Grandy reveres young players' 'work ethic'

Veteran outfielder, now oldest Met on roster, mentoring up-and-comers

Grandy reveres young players' 'work ethic'

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Four years in with the Mets, outfielder Curtis Granderson's goal of winning a championship hasn't changed.

What has changed since relocating from the Bronx to Queens in December 2013, however, is where the three-time All-Star ranks on the age chart.

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d'Arnaud, Mets raring to begin title chase

Catcher energized by team's clubhouse, on-field camaraderie

d'Arnaud, Mets raring to begin title chase

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Early on Monday morning, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was fighting a smirk as he talked to the media.

d'Arnaud wasn't reacting to a funny response to a question, or to a reporter nearly bumping into a table of players doing crossword puzzles, though.

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All smiles, Collins talks possible position switches

All smiles, Collins talks possible position switches

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla -- Spring Training has always been full of oddities, but the Mets' camp on Monday afternoon had a sighting few had ever witnessed.

In the Mets' conference room, seventh-year manager Terry Collins was smiling and cracking jokes.

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Wright, Wheeler progressing after throwing

Wright, Wheeler progressing after throwing

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright and Zack Wheeler threw on Sunday -- Wright for the first time this spring -- and from all indications it went well for each.

Wright made 30 throws at 60-70 feet, according to manager Terry Collins, and also took 25 ground balls.

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Jackie Robinson Rotunda teaches fans history

Memorial serves as tribute to pioneer who broke baseball's color barrier

Jackie Robinson Rotunda teaches fans history

NEW YORK -- In helping to dedicate Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda back in 2009, Robinson's widow, Rachel, called it a "stunning space" that is "a superb tribute to Jack's enduring legacy."

"It is my hope that as people of all ages pass through the Rotunda," she said that day, "it will evoke their most cherished memories -- as well as serve as an inspiration to young people who we hope will share the values and ideals by which Jack lived."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' Wright always eager for Glove Day

Mets' Wright always eager for Glove Day

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright was one of a group of Mets players who were all smiles early Sunday morning as they strolled by the bags and bags of gloves made by Wilson Sporting Goods neatly lined up and placed outside the clubhouse.

It was the team's annual Wilson Glove Day, the day when those contracted with the company receive their mitts for the upcoming season. Some are custom designed with many different styles on display. Juan Lagares has his son's name (Juan Lagares Jr.) imprinted on his glove.

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Cespedes all business after new deal with Mets

After signing 4-year deal, outfielder in long-term driver's seat with Mets

Cespedes all business after new deal with Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- No more car shows. Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is signed long term and focused on bringing the team a championship.

With fancy rides almost as flashy as his power at the plate, Cespedes is toning down that side of himself and instead putting the emphasis back on the diamond. Having signed a four-year, $110 million contract in November, Cespedes is settling in as a cornerstone in the Mets' future.

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Collins looks to strike right tone from Day 1

Collins looks to strike right tone from Day 1

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Opening Day is still several weeks away, but Sunday is an extremely special day for Mets manager Terry Collins.

"I was raised in this game that tomorrow is the biggest day of the year for the manager," Collins said Saturday, a day before the Mets' first full-squad workout.

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Reyes aiming to add center fielder to his resume

Wright, Cabrera set to be starters, but Mets want vet infielder's bat in lineup

Reyes aiming to add center fielder to his resume

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The most recent Mets player to transition from shortstop to center field, Juan Lagares, did it as successfully as just about anyone in history. Once so bedeviled that he committed 40 errors in 82 games as a Minor League shortstop, Lagares moved to center and won a Gold Glove Award seven years later.

So when Jose Reyes began tossing around the idea of shifting to center field, he sought out the Mets' resident guru.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smith reports to camp slimmer, feeling energized

Prospect, who could be Mets' 1B of future, spent offseason getting healthy

Smith reports to camp slimmer, feeling energized

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mexican food was Dominic Smith's vice. When Smith wanted to indulge, he would head to the nearest local spot in Southern California for a carne asada wet burrito, smothered in cheese.

That habit disappeared this winter, when the Mets' second-ranked prospect reported to Mike Barwis' team-sponsored fitness facility in Michigan for an offseason full of workouts. He traded in burritos and hamburgers for smoothies and leafy greens. By the time Smith reported to Mets camp, he had shed 24 pounds, dropping down from his high point of around 258.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Syndergaard gets Opening Day nod

Syndergaard gets Opening Day nod

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Early Thursday morning, manager Terry Collins called his entire starting staff into his Tradition Field office to affirm what they already knew. Coming off a breakout, Cy Young-caliber season, Noah Syndergaard will be the Mets' Opening Day starter on April 3 against the Braves.

"It's just a huge honor," Syndergaard said later in the afternoon. "It's something I've been working for ever since I was with the Mets, to be the Opening Day starter at one point. I'm extremely thrilled that Terry instills that kind of confidence in me. I'm going to go out there and get the job done."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bruce shifts focus to proving he belongs

Veteran ignores offseason rumors, looks to bounce back in first full season with Mets

Bruce shifts focus to proving he belongs

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Between juggling an infant baby and performing usual preparations for the upcoming season, Jay Bruce insists he never had much opportunity to reflect on the trade rumors that dogged him this offseason. So it was little surprise to Bruce that, when it came time to report to Spring Training, his GPS pointed to Mets camp.

"I had a pretty easy time with it, to be honest with you," Bruce said Thursday after arriving at Tradition Field. "I had a lot of stuff going on in the offseason so I wasn't too concerned. I've been going through trade rumors for basically two full years now so it was nothing new. I'm definitely of the mindset these days, and at this point, that nothing is done until it's done. So here I am. I'm happy to be here and I look forward to the season."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wheeler hopes to return over weekend

Mets carefully monitoring pitcher after he felt tenderness in elbow

Wheeler hopes to return over weekend

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For the first time since Monday, Zack Wheeler played catch with his teammates on Thursday at Mets camp, looking to rebound from the right elbow tenderness that halted his throwing program earlier this week.

The Mets continue to classify Wheeler's issue as minor, likely stemming from lingering scar tissue in his elbow. But as he left Tradition Field early Thursday afternoon, Wheeler said he will not return to the mound Friday as expected. He hopes to do so Saturday or Sunday, instead.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walker would welcome long-term extension

31-year-old providing Mets with versatility, leadership

Walker would welcome long-term extension

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Even after Neil Walker put pen to paper, accepting the Mets' $17.2-million qualifying offer, neither side stopped thinking about a longer-term commitment. For Walker, a multi-year extension would mean planting roots in the Northeast, where he owns a home and has started his family. For the Mets, it would mean locking up a player who quickly became a leader in their clubhouse.

At the time, Walker's injury history -- he underwent back surgery in September -- scuttled talks. But neither side killed the conversation, making it possible Walker rips up his qualifying offer and signs a multi-year extension as soon as this spring.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets to play Army in exhibition matchup

Mets to play Army in exhibition matchup

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets will end their Spring Training schedule close to home, with a March 31 exhibition against the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The game comes a year after Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, a former Marine, and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon visited the West Point campus.

"Sandy Alderson and I were so inspired by our visit to the West Point campus last year that we wanted our players to have that experience," Wilpon said in a statement. "The Mets are proud to be able to continue the strong bond we have with our military and this is a new way to show our appreciation for the sacrifices and bravery of our nation's armed forces. We are looking forward to the game."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets put Wheeler's throwing program on hold

Righty feels 'tenderness' in elbow during bullpen session

Mets put Wheeler's throwing program on hold

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, who has spent nearly two full years attempting to return from Tommy John surgery, felt some "tenderness" in his right elbow during a routine bullpen session earlier this week, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen. The Mets have briefly paused Wheeler's throwing program as a result.

Warthen was quick to add that he does not consider this a setback for Wheeler, because a routine physical exam taken Monday revealed no structural damage. The team believes Wheeler's discomfort stems from scar tissue that formed in his elbow following a platelet-rich plasma injection last August. The club also hopes Wheeler can play catch Thursday and return to a mound as soon as Friday.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets finalize deal to bring back Salas

Mets finalize deal to bring back Salas

The New York Mets have finalized a one-year deal to bring back reliever Fernando Salas, the team announced Wednesday.

Salas went 3-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 73 2/3 innings split between the Angels and Mets last season.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite health questions, Wright 'still the captain'

Third baseman intent on having 'impact' on Mets' 2017 season

Despite health questions, Wright 'still the captain'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- It was a brilliant spring morning Tuesday on Florida's Treasure Coast, with puffy white clouds in the sky and temperatures warming to the mid-80s. It was the type of day that used to see David Wright bouncing about the back fields in a well-worn orange T-shirt, laughing and joking with anyone in earshot.

But on Tuesday, Wright was nowhere to be found, confined to his current life of indoor physical therapy and batting cages. Wright hopes that doctors will soon clear him for fielding drills, the final step in his offseason progression. Only then will he be back in the sunshine, testing out that surgically-repaired neck, that balky back and that 34-year-old body everyone is so worried about.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Familia, excited for 'meaningful' 2017, arrives at camp

Mets still uncertain about closer's suspension status

Familia, excited for 'meaningful' 2017, arrives at camp

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- His visa issue solved, Jeurys Familia reported to Mets camp Tuesday amid continued uncertainty. The Mets still do not know if Major League Baseball will suspend Familia to start this season, and they may not have that answer for several weeks. All they can do now is prepare Familia for the season as thoroughly as possible.

Familia, for his part, declined all questions regarding his Oct. 31 arrest on a domestic violence charge, citing his lawyer's advice. He requested only to speak about baseball matters.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Elbow surgery a 'relief' for reliever Goeddel

Right-hander resumes normal throwing program at camp following setback with bone chips

Elbow surgery a 'relief' for reliever Goeddel

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Only after this past season ended did Erik Goeddel realize there was a problem. His right arm, which hadn't felt quire right during the summer, still ached. So Goeddel saw a doctor, who diagnosed him with bone chips in his elbow. Shortly thereafter, the Mets' reliever underwent surgery.

A sizeable scar on Goeddel's right elbow is now the only evidence of that procedure. Calling the diagnosis "a relief," Goeddel reported to Spring Training in shape for a normal throwing program, in the hopes of making a crowded Mets bullpen.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tale of the fantasy tape: Mets vs. Nationals

Which National League East rival has superior fantasy assets?

Tale of the fantasy tape: Mets vs. Nationals

The rivalry between the Nationals and Mets has heated up in recent seasons, as the two clubs have produced the past three National League East champions. Before they settle their competition on the field in 2017, we can get a head start on assessing these clubs by comparing the fantasy value of their key players for the upcoming campaign.

• 2017 Fantasy Player Preview: Mets | Nationals | Full rankings

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey determined to regain dominant form

Mets righty feeling healthy and throwing hard, but knows only time will tell

Harvey determined to regain dominant form

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For three days following surgery to remove a rib from his torso, Matt Harvey could not feel his right hand. He thought about his future in baseball and the past he might be leaving behind, not so far removed from his perch as one of baseball's best pitchers.

"It was kind of an unknown feeling," Harvey said. "Throwing a baseball has always been easy for me. Last year, it just wasn't."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lugo attributes amazing curve to ... Frisbee

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Lugo attributes amazing curve to ... Frisbee

Frisbee is fun. Sure, you can play competitively, but mostly it's a game you've played with your dog or your best buds those few times at summer camp. It's relaxing. It's casual. It's usually not the kind of thing that helps someone develop the best curveball spin rate in baseball:

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Mets ready for a fresh start entering Spring Training

Amid high expectations for 2017, camp opens in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Mets ready for a fresh start entering Spring Training

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Mets squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- It was Noah Syndergaard who put things most poetically in the darkest hours of morning after the Mets' Wild Card Game loss to the Giants last October.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.