a contender, joining Lucas Duda (Rays), Addison Reed (Red Sox) and Jay Bruce (Indians). Two others, Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera, could still be on the move.

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Cespedes provides lone offense in loss

Cespedes provides lone offense in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Better late than never. The Phillies dinked and dunked their way past the Mets on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, 3-1, behind timely base hits and solid pitching.

"It's nice to come here and smile," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said entering his postgame news conference. "Great win. Any time we beat the Mets, it's a plus."

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Rosario's 1st MLB HR wins it for Mets in Philly

Rosario's 1st MLB HR wins it for Mets in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- It was Amed Rosario's first, and he made it count. On the day Mets No. 2 prospect Dominic Smith debuted, it was Rosario, their No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, who stole the show. Just minutes after the Phillies climbed back to tie the game in the eighth, Rosario smacked his first career big league homer, a go-ahead shot in the ninth, to propel the Mets to a 7-6 win on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

"I've been seeing that stuff all year," Smith said of Rosario. "I'm finally glad that he can show everybody that stuff, playing on TV every day. I'm just extremely happy for him. He worked extremely hard to get to this point, and you all can see that."

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Mets No. 2 prospect Smith makes MLB debut

First baseman collects first big league hit in win over Phils

Mets No. 2 prospect Smith makes MLB debut

PHILADELPHIA -- Dominic Smith grabbed his cell phone from a shelf in his locker, pointing to the sizable crack that snarled across its face. Initially when Smith dropped the phone on the floor of Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport late Thursday, life still flickered on the screen. By the time Smith arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Friday for his big league debut, a 7-6 Mets win over the Phillies, his phone was a brick.

"I can just imagine all the people texting," Smith said, laughing. "I can hear my phone vibrate but I can't see anything."

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