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The Mets have insurance on David Wright’s contract

David Wright‘s contract is insured, and the Mets can recoup up to 75 percent of its value once he has been inactive for 60 days, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal (May 26, 10:40 p.m.)

Wright is owed $20 million in 2015 and $107 million through 2020.

He hasn’t played since injuring his right hamstring on April 14. His hamstring healed, but his rehab was put on hold in early May after he experienced back pain. He resumed baseball activities on May 18, but was again shut down this past weekend after pain resurfaced in his lower back.

Wright is in California this week to meet with Dr. Robert Watkins and receive treatment for spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal column.

Sandy Alderson said on Monday that Wright could return to the Mets sooner rather than later, but there is no timetable for his activation from the disabled list.

Reaction from May 27, 6:35 am

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: First off, I’m glad to see Sandy Alderson insuring contracts, despite the extra money that is needed each season. In previous years, the team chose not to do this, since it tacked on extra millions of dollars to the deal. They obviously feel differently these days…

In regards to Wright, obviously, the first option is to get him healthy and back on field playing. My understanding of the insurance is that he has to be totally inactive, essentially idle and unable to take part in baseball activity for at least 60 days before the team can lean on insurance. In this case, that wouldn’t be until the end of July, assuming he totally stops his rehab since hitting last week. However, I suspect Dr. Watkins will get him to a place this week where he and the Mets will be comfortable working him back, meaning he’ll again return to baseball activity at some point in the next week or so, at which point it will reset the time-away clock for insurance. The point is, I don’t think this insurance news is relevant unless it’s determine that he’s totally done for the season (or his career).


Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets LHP prospect Steven Matz was back to his dominating ways Tuesday night as the 51s defeated Colorado Springs 9-1. The four-year pro, who turns 24-years-old May 29, needed only 77 pitches to get through seven scoreless innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. He was also 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in.

Matz lowered his era to 1.99 and raised his batting average to .350. He leads the PCL with 68 strikeouts >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Tonight’s Tuesday Night Baseball Lineups presented by Verizon

The Mets and Phillies will play the second game of their three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.75 ERA) will start for the Mets against RHP Jerome Williams (3-4, 5.44) at 7:10 pm.

Phillies Mets
1. Ben Revere (L) LF 1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS 2. Juan Lagares (R) CF
3. Chase Utley (L) 2B 3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B 4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B 5. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
6. Grady Sizemore (L) RF 6. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
7. Odubel Herrera (L) CF 7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz (R) C 8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Jerome Williams (R) P 9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

Jacob deGrom: DeGrom will set a franchise record if he sets down the first six batters he faces, as he’s retired his last 23 hitters. The current team record belongs to Rick Reed, who retired 28 straight between two starts in June, 1998, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. DeGrom is 10-4 with a 1.50 ERA in 16 career starts at Citi Field. He is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three matchups against the Phillies this season.

Jerome Williams: Williams is 0-3 with an 8.38 ERA in four starts on the road this season. He surrendered five runs over five innings against the Rockies in his last start. He is 1-2 in five career matchups with the Mets.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at New York Mets

Mets Notes: The Mets are 18-5 in their last 23 games against the Phillies. The Mets are 18-6 at Citi Field this season, which is tied for their 1972 team for the best start in franchise history through 24 games. The Mets have hit 12 home runs in their last nine home games… Wilmer Flores is the first player in Mets history to hit seven home runs as a shortstop before the team’s 50th game of the season… Daniel Murphy has nine hits in his last 17 at bats.

Phillies Notes: Chase Utley was 2 for 3 with two RBI on Monday, improving to 13 for 32 (.406) over his last 10 games, though he’s still hitting just .183 this season.


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D’Arnaud caught five innings, hit and scored in rehab game

Travis d’Arnaud caught five innings in his first game action as he rehabs from a broken finger.

He went 1-3 at the plate in the extended spring training game, scored a run and also reached on catcher’s interference.

Previous Reports

D’Arnaud, who has been out since April 20 due to a broken finger, was cleared for baseball activity on May 11. He suffered the fracture on the little finger of his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on April 19.

He could return to the majors next week when the Mets travel to San Diego, GM Sandy Alderson said (May 25, 12:18 p.m.)

If all goes well, d’Arnaud will advance through the minors in the coming days and could be rehabbing with Triple-A Las Vegas in five-to-six days, Alderson noted.

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What is going on with David Wright?

David Wright will meet this week with Dr. Robert Watkins in California to seek treatment for spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal column, Sandy Alderson said Monday.

“We hope that with this week of rest that he will be able to resume his progression,” Alderson added. “This has been a stop-start proposition for us from the beginning.”

Wright hasn’t played in game since injuring his right hamstring on April 14. His hamstring healed, but his rehab was put on hold in early May after he experienced back pain. He resumed baseball activities on May 18, but was again shut down this past weekend after pain resurfaced in his lower back.

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: In talking to people close to the team, the situation and in baseball, I believe we’ll see Wright on field again sooner than later. They all say he’s young enough that this issue can be managed, as Alderson suggested, either with injections, rest and/or intense, consistent therapy, which he’ll probably start this week in California.

Basically, the issue causes extreme pain and numbness that radiates from the lower back. For now, he can expect mostly good days and some bad days, mostly controlled by medication and therapy. In time, though, as his career moves on, the pain and numbness may become too frequent and too intense to play through. But, for right now, at his age, they should be able to deal with it at least through the next few seasons. It’s also worth noting that, while surgery is probably always a possibility, because of his age and the lengthy recovery, it’s not really necessary yet; and when it is, he’ll probably be considering retirement anyway.

In other words, this isn’t the last we’re going to hear of it and I have a feeling we’re all about to become experts in spinal stenosis…

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies

There is a trade market for Troy Tulowitzki

There is a market for Troy Tulowitzki, in the event the Rockies get serious about trading him, according to most executives that have talked with Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo (May 24, 2015).

However, one National League GM told Cafardo the only way he gets traded is if the Rockies pay a portion of the $113 million remaining on Tulowitzki’s contract.

In that case, “I think they’ll be able to move him,” the GM said. “He’s too good of a player to be out there without someone taking him.”

In an Insider report for ESPN.com, former GM Jim Bowden lists the Mets among five teams that have what it takes to acquire Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (May 17, 2015).

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 12.29.33 PMAccording to Bowden, in return for pitching prospects Steven Matz and Rafael Montero and C Kevin Plawecki, the Mets could expect to acquire Tulowitzki and up to $30 million of the $114 million he is due through 2020.

In a recent poll on MetsBlog.com, 65% of roughly 20,000 voters said they would not trade Matz, Montero and Plawecki for $30 million and Tulowitzki >> See Results

Tulowitzki recently said, while he prefers to be traded to the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants or Angels, he would be amenable to going to the Red Sox, Mets and Cardinals, a person who knows him told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman (May 15, 1:00 pm).

The Mets and Rockies reportedly discussed Tulowitzki during the offseason, but a deal was never close to happening. According to Heyman, a person connected to the Mets recently said they were not interested as Colorado’s current asking price, which is likely to include top pitching prospects Matz or Noah Syndergaard (May 15, 1:00 pm).


Conforto named FSL Player of the Week

Former first-round pick Michael Conforto was named the Florida State League Player of the Week, the league announced.

Conforto went 11 for 30 in seven games last week with three doubles, one home run, four RBIs and five runs scored. Conforto’s home run on Wednesday at Palm Beach broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth.

Defensively, Conforto threw out the tying run at home plate in the sixth inning at Dunedin on Friday to preserve a 2-1 lead. The Mets would go on to win 3-1.

Conforto was previously named the FSL Player of the Week for the first week of the season (April 9-19).

This is Conforto’s first year in full season baseball. He is the Mets No. 5 overall prospect.

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2011 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun follows through for a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Milwaukee. Braun won the National League MVP Award in voting announced Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

Brewers will trade Braun, Carlos Gomez, K-Rod and others

The Brewers would like to trade OF Ryan Braun, but they have no interest in picking up any portion of the roughly $100 million remaining on his current contract, according to team reporter Todd Rosiak (May 21, 2015).

Braun, 31, is hitting .272 with 12 HR, five doubles, five stolen bases, 36 RBI and a .349 OBP.

That said, the Brewers could instead deal OF Carlos Gomez, since there is little chance he re-signs in Milwaukee when he is a free agent after 2016, explains Rosiak.

Gomez, 29, is hitting .264 with four home runs, 18 RBI and nine stolen bases.

In addition to Braun and Gomez, the Brewers could also look to move outfielder Gerardo Parra and reliever Francisco Rodriguez, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman (May 7, 4:02 pm).

Reaction from May 8

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com: Heyman and I both reported a couple years ago that Alderson inquired about Braun, so this may be something worth keeping an eye on again. It’s going to cost a ton to trade for a shortstop, which is why it could make more sense for the Mets to get a left fielder for around the time Michael Cuddyer starts needing more days off and possibly starts breaking down later in the season. I keep coming back to Carlos Gonzalez, but Braun is worth investigating. The problem is his money, since I bet the Mets view him more as a $10 million a year player not $20 million, especially if he’s going to cost one or two pitching prospects.


Is Matt Reynolds a utility player, Mark Loretta or more?

The Mets have been debated whether to promote Triple-A infielder Matt Reynolds, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal (May 16, 4:08 pm). However, one scout recently told the New York Post that, in the long run, Reynolds is nothing more than a utility player (May 22, 8:24 pm).

“He has no tool that really stands out,” the scout said. “He does everything average.”

Reynolds, 24, hit a combined .343 with six HR, 61 RBI, 20 stolen bases and a .405 OBP in Double- and Triple-A last season. He was ranked the team’s ninth-best hitting prospect by MLB.com late last summer. In 44 games this season, Reynolds is batting .286 with a .350 OBP, two home runs, 16 doubles, 27 RBI and two stolen bases.

In December, Paul DePodesta said there is no doubt Reynolds can be a solid, fundamentally sound, steady big-league player, who is reminiscent of Mark Loretta and Mark Ellis.