Matz leads Mets' latest wave of prospects into spring

Defending National League champs still have plenty of young talent in the pipeline

Matz leads Mets' latest wave of prospects into spring

This is the third installment in a seven-part Mets Spring Training preview. Next up: Prospects to watch.

NEW YORK -- The prospects have arrived. The young talent is here. The Mets reached the World Series last October on the strength of a slew of young players, several of them now among the game's top starting pitchers. Some middle-ranking prospects went elsewhere in trades for Yoenis Cespedes and friends.

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Alderson: Mets will limit Wright to 130 games

Alderson: Mets will limit Wright to 130 games

The Mets are going to be cautious with David Wright this season.

Wright, who missed four months last season with spinal stenosis in his lower back, will be limited to a maximum of 130 games, general manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Post on Saturday.

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Mets' Mejia handed permanent suspension

Mets' Mejia handed permanent suspension

NEW YORK -- Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia became the first player in Major League Baseball history on Friday to earn a lifetime suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. MLB issued a lifetime ban to Mejia following his third positive test for a PED, linking him with Pete Rose as the only people actively serving the league's harshest punishment.

Mejia, 26, tested positive for Boldenone, while in the midst of a 162-game suspension for using both Boldenone and Stanozolol. The pitcher's second and third positive tests occurred while he was serving earlier suspensions.

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Around the Horn: Corner infielders

Flores could spell Wright at third base; Plawecki an option at first

Around the Horn: Corner infielders

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Wednesday, it's time to dissect the Mets' 2016 roster. This is the fourth of a six-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at projected starters and backups heading into the season. Next up: corner infielders.

NEW YORK -- Port St. Lucie should be a placid place come spring. Unlike in most corners of Florida and Arizona, the Mets have no real position battles at camp. Sure, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores will jockey for playing time. Kevin Plawecki will play some first base and a slew of candidates will compete for bullpen work. But most of the roster is set in granite, which should cast a sense of calm over the proceedings.

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Mejia provides sad, cautionary tale

Mejia provides sad, cautionary tale

Jenrry Mejia's emergence in 2014 told a larger story about the New York Mets. Something special was happening. As waves of gifted young players arrived, the future, suddenly, was bright and shiny.

Later, third baseman David Wright would say every veteran player saw it coming.

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deGrom willing to talk potential long-term deal

All-Star pitcher discusses his willingness to negotiate a contract extension

deGrom willing to talk potential long-term deal

NEW YORK -- The Mets insist they're willing to talk about long-term deals with their young starting pitchers. And Jacob deGrom, at least, says he's prepared to listen.

"I'm a little bit older, so I might be more willing to do something like that," deGrom told the New York Post this week at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It's something I'd have to look into and make sure I agree with it.

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Mets' newcomers shore up infield, bullpen

Walker, Cabrera and Bastardo among New York's notable offseason additions

Mets' newcomers shore up infield, bullpen

This is the second in a seven-part Mets Spring Training preview. Today's installment: The new guys.

NEW YORK -- The Mets weren't missing much during their World Series run last year, finishing a few wins shy of their ultimate goal. And much of the optimism for an encore revolves around the players they re-signed -- Yoenis Cespedes, anyone? -- and retained.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. 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 look for Wright, Wheeler to rebound in '16

Lagares, d'Arnaud, Blevins among others seeking bounceback seasons

Mets look for Wright, Wheeler to rebound in '16

This is the first in a seven-part Mets Spring Training preview. First up: On the Rebound.

NEW YORK -- Considering how much went swimmingly for the Mets in 2015, it's easy to overlook all that went wrong. Injuries ravaged the roster in Spring Training and early in the summer, before a slew of midseason acquisitions helped the club right things just in time for a playoff run.

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Familia has special bond with Bastardo

Mets closer receives Thurman Munson Award, credits lefty for helping him in DWL

Familia has special bond with Bastardo

NEW YORK -- Camaraderie may never have been in short supply last season for the Mets, but it never hurts to have a little more. To that end, one of the team's newest acquisitions, Antonio Bastardo, has baseball roots intersecting with those of closer Jeurys Familia.

The two first met as teammates for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League in 2010, shortly after Bastardo broke into the big leagues. Throughout that offseason, Bastardo helped the 20-year-old Familia transition to professional baseball.

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Beyonce to perform at Citi Field on June 7-8

Dead & Company set for June 25-26; Grammer to play on June 18

Beyonce to perform at Citi Field on June 7-8

NEW YORK -- Beyonce is coming to Citi Field, headlining another summer full of musical acts at the ballpark.

Just moments after performing in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Beyonce announced a new world tour in a television ad spot, which includes June 7-8 dates at Citi Field. The Mets earlier announced that Dead & Company will perform at their ballpark on June 25 and 26.

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Around the Horn: Outfield

Cespedes, Granderson and Conforto must keep hitting to offset defensive shortcomings

Around the Horn: Outfield

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Feb. 17, it's time to dissect the Mets' 2016 roster. This is the third of a six-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at projected starters and backups heading into the season. Next up: outfielders.

NEW YORK -- On few occasions in franchise history has one man changed so much. The Mets could have entered the 2016 season with an adequate outfield -- perhaps even a good one if things broke their way.

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Mets sign Bernadina to Minor League deal

Veteran outfielder will report to big league Spring Training

Mets sign Bernadina to Minor League deal

NEW YORK -- The Mets signed veteran outfielder Roger Bernadina to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training on Monday.

Bernadina, 31, spent all of last season in the Minors, batting .276 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 119 games for the Rockies' Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate.

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Mets to hold open house at Citi Field on Feb. 15

NEW YORK -- To celebrate their equipment truck departing for Spring Training, the Mets will hold an open house at Citi Field on Feb. 15. Beginning at noon ET, fans are invited to take part in free clubhouse tours, receive vouchers for tickets to select 2016 home games and take photos with longtime Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool, Mr. and Mrs. Met and the truck. The Mets Hall of Fame will also be open, with inflatables and face painters on site.

The team plans to hold a raffle of autographed memorabilia beginning at 1:15 p.m., with the grand prize a flight and accommodations for two to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Around the Horn: Catcher

Mets hopeful about d'Arnaud's health, hitting in 2016

Around the Horn: Catcher

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Feb. 17, it's time to dissect the Mets' 2016 roster. This is the second of a six-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at projected starters and backups heading into the season. Next up: Catchers.

NEW YORK -- Among the more memorable moments of last year's National League Championship Series was the 430-foot home run that Travis d'Arnaud clubbed off Cubs starter Jon Lester in Game 1, clanking it onto Citi Field's home run apple. A day later, Citi Field employees affixed a larger-than-life bandage to the iconic apple, a visible nod to d'Arnaud's burgeoning power.

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Granderson: Reflecting on black history

Outfielder grateful for elders, gives back to inner-city youth

Granderson: Reflecting on black history

Black History Month is a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of African-Americans throughout our nation's history. Personally, the observation of black history is a time for me to reflect on all those who have come before me in the African-American community and their countless sacrifices and struggles, shaping the way for future generations -- including my own.

In addition to Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver and other leaders in the African-American community, I also celebrate my grandparents and parents, who accomplished so much in an effort to provide opportunity for my family. Learning from my elders about how things were and how things have changed has helped me understand the importance of hard work -- encouraging me to "play hard" every day and pay it forward for generations to come.

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Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is entering his 13th season in the Major Leagues. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alderson: Payroll restrictions no longer issue

Alderson: Payroll restrictions no longer issue

NEW YORK -- For years, Mets fans have largely taken a "We'll believe it when we see it" approach to the team raising payroll, while general manager Sandy Alderson has at times been combative regarding the budget. But no longer. With the Mets' recent signing of Yoenis Cespedes pushing their 2016 payroll up over $140 million, the GM was insistent Wednesday that financial bounds will no longer hinder him.

That means if the Mets want to add even more payroll come midseason, they can do so. It also means if they want to offer contract extensions to one or more of their young starting pitchers, they can do that as well. Asked specifically if there is a scenario in which the Mets could keep their entire rotation intact for the long term, Alderson answered optimistically.

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Cespedes eager to help Mets finish job in '16

Slugger discusses new three-year contract, title aspirations in news conference

Cespedes eager to help Mets finish job in '16

NEW YORK -- In the week-plus since the Mets agreed to terms with Yoenis Cespedes on a relatively unusual three-year contract, the baseball world has chewed on it and chewed on it, rationalizing the deal a dozen times over. Ask Cespedes, however, and it's all really quite simple.

"It's not always about the amount of money being offered," the outfielder said Wednesday at a news conference at Citi Field. "It's about being in a place that you want to play in, that you're happy in. That's just what happened in this case."

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Seinfeld and Cespedes plan to share Cuban sandwich

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Seinfeld and Cespedes plan to share Cuban sandwich

When Yoenis Cespedes came to the Mets at last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, all of Mets fandom rejoiced -- none moreso than Jerry Seinfeld, who invited the newest resident of Queens out to lunch to celebrate.

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July 1 return date set for Wheeler

Righty underwent Tommy John surgery last March

July 1 return date set for Wheeler

NEW YORK -- With Matt Harvey's successful return from Tommy John surgery as their blueprint, the Mets are now eyeing July 1 as a return date for Zack Wheeler.

"It could accelerate a little bit, but we feel real comfortable with that," general manager Sandy Alderson said on Wednesday. "I know he does as well. He felt that he could have come back sooner than that, but we backed him off. So he really hasn't thrown off a mound. He hasn't thrown off a slope. We just said, 'Let's cool it.'"

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Syndergaard needs to keep tweeting his fire tweets

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Syndergaard needs to keep tweeting his fire tweets

If you've been closely following MLB players on social media this offseason (and really, why wouldn't you be?), you've learned one important fact: Noah Syndergaard's tweets are almost as fire as his fastball. 

Thursday's response to a tweet confirming the Mets' status as the hardest-throwing rotation in baseball is just the most recent piece of evidence. In it, Syndergaard employs a basic rule of all Internet communication: a Simpsons GIF is never not the right choice.

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Mets, Familia agree to terms for 2016

Contract valued at $4.1M, finishes club's arbitration slate

Mets, Familia agree to terms for 2016

The Mets and Jeurys Familia, the club's last arbitration-eligible player, have settled on a contract for the upcoming season. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported the deal is for $4.1 million.

Familia took over as the Mets closer in 2015 and converted 43 of 48 save opportunities, posting a 1.85 ERA in 76 appearances.

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Harvey reveals which hitter is his 'Bane' on 'Late Night'

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Harvey reveals which hitter is his 'Bane' on 'Late Night'

Heroes are defined by their villains. Who is Superman without Lex Luthor, the Fantastic Four without Dr. Doom? If not for the Joker, Batman would just be a dude LARPing around Gotham in the middle of the night. 

So, Matt Harvey went on Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday night and answered the question all of New York -- and MLB, for that matter -- has been asking itself since the Mets' ace was christened the Dark Knight.

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Mets rotation features rare trio of flame-throwers

Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey all ranked among game's best in perceived velocity last season

Mets rotation features rare trio of flame-throwers

The Mets' star-studded pitching staff is no secret, especially after it helped carry the club to a National League East title and a trip to the World Series in 2015. And in what will be music to the ears of Mets fans, the club is starting to think about locking up its young arms very soon.

Statcast™ helps show how the group stands out from the pack. In the big picture, no team brought the heat last year like the Mets, whose staff combined for a whopping 5,346 pitches clocked at 95 mph or more during the regular season. That's nearly 1,000 more pitches than the second-place Indians (4,455) and more than double the totals of 14 teams.

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Black tweets thanks to Mets fans, New York

Black tweets thanks to Mets fans, New York

Vic Black is no longer a member of the Mets organization, but the 27-year-old right-hander has fond memories of his time in New York and took to Twitter on Tuesday to thank those who cheered for him during his brief tenure.

"I didn't play for 10 years, nor was I an All-Star or contributor to last season's amazing run," Black wrote. "But I'll never forget my time playing for the greatest fans/city in baseball. From walking the streets of Manhattan, to riding the 7 line daily to Citi Field, I was given moments I'll remember for my lifetime."

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Backman back as Triple-A Las Vegas skipper

Backman back as Triple-A Las Vegas skipper

NEW YORK -- Wally Backman and Frank Viola will return as Triple-A Las Vegas manager and pitching coach, respectively, the Mets and 51s jointly announced Tuesday.

Backman, 56, will enter his fifth season managing the Mets' top affiliates in Buffalo, N.Y., and Las Vegas. He owns a 239-193 overall record since the Mets moved their Triple-A club to Vegas, with two playoff appearances in three years. Under his watch, pitchers Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz have all advanced to the big leagues.

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Ricco recalls 2006 Trade Deadline scramble

Ricco recalls 2006 Trade Deadline scramble

Imagine if, instead of reporting on Punxsutawney Phil, learning French and repairing his love life, Bill Murray spent his time in "Groundhog Day" running the Mets. What would he alter? What would he do? In honor of the real Groundhog Day, MLB.com asked executives from all 30 teams which moments they would most like to go back and change.

NEW YORK -- The call came early on the morning of the 2006 non-waiver Trade Deadline, rousing Mets assistant general manager John Ricco from sleep. Duaner Sanchez, a cog in one of baseball's best bullpens, had been in a taxicab accident on Interstate 95 while traveling to a Dominican restaurant in Miami. Sanchez had separated his pitching shoulder. His season was over.

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Around the Horn: Middle infield

New additions Walker, Asdrubal should give club platoon advantages

Around the Horn: Middle infield

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Feb. 17, it's time to dissect the Mets' 2016 roster. This is the first of a six-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at projected starters and backups heading into the season.

NEW YORK -- Before Yoenis Cespedes returned to Flushing and changed the conversation, versatility was the buzzword around Citi Field. Adaptability was what the Mets craved. Heading into this offseason knowing they were going to lose at least one of their heaviest hitters to free agency, the Mets spent time from the outset seeking creative ways to improve.

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