The Mets made a move to shore up their catching depth on Friday, signing switch-hitting backstop Jose Lobaton to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
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Syndergaard working on Swarzak's nickname
Each January, the baseball world gathers the best of the best in midtown Manhattan for the annual New York BBWAA Awards Dinner, putting a bow on the 2017 season while getting pumped up for the start of Spring Training.
At the offseason's outset, the Mets made relief help their top priority. Seeking a fourth elite arm to pair with Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins at the back of their bullpen, New York browsed around before springing for right-hander Anthony Swarzak at the Winter Meetings.
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Bent on improving and emphasizing the back end of their bullpen, the Mets on Wednesday struck their first deal of the Winter Meetings, reaching agreement with free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak on a two-year deal worth $14 million, according to a source. The Mets have not confirmed the deal.
On the gray days, as the weather chilled in Michael Conforto's native Seattle, the Mets outfielder finds the bat he keeps inside his apartment, and instead of pacing, he'll pick it up. The grip, for a second, both somewhat satisfies his itch and intensifies the next one.
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.
Mo Vaughn turns 50, watch him hit a ball 500 ft
Matt Harvey rumors may have pervaded the Dolphin Hotel's lobby floor this week, but general manager Sandy Alderson on Tuesday painted a less freewheeling picture of the Mets' interest in moving the former All-Star starter.
When Jeurys Familia returned from arterial surgery late last summer, the Mets made a point of being cautious with him. Initially, the team shied away from deploying Familia in high-leverage spots, using trade acquisition AJ Ramos in save situations instead. Even after that restriction faded, the Mets never completely removed the bubble-wrap from their one-time closer. Perhaps the gray area that emerged will prove to be prophetic. Manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that Familia is not necessarily the closer heading into 2018, as the Mets look to modernize roles throughout their bullpen.
New Era unveiled the new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY that players will be wearing this spring, a fitted cap featuring a new featherweight polyester material that is the lightest on-field fabric in MLB history.
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks with the media at the 2017 Winter Meetings.
Heading into the 2013 Winter Meetings, the Mets were coming off consecutive 88-loss seasons. They had not sniffed second place in the National League East since '08, which also happened to be the last time they were involved in a serious postseason race.
Flashback to Mets' acquisition of Gary Carter
Given their budget, the Mets are not primed to make baseball's biggest Hot Stove splashes this season. They will acquire multiple players, with a focus on bullpen help. But the team that reports to Port St. Lucie, Fla., in February is bound to look similar to the one that parted ways last October.
The Mets held court during Facebook Live chat
What's the biggest hole on the Mets' roster that GM Sandy Alderson will look to fill? Does Johan Santana have a viable Hall of Fame case? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers those questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Nimmo, d'Arnaud ran into each other in Hawaii
For the first time in three years, the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's early Draft Top 50 list is not topped by a high school pitcher. It should come as no surprise that the top guy is still a pitcher, and one from the 2017 College World Series champion Florida Gators. Right-hander Brady Singer, who helped pitch them to that title as a sophomore, is the clear choice as the best overall talent in the 2018 Draft class.
It may be impossible to predict what Matt Harvey will do in 2018, save for this: whatever he does, Harvey will do it for the Mets. The club tendered all nine of its arbitration-eligible players contracts on Friday, including Harvey, who is coming off his worst season as a professional.
Nearly every day since season's end, Amed Rosario has spoken to Jose Reyes. The two text frequently about baseball and life. Perhaps no one is more interested in having Reyes return to the Mets than Rosario.
When asked about Dominic Smith earlier this month at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., Sandy Alderson left little room for interpretation. He said that Smith "didn't win" the Mets' first base job with his performance down the stretch.
Rosario rocks holiday jacket at spree
Though he spent many summers of his youth traveling to Florida for baseball leagues, Tomas Nido did not permanently move from Puerto Rico until his junior year of high school. It was there, at Orangewood Christian High School outside Orlando, that Nido developed into an eighth-round Draft pick and top-10 prospect of the Mets.
To date, the Hot Stove has been quiet for the Mets (and most teams around baseball). Expect that to change soon, with the Winter Meetings looming just two weeks away. Until then, here's a fresh batch of questions and answers regarding the Mets' plans.
Since completing his journey from undrafted free agent to big leaguer in 2016, T.J. Rivera has become one of the Mets players most committed to community service.
The Mets added a bit of outfield depth to their organization on Wednesday, signing Zach Borenstein to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training.
The Mets added four prospects to their 40-man roster Monday in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft, including one of the relievers they acquired during their midsummer flurry of trades.
Thirteen-year-old Joshua Flores walked down his street in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., on Thursday and found an unfamiliar sight in front of his house. Standing on Flores' doorstep was Mets infielder Wilmer Flores waiting to greet him.
The Mets open Spring Training with a Feb. 23 home game against the Braves in Port St. Lucie, Fla., kicking off a five-week slate featuring many games against their closest Florida rivals: the Astros, Nationals, Cardinals and Marlins. The Mets' final spring game is at home against the Marlins on March 25.
The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training on Friday.
For years, infielder T.J. Rivera worked his way up the Mets' Minor League ladder in relative anonymity, an undrafted free agent who hit well above .300 at nearly every stop on the farm. In 2016, Rivera finally received his big league chance, batting .333 in 33 games. He followed that up with a .290 average in 73 games this season, as recently as July putting himself in contention for a significant '18 role with the Mets.