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).
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…
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Matt Harvey‘s live batting practice from the Mets’ Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie…
Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tvCurtis Granderson
and Anthony Recker
took reps in the batting cage on Monday afternoon.
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
Matthew 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…
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…
And then, it was autograph time…
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
Matthew 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…
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.
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.”
Matthew 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.
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
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