Friday’s Arizona Fall League recap…

Mets OF prospect Brandon Nimmo registered his first multi-hit game since October 14 with a 2-for-5 effort.

He’s batting .246, with a .348 on-base percentage and .298 slugging percentage in 14 AFL games.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

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Mets and Jeff Wilpon respond to discrimination lawsuit

Jeff Wilpon and the Mets responded to the discrimination lawsuit brought against them by the former senior vice president of marketing and ticket sales.

“Wilpon at all times treated Plaintiff fairly and without regard to her gender, marital status, pregnancy or leave,” court filings said. “She was not discriminated against in the terms and conditions of her employment. The termination of her employment was based on legitimate business reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with her gender, marital status, pregnancy or leave.”

Leigh Castergine claims she was fired by the Mets in August because the team’s ownership objected to her becoming pregnant out of wedlock. Castergine, who previously worked for the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Boston Bruins, is suing ownership and the team for damages.

The Mets issued a statement regarding the lawsuit on September 10, which read: “We have received and reviewed the complaint. The claims are without merit. Our organization maintains strong policies against any and all forms of discrimination.”

The two sides are scheduled to meet in early November.

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Lucas Duda will travel to Japan for All-Star Series

Lucas Duda will participate in the MLB All-Star tour of Japan, the team announced.

“It’s an honor for me to be part of this team,” Duda said in a release. “I hear the stadiums will be packed and the atmosphere will be off the charts. It should be a great experience.”

The team, which begins play on Nov. 11, will play five games against Koshien, Osaka, Tokyo, Sapporo and Okinawa.

Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve and Justin Morneau may also participate.

“I already have put what happened this year out of my mind,” Duda said. “I just want to keep on improving and getting better.  I just want to do my part and help us get into the playoffs.”

The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars. MLB’s 2006 roster, which included Jose Reyes and David Wright, went 5-0 in the All-Star Series.

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Dice-K has big offer in Japan

Free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka reportedly has a multi-year offer from a Japanese team, according to Mike Vorkunov of NJ Advanced Media.

Matsuzaka, 34. posted a 3.89 ERA and 1.344 WHIP over 83 1/3 innings for the Mets last year. In the two season with the team, Matsuzaka posted a 4.06 ERA in the majors over 41 appearances (16 starts).

He signed a minor league deal with the Mets in 2013, and re-signed for $1.5 million for 2014.

The team in Japan is offering $3.5 million per season, according to reports.

Dice-K is the only free agent from the 2014 Mets team, as the other player, Bobby Abreu, announced his retirement from baseball during the season.


Juan Lagares named best CF by Fielding Bible

Juan Lagares is best center fielder in baseball, according annual Fielding Bible awards (Fielding Bible, Oct. 30).

The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 12-person panel, which includes Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Brian Kenny and Rob Neyer.

Lagares saved 28 runs with his fielding this season (FanGraphs, Oct. 30), second most of all players in baseball.

Lagares was recently named a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist for National League centerfielders, competing against Reds OF Billy Hamilton and the Nationals OF Denard Span.

The winners will be announced by Rawlings on November 4.

In the event Lagares wins, he would be third Mets outfielder to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove, joining Tommie Agee (1970) and Carlos Beltran (2006-2008). Mets receive eight GIBBY Award nominations

The Mets received eight nominations for’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards, including Jacob deGrom up for top Rookie and Regular-Season Moment, Juan Lagares for Defensive Player and Play and Lucas Duda for Breakout Hitter >> Read more and vote at