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Zack Wheeler believes Mets will spend money, doesn’t want to be traded

Zack Wheeler believes the Mets will spend money on next year’s roster, a team he hopes to still be part of, he told columnist Kevin Kernan (NY Post, Aug. 28).

“How could you not spend money?” Wheeler said to Kernan. “You’re in New York. I know the Wilpons. I’ve been around them awhile now. I know they want to win. It’s just a matter of putting the right pieces together, formulating it all and making a winner.’’

According to New York reporter Andy Martino’s sources, in return for a player like Cubs SS Starlin Castro, while the Mets might consider trading Wheeler and Wilmer Flores, the Cubs would again want more, such as Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom.

“I don’t want to be traded,” Wheeler told Kernan. “We’re only going to get better when the guys we got here get more experience and spend a little bit of money, making trades, get some better bats and stuff. … I was part of the rebuilding process and I want to see it through.’’

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Latest on Bartolo Colon…

Bartolo Colon cleared waivers (Fox Sports, August 25), meaning he can now be traded to any team.

However, interest teams do not seem interest in meeting Sandy Alderson’s asking price, considering Colon ‘s $11 million salary in 2015…

Aug. 28, 6:27 am: The Royals haven’t been in touch with the Mets of late (Heyman, Aug. 27) and the Dodgers are not nearly as interested in acquiring Bartolo Colon as had been first reported (Gammons, Aug. 28).

The Angels considered trying to trade for Colon, but Los Angeles continues to feel the cost in prospects and salary are too much (Daily News, August 26). Angels owner Arte Moreno doesn’t want to spend beyond the luxury tax, which will limit how much of Colon’s salary his team is willing to take on (Fox Sports, August 27).

The Mets were recently willing to pay up to $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). However, they are also comfortable keeping him and exploring trades again after the season, since they feel he could have more value this winter when compared to other pitchers on the free agent market (Newsday, Aug. 24).

According to Martino, the Mets hope to acquire a decent return in prospects, as well as salary relief, in any deal for Colon(Daily News, August 26).

In July, prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A, according to market insiders (MetsBlog, Aug. 26).

The Pirates, Orioles (CBS Sports, July 31), Blue Jays and Mariners were said to have interest in acquiring Colon at different points earlier this summer.


What’s on Tap for Thursday, August 28

The Mets (62-71) and Braves (69-64) will play the rubber game of their three-game series at 7:10 pm ET on Thursday at Citi Field.

David Wright is expected back in lineup for the first time since leaving Sunday’s game with neck pain.

Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90 ERA) for Atlanta.

Upcoming Schedule…

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In case you missed it…

Zack Wheeler tossed seven solid innings, but the Mets couldn’t capitalize on a ninth inning chance during a 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN,, Newsday and New York Post

The Angels, Dodgers and Royals all have interest in trading for Bartolo Colon, but are so far balking due to Colon’s 2015 salary.

Vic Black has a slight herniated disk in his neck, but is not expected to land on the disabled list.

Josh Edgin is dealing with inflammation in his left (pitching) elbow, but expects to be able to return to action on Thursday.

David Wright (neck) and Daniel Murphy (calf) both sat out again on Wednesday. Wright may return on Thursday, but Murphy is likely still a few days away.

The Mets have still not determined if Triple-A RHP Noah Syndergaard will be called up when rosters expand on September 1. Syndergaard threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball for Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

The Mets are one game away from being in last place in the NL East.


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Edgin has elbow inflammation, Black has herniated disk

Vic Black told reporters Wednesday night that he is suffering from a herniated disk, which will likely keep him sidelined for a few more days.

“The doctor didn’t seem too concerned,” Black said (ESPN, Aug. 28). “It shouldn’t be a big deal.”

Meanwhile, Josh Edgin said he has inflammation in his pitching elbow, but he expects to be ready to pitch Thursday (Record, Aug. 27).

Edgin has a 1.40 ERA and 0.896 WHIP over 25 2/3 innings this season.

Black’s ERA is 2.20 and his WHIP is 1.286, while he’s stranded 25 of 26 inherited runners.

Wednesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard tossed 6 2/3 masterful innings Wednesday in Las Vegas, allowing one run on seven hits, with nine strikeouts and one walk.

He painted the strike zone all night long, throwing 110 pitches, 80 of which were strikes.

This is the deepest he’s gone into a start since throwing a season-high seven innings July 6. Also, the most strikeouts he’s posted since recording a season-best 10 on May 10.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Game Recap: Braves 3 – Mets 2

Result: The Mets lost to the Braves, 3-2, Wednesday night in Flushing.

Need to Know: Zack Wheeler gave up three early runs before settling in. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and the Mets were unable to overcome the deficit. Wheeler allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out seven. The Braves did not record a hit off Wheeler from the fourth inning on.

The Mets came within inches of tying the game in the bottom of the eighth. With a run already across in the inning, the Mets had a man on third with two out. Braves SS Andrelton Simmons then made a spectacular play on a grounder in the hole to get Travis d’Arnaud out at first by a step, preventing the run from scoring.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets fell short once again. Ruben Tejada came to the plate with one out and two men in scoring position. Tejada hit a weak grounder to third with the infield in, getting Eric Campbell thrown out at home.

David Wright and Daniel Murphy sat out for a second straight game. Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run in the second. Juan Lagares and Campbell each had a two-hit night.

Links: Recap | Box score

What’s Next: Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47) is on the mound for the Mets in Thursday’s series finale. Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90) gets the start for Atlanta. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Braves at Mets

The Mets and Braves play the second of their three-game series on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. on PIX.

Zack Wheeler (9-8, 3.48) starts for the Mets, while Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96) pitches for Atlanta.

Mets Braves
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Jason Heyward – RF
2. Juan Lagares – CF 2.  Phil Gosselin – 3B
3. Lucas Duda – 1B 3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
4. Travis d’Arnaud – C 4. Justin Upton – LF
5. Eric Campbell – 3B 5. Evan Gattis – C
6. Matt den Dekker – LF 6. Tommy La Stella – 2B
7. Wilmer Flores – 2B 7. Andrelton Simmons – SS
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. B.J. Upton – CF
9. Zack Wheeler – RHP 9. Julio Teheran – RHP