Newark Star-Ledger "Anthony Seratelli may make the Mets as the backup shortstop, but he has to show the organization that he can play the position. Though he has versatility, having played five positions with the Royals' Triple-A club last season, the Mets want to see how he plays defense at the shortstop..." March 06
New York Post "On deck, Steven Matz? As the Mets consider the pipeline of young pitching talent behind a wave that includes Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, the 22-year-old Matz is fast moving to the head of the list. The lefty made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, when he pitched a..." March 06
New York Post "For one of the few times in his career, Jose Valverde will have to win a job in spring training. But that hasn’t meant a change in mental approach for the veteran right-hander as he attempts to stick with the Mets. “For me, every year I try to compete like a minor league guy, always,” Valverde..." March 06
Last word from Rick Ankiel was that he was waiting to see if right situation came along, but Cards broadcast says he has retired.
#Orioles' minor league deal with Johan Santana is expected to be announced today.
New York Times "For a brief moment, as Noah Syndergaard took the mound on Monday for his first Grapefruit League game, his focus was interrupted. He heard Mets fans cheering for him, calling his name, yelling out his nickname: “Thor! Thor!” They would finally see Syndergaard face major league hitters, from the..." March 04
MLB.com "Most managers say no one earns a roster spot off only how he performs in Spring Training. Track records come into play. Daisuke Matsuzaka has a track record, so too does John Lannan. Consequently, each has an advantage over Jenrry Mejia in the competition for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation...." March 03
New York Post "Jhonny Peralta was high on the Mets’ wish list after last season, but it turns out he was closer to playing his home games in the Bronx this year than in Queens. The veteran shortstop – who ultimately signed a four-year deal worth $53 million with the Cardinals – told The Post on Sunday that..." March 03
ESPN.com "With Ruben Tejada and Wilfredo Tovar dealing with short-term hamstring issues, Terry Collins indicated Omar Quintanilla would be his starting shortstop Monday at ESPN's Wide World of Sports against the Atlanta Braves. Collins added that Wilmer Flores likely would be the second-half..." March 02
New York Post "For John Lannan, it was a success just in that he could finish his allotted two innings on Saturday. The last time the veteran left-hander had taken the mound, in August at Turner Field with the Phillies, he surrendered an opposite-field homer to Jason Heyward and decided enough was enough: He..." March 02
Ruben Tejada has apparently been scratched. Tight left hammy.
Fansided "On Saturday, Bobby Parnell said he was right on track to be the closer for the New York Mets come Opening Day. Earlier in the off season, the Mets signed veterans Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde as insurance in the event that Parnell suffered any setbacks or was just not ready to go...." March 02
New York Post "It’s game on between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. The battle for the Mets’ starting first-base job is off at a respectable pace, with some of the best swings in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Nationals — the Grapefruit League opener for both teams — coming from Davis and Duda. Davis, who started at..." March 01
Fansided "Although Bobby Parnell had his season ended at the end of July last season due to injury, he claims he’ll be ready to pitch the 9th inning on Opening Day if Terry Collins calls on him. Parnell had established himself has a solid closer after Frank Francisco went on the disabled list, but then..." March 01
Dice-K, then Mejia, then Lannan. RT @MetsProspectHub: If you had to handicap the SP race, who has the advantage?
ESPN.com "Assuming the Mets do not acquire a starting shortstop that pushes Ruben Tejada to the backup middle-infielder role, Anthony Seratelli may have as good a shot as anyone to claim that backup assignment. Seratelli, who turned 31 on Thursday, has never appeared in the majors. But the Mets pounced..." March 01
Newark Star-Ledger "Carlos Beltran may be in a different New York uniform than the one he last wore in 2011, but he's just as mad about the source that ripped Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada this week. "Anonymous? Come on. Anonymous? Come forward, brother. If you have something to say, come forward and say it,"..." March 01
New York Daily News "Thursday, Dillon Gee struggled to locate his changeup and slider. That’s OK, when you consider a year ago, the Met righty struggled to locate anything. “I do feel better right now, at this point,” Gee said. “Compared to last year, I feel a lot better physically. And the ball I feel is coming..." February 28
ESPN New York "An MRI of New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese's pitching shoulder has come back "clean," and the southpaw will resume throwing within a couple of days, manager Terry Collins said. Niese had been dispatched to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Wednesday after complaining of..." February 27
Newark Star-Ledger "This winter, Ruben Tejada spent nearly two months at a training facility in Michigan. Under pressure to shape up after a poor 2013 season and show a determination to win the Mets’ starting shortstop position, Tejada worked out in a new location, far from his native Panama. That fact has not been..." February 27
New York Daily News "At a staff meeting a couple of days ago, Sandy Alderson told Mets executives and baseball personnel that he strongly believes that the ballclub can and maybe even should win 90 games this season. Yes, 90. And, according to people who were in the room, after Alderson’s decree prompted..." February 27
Newsday "If the real thing looks anything like the sneak preview offered up Thursday at Tradition Field, big-league hitters soon will have their hands full with Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. In an intrasquad game that served as the Mets' final tuneup before Grapefruit League play begins..." February 27
Jon Niese is going back to NYC for an MRI. His left shoulder is sore. Different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last summer.
ESPN New York "The Mets plan to start Jonathon Niese on Opening Day against the Washington Nationals on March 31 at Citi Field, then have Bartolo Colon start Game 2 of the season and Dillon Gee start Game 3, team insiders tell ESPNNewYork.com. That would push Zack Wheeler and the fifth starter to the second..." February 26
Johan Santana threw another bullpen today in Fort Myers. I'm told "a few teams" were in attendance, including #mntwins
New York Post "The Yankees were one of seven teams to send a scout to Johan Santana’s throwing session Tuesday at a Fort Myers high school. Tim Naehring represented the Yankees at the workout in which Santana topped out at 81 mph, pitched between 77 and 78 mph and mixed in an impressive changeup. While the..." February 25
New York Post "Ruben Tejada still isn’t working out for the Mets. Even though Tejada attended an offseason strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in Michigan, Mets management has not been overwhelmed by the shortstop’s “new’’ body. “He looks pretty much the same,’’ one source told The Post on..." February 25
USA Today "Major League Baseball implemented an experimental, controversial rule Monday to protect catchers, prohibiting baserunners from initiating deliberate collisions at home plate in hopes of preventing concussions and injuries. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association,..." February 25
CBSSports.com "The Rays have joined the Mets in looking at possible trades for young Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, sources say. Tampa Bay may actually match up better with Seattle in such an endeavor, according to the sources. The Rays and Mariners had extensive trade talks earlier this winter..." February 25
CBSSports.com "Back in the 2000 World Series, Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens got Mets catcher Mike Piazza to foul off an offering, resulting in a broken bat. The barrel ended up in Clemens' proximity and he fired it in the direction of Piazza. Of course, the always-truthful Clemens said he thought it..." February 25
Fansided "The New York Mets still don’t know what they want to do at the shortstop position. Prospect Ruben Tejada is theoretically the incumbent; the Mets have insisted all off-season that they are happy with him as their guy despite persistent rumors linking them to free agent Stephen Drew. Like, the..." February 24
New York Post "Ike Davis concealed an oblique injury from Mets officials for most of last season because of bad timing and the fact he was struggling and didn’t want to surrender his spot in the lineup, the beleaguered first baseman told The Post on Sunday. Ultimately, his season concluded on Aug. 31 in..." February 24
Newark Star-Ledger "Terry Collins has positive initial reviews of Ike Davis' new swing. The first baseman entered spring training looking to make a change after watching film of himself in the offseason. Collins says Davis' swing has been flatter, with less of an uphill motion, and creating good backspin on the..." February 23
New York Times "Exactly four months after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Matt Harvey stood in the outfield grass at the Mets’ complex Saturday and tossed a baseball 20 times to the bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello about 60 feet away. Fans lined chain-link fences to try to catch a glimpse. Members..." February 23
ESPN.com "Closer Bobby Parnell's next bullpen session will wait further. Parnell, returning from surgery to address a herniated disk in his neck, injured his left quadriceps muscle covering first base during a drill Thursday. He was not outdoors with teammates for Friday's morning stretching, but..." February 22
Newark Star-Ledger "As the Mets ease into spring training, on just the fifth official day for pitchers and catchers, it is apparent that Daisuke Matsuzaka is working off his own schedule. He began throwing on Jan. 1. When Matsuzaka long tosses with his counterparts in the outfield on Field 5 at the Tradition Field..." February 20
ESPN New York "New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball, the ace told ESPNNewYork.com. He met with team doctor David Altchek at the Mets' spring-training complex Wednesday before the decision was made. Harvey, 24, is uncertain which day he will begin a throwing..." February 20
MLB.com "Even on the off chance that the Mets trade Ike Davis this spring or free up payroll some other way, signing free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew would remain unlikely. Quite simply, the front office is not sold on Drew's ability to produce at a significantly higher level than that of incumbent..." February 19
New York Post "Sandy Alderson is entering the final year of his contract as Mets general manager, but barring a colossal team collapse is expected to have his 2015 option picked up. The larger question might be how much longer the 66-year-old Alderson wants to continue in the job. According to a person close..." February 19
Hardball Talk "The Pirates got an underwhelming .768 OPS from the first base position in 2013 and lost Justin Morneau this winter to free agency. If the 2014 season started today, Gaby Sanchez and his .258/.337/.417 career batting line would be Pittsburgh’s primary option at baseball’s most premium offensive..." February 18
Clear that Boras still wants Stephen Drew to get at least 14M this season, and Mets have no interest in approaching that figure.
Source: RHP Dana Eveland agrees to deal with #Mets. Did not get an invite to major league spring training after spending 2013 in Korea.
Terry Collins said of Noah Syndergaard's bullpen session: "97 mph today with a hook from hell."
Fansided "In a Spring Training camp that has seen several pitchers suffer setbacks before their full club reports, one New York Met is excited to even pick up a baseball. It was in late August that Jeremy Hefner discovered that he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery for a partially torn MCL. He had..." February 16
New York Post "Kyle Farnsworth had a blast helping the Pirates end a long playoff drought and would like to duplicate the experience with the Mets. The veteran reliever signed a minor-league contract with the Mets earlier this month and may compete with Jose Valverde and Vic Black, among others, for a..." February 16
Newark Star-Ledger "While a free agent this offseason, Bartolo Colon left the process alone to his agent and trusted him to find the right location for him. The 40-year-old pitcher drew several one-year offers but only the Mets would give him a two-year contract. So, Colon is a Met, signing a two-year, $20 million..." February 15
Newark Star-Ledger "As the Mets took batting practice this morning at their facility here, outfield coach Tom Goodwin began to yell at Eric Young Jr. "The champ is here," he screamed. That would be Young, the National League's leader in stolen bases last season. And it's clear, not just from boasting coaches, that..." February 15
New York Post "Against all odds, Ike Davis is ready to begin his fifth spring training with the Mets. The beleaguered first baseman admitted Friday he couldn’t have seen this coming during an offseason in which the organization was open about its willingness to trade him and hand the position to Lucas..." February 15
Bobby Parnell threw off a mound for the first time today post herniated disk surgery and felt "great," Terry Collins said.
New York Post "David Wright has a serious case of Jeter Envy. Can you blame him? The Captain has five rings and is hoping to go out a champion again in his final season with the Yankees. Captain America has zero rings. The Mets own five straight losing seasons and haven’t been to the playoffs since..." February 14