Mets announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

The Mets will open their 2015 Spring Training Grapefruit League schedule Wednesday, March 4 against the Atlanta Braves in Disney.

They’ll play 33 exhibition games, including the Nationals, Cardinals, Braves, Marlins, Astros, Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.

The Mets close out their Spring Training schedule with two games against Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4.

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Season and group tickets for Mets Spring Training games are on sale now by calling the Port St. Lucie Ticket Office at 772-871-2115.

Single game tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 17 at 10 a.m.

Mets single game tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale Friday, November 21 at 10 a.m. at or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

This photo was taken 28 years ago today

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I probably spend too much time remembering the 1986 Mets, while ignoring fun and important accomplishments from 1969, 1973 and 2000. But, I wasn’t born until 1975, so I have no real experience with the 1969 and 1973 Mets. On the other hand, the 1986 Mets hit my world at a time when I was learning about baseball and also learning about life.

The team’s on-field performances and the magic they delivered in the early-to-mid 80s made me smile; and they signaled odd lessons about arrogance, success, focus and hustle, and, as it pertains to October 1986, determination. So, on a day like today, 28 years after this awesomely perfect photo was taken by the Keith Meyers of the New York Times, I can’t help but post it:


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Lucas Duda may travel to Japan for All-Star Series

Lucas Duda may participate in the MLB All-Star tour of Japan.1

The team, which begins play on Nov. 11, will play five games against Koshien, Osaka, Tokyo, Sapporo and Okinawa.

Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve and Justin Morneau may also participate.1

The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars. MLB’s 2006 roster, which included Jose Reyes and David Wright, went 5-0 in the All-Star Series.2

Sources: 1. Adam Rubin, ESPN, Oct. 27 | 2., Jun. 13
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David Wright is making progress with his shoulder

David Wright says he is doing well rehabbing his left shoulder and plans to see a doctor in the next couple of weeks.1

Wright injured his shoulder on June 12, he has said. In the 68 games that followed, he received a cortisone shot, missed time, was hit by a pitch in the sore shoulder, missed more time and finished 2014 batting .268 with a .324 OBP, 8 HR, 30 doubles, 63 RBI and just a 1.9 WAR.

“We’re moving forward. I’m hopefully finishing up some rehab stuff,” Wright said.1 “We’ll see how that goes and that will kind of determine what’s next as far as the plan moving towards for next year. I’m excited. I’ve been doing this rehab stuff pretty religiously for these last six weeks or however long it’s been and feeling better. Hopefully I get some good news when I go to the doctors.”

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: He’s only 31-years-old, so I know I shouldn’t be worried about David Wright. Also, it’s easy to assume his poor production in 2014 is a direct result of shoulder pain. However, he repeatedly told reporters one had nothing to do with the other. And, he may be right. >> Read More from Oct. 22.

Sources: 1. Mike Vorkonuv, NJ Advanced Media, Oct. 27

5 Questions, 5 Short Answers: Left field, Stanton, closer and more

miniMCavatarHere are five questions I keep getting on Twitter and e-mail, followed by another five mostly-short, educated guesses…

Will Granderson be moved to left field? I don’t know, but he should. His arm and range just weren’t very good this past year. This could be the result of playing in a new (oddly shaped) ballpark, while reading hitters he never saw on a regular basis before. However, I don’t see that drastically improving for him in under a year, especially since the Mets are moving changing the park’s dimensions again.

Giancarlo Stanton studies the pitcherWill the Mets trade for Giancarlo Stanton or Yoenis Cepedes? I’d love to see them be involved in a three-way deal, in which the Mets get Cespedes, Marlins get prospects and Sox get Stanton. But, I’m not a GM. I do know the Marlins LOVE acquiring lots of hard-throwing, undeveloped pitchers and they always try to get an elite hitting prospect in every big trade. Unfortunately, the Mets can meet just one of these requests. As for Cespedes, he’s worth watching. The Mets match up well for him, assuming they want him.

Who will be the team’s closer in 2015? I’ll say Jenrry Mejia, propped up Jeurys Familia. I expect Bobby Parnell to start the season in extended Spring Training. How he factors in when he returns, who knows? But, a lot can happen by then. That said, as Ben Berkon pointed out on MetsBlog, the Mets would be smart to use a committee approach.

Will Terry Collins be fired during the season? I hope not, because it means the Mets got off to a terrible start, like 10-30 or something. In that case, yes, I think it’s very possible he is let go. But, Alderson is a loyal man and he seems to really like what Terry brings to the clubhouse (in terms of stability, relationships with players and executives, leadership and energy), so it will take a lot for him to cut him loose.

What will next year’s Opening Day payroll be? I’ll say $98 million, mostly based on Adam Rubin’s reporting. This number would likely rank right in the middle for the entire league.

5 Questions, 5 Short Answers: Flores, OF, Murphy and more

miniMCavatarHere are five questions I keep getting on Twitter and e-mail, followed by my educated guesses…

Who will be next year’s shortstop? I’ll say Wilmer Flores or a former top prospect who is close to being out of favor and yet to be acquired, think SS Didi Gregorius or someone from Seattle. He’ll be someone that adds depth on the infield, who will not be the obvious starter, but who will either cost a mid-tier arm or one controllable, expendable veteran, like Dillon Gee.

Daniel Murphy rounds firstWho will be the team’s third everyday outfielder? I’ll bet on free-agent OF Michael Cuddyer. If not him, maybe a Nick Markakis, Nori Aoiki type, or a comparable player acquired in trade, let’s say Jay Bruce or Shane Victorino. I expect they’ll get one of this level player.

Where will Daniel Murphy play in 2015? I’m the only person who seems to think he’ll be on the Mets next season. I get why it makes sense to try and trade him, especially to free up spending money. But, in the end, I just don’t see how the Mets move him and end up in a better position than they started, especially since he can be traded during the season as well.

Where will Bartolo Colon play in 2015? Again, like Murphy, I seem to be the only person who thinks Colon is staying put. There will be places to move him, and I think the Mets will do it if it makes sense. But, Colon has value to the Mets as a reliable veteran in a rotation of developing youngsters. And, similar to Murphy, Colon would be super attractive to other teams at next year’s deadline.

Who from the rotation is Sandy more or less likely to trade? Again, if the Mets are looking to move a pitcher to free up capital, my hunch is they trade Gee or Jon Niese before Colon. In terms of prospects, I see Rafael Montero as the only elite guy they’d deal, and that includes Cory Mazzoni and Steven Matz.

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Jeurys Familia was also pitching with a sports hernia

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia underwent successful surgery to repair bilateral sport hernias Friday in Philadelphia.

He is on his way back home to the Dominican Republic.

Jenrry Mejia also underwent surgery for a sports hernia earlier this month.

The surgery typically requires 3-4 weeks of rehab and should not impact their status for Spring Training or the regular season.

“Like many injuries, they can be managed,” injury expert Will Carroll told MetsBlog earlier this season. “The surgery is relatively simple, but has a six-week recovery period. Most pitchers (and players) that have had it come back well and with no complications.​”

Familia pitched in 76 games this season for the Mets. He finished 2014 with a 2.21 ERA, while striking out 73 batters in 77 innings pitched.