Mets name, introduce new manager Callaway

Mets name, introduce new manager Callaway

Despite their 2017 struggles on the mound, the Mets remain a team built upon pitching. As such, the Mets have imported an expert to replace Terry Collins, hiring Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to be the 21st manager in team history on Monday. 

Callaway was introduced at a news conference at Citi Field, and expressed excitement about coming to New York.

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

Nido leads NL in AFL Hitting Challenge

Nido leads NL in AFL Hitting Challenge

MESA, Ariz. -- Pitted against some of Minor League Baseball's best up-and-coming hitters at Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Hitting Challenge, Minnesota Twins prospect Chris Paul walked away with bragging rights -- and a little spending money.

The Twins' sixth-round pick in the 2015 Draft, Paul came in first place in the fifth-annual event with a score of 2,750, narrowly defeating Mets No. 9 prospect Tomas Nido, who finished atop the National League side with 2,600 points. Brewers No. 2 prospect Corey Ray and White Sox catching prospect Seby Zavala both finished at 2,100, good for second place in the NL and AL, respectively.

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Perry Cohen is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lindsay Berra

Wright's latest surgery and timetable, explained

Mets third baseman has best chance to return following laminotomy procedure

Wright's latest surgery and timetable, explained

Injury-plagued Mets third baseman David Wright underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back on Oct. 5, one month to the day after having rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder.

While the word "laminotomy" certainly sounds scary, invasive and -- at the very least -- career-threatening, in reality, it gives the 34-year-old Wright his best chance to get back on the field.

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Lindsay Berra is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' Thompson sparks offense in AFL

New York's No. 24 prospect goes 3-for-4 with his first homer in AFL

Mets' Thompson sparks offense in AFL

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After hitting a career-high 16 homers during the regular season, David Thompson notched his first homer of the Arizona Fall League in Scottsdale's 13-7 win over Peoria on Wednesday.

Thompson, the Mets' No. 24 prospect, reached base four times and fell a triple shy of the cycle as he finished 3-for-4 with a homer, double, walk, two RBIs and a trio of runs scored.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mets' Arizona Fall League overview

Guillorme has eyes on New York during climb through organization

Mets' Arizona Fall League overview

During the 2017 season with Double-A Binghamton, Mets prospect Luis Guillorme saw his organization-mate and fellow middle infielder Amed Rosario reach the big leagues. He watched and hoped that perhaps he could follow in Rosario's footsteps at some point in the near future.

"That would be awesome," said Guillorme, the Mets' No. 11 prospect. "Being in Binghamton, we were literally across the street, it's two hours away. It was always exciting, if something happened up there, you could be there right away."

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Mets head into offseason with holes to fill

Mets head into offseason with holes to fill

NEW YORK -- The Mets were one of the quietest teams in baseball last offseason, re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal but otherwise doing little of note.

That won't be the case this winter, with needs at multiple positions sure to keep general manager Sandy Alderson busy well into the New Year. After selling off veterans Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Addison Reed this summer, the Mets have no choice but to explore all markets as they look to fill those positions.

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Mets purchase Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

New York to move affiliate from Las Vegas to upstate NY

Mets purchase Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

NEW YORK -- The logistical challenges of fielding a top Minor League affiliate more than 2,500 miles from home are about to end for the Mets.

The Mets closed on a deal Tuesday to purchase the Syracuse Chiefs, with plans to move their Triple-A affiliate there in 2019. The deal's operating agreement with New York State and Onondaga County runs through 2025, and will force the Nationals to vacate their Triple-A team from Syracuse after the 2018 season.

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Inbox: What type of manager will Mets seek?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from fans

Inbox: What type of manager will Mets seek?

Of the potential candidates for manager, who do you think is the best fit for this club and what it needs to perform at its best?
-- @mkali31 via Twitter

Thankfully it's not my job to determine that, as it's a complicated decision with lots of factors. Do you want an experienced manager to lead the Mets, given their immediate postseason potential? Brad Ausmus, Bob Geren, Robin Ventura, Chip Hale and Ron Gardenhire have all done the job in the big leagues before, with varying levels of success. (And yes, so has Joe Girardi, though I'd be shocked if he will be available.) Want someone familiar with the clubhouse and its workings? Kevin Long is the best candidate in that context. How about a young, popular manager with a bright future? Alex Cora or Joe McEwing might interest you.

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

Mets announce Wright undergoes back surgery

Third baseman had shoulder procedure in early September

Mets announce Wright undergoes back surgery

NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman David Wright underwent back surgery Thursday, the Mets announced, adding another chapter to a recent history fraught with injuries.

Wright's latest surgery, a laminotomy, came less than a month after he underwent an operation on his right shoulder, and 16 months after he had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Wright did not play in a single regular-season game in 2017 due to a combination of shoulder and back woes.

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Collins accepts new position; Warthen out

Former skipper to be special assistant to GM; Long, Roessler, Sherlock remain; head trainer Ramirez let go

Collins accepts new position; Warthen out

NEW YORK -- The Mets completed their most significant on-field staff shakeup in nearly a decade on Tuesday, announcing that longtime pitching coach Dan Warthen and head trainer Ray Ramirez will not return for the 2018 season.

The team has also given bench coach Dick Scott, first-base coach Tom Goodwin and bullpen coach Ricky Bones permission to interview with other teams pending the selection of the Mets' next manager, who will have some latitude to select members of his own staff. Scott, in particular, is unlikely to return to the Mets, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.

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Smith, Oswalt named Prospects of the Year

Smith, Oswalt named Prospects of the Year

NEW YORK -- Once it became clear that the Mets were not going to compete for a playoff berth this year, the most significant events on their calendar became the promotions of top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith. While Rosario received the lion's share of hype, Smith enjoyed one of the best summers of anyone in the organization.

As such, Smith has earned honors as the Mets' MLBPipeline.com Prospect of the Year, with right-hander Corey Oswalt winning Pitcher of the Year. MLBPipeline.com staff members chose each club's winners, considering only players who spent at least half the year in the Minors, appeared on their team's Top 30 Prospects list and played the entire year in the organization.

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

Thor among most popular jerseys

Thor among most popular jerseys

Aaron Judge has the highest number in all of Major League Baseball, and this time we are talking about total sales of his No. 99 Yankees jersey.

MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced the latest Most Popular Jerseys rankings on Tuesday, and the rookie slugger topped the list to add another distinction to an historic first full year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day.

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Injuries define difficult season for Mets

Injuries define difficult season for Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets will always remember their 2017 season as one fraught by injuries, the team undermined at every step of the way by its inability to keep players on the field. As such, a club many predicted to win the National League East wound up spending most of the season near the bottom of the standings.

There were bright moments, too, and plenty of memorable games -- both positive and negative -- throughout the summer. Here is a look at the five storylines that dominated the Mets' season:

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

deGrom got a new haircut and it looks awesome

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deGrom got a new haircut and it looks awesome

If you happen to come across Jacob deGrom in the near future, he may look a bit different to you -- or very different to you. Yup, the pitcher who is known for his luscious locks has given himself a new hairdo, and he's pulling it off well.

Jose Reyes took to his Snapchat to announce he had a "new teammate," who greeted Reyes' followers. This new teammate was just Mets pitcher deGrom with a lot less hair on his head. He had a huge smile on his face, so it doesn't seem to be a forced decision.

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Mets instructs: Urena trying hand at outfield

Mets instructs: Urena trying hand at outfield

Since signing with the Mets out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Jhoan Urena has played a grand total of 477 games in the field defensively. A total of 410 of those have come at third base and another 56 were at first. Up until the 2017 season, he'd only seen time at the infield corners.

The Mets started introducing him to the outfield corners this year and the 23-year-old saw 10 games in left and one in right as an introduction. That is continuing for the Mets' No. 15 prospect during instructional league play in St. Lucie this fall.

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Mets come up empty in Collins' final game

Mets come up empty in Collins' final game

PHILADELPHIA -- Mets manager Terry Collins and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin exchanged lineup cards at home plate for the final time Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Both managed their final games for their respective teams on the final game of the 2017 season. Collins, who led the Mets to the 2015 National League pennant, resigned after an 11-0 loss to the Phillies. Mackanin, who led the Phillies' rebuild since June 2015, learned Thursday that he will not return as manager. Both will join their respective front offices and serve in advisory roles.

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Syndergaard rooting for Warthen to stick around

Righty touched 101 mph in two scoreless innings vs. the Phils

Syndergaard rooting for Warthen to stick around

PHILADELPHIA -- Noah Syndergaard turned his final start of the season into a political campaign to save his pitching coach's job.

Hours after throwing two scoreless innings in the Mets' 11-0 loss to the Phillies, Syndergaard steered the conversation to Dan Warthen, whose job is in jeopardy following a season in which Mets pitchers ranked 29th in MLB with a 5.21 ERA. Multiple local newspapers reported last week that the Mets have already decided to part ways with Warthen, though general manager Sandy Alderson said the club will make decisions on all its coaches in the coming days.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Draft order set; Mets to pick No. 6

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

Draft order set; Mets to pick No. 6

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Cash Cab: Asdrubal's tater lifts Mets in extras

Cash Cab: Asdrubal's tater lifts Mets in extras

PHILADELPHIA -- Mets third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera had a big Saturday night in the penultimate game of the 2017 season.

Cabrera ripped a three-run home run to left-center field in the 11th inning of a 7-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He also doubled to score a run in the seventh, going 4-for-6 with four RBIs. It was his second four-hit game of the season and the 15th of his career. The Mets are likely to pick up the $8.5 million 2018 option on Cabrera's contract.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Alderson discusses reports on team conflicts

Alderson discusses reports on team conflicts

PHILADELPHIA -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on Saturday took responsibility for breakdowns in the organization's professional culture, which led to a series of local newspaper reports this week critical of the team, its front office and ownership.

"I think that that's a fair point, and it's a point that I frankly take to heart all the time," Alderson said when asked about his level of responsibility for the reports. "I'm the leader of this group. I feel responsible for every aspect of this operation, particularly in those areas where they fall short."

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

Phils, Mets to play in MLB Little League Classic

Phils, Mets to play in MLB Little League Classic

The Mets and Phillies will play in the second iteration of the MLB Little League Classic at renovated Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 19, 2018, the league and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Friday.

"All of us at Major League Baseball are excited to return to Williamsport," said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. "This year's event in Williamsport was a special experience."

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Reyes, Smith go deep but Mets can't capitalize

Reyes, Smith go deep but Mets can't capitalize

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies hope to finish a resurgent second half with a strong final weekend against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia certainly started the last series of the season off on the right foot, beating the Mets on Friday night, 6-2, to move to 36-37 since the All-Star break. It is no small accomplishment, considering the Phillies were just 29-58 at the break, which was the worst record in baseball at that point of the year.

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Harvey ends difficult season on sour note

Righty finishes '17 with highest ERA in Mets history for pitcher with at least 15 starts

Harvey ends difficult season on sour note

PHILADELPHIA -- When Matt Harvey walked off the mound in the fourth inning of the Mets' 6-2 loss Friday to the Phillies at Citzens Bank Park, he lugged one of the most unsightly ERAs in Mets history behind him. Giving up four runs to the Phillies in four innings, Harvey finished with a 6.70 ERA, highest in franchise history among pitchers who made at least 15 starts in a season.

Until this year, no Met had ever thrown 70 innings with an ERA that high. Harvey finished with 92 2/3 innings on his ledger, allowing 110 hits, striking out 67 and walking 44.

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

deGrom held out of final start with illness

Lugo shifts into righty's place Saturday, Syndergaard will toss one-inning start Sunday

deGrom held out of final start with illness

PHILADELPHIA -- Suffering from a stomach bug that has bothered him for much of this month, Jacob deGrom is shutting it down for the season, skipping his originally scheduled start Saturday against the Phillies.

In deGrom's absence, Seth Lugo will shift from Sunday to Saturday, with Noah Syndergaard starting Sunday's series finale. As he did in his previous start, Syndergaard will throw just one inning. A parade of relief pitchers will follow.

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

Inbox: Who will be in Mets' rotation in 2018?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers fans' questions

Inbox: Who will be in Mets' rotation in 2018?

Just three games remain in the 2017 season for the Mets, then it's on to what should be the franchise's busiest offseason in years. With significant holes at multiple positions, the Mets will spend much of their time shopping.

Without further ado, here is the final batch of Mets questions and answers for the 2017 season:

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Reyes reiterates desire to re-sign with Mets

Veteran appreciative of support from devoted fans at Citi Field

Reyes reiterates desire to re-sign with Mets

NEW YORK -- The popup was routine, the type Jose Reyes has caught so many times before in his career. But as this one nestled in Reyes' glove to open the ninth inning Wednesday, it was as if thousands at Citi Field noticed him for the first time. From center field, the 7 Line cheering section began chanting Reyes' name. Fans throughout the stadium followed suit.

Reyes does not know if Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Braves -- during which he hit an RBI double in his last at-bat -- was his final game at Citi, at least as a Met. He does not want it to be. But in the aftermath of the victory, while his teammates taped closed boxes and zipped up duffel bags, Reyes acknowledged that he may have played his last home game in New York.

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Gimenez, Guerrero provide future infield depth

Gimenez, Guerrero provide future infield depth

As if it's not enough to have Amed Rosario at shortstop in New York for what the Mets feel will be a very long time, there's a lot more talent down on the farm. Some have seen time at second or third during the season, like Luis Guillorme has the last two seasons, to potentially figure out a way to get them to the big leagues without running square into that Rosario obstacle.

Some of the others are much farther away from Citi Field. But it's never too early to work on multiple positions, even if it's not because there's fear of a shortstop logjam.

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Gsellman helps Mets close home slate with win

Gsellman helps Mets close home slate with win

NEW YORK -- Although so many of the Mets' disappointments this summer revolved around injuries, a few of their players simply underachieved. One of those, Robert Gsellman, made sure to finish his rookie season in top form Wednesday, delivering six strong innings in a 7-1 win over the Braves at Citi Field.

Holding Atlanta to one run on an Ozzie Albies RBI single, Gsellman finished with a positive record of 8-7 despite his 5.19 ERA. On this night, he out-pitched Braves rookie Sean Newcomb, who allowed three runs in five innings.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday.

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Collins reflects on managing at Citi Field

Collins reflects on managing at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Before what is likely to be his final game managing at Citi Field, Terry Collins reflected on two events in particular.

One was the Mets' home opener in 2011, a game that Collins cherished. He recalled "how exciting it was to be back managing again, and the elation of being back in that dugout" following more than a decade spent in Japan and the Minor Leagues.

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