MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

Rangers interested in trading for Dillon Gee

The Rangers are reportedly interested in trading for Dillon Gee, and a deal could potentially happen during Spring Training (Cotillo, March 2).

According to Chris Cotillo, citing sources, one possibility is a deal that would send Gee and a few other pieces to the Rangers for SS Jurickson Profar.

Profar recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to miss the season. Profar missed the entire 2014 campaign due to the shoulder tear that was just operated on.

The Mets had discussions with the Rangers and other teams during the Winter Meetings in December but couldn’t agree with any on a deal for Gee.

At the moment, Gee is ticketed for the Mets’ bullpen but it still preparing to be a starter (MetsBlog, Feb. 24).

harvey bullpen

In case you missed it from Monday…

Matt Harvey will throw roughly 35 pitches on Friday, he said after throwing live batting practice on Monday. He will be capped at 40 pitches over two innings against the Tigers.

Harvey has also discovered he can throw a curveball >> Read more on MetsBlog

The Mets are monitoring Juan Lagares‘ elbow this spring >> Read more on MetsBlog

Sandy Alderson believes the Mets could win up to 89 games this year >> Read more on MetsBlog

Kevin Plawecki wants to continue to build a relationship with the team’s pitchers, so if/when he gets called up, he doesn’t miss a beat >> Read more on MetsBlog

Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Jon Niese are all reportedly being considered for the Opening Day start >> Read more on MetsBlog


Matthew Cerrone’s photos from Mets camp on Monday…

Photo & GIFs from PSL: Granderson, Recker practice in cage

Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tv

Curtis Granderson and Anthony Recker took reps in the batting cage on Monday afternoon.

granderson and recker

Recker and Granderson were working on a game where they each took three swings and tried to hit it to certain areas of the “field” a.k.a. the opposite end of the batting cage net. A shot that hit the left part of the screen went to left field, the middle part to straightaway center and the right screen to right field. Each player got three reps before switching it up.

They also worked on situational hitting, pretending there was a man on first or third base and trying to shoot the ball one way or another.

For some slow-motion shots of the two swinging away: To read more of this story, click here

Photos from PSL: David Wright brings 13-year-old hitter in to batting cage for lesson

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com


AJ, a 13-year-old boy from New Jersey, struck up a conversation with David Wright, while Wright was hitting off a tee. The boy had a question about Wright’s swing. It was difficult to explain, so Wright invited him in to the cage to take a few cuts…

DSC_0821_Snapseed

The boy did well, getting instructed by his idol. However, it wasn’t until Wright handed over his batting gloves that the 13-year-old really started striking the ball…

DSC_0824_Snapseed

DSC_0827_Snapseed

DSC_0831_Snapseed

And then, it was autograph time…

DSC_0863_Snapseed

DSC_0897_Snapseed

DSC_0895_Snapseed

HarvGIF

Matt Harvey threw live BP, and now has a curve ball

March 2, 2015, 12:34 pm

Matt Harvey threw 26 pitches to David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer, who were swinging against him for the first time since he had Tommy John surgery in 2013.

Harvey later announced that he can now throw a curveball, he told reporters after his throwing session.

“I always threw sliders, and I don’t know where this curveball came from,” he said. “It’s nice having that develop. I don’t know if I figured something out in my mechanics or if it just magically appeared, but it’s nice having that.”

Harvey concluded by saying he’s ready to face the Tigers in Grapefruit League action on Friday in St. Lucie. He will throw 35-40 pitches (Puma, March 2).

Photos from PSL: Matt Harvey throws to swinging batters

March 2, 2015, 11:47 am

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com


Obviously, it’s difficult to deduce much, but I can say that all four batters appeared to be impressed, each flinching and nodding with approval to catcher Travis d’Arnaud and coaches looking on.

Harvey and d’Arnaud then had a nice, long talk after the session, since – if you think about it – they’ve worked together only once (in August 2013) throwing together against these caliber hitters…

DSC_0744_Snapseed

DSC_0793_Snapseed

What we learned from Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki…

Robert Brender of SNY.tv spoke to Mets catcher prospect Kevin Plawecki. Here’s what we learned…

1) Plawecki said that he and Travis d’Arnaud are good friends, and he learns as much as possible from the major league catcher.

2) He’s working on staying as consistent as possible with his hitting approach this spring.

3) Plawecki said he’s using spring training to get as comfortable as possible with the team’s pitching staff. “It’s important to continue my relationship with those guys, so when my time comes I’m not a step behind,” he said.

4) The Mike Barwis offseason program was good, both physically and mentally, Plawecki said.

5) Triple-A pitching coach brings great insight to both the pitching staff and the catchers, and Plawecki said he learned a lot from the former player and longtime coach.

LagaresTools

Mets monitoring Juan Lagares’s elbow through Spring Training

The Mets are working to limit Juan Lagares‘ throwing this spring, in an effort to monitor the strained elbow that ended his season early last year, Terry Collins said Monday (Daily News, Mar. 2).

“We’re watching all the throwing he does right now, watching it intently,” Collins said. “We’ll monitor it during the season, you know the pregame stuff and the throwing programs. We’re telling him to save those bullets for games.”


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com

I’ve said it before, but these type of injuries are my only real concern for Lagares. I fear he’s a player, because of how aggressive he plays in center field, that will always be coming up with freakish bangs and bruises that keep him out of the lineup.

Again, this is why having Matt den Dekker in the fold is so important, since he’s the next-best defensive center fielder able to slot in and play. It seems the thinking is to start the season with Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the 25-man roster, with den Dekker in Triple-A. However, if Lagares is down for an extended period of time later in the year, I bet den Dekker gets a promotion.

Sandy Alderson was on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove and here’s what we learned…

1) Realistically, the Mets could win up to 89 wins this season. “I think the team has the capacity to do that. We have the potential to do that without having to have super seasons from everyone,” Alderson said.

2) Matt Harvey will have a “normal spring” and start the season as the team’s planned.

3) Wilmer Flores will have every opportunity to win the starting job at shortstop, but, Alderson said, “there are a few guys in camp who could challenge him.”

4) The Mets had conversations with the Phillies about trading for SS Jimmy Rollins, but couldn’t get a deal done. Rollins said that the Mets were his No. 2 choice behind the Dodgers, where he eventually landed. >> Read more on MetsBlog and watch on SNY.tv

5) It’s tough to make trades during spring training, but Alderson will keep all his options open.


Steve Gelbs and Cliff Floyd break down Curtis Granderson‘s batting practice session >> Watch on SNY.tv

Jacob deGrom talks about his outlook for the 2015 season >> Watch on SNY.tv

Harvey-Wheeler-deGrom

Who will be the Opening Day starting pitcher?

March 2, 2015, 9:35 am

Matt Harvey is the only starting pitcher not being considered for the Opening Day start on April 6 against the Nationals, Terry Collins said (Daily News, Mar. 2).

Collins said last week that he’d like to see Harvey pitch at least once during the team’s first five games of the season, as opposed to waiting for his debut the following week during the team’s first game at Citi Field.

Colon and other pitcher being debated for Opening Day

February 28, 2015, 6:54 am

The Mets are strongly considering Bartolo Colon for the Opening Day start against the Nationals in D.C., multiple sources told beat reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Feb. 27). According to Rubin, the choice is between Colon and another pitcher, but it’s too early in camp to decide >> Read more