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Thoughts on Ike trade & Zack Thornton, audio from Ike & Alderson

This past Friday, the Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor-league RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

The player to be named later will be “pretty significant,” according to Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Apr. 18).

The Mets will save around $3.14 million by trading Davis (Rubin, April 18).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m not judging this deal until it’s complete.  The buzz from Citi Field is that the player coming from the Pirates is likely a player they drafted with a top pick last June. So, they’ll need to wait a full year after the draft (June 2014) to send him to the Mets. … That said, I wish Ike the best of luck. I’ve heard too may people connected to the Mets say Davis needed a change of scenery, which is why most people assumed he would get traded before the start of the year. … Good luck, Lucas Duda. It’s your gig now >> Read more from Cerrone’s thoughts on the trade.

Toby Hyde, Contributor

Thornton is sinker/slider reliever with a funky motion who generated more ground balls in 2013 than he ever had in his professional career. He’s a big right-hander, listed at 6’3″, 220 pounds, who will turn 26 on May 19. The Mets will be his third organization. … According to Brooks Baseball, he owns a three-pitch arsenal, with a sinker that averages 91 mph, a slider at 84 and a changeup at 84. >> Read more from Toby about Thornton.

“We’re very happy with the trade,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said late Friday. “We’re happy for Ike, in that he’ll get an opportunity elsewhere, and it’s a situation we needed to resolve here. We’re happy with the return. This has gone on for a period of time, as everyone knows.”

Here is audio of Alderson talking about the trade, courtesy of reporter Rich Coutinho:

“I really had a blast in New York,” Davis told reporters at Citi Field after learning he had been traded to the Pirates. “I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it’s just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people.”

Here is audio of Davis talking to reporters at Citi Field, courtesy of reporter Rich Coutinho:

What’s on Tap: Mejia faces Cardinals at 7:10 pm, Abreu joins Mets

The Mets (9-9) defeated the Braves (12-6) in 14 innings at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon >> Read more at,, ESPN, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News.

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The Mets open a four-game series with the Cardinals on Monday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Tyler Lyons for St. Louis. Lyons is making his first appearance of 2014.

The game will air on WPIX TV, and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.

Prior to the game, Bobby Abreu is expected to join the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets have yet to announce a corresponding roster move.

News: In case you missed it…

Kyle Farnsworth has replaced Jose Valverde as the Mets closer, Terry Collins said Sunday. Valverde had given up four home runs in his previous three appearances >> Read more at

Curtis Granderson hit second instead of clean-up Sunday. He started the day 0 for 6, but later delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning.

Bobby Abreu, who was hitting .395 for Triple-A Las Vegas, will join the Mets prior to Monday’s game at Citi Field. Abreu would’ve been able to opt-out of his contract. Andrew Brown or Kirk Nieuwenhuis will likely be demoted to make room for Abreu on the roster.

Game Recap: Mets 4 – Braves 3

Curtis Granderson is still 4-for-his-last-43, but hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning, as the Mets beat the Brave 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Need to Know: Granderson went 0-6 on the day, but came through when it was needed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who walked to start the inning, was moved over by a Ruben Tejada sacrifice. The Braves intentionally walked Eric Young Jr. to set up a double play, but both runners moved up on a wild pitch, getting Nieuwenhuis to third for Grandy’s sac fly.

The Mets bullpen combined for eight scoreless innings, including three from Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Zack Wheeler started and allowed three earned runs over six innings. He walked three and struck out six.

David Wright had four singles, scoring once and driving in one. He now has an 11-game hitting streak.

Lucas Duda went 2-5 with two RBI and a run scored. He struck out two times.

What’s Next: The Cardinals come to town on Monday for a 7:10 p.m. game.

Today’s Game: Braves at Mets, 1 p.m. on PIX

The Mets and Braves square off at Citi Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The game will air on PIX. You can follow along online with SNY GameDay.

Zack Wheeler starts for the Mets, while David Hale starts for the Braves.

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1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Jason Heyward – RF
2. Curtis Granderson – RF 2. B.J. Upton – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
4. Daniel Murphy – 2B 4. Justin Upton – LF
5. Chris Young – CF 5. Chris Johnson – 3B
6. Lucas Duda – 1B 6. Dan Uggla – 2B
7. Anthony Recker – C 7. Andrelton Simmons – SS
8. Omar Quintanilla – SS 8. Gerald Laird – C
9. Zack Wheeler – RHP 9. David Hale – RHP

Curtis Granderson waits in the dugout

Granderson moved from clean-up spot

Terry Collins is considering moving Curtis Granderson out of the cleanup spot, the manager said after Saturday’s game.

Update 10:30 a.m.: Granderson will bat second on Sunday. Daniel Murphy will bat cleanup.

Granderson, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal this past winter, went 0-for-5 earlier in the night. He left six runners on base.

He is now batting .140 with four RBI. He has struck out in nearly 30% of his plate appearances this season.

Collins met with Granderson before Saturday’s game. He told Collins he is not pressing, and he trusts that things will begin to turn around for him at the plate.


Valverde loses closer role, Farnsworth takes over

Jose Valverde gave up a three-run home run to Justin Upton in the ninth inning Saturday. Terry Collins later admitted to media that he is considering replacing Valverde as the team’s closer.

Update 10:15 p.m.: Kyle Farnsworth will close for the Mets for the time being, Collins announced.

Valverde has allowed four home runs in his last three appearances.

“When we’ve talked to people about him and what he does they say when he’s locating his fastball he gets a lot of outs,” explained Collins. “Right now, he’s leaving balls on the plate and he’s getting hit.’’

Valverde took over at closer when Bobby Parnell ended his season needing Tommy John surgery in early April.

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John Lannan will report to Triple-A Las Vegas

John Lannan accepted his demotion and will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lannan, who was outrighted Wednesday, had the option to be released so that he could become a free agent.

He signed a minor-league deal with the Mets prior to Spring Training.

He made the Opening Day bullpen, but gave up seven earned runs in four innings and was outrighted a few weeks later.

What’s on Tap: Mets try to avoid sweep, 1:10 pm on WPIX

The Mets (8-9) lost to the Braves (12-5) at Citi Field on Saturday night >> Read more from MetsBlog.comMLB.comESPNNewsdayNew York Post and Daily News.

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The Mets and Braves close out their three-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.67 ERA) starts for the Mets, while rookie RHP David Hale (0-0, 2.89) starts for the Braves.

Curtis Granderson is expected to be moved out of the clean-up spot in the lineup, while Jose Valverde is expected to no longer be used as the team’s closer, Terry Collins said Saturday night.

The game will air live on WPIX TV and on radio at WOR 710 AM.

Game Recap: Braves 7 – Mets 5

Despite loading the bases and getting the winning run to the plate in the ninth inning, the Mets fell to the Braves by a score of 7-5 on Saturday night.

Need to Know: Travis d’Arnaud came to the plate with the bases loaded and two out, but grounded out to Andrelton Simmons to end the game. The Mets were able to score two against Craig Kimbrel before he got pulled from the game. David Wright and Chris Young drove in a run each in the inning.

Jose Valverde came on in the top ninth inning with the score 4-3 in favor of the Braves and surrendered a three-run home run to Justin Upton, which ended up dooming the Mets.

Bartolo Colon started for the Mets, and allowed three earned runs over seven innings. He hurt his own cause with a two-run throwing error in the third inning. He struck out six and walked one.

Chris Young picked up his first hit as a Met, a double in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in each of the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Curtis Granderson’s struggled continued, as he went 0-5 with a strikeout.

What’s Next: The Mets look to stave off the sweep on Sunday, a 1 p.m. game.