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Mets and Duda likely to table contract talks until after season

The Mets and Lucas Duda will cut off contract negotiations by Opening Day so he can concentrate on the season, according to CBS Sports reporter Jon Heyman (March 30).

Duda will earn $4.2 million in 2016 and arbitration eligible in 2017, after which he can become a free agent.

Earlier this week, Duda told NY Post reporter Joel Sherman that negotiations were on going and very preliminary (March 28).

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What’s on tap for Tuesday, March 31

The Mets head to Viera to face the Nationals on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

The game will not air on local TV or radio.

Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals.

In case you missed it on Monday, March 30

The Mets traded OF Matt den Dekker to the Nationals for left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, and sent RHP prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later to the Padres for left-handed reliever Alex Torres, both of whom Sandy Alderson said will be on the Opening Day roster.

The Mets could still trade Dillon Gee, according to ESPN reporter Adam Rubin

Vic Black threw a bullpen session at Tradition Field on Monday, but Alderson later told reporters it is unlikely Black is ready for Opening Day.

Daniel Murphy believes he’ll be ready for Opening Day, “but it’s touch and go,” and something that has yet to be determined, Alderson told reporters. In the event Murphy is out long term, Matt Reynolds will start in his place., according to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone. However, if it’s a short-term injury, Cerrone believes Reynolds will go to Triple-A, Daniel Muno will be on the bench and Ruben Tejada will start at second base.

Fred Wilpon addressed the Mets in a closed-door meeting Friday morning at Tradition Field, the manager told reporters

Lucas Duda knocked in five runs as the Mets beat the Marlins, 7-1, on Monday afternoon at Tradition Field.

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Alderson says Black unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

Vic Black threw a bullpen session at Tradition Field on Monday, but Sandy Alderson later told reporters it is unlikely Black is ready for Opening Day.

Instead, he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list.

Black hasn’t pitched in a game since March 9 because of weakness in his throwing shoulder. However, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Black could return to game action Wednesday (March 28).


Speaking of Black, earlier today, SNY.TV uploaded video from last month, when Black and host Rob Brender took a boat across the Florida everglades in search of alligators >> Watch here.

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One week until Opening Day, but four questions remain for Mets

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com

Who will be in the Opening Day bullpen? Sandy Alderson acquired left-handed relievers Alex Torres and Jeremy Blevins on Monday, after which he said Vic Black is not likely to be ready for Opening Day. So, that said, assuming Dillon Gee is in the starting rotation, I’d say Torres and Blevins will join Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys FamiliaCarlos Torres, Rafael Montero and either Sean Gilmartin or Buddy Carlyle in the bullpen on April 6. Of course, this all changes when Bobby Parnell returns from the disabled list a few weeks later. It also changes if Gee is traded in the next few days, which is still a distinct possibility.

Who will be the starting second baseman, and how will it impact the bench?

This will depend on how long the Mets think Daniel Murphy will be on the disabled list. He’s struggling with a hamstring injury. So, if they think he’s going to be out for a while, I”ve heard they’ll go with Triple-A infield prospect Matt Reynolds. However, if Murphy is going to be back the first week of April, they’ll likely carry Daniel Muno as a bench player and start Ruben Tejada.

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Sandy Alderson talked to reporters about Monday’s trades and the team’s roster and said…

1) Newly-acquired left-handed relievers Jeremy Blevins and Alex Torres were acquired to be in the Opening Day bullpen.

2) It’s possible the Mets also carry Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin, which would give them three left-handed relievers.

3) The Mets talked to at least six or seven teams in regards to acquiring a left-handed reliever.

4) The big spring Kirk Nieuwenhuis is having, plus him being out of options, made it easier to trade away Matt den dekker to the Nationals, especially considering the organization finally has outfield prospects moving up the system.

5) “Dillon Gee has the experience, but Rafael Montero has the upside,” when it comes to deciding who will replace Zack Wheeler in the starting rotation.

6) Daniel Murphy believes he’ll be ready for Opening Day, “but it’s touch and go,” and something that has yet to be determined.

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Mets trade Matt den Dekker for LHP Jerry Blevins

The Mets have traded OF Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals for left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, the team announced.

Blevins has posted a 9.00 ERA in eight games this spring for the Nationals.

Last season, in 64 games for Washington, Blevins posted a 4.87 ERA and 1.238 WHIP. He held lefties to a .160 average and .202 on-base percentage in 117 plate appearances in 2014. Righties hit .298 with a .398 OBP against him in 123 plate appearances.

In his career, Blevins has held lefty hitters to a .212 batting average and .264 on-base percentage.


Blevins is set to make $2.4 million in 2015.


Sandy Alderson said both Blevin and recently-acquired LHP Alex Torres are “definitely” in the Mets bullpen to start the season.

He said the team is even considering keeping LHP Sean Gilmartin, too, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin (March 30).

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Fred Wilpon delivered a positive, winning message in closed-door meeting

At the request of Terry Collins and David Wright, Fred Wilpon addressed the Mets in a closed-door meeting Friday morning at Tradition Field, the manager told reporters (March 30, 4:01 pm).

“Applause could be heard as the 20-minute meeting broke up inside the team’s clubhouse,” according to beat reporter Adam Rubin (March 30, 10:51 am).

The message was very positive and about ‘winning,’ an anonymous player told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (March 30, 9:36 am).

“Anytime you have those types of meetings you take a lot out of it and I think everybody in here took a lot out of it,” David Wright said, who could not remember the last time Wilpon addressed the team this way.

Wright would not share details of what Wilpon said in the meeting.

However, an anonymous player said, “It was the best meeting I’ve ever been a part of,” according to DiComo.

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Mets, Duda cruise to 7-1 win

Lucas Duda knocked in five runs as the Mets beat the Marlins, 7-1, on Monday afternoon at Tradition Field.

Need to Know

Duda hit a two-run home run and a three-run double, driving in five runs on the day >> Watch here and here.

Rafael Montero threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out six batters and did not walk anyone.

Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run home run, his sixth of the spring >> Watch here.

Jenrry Mejia surrendered a run in the top of the ninth inning.

What’s Next

The Mets travel to play the Cardinals on Tuesday at 1 p.m.