Here is full audio of Sandy Alderson talking with reporters about his new contract, Terry Collins returning in 2015, their plans for the off-season and possible changes to the coaching staff…

Game recap: Nationals 4 — Mets 2

Result: The Mets grabbed an early lead, but a four-run fifth led to a 4-2 loss in their series opener with the Nationals.

MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

Need to Know: Bartolo Colon shut the Nationals out through four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth before Adam LaRoche’s three-run home run capped the four-run frame. Colon allowed just those four runs on five hits and three walks in six innings, suffering his 13th loss of the season. Kirk Niewenhuis gave the Mets a short-lived lead with a ground-rule double in the top of the fifth to score Wilmer Flores, who had two hits including a double. Ruben Tejada hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that scored Flores, who scored both Mets’ runs, and cut Washington’s lead to 4-2.

Game ball: Flores, who bounced back with his fourth multi-hit game in the last two weeks after his seven-game hitting streak was snapped Sunday.

Links: Box score

What’s Next: The Mets send Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.88 ERA) to the mound at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night, looking to keep his 76-81 squad from their sixth consecutive losing season. Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Nationals.

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Nationals

The Mets and Nationals begin a three-game series in D.C. on Tuesday night.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.02) will start for the Mets, while Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85) pitches for Washington.

Mets Nationals
1. Matt den Dekker. – LF 1. Denard Span – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 3B 2. Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
3. Travis d’Arnaud – C 3. Jayson Werth – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Adam LaRoche – 1B
5. Wilmer Flores – 2B 5. Ian Desmond – SS
6. Curtis Granderson – RF 6. Bryce Harper – LF
7.Kirk Nieuwenhuis – LF 7. Wilson Ramos – C
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Kevin Frandsen – 3B
9. Bartolo Colon – RHP 9. Tanner Roark – RHP


Wilpon says Alderson has room to spend, but doesn’t see spike in payroll

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said GM Sandy Alderson has room in his budget to make additions through trades and free agent signings this winter.

“I do not know if there will be a dramatic spike, but I will say this, I don’t think we’ll be constrained by the payroll next year,” Alderson said. “I feel we have plenty of latitude as it pertains to [free agent and international] markets. … We’re going to explore all options and see where it takes us.”

According to Alderson, in terms of acquisitions, the Mets do not have far to go from where they are to contending for a post-season spot.

“We have to improve the team by 10 to 12 wins and there are a number of ways to do that,” he said. “Left field and shortstop have been mentioned, but the overall goal is to improve the team.”

Sandy Alderson scrum

Mets extend contract of Sandy Alderson through 2017

The Mets extended the contract of GM Sandy Alderson through the 2017 season, the team announced.

The team picked up Alderson’s 2015 option and signed him to a two-year extension, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said.

“I understand not everything has gone as we would have hoped,” Alderson said on a conference call. “I don’t think we’re that far away, I don’t think we have to take a giant leap to become a playoff competitive team.”

Wilpon said that Alderson does have payroll flexibility.

“I deeply appreciate the opportunity to continue what we have started,” Alderson said. “There have been positives this season, but there is still a lot of work to do.”

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Terry Collins 8 (Baron)

Terry Collins will be back in 2015

The Mets announced that Terry Collins is returning as the team’s manager in 2015.

“Terry Collins has done an excellent job for us this season,” GM Sandy Alderson said in a release. “The team has played hard throughout the year and this is a reflection of Terry’s energy and his passion for the game and for the Mets. We look forward to his leadership again next season.”

The Mets first signed Collins to a two-year deal in late 2010, his option was picked up for 2013, after which he signed a two-year extension, which includes a team option for 2016.

Alderson said the 2016 option has not been picked up at this time.

“We’re focused on 2015,” Alderson said.

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

Jacob deGrom will not get another start this season

Jacob deGrom will not pitch for the Mets again this season, Terry Collins told reporters in DC on Tuesday.

Rafael Montero will start in deGrom’s place later this week against the Astros.

DeGrom’s innings cap is 180-185 for the season, Collins said earlier this week. He has so far thrown 178 between Triple-A and the Mets.

Collins met with deGrom after Monday’s game to explain the situation.

“He walked in here and he said he wanted to pitch,” Collins said about his talk with deGrom. “He’s not sitting back saying, ‘OK, I’ll just shut her down.’ He wants to go back out there. That was impressive to hear. This time of year, in our situation, it would have been very easy for a lot of guys to say, ‘I’m done. I’m washed up.’ He’s not like that. … It’s up in the air.”

DeGrom currently leads all National League rookie starting pitchers in wins, strikeouts and ERA.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I like this move, even if it feels weak. The fact is deGrom’s velocity is down a bit on average lately and he’s looked a little sloppy, fatigued and sluggish toward the end of each of his last few starts, especially his lower half. The good news is that, even when he’s looking tired, he’s been able to battle through it. However, as we know, this is exactly when injuries are more likely to occur.

In the end, it would be great if deGrom wins the Rookie of the Year. If not, at the very least, we know he’ll head in to Spring Training healthy, experienced, confident and locked in to this team’s 2015 rotation.

Juan Lagares

Lagares shut down for remainder of the season

Juan Lagares will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Terry Collins told reporters on Tuesday.

Lagares will not need surgery on his sprained elbow.

Lagares said after the game he felt a “stinger” in his elbow while making a throw from center field to second base. He said experienced the same issue earlier in the year.

Lagares will not travel with the Mets to DC, Collins told reporters before Friday’s game.

Vic Black 1 (Baron)

Vic Black will not pitch again this season

Vic Black will be shut down for the rest of the 2014 season, Terry Collins said Tuesday.

Black been dealing with a herniated disk since the end of August.

In his final appearance of the season, he hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI double. His velocity was around 92-93 mph, a stat which prompted the team’s concern earlier this season (, Sept. 13).

After the game, Black said his shoulder felt “weak,”as if he was stepping on the gas pedal and it wasn’t responding (Rubin, Sept. 13).