After more than nine weeks and multiple setbacks, Yoenis Cespedes' stay on the disabled list is about to come to an end. The Mets plan to activate Cespedes on Friday and insert him in their lineup against the Yankees as their designated hitter, according to a source. The team has not confirmed the impending move.
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As the Nationals enter the second half attempting to live up to expectations and defend their National League East crown, they are looking up at the Phillies, who want to make a significant acquisition, and the Braves, who have the prospect currency necessary to make a big deal before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
It is an understatement to say the Mets did not expect to be in this spot. Heading into the season, the Mets were confident they would be a contender and likely a buyer at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Instead, the club has tumbled to one of the Majors' worst records, as injuries have again wreaked havoc on its season.
Jacob deGrom was one strike away from collecting the second perfect inning of his All-Star career. Then, Mike Trout happened.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Every Met but Jacob deGrom will enjoy a four-day rest this week, as players scatter for the All-Star break from Monday through Thursday. They'll return to New York for a three-game series starting Friday at Yankee Stadium in the MLB Network Showcase Game. Noah Syndergaard, who just returned from a seven-week stay on the disabled list, will start the 7:05 p.m. ET opener. Domingo German will start for the Yankees.
A celebration of Jacob deGrom's present turned into an examination of his future on Monday, when deGrom's agent suggested that the Mets should either sign him to a long-term contract extension, or trade him.
Who do the Mets have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for New York's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is often the most interesting part of All-Star weekend, and not just because we get to see the best talent in the Minor Leagues all in one spot. It's because for many of these players, it's the first time we get them in front of the Statcast tracking cameras, and therefore the first time we can see if the data matches the prodigious scouting reports. For a handful of the future stars we saw on Sunday, the answer is yes -- in some cases loudly so.
Given their expectations at the start of this season, the Mets might have expected to ship off three or four players to the All-Star Game in Washington, while the rest traveled home, enjoyed a few days of rest and reported back to work fresh for a second-half pennant push.
Yoenis Cespedes will take a tangible step forward in his rehab from a strained right hip flexor on Monday, with the outfielder scheduled to play five innings in left field in a simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Mets remain hopeful that Cespedes can come off the disabled list as soon as Friday at Yankee Stadium, where he could serve as their designated hitter.
Though a late home run skewed his final line, Zack Wheeler handled the Nationals over 7 2/3 innings to earn his first win since April 29. Wheeler also contributed with the bat, lifting a sac fly as part of a three-run second inning against Nationals starter Austin Voth, who allowed seven runs in his MLB debut. Michael Conforto broke the game open with a three-run homer in the fifth, but Matt Adams brought Washington closer with a two-run shot off Wheeler in the eighth.
T.J. Rivera's rehab from Tommy John surgery hit a snag on Friday, when the infielder experienced discomfort in his right arm during a game at Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets planned to reevaluate Rivera on Saturday to determine if they must shut down his Minor League rehab assignment.
Noah Syndergaard was in the middle of it all in his winning return from the disabled list, holding the Nationals to one run over five innings and adding an RBI single. The Mets staked him to a three-run lead after stringing together four singles in the first inning off Washington starter Tanner Roark. Roark scored the Nats' first run after legging out a triple in the third, and Matt Adams launched a massive homer in the eighth.
About a week ago, on a regular conference call that Mets officials hold with their player development staffers, the idea was floated to move prospect Jeff McNeil around the diamond. A natural second baseman, McNeil spent a bit of time at third base and shortstop earlier this season at Double-A Binghamton. But after a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas last month, he became entrenched at his old position.
The non-waiver Trade Deadline is approaching, and for Mets players, that means on any given night, their trade value will be evaluated. On Thursday night in a 5-4 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field, Jose Bautista left impressions, as he has over the past month, proving his worth.
Bautista's HR smashes fan's beer to bits
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
Here is a look at a trade from each National League East team's past, how it relates to its current roster and what it might mean for them in the final weeks leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Mets walked off on Brandon Nimmo's pinch-hit three-run home run in the 10th inning. Mets starter Jacob deGrom tossed eight brilliant innings to lower his ERA to 1.68, tied with Dwight Gooden for the best first-half ERA in franchise history. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez was just as good through six innings, holding New York to two hits in his return from the disabled list.
Not in more than three decades has a Mets pitcher shined for half a season quite like Jacob deGrom. And at no point in team history has such dominance been so unjustly rewarded in the win column. Manager Mickey Callaway offered his ace something of an olive branch Wednesday night, after deGrom capped his stellar first half in a 3-0 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.
While at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Yoenis Cespedes has taken grounders at first base with an eye toward playing the position upon his return to the Mets, according to a report by the New York Post.
It's not often that a member of the Eastern League All-Star team holds his own news conference prior to the game, but then again, Tim Tebow isn't your ordinary Minor League player.
Matthew den Dekker has been brought up for a second stint with the Mets and started in center field on Wednesday night against the Phillies in the finale of the four-game series.
The development of Amed Rosario has been a huge focus for the Mets' organization, and his awakening at the plate provided a positive in a 7-3 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
Mets mess with Franco, try to push him off base
Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Mets the win over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Monday night at Citi Field. Asdrubal Cabrera homered for New York and Maikel Franco added a solo shot of his own for the Phils, who couldn't capitalize with runners in scoring position in the loss.
Who might be given the opportunity to turn the Mets around? Here's a look at eight candidates who could get a look.
A rough fifth inning spoiled Corey Oswalt's positive performance in only his third Major League start. The 24-year-old threw six innings, giving up one hit and three earned runs while striking out seven, but ultimately earned a 3-1 loss against the Phillies on Monday night in the nightcap of the Mets' doubleheader at Citi Field.
The Mets placed Todd Frazier on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with a left rib cage strain, and the club recalled utility man Ty Kelly and left-hander P.J. Conlon from Triple-A Las Vegas.
When it comes to his future as a big league player, Jose Bautista prefers not to speculate. There are simply too many factors to consider.
A case of the first-start jitters just may have gotten to 24-year-old Chris Flexen in his first Major League start of the season on Sunday afternoon, but the Mets' bullpen faltered as well. Flexen gave up five earned runs on five hits through three innings in the Mets' 9-0 loss to the Rays at Citi Field.
Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Sunday's game to make his first Major League start against the Rays. The corresponding roster move was to option Drew Smith to create room on the 25-man roster.
Steven Matz had a scrappy 6 1/3-inning start on Saturday, allowing just one earned run and striking out five. Unfortunately for Matz, the offense couldn't back him up in a 3-0 loss to the Rays at Citi Field.
With Jose Bautista playing top-notch baseball and Wilmer Flores on fire, it is understandable that Dominic Smith has slid into a bench role for the Mets as of late. The 23-year-old, who is still developing according to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, will have opportunities in the coming days to decide his fate.
Jose Bautista's grand slam, his first career walk-off homer, lifted the Mets to a 5-1 win over the Rays after Jacob deGrom hurled eight innings of one-run ball. Tampa Bay loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth, but Jeurys Familia battled out of the jam to end the threat. The Rays' only other offense came on Willy Adames' fifth-inning solo dinger, his third career home run. deGrom tossed his 10th consecutive quality start but is 2-4 in that span.