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Get a free entry to win $5,000 in DraftKings daily fantasy baseball

Want a shot at $5,000? Enter DraftKings $80,000 one-day fantasy baseball contest for a chance to win five grand!

Best part is, if you sign up today and deposit money into your DraftKings account, you’ll get a free entry into the game (usually $3). The top 6,155 finishing positions win money.​

If you are playing, here are a few Mets fantasy picks to help you out, from SNY’s Andrew Vazzano:

Eric Campbell: Since being called up to replace David Wright, Campbell has reached base in 10 games, hitting .267 with five RBI, seven walks and a .400 OBP coming into Monday. He’s been worth 7.6 fantasy points per game (FPPG) and will cost you just $3,200. He’s a safe pick for a few points and a small hit to your salary cap.

Lucas Duda: He is tied for the league lead in doubles (7) and tied for seventh in extra-base hits (9). He has a .412 OBP over his last four games and is tied for the team lead with 11 RBIs before the series against Miami. Worth 8.3 FPPG, he’s a $4,600 first baseman, which is fairly cheap considering his production.

Juan Lagares: He just snapped a 10-game hitting streak, but picked up six hits over his last two games before playing the Marlins on Monday night. He’s hitting .380 with a .396 OBP over his last 13 games, has driven in seven and scored 10 runs over that span. He comes into Monday costing just $3,900 and work 6.5 FPPG.

So take your $50,000 salary cap and draft your 10 players (two pitchers, a catcher, first baseman, second baseman,  third baseman and shortstop and three outfielders) for your shot at winning $5,000 on DraftKings!


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ICYMI: Significant injuries open spots for Alderson’s draft picks to make impact

This post originally published April 22, 2015

Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY


Sandy Alderson is thankful for the depth of his farm system, especially given recent injuries to David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Vic Black.

“The primary basis for sustained success is a solid farm system,” Alderson said this past weekend, during a Q&A with author Steve Kettman. “You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have a solid farm system, you’re not going to be able to sustain success.”

Danny Muno was promoted last week and Kevin Plawecki who made his debut Tuesday. They represent Alderson’s first draft picks to make an impact on the Mets’ big-league roster. However, as Joel Sherman recently wrote in the New York Post, most of the current roster is a reflection of Omar Minaya, not Alderson (April 18).

Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese were all brought in by Minaya, while Wright was drafted when Minaya was the assistant GM.

“I give Omar, and the people who were involved at the time, a lot of credit,” Alderson said during the Q&A. To read more of this story, click here


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Get a free entry to win $10,000 in DraftKings daily fantasy baseball

Want a shot at $10,000? Enter DraftKings $100,000 one day fantasy baseball contest for a chance to win 10 grand!

Best part is, if you sign up today and deposit money into your DraftKings account, you’ll get a free entry into the game.

If you are playing, here are a few Mets fantasy picks to help you out, from SNY’s Andrew Vazzano:

Jacob deGrom: He’s entering his next start with an 18 1/3 inning scoreless streak. He’s only allowed two runs all year, in his first inning of his first start. His ERA is below 1.00 (0.93). He’s a little pricey at $9,000, but there’s no reason he can’t keep this streak alive.

Juan Lagares: Has a 10-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active streak in the majors. Lagares is hitting .342 (13-38) with six RBI during that stretch. He comes into play costing $5,700.

Wilmer Flores: Has three home runs and seven RBI over his last six games. Flores also has at least one hit in each of those six games, going 9-23 (.391). You can buy low with Flores, as he costs $4,000 and his shaky defense won’t hurt you on DraftKings.

So take your $50,000 salary cap and draft your 10 players (2 pitchers, 1 C, 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SS and 3 OF) for your shot at winning $10,000 on DraftKings!


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Significant injuries open spots for Alderson’s draft picks to make impact

Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY


Sandy Alderson is thankful for the depth of his farm system, especially given recent injuries to David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Vic Black.

“The primary basis for sustained success is a solid farm system,” Alderson said this past weekend, during a Q&A with author Steve Kettman. “You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have a solid farm system, you’re not going to be able to sustain success.”

Danny Muno was promoted last week and Kevin Plawecki who made his debut Tuesday. They represent Alderson’s first draft picks to make an impact on the Mets’ big-league roster. However, as Joel Sherman recently wrote in the New York Post, most of the current roster is a reflection of Omar Minaya, not Alderson (April 18).

Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese were all brought in by Minaya, while Wright was drafted when Minaya was the assistant GM.

“I give Omar, and the people who were involved at the time, a lot of credit,” Alderson said during the Q&A. To read more of this story, click here


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Amazin Avenue: Paul DePodesta on graduating players, and drafting without a first-round pick

The Mets have been focused of late on acquiring more position players in the farm system, the team’s VP of player development, Paul DePodesta, told Chris McShane.

DePodesta said he’s proud of what the Mets have produced internally, but he’s also excited about what’s on the way >> Read more at Amazin Avenue.

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2015 Draft bonus pools released

The bonus pools for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft have been released (Baseball America, Feb. 26).

The amount allotted is determined by each team’s draft position, the number of picks they have, and the amount of money they spent during the prior year’s draft.

The Mets, who do not have a pick until the second round (53rd overall), will have $3,587,800 to spend –  the lowest amount in baseball. The Mets forfeited their first round pick (14th overall) in order to sign Michael Cuddyer.

The pool money is used to give bonuses to all players selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft and players selected in the last 30 rounds who receive more than $100,000.

Any club that goes over the bonus allotment incurs a large tax.

The 2015 First-Year Player Draft will take place from June 8 through June 10.


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BA: Mets don’t draft until No. 53 in the 2nd Round

The Mets do not make a selection in next year’s MLB Draft until No. 53 in the second round >> Read more at Baseball America.

Sandy Alderson forfeited his top pick by signing OF Michael Cuddyer, who was extended a qualifying offer by the Rockies

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Simply put, the Mets are drafting better players

The Mets have the fourth-best farm system baseball, according to prospect expert Keith Law (ESPN, Jan. 28).

According to Law, the team is simply drafting better these days, he told Tommy Rothman (MMO, Jan. 30).

“I just think they’ve drafted a lot smarter, especially towards the top,” Law explained. “We’ll see if some of the later picks work, they’ve had some later picks that were interesting, those often take a little longer to percolate and show that there’s real value. But, I think, that they’ve clicked on most of their high picks the last few years.”

Law says he loved the pick of OF Michael Conforto in last year’s draft, because he was best pure hitter in that class.

“That’s the kind of player they just didn’t seem to be taking previously,” he explained. “It’s hard for me to really characterize what the draft strategy was under Omar Minaya’s regime, because I never really got it, I never understood it. Now, they’re doing a better job of just saying, ‘Who’s the best player on the board? We’ll take that guy.'”


ESPN’s Keith Law included six Mets in his Top 100 Prospect List for 2015 (ESPN Insider, Jan. 29).

Here are six things you’ll learn about the above players from Law’s list >> Read More.


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Mets select Gilmartin, lose Verrett and four others in Rule 5 Draft

MLB’s annual Rule 5 Draft will conclude this week’s MLB Winter Meetings at 12 p.m. ET.


Update, 12:08 pm: The Mets have selected 24-year-old LHP Sean Gilmartin from the Twins during the draft >> More on Gilmartin.

Gilmartin, 24, went 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA (60 earned runs/145.2 innings) in 26 starts between New Britain (Double-A) of the Eastern League and Rochester (Triple-A) of the International League in 2014. The 6-2, 190-pounder held lefties to a .201 (30-149) mark with five extra-base hits (all doubles) while issuing four walks and registering 49 strikeouts last year, the Mets said.

The Mets now have 40 men on their 40-man roster.


Update, 12:10 pm: The Orioles have selected Mets Triple-A RHP Logan Verrett, who ended 2014 in Triple-A and did not rank in the team’s Top 20 prospects entering this season.


Update, 12:30 pm: The Mets lost RHP Greg Peavey, C Cam Maron, SS Juan Gamboa and RHP Randy Fontanez in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.


To learn more about how the draft works, read this FAQ from MiLB.com.


Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he expects to lose several players during the draft, which he views as a testament to his strong minor league system.

To read more of this story, click here


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Mets could lose Logan Verrett during Rule 5 Draft

The Mets are expected to lose RHP Logan Verrett during tomorrow’s Rule 5 Draft (Sherman, Dec. 10).

Verrett, 24, was not added to the team’s 40-man roster before November’s deadline, meaning he’s eligible for the draft. However, if a team selects him, he must remain on their big-league roster all season or be offered back to the Mets for a fee.

He ended 2014 in Triple-A and did not rank in the team’s Top 20 prospects entering this season, while going 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA.


In October, Mets Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola told SNY.TV that Verrett is capable of being a back-end starting pitcher or reliever. On the other hand, minor-league reporter JJ Cooper says Verrett has always struggled against left-handed hitters because he lacks a true plus pitch (Baseball America, Nov. 25).


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