Mets announce 2015 postgame concert series

NEW YORK -- The Steve Miller Band and Heart will headline the Mets' 2015 Saturday night Postgame Concert Series, the team has announced.

The Steve Miller Band will perform following the Mets' June 27 game against the Reds at Citi Field, while Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Heart will play following the July 25 game against the Dodgers. Admission to both concerts is included in the price of a game ticket.

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Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

While NY is reportedly interested in shortstop, no deal is close

Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

DENVER -- For the last six months, the pattern has been that a report would surface saying the Mets are trying to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, and the Rockies are asking for the world. Then all turns quiet until the next report surfaces.

Friday followed the same pattern. CBSSports.com reported that the teams are "quietly discussing" the possible deal, but went on to say talks are "in the early stages with several hurdles to go." Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to MLB.com that the teams aren't in active discussions.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks land reliever Germen in deal with Mets

Yanks land reliever Germen in deal with Mets

NEW YORK -- The Yankees acquired right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen from the Mets on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

The crosstown trade marked the first deal between the New York rivals in more than a decade. The last trade between the Yanks and Mets came on Dec. 3, 2004, when the Yankees sent Felix Heredia to the Mets in exchange for Mike Stanton.

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Hot Stove likely to remain on simmer until new year

Mets still have unfinished business, but GM Alderson anticipates quiet holiday period

Hot Stove likely to remain on simmer until new year

NEW YORK -- Though it remains likely that the Mets will try to deal a starting pitcher at some point this offseason, general manager Sandy Alderson doesn't anticipate any potential trade taking place until at least January.

In fact, Alderson expects things to remain relatively quiet, in general, for the final two weeks of the calendar year before heating back up in 2015.

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Mets host NYC kids for annual holiday party

Mets host NYC kids for annual holiday party

NEW YORK -- The holiday season was in full swing at Citi Field on Tuesday, as the Mets hosted more than 150 schoolchildren for their annual Kids Holiday Party.

In addition to appearances by general manager Sandy Alderson and team mascot Mr. Met, relievers Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia dressed up as Santa Claus and an elf, respectively, and handed out gifts to all the children in attendance.

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Mejia, Globetrotters exchange tricks of the trade

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Mejia, Globetrotters exchange tricks of the trade

When you really think about it, there are quite a few similarities between the skills necessary to be a great baseball player and the skills necessary to be a Harlem Globetrotter -- creativity, calmness under pressure, showmanship on the field.

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Inbox: Why would the Mets want to trade Gee?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from fans

Inbox: Why would the Mets want to trade Gee?

The Winter Meetings have come and gone, and while the Mets accomplished a few odds and ends during their time in San Diego, their most significant work involved agenda items they have yet to complete. Trading a starting pitcher remains their top priority. Acquiring a shortstop could consume them for the rest of the winter.

The result of all that uncertainty is a whole lot of questions:

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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.

Mets sign Mayberry to one-year deal

Mets sign Mayberry to one-year deal

After agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.45 million deal with John Mayberry Jr. at the Winter Meetings, the Mets made the transaction official on Monday afternoon.

In order to make room for Mayberry on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated right-hander Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

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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.

Minor Leaguer Seratelli to play in Japan in 2015

Minor Leaguer Seratelli to play in Japan in 2015

NEW YORK -- Anthony Seratelli, the infielder who attempted to become a 31-year-old rookie for the Mets last season, has signed on to play for the Seibu Lions in Japan. Seratelli announced the signing via Twitter.

A New Jersey native and longtime member of the Royals' organization, Seratelli signed with the Mets last winter but lost out to Omar Quintanilla for a backup middle infield job.

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Mets leave Winter Meetings with work to do

Club agrees with Mayberry, but still looking to trade starter and upgrade shortstop

Mets leave Winter Meetings with work to do

SAN DIEGO -- The first tangible product of the Mets' Winter Meetings work fell into place Thursday, shortly before the team's brass left the West Coast and flew back to New York. The Mets agreed to terms on a one-year deal with outfielder John Mayberry Jr., acquiring the right-handed bat that they coveted.

But the major items that populated their agenda coming into the Meetings remained unsolved. The Mets spent much of their time in San Diego discussing shortstop upgrades and ways to trade away starting pitching, but they did not complete anything on either front.

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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.

Mets select left-hander Gilmartin in Rule 5 Draft

Former first-round pick a candidate for bullpen role; club loses five players to other teams

Mets select left-hander Gilmartin in Rule 5 Draft

SAN DIEGO -- Still seeking to fill out their bullpen with a second left-hander, the Mets added a candidate to the mix when they selected Sean Gilmartin from the Twins in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

Gilmartin, 24, went 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA last season in 26 starts split between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. The former first-round Draft pick held left-handed hitters to a .201 average with five extra-base hits (all doubles), while striking out 49 and walking five. Though he was not quite as effective against right-handed hitters, the Mets do not view him strictly as a specialist.

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Mets sign lefty Rice to Minor League deal

Mets sign lefty Rice to Minor League deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Mets have reunited with a popular clubhouse figure, signing left-handed reliever Scott Rice to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. General manager Sandy Alderson confirmed the deal on Thursday.

Rice, 33, posted a 5.93 ERA in 32 appearances last season before undergoing surgery in July to remove a bone spur in his left elbow. He made headlines in 2013 as a 31-year-old rookie, making the team against long odds and appearing in 73 games with a 3.71 ERA.

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Right offer for Gee has yet to surface

Right offer for Gee has yet to surface

SAN DIEGO -- Heading into the Winter Meetings, the Mets knew they might have to wait for Jon Lester to sign before the market for Dillon Gee took shape. That sizable domino fell late Tuesday night, but if the Mets were expecting a quick resolution to follow, they did not quite receive it.

Instead the team spent Wednesday poking around potential deals without actually making one. It is still likely that they'll trade Gee or one of their other starting pitchers soon, perhaps even before leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, but the right offer has yet to surface.

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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.

Mets hitting snag in search for shortstop upgrade

With trade market dwindling, GM Alderson likely monitoring free agents

Mets hitting snag in search for shortstop upgrade

SAN DIEGO -- The Mets' shortstop search has become a process of elimination. Only so many options existed at the start. Now, two days into the Winter Meetings, enough of that pool has dried up to threaten the entire enterprise.

In essence, general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday, the trade market has become "increasingly limited." The Mets have identified two or three potential upgrades over Wilmer Flores -- Mariners infielder Brad Miller prime among them, according to a source -- but don't like their chances at completing a deal. That makes the free-agent market their most likely route, though the Mets have yet to "avidly pursue" Jed Lowrie, Stephen Drew or any others in that camp.

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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.

Trading Gee would give Mets flexibility

Trading Gee would give Mets flexibility

SAN DIEGO -- Much of what the Mets do this winter will be colored by money. Though the team plans to compete with the heavyweights of the National League East next summer, it hopes to do so with a payroll no greater than the roughly $100 million currently on the books.

"It might be a little lower," general manager Sandy Alderson said on Monday at the Winter Meetings. "It might be at that level. I don't expect it to go up too much, if at all."

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Collins knows 2015 is a make-or-break season

Collins knows 2015 is a make-or-break season

SAN DIEGO -- Terry Collins understands that the time for bashfulness has passed. Even if the Mets make only incremental upgrades to their roster from now until Spring Training, they expect to win next summer. And so Collins knows that 2015 may very well make or break him as a manager.

"It's time," Collins said on Monday after arriving at the Winter Meetings. "I've done nothing for the last four years but preach to our fan base to be patient, and I've been trying to be patient. Well, I think we've got the pieces. It's time to step up."

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Closer job Parnell's to lose, but only when he's healthy

Collins expects Mejia, Familia, Black to compete for role this spring

Closer job Parnell's to lose, but only when he's healthy

SAN DIEGO -- Stressing that the closer's job is "Bobby's to lose" but also noting that Bobby Parnell could actually begin the season on the disabled list, manager Terry Collins painted the picture of a wide-open closer's competition heading into Spring Training.

Parnell, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April after making his only appearance of the season on Opening Day, has looked "absolutely tremendous" working out this offseason, according to Collins. But the Mets do not expect Parnell to climb atop a mound until the end of January, meaning that he will miss much of the Grapefruit League schedule. That sets up Parnell not only to begin the year on the DL, but to require frequent rest days once he is ready to pitch.

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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.

Hodges misses election to Hall again on Golden Era ballot

Oliva, Allen fall one vote shy; Kaat misses by two

Hodges misses election to Hall again on Golden Era ballot

SAN DIEGO -- No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the museum's Golden Era Committee. Tony Oliva and Dick Allen came the closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election.

Jim Kaat received 10 votes, followed by Maury Wills with nine and Minnie Minoso with eight. The remainder of the candidates -- Gil Hodges, Ken Boyer, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and the late executive Bob Howsam -- each received three or fewer votes.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roessler joins Mets as assistant hitting coach

New hire was colleague of batting instructor Long during extensive Yankees tenure

Roessler joins Mets as assistant hitting coach

NEW YORK -- The Mets rounded out their coaching staff Thursday with a name familiar to hitting coach Kevin Long, naming Pat Roessler their assistant hitting coach.

Roessler, 55, was the Yankees' director of player development from 2004-14, also serving as their field coordinator for the first 10 of those years and their hitting coordinator in 2005. His tenure with the Yanks overlapped significantly with that of Long, who was their hitting coach from 2007-14.

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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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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.

Harvey on board with Mets' plans for him in 2015

Club will find ways to limit righty's innings so he could potentially pitch in playoffs

Harvey on board with Mets' plans for him in 2015

NEW YORK -- In the past, Matt Harvey has battled with the Mets over aspects of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Not now. Nearly 14 months removed from the operation that derailed his rise as one of baseball's best pitchers, Harvey is "completely on board" with the Mets' plans to limit his workload next season.

"We fight so hard during the season to make the playoffs, and obviously everybody who's going to be playing is going to have the playoffs on their mind," Harvey said Wednesday after working out at Citi Field. "The last thing I would want to do is have to sit on my hands not being able to pitch in the postseason. Whatever needs to be done to get us there, I'm all for."

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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.

Rising in fame, Duda's quiet manner remains the same

Recent trip to Japan showed Mets first baseman's comfort emerging

Rising in fame, Duda's quiet manner remains the same

NEW YORK -- Minutes after touching down at Kansai International Airport in November, Lucas Duda grabbed his luggage and stepped into a public area, where dozens of well-wishers had lined up seeking autographs. Duda appeared to hesitate for a moment as teammates on Major League Baseball's All-Star Series tour of Japan filtered past him. Then he stepped forward and signed.

If any doubt remained as to the extent of Duda's burgeoning fame, his trip to Japan demolished it. Everywhere Duda went, from ancient temples to modern restaurants (he adores sushi), people recognized the 30-homer first baseman.

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Richard Justice

Shortstop upgrade could put Mets over the top

Shortstop upgrade could put Mets over the top

One of the beautiful things about the Hot Stove season is that storylines occasionally take on a life of their own. That's how it is with the Mets and their attempts to upgrade at shortstop. If the Mets decided to trade one of their starting pitchers for a shortstop, it could help them make the playoffs in 2015 or they could regret it for a decade. This has become a hot topic because the team looks so solid in so many areas.

Looking back on it, general manager Sandy Alderson has done a really nice job in a fairly short amount of time. He arrived in 2010 hoping to replicate the success he'd had in Oakland in building an organization that won three straight American League pennants (1988-90).

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets have options to upgrade at shortstop

Several avenues available if New York decides not to stick with Flores

Mets have options to upgrade at shortstop

NEW YORK -- General manager Sandy Alderson recently admitted to MLB Network Radio that no "slam-dunk" option exists for the Mets at shortstop, where they are looking to upgrade from Wilmer Flores. There is a decent chance -- perhaps even a strong chance -- that New York simply heads into next season with Flores as its starting shortstop. He could ultimately be its best option.

But plenty of alternatives still exist, from the outlandish to the plausible. Here, in alphabetical order, are 11 non-slam dunks, along with why they may or may not satisfy the Mets this winter:

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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.

No rest for charitable Granderson in offseason

Mets outfielder spending time at children's fundraisers, delivering speeches

No rest for charitable Granderson in offseason

NEW YORK -- One hundred and sixty-two games in six months can be as grueling as it sounds. By the time Major League Baseball's season comes to an end, most players want nothing more than to head straight home and relax. And then relax. And then relax some more.

Not Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, who spent one Tuesday afternoon in November at the New York Public Library, espousing education initiatives and supporting Citi's $138,000 donation to local charities. Three days later, Granderson was in Jackson, Miss., speaking at an English composition class that his sister teaches at Jackson State. Granderson discussed "Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Black Athlete," a book that delves into the history of top black athletes around the world.

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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.

Inbox: How is the 2015 rotation shaking out?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from Mets fans

Inbox: How is the 2015 rotation shaking out?

Happy early Thanksgiving, everyone, and welcome to a long overdue edition of the Mets Inbox. You're going to be sitting in holiday traffic anyway, so why not keep the car idling and spend a few extra moments reading about Xander Bogaerts, Wilmer Flores and Eric Young Jr. instead?

How do you see the pitching staff lining up in 2015? With Matt Harvey back and Noah Syndergaard due up in the big leagues, the Mets have at least seven quality starters in Harvey, Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee -- which excludes Rafael Montero. Do you envision general manager Sandy Alderson trading an arm, or will the Mets assume that the law of averages suggests one of those seven will be injured for the bulk of the year? Would they consider converting someone like Gee to the bullpen?
-- Rowan S., Dublin, Ireland

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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.

Piazza looks to break through into Hall of Fame

In third year on ballot, catcher joined by former Mets Pedro, Sheff, Delgado, Kent

Piazza looks to break through into Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to his Hall of Fame candidacy.

After coming up a bit short in his first two years on the ballot, Piazza is hoping that 2015 is the year that he finally breaks through into Cooperstown.

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

Open for business: Mets' Single Game Tickets on sale

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

Open for business: 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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Dice-K will return to Japan to continue career

Dice-K will return to Japan to continue career

WASHINGTON -- Great fanfare accompanied Daisuke Matsuzaka's move from Japan to the Major Leagues for the 2007 season, but now it appears he will head in the opposite direction.

The right-hander has decided to return to his home country, according to a report in The Japan Times on Monday, with the defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks expressing a strong interest in signing him.

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