Report: Mets tender contracts to Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler

The Mets have made no secret of their interest in bringing in a first baseman this offseason, which means one thing: they are not (yet) sold on Dominic Smith. And it's hard to make an argument that they should be. Smith's debut was by any measure a disappointing one. Across 49 games in August and September, he hit a paltry .198 with a .658 OPS and failed to demonstrate either the smooth glove or the smooth swing that brought him to the majors in the first place. The one positive is that he showed the potential for real power for the first time in his career, hitting nine home runs with an isolated slugging close to .200. He still does not compare favorably to the average first baseman in that

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This post was written by SNY on November 30, 2017

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Report: Mets, Jay Bruce interested in a reunion

Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets and free agent 1B/OF Jay Bruce have interest in a reunion. The Mets don’t seem all that comfortable going into 2018 with Dominic Smith at first base, questioning his conditioning after he gained weight towards the end of the season. The Mets’ corner outfield is already spoken for with Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto, though Conforto could conceivably move to center field full-time. Bruce, 30, hit a combined .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 617 plate appearances between the Mets and Indians last season.

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This post was written by NBC Sports on November 30, 2017

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Report: Mets and Jay Bruce express

The Mets and Jay Bruce have shown mutual interest in the possibility of the free agent outfielder returning to New York this offseason, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. On top of Bruce having played with the Mets, he also spent time with new manager Mickey Callaway in Cleveland last season after Bruce was traded to the Indians.  Bruce enjoyed a solid 2017, split in Cleveland and New York. He hit .254 with 36 HR, 101 RBI and a .324 OBP, all highs since 2013.  Carig also reports that the Mets' front office believes Bruce can play first base as well as the outfield, making him all the more appealing. Dominic Smith struggled with his first taste of the majors. In 49 games with the Mets, Smith hit just

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This post was written by SNY on November 30, 2017

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Mets have interest in Mike Minor, who is expected to sign soon

The Mets have made no secret of their interest in bringing in a first baseman this offseason, which means one thing: they are not (yet) sold on Dominic Smith. And it's hard to make an argument that they should be. Smith's debut was by any measure a disappointing one. Across 49 games in August and September, he hit a paltry .198 with a .658 OPS and failed to demonstrate either the smooth glove or the smooth swing that brought him to the majors in the first place. The one positive is that he showed the potential for real power for the first time in his career, hitting nine home runs with an isolated slugging close to .200. He still does not compare favorably to the average first baseman in that

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What might a full season from Dominic Smith in 2018 look like?

The Mets have made no secret of their interest in bringing in a first baseman this offseason, which means one thing: they are not (yet) sold on Dominic Smith. And it's hard to make an argument that they should be. Smith's debut was by any measure a disappointing one. Across 49 games in August and September, he hit a paltry .198 with a .658 OPS and failed to demonstrate either the smooth glove or the smooth swing that brought him to the majors in the first place. The one positive is that he showed the potential for real power for the first time in his career, hitting nine home runs with an isolated slugging close to .200. He still does not compare favorably to the average first baseman in that

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This post was written by SNY on November 29, 2017

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Everything you need to know about Shohei Ohtani and if the Mets have a chance to sign him

I'm captivated by Shohei Ohtani's pending free agency and negotiation with MLB teams. He is a unique talent, given his ability to be both an ace and an every day position player. However, his career goals, approach to transitioning to America, and the circumstances involved with signing him are just as unique as his potential to be an All Star... Here are answers to questions related to Ohtani and the Mets... Are the Mets able to sign him? Yes, because money is not an issue. Unlike the days of Yu Darvish, Ichiro and Masahiro Tanaka, because Ohtani is not yet 25 years old, he must be paid the league minimum salary during his first three seasons in the big leagues -- just like every other rookie

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This post was written by SNY on November 29, 2017

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Everything you need to know about Shohei Ohtani and if the Mets have a chance to sign him

I'm captivated by Shohei Ohtani's pending free agency and negotiation with MLB teams. He is a unique talent, given his ability to be both an ace and an every day position player. However, his career goals, approach to transitioning to America, and the circumstances involved with signing him are just as unique as his potential to be an All Star... Here are answers to questions related to Ohtani and the Mets... Are the Mets able to sign him? Yes, because money is not an issue. Unlike the days of Yu Darvish, Ichiro and Masahiro Tanaka, because Ohtani is not yet 25 years old, he must be paid the league minimum salary during his first three seasons in the big leagues -- just like every other rookie

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This post was written by SNY on November 29, 2017

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Marlins are pressuring Giancarlo Stanton, who has a short list of trade targets

In an effort to cut up to $65 million from their payroll next season, the Marlins are reportedly negotiating with teams interested in acquiring OF Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, has given the Marlins a list of teams to which he would accept a trade, according to FoxSports.com's John Morosi.  It was reported earlier this week that Stanton had been demanding to only be dealt to the Dodgers, which would bring him home to Los Angeles -- a major media market with an active nightlife and the ability to train in Arizona as opposed to Florida. According to Morosi, Stanton has yet to reject any deal presented to him by the Marlins. However, the Marlins recently felt it necessary

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This post was written by SNY on November 29, 2017

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Dominic Smith plans to focus on wellness regimen in light of Alderson’s comments

In an effort to start at first base for the Mets in 2018, Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith plans to work this offseason on his swing and focus on improving his diet and a new wellness regimine "I'm not taking anything for granted," Smith said Monday night in studio on SNY's Mets Hot Stove. "I know I didn't perform how I'd like and I'm definitely going to work my butt off." In early November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Smith did not do enough in August and September to win the team's starting first base job. "Dominic's going to have to be careful about his conditioning, certainly in the next few years if not throughout his career," Alderson added, according to Marc Carig of Newsday. Smith told

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This post was written by SNY on November 28, 2017

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Former Mets LHP Edgin joins Orioles on minor-league deal

With the Mets turning focus towards the bullpen, as they look to turn around one of the league's worst from last season, we will hear from some familiar names (like the rest of MLB, they will be kicking the tires on Addison Reed and Brandon Morrow), but also some lesser-known relievers with established histories of success. One right-hander they are looking at that fits this mold is Bryan Shaw, who they have reportedly made a multiyear offer to. The 30-year-old put in two solid years with the Diamondbacks before blossoming over five excellent seasons with the Indians. His pitching coach there? Mickey Callaway, who knows a good arm when he sees one. Shaw made 378 appearances for Cleveland from

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This post was written by SNY on November 27, 2017

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