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Matt Harvey feels good, on track for Spring Training

Matt Harvey will be 100 percent ready when he reports to camp in February, he told WFAN this morning.

Harvey said he took the last month off and will begin his normal rehab program, throwing off a mound, in December.

“It’s nice going in to the offseason as a normal player,” Harvey said. “Spring Training can’t come quick enough.”

Last week, Sandy Alderson told WNBC that he does not intend to shut Harvey down next year the way the Nationals did with Stephen Strasburg when he returned from Tommy John surgery.

“The key for us is figuring out a way to manage his season so that he’s available to us if or when we get to the postseason,” Alderson explained.

Harvey missed all of 2014 after having Tommy John surgery in late 2013.

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In case you missed it on MetsBlog…

The Mets announced that pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on February 19, with position players due to report on February 26.

The Red Sox might make SS Xander Bogaerts available, or not >> Read more

Mike Piazza is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the third time, joined by former Mets and first-timers Pedro Martinez and Cliff Floyd >> Read more

David Wright, Juan Lagares, and Bobby Parnell are currently in Port St. Lucie working out with new strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis >> Watch the video

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Late-November hunch on where the Mets end up at SS

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Matthew Cerrone: In the end, I still think Sandy Alderson will end up trading Dillon Gee or Jon Niese and Rafael Montero to Seattle for shortstop Chris Taylor or Brad Miller. At which point, the Mets could trade Daniel Murphy and slide Flores to second base. Or, keep Murphy and let Wilmer and Miller or Taylor compete in Spring Training.

The Mets and Mariners match up well for a trade, according to a front office person, an agent and multiple insiders (Rubin, Nov. 11).

The M’s have a crowded middle infield, they need an arm. The Mets have a crowded rotation, they need options at shortstop. Gee and Niese are good, not great. Miller and Taylor are good, not great. Is it the blockbuster deal we hoped for? No. But, it’s a fit, and it’s where I think things will end up…

The way it stands, the White Sox aren’t trading SS Alexei Ramirez for Gee, Niese or Colon. They want some combination of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom or Zack Wheeler. I see no evidence that Alderson will do this deal; and the same can be said for the Cubswhether they move Starlin Castro, Addison Russell or Javier Baez. 

The other thing is that the Cubs and White Sox, among others, are all now watching the Red Sox, who people speculate may try to move their young infielders to get another team’s ace, such as Phillies RHP Cole Hamels or Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmerman. The Cubs are rumored to have interest in this level of pitcher as well. So, to think they’re taking Wheeler, let alone Gee, for what might be able to net them Hamels or Zimmerman, is crazy.

My guess is Alderson is waiting for late December to approach the teams that don’t get Hamels, Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, etc., to see what he can get in trade for Gee, Niese or Colon. He’ll be competing against the Reds shopping Mike Leake and Mat Latos and the Nationals pushing Doug Fister, but he can better compete in this market, where a hitter like Miller becomes fair value.



The Mets and Mariners talked both early and late last off season, but nothing ever materialized, despite continuing to scout one another during Spring Training (Cerrone, Oct. 20).

For instance, the Mets offered Jon Niese for Miller last winter, but a deal never worked out (Gammons, Aug. 19). The Mets and Mariners also talked about a deal for 22-year-old 2B-SS Nick Franklin (Rubin, Feb. 24), who was eventually traded to the Rays in the three-team David Price deal.

Projections for Wilmer Flores and shortstops of interest

According to Steamer Projections on FanGraphs.com, Wilmer Flores will have a more productive season than Xander Bogaerts, Jed Lowrie, Chris Taylor, Asbrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew, and a comparable season to Starlin Castro.


Name Team PA H 2B HR RBI SO AVG OBP SLG OPS wRC+ WAR
Troy Tulowitzki COL 602 159 31 28 92 93 .303 .385 .527 .913 138 5.8
Hanley Ramirez BOS 648 158 34 21 80 110 .277 .352 .450 .803 126 3.8
Elvis Andrus TEX 663 161 29 4 54 91 .269 .327 .345 .672 87 2.9
Brad Miller SEA 506 115 20 12 52 94 .252 .314 .395 .708 103 2.4
Jimmy Rollins PHI 629 133 25 13 52 97 .237 .309 .364 .672 89 2.4
Alexei Ramirez CHW 636 158 30 11 63 76 .265 .300 .379 .679 87 2.3
Starlin Castro CHC 572 145 32 12 60 92 .274 .320 .409 .729 101 2.1
Wilmer Flores NYM 511 121 23 14 56 67 .255 .296 .401 .696 98 1.9
Xander Bogaerts BOS 459 108 22 12 52 93 .260 .323 .409 .731 104 1.8
Jed Lowrie FA 488 114 26 10 50 71 .261 .327 .396 .723 104 1.7
Javier Baez CHC 591 122 24 26 66 173 .226 .280 .420 .699 92 1.5
Chris Taylor SEA 412 96 19 4 36 80 .261 .323 .354 .677 96 1.4
Asdrubal Cabrera FA 597 134 29 15 61 107 .251 .316 .397 .713 100 1.4
Didi Gregorious ARI 392 89 15 6 36 55 .251 .311 .370 .891 86 1.2
Stephen Drew FA 395 76 17 8 37 95 .218 .294 .352 .696 81 0.7
Ruben Tejada NYM 232 51 10 2 17 34 .246 .317 .323 .640 85 0.6

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Floyd, Pedro and Delgado on HOF ballot with Piazza

Cliff Floyd, Pedro Martinez and Carlos Delgado will be among the new candidates joining Mike Piazza on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot (MLB.com, Nov. 24).

This will be Piazza’s third time through the voting process.

To get in to the Hall of Fame, a candidate must receive 75 percent of the vote from Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Piazza got just 62.2 percent last year.

Results of the 2015 election will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 6 on MLB Network and MLB.com.


Baseball writer Ron Chemilis has never voted for Piazza to get in to the Hall of Fame, but that might change this year >> Read More.

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Mets-Red Sox Rumors: Is Bogaerts available?

Last Updated Nov. 24, 2014

The latest…

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman suggests that, to acquire Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts, the Mets would need to trade Jacob deGrom or Zack Wheeler (Twitter, Nov. 24).

Bogaerts could become available now that the Red Sox are close to a deal with free-agent SS Hanley Ramirez (Rosenthal, Nov. 23), and could soon sign free-agent 3B Pablo Sandoval (Heyman, Nov. 23). However, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, if Ramirez and Sandoval go to Boston, Ramirez will play left field, while Sandoval will play third base, meaning Bogaerts would remain at shortstop (Twitter, Nov. 23).


Is there a match between the Mets and Red Sox?

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Kind of, but that’s only if Bogaerts is available – and, even if he is, I’m not sure the Mets will or should give up deGrom or Wheeler to get him. Again – like with so many other external options – Wilmer Flores projects to have a better season than Bogaerts in 2015 (FanGraphs, Nov. 24). So, is it worth giving up a top pitching prospect to get a shortstop who may or may not be better than Flores? I still don’t think it is… Plus, Olney’s report indicates he may not be available any way.

That said, the Red Sox still have a crowded outfield and are looking to acquire big-league pitching, so they could always connect on a deal that solves one another’s short-term needs.


What you need to know about a possible deal…

The Red Sox are looking to acquire a left-handed hitter this winter, as well as a starting pitcher (NY Post, Oct. 5).

The Red Sox will listen to trade proposals for all of their players, including outfielders Shane Victorino and Yoenis Cespedes, but they’re not eager to deal any one specific player (MLBN, Nov. 8).