Josh Satin disappointed with season

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- With rosters expanding, Josh Satin returned to the majors on Monday for the first time since being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on May 10.

Satin acknowledged this season has been a disappointment. He hit .107 (3-for-28) at the major league level during the opening weeks. In the Pacific Coast League, he produced a .289 average with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 374 at-bats. He played 59 games at third base, 25 games at first base, 17 games at second base and spent four games at DH with the 51s.

He was displaced at the major league level by Eric Campbell in that righty utility role.

"Anytime you can get back to the big leagues, it's obviously rewarding," Satin said. "This season hasn't gone as planned. It's been tough. It's been a grind. But I came out every day in Triple-A and worked hard. I was hitting early every day, just trying to get back here."

Satin as well as catcher Juan Centeno, right-hander Erik Goeddel and left-hander Dario Alvarez joined the Mets on Monday.

While Campbell remains the primary righty pinch hitter, Centeno's presence as a third catcher allows Terry Collins to use Anthony Recker as a pinch hitter when the Mets need a late home run.

Goeddel and Alvarez essentially replace injured Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka, so the bullpen remains at its customary seven pitchers.

Alvarez, who features a slider, will be the No. 2 lefty option behind Dana Eveland with Edgin unavailable. Collins is unsure whether Edgin (bone spurs) will return this season. Edgin will be examined by team doctors on Tuesday in New York.

Meanwhile, Goeddel's major league debut may come with his brother in the ballpark. Goeddel's brother Tyler, a third baseman and the 41st overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, just completed his season in the Florida State League with Charlotte and plans to visit Marlins Park.

Montero expected to get late-season start

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- Rafael Montero remains with Triple-A Las Vegas, which opens its playoffs Wednesday. Later this month, though, Terry Collins expects Montero to get at least one start at the major league level.

The Mets won't employ a true six-man rotation, since they don't want to give the incumbent pitchers more than one extra day of rest between starts. Instead, Collins said, the Mets plan to slot Montero in for a start during a stretch when the team has a six-day stretch without an off-day.

Montero, 23, is 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) at the major league level.

Parnell aims for mound after Christmas

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- Bobby Parnell aims to get on a mound after Christmas for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Parnell underwent the procedure on April 8.

He said he plans to stay in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and throw throughout the winter rather than shut things down during the offseason.

"I had my time off," said Parnell, who is in Miami with the team during this series.

Monday's Mets-Marlins lineups

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- Here are the lineups as the Mets face the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. on Labor Day at Marlins Park.

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Juan Lagares, cf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Matt den Dekker, lf
Dilson Herrera, 2b
Wilmer Flores, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

Marlins
Christian Yelich, lf
Donovan Solano, 2b
Giancarlo Stanton, rf
Casey McGehee, 3b
Garrett Jones, 1b
Marcell Ozuna, cf
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c
Adeiny Hechavarria, ss
Henderson Alvarez, rhp

Morning Briefing: No deal

September, 1, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The gang is still all here.

The deadline to trade a player and have him eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster passed at midnight and the Mets stood pat, as they did at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. So all the chatter about Bartolo Colon potentially getting dealt can be revisited this offseason, when he has one year and $11 million remaining on his contract.

The Mets open a series at third-place Miami at 1:10 p.m. on Labor Day.

Zack Wheeler, who is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season, opposes fellow right-hander Henderson Alvarez in the opener.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the Phillies, 6-5, to avoid dropping into last place in the NL East. Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer and the Mets held on late despite Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia each surrendering a run.

The Mets went 13-6 in the season series against Philadelphia, matching the most wins against the Phillies in one season in franchise history. It was the Amazin’s most wins against any team in a single season since producing 14 wins against the Montreal Expos in 1991.

Wilmer Flores had a career-high-matching three hits as well as a handful of solid fielding plays at shortstop.

The Mets produced 11 hits. That snapped a streak of 10 straight home games with six hits or fewer, which had tied the 1980 Athletics for a modern-day futility record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at MLB.com.

• The Mets have fired their VP in charge of ticket sales after four years on the job, the Post reported.


Adam RubinErik Goeddel is one of four players due to join the Mets on Monday in Miami as rosters expand.


• With rosters expanding, the Mets summoned four minor leaguers to join the club for the series opener in Miami: infielder Josh Satin, right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez and catcher Juan Centeno. The Mets’ 40-man roster is now at 39. Alvarez, albeit 25, began the season at low-A Savannah. He was promoted from Double-A Binghamton. He had 114 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 1/3 innings across three levels. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The minor-league reinforcements were needed in part because the Mets left a couple of relievers behind in New York with elbow woes. Josh Edgin, who has bone spurs, is due to be examined as soon as Tuesday and may be “down for a while,” manager Terry Collins said. Edgin is unsure if he will require surgery to remove the spurs. Daisuke Matsuzaka's balky elbow also will be examined. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• With St. Lucie having been eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the Florida State League regular season, several farmhands received promotions to playoff-bound clubs. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, the son of Lee Mazzilli, is headed to Las Vegas. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson are headed to Binghamton.

Maron hails from Hicksville, Long Island. He hit .282 with three homers and 50 RBIs and had a .387 on-base percentage in 348 at-bats with St. Lucie.

• St. Lucie was eliminated Sunday despite a 4-2 win against Palm Beach. The FSL club posted a 76-62 record this season. Meanwhile, Brooklyn remained alive for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth entering Monday’s regular-season finale by beating Staten Island, 11-3, behind a four-RBI game from Adrian Abreu. The Cyclones need to win Monday and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to qualify for the playoffs. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mike Puma in the Post names Lucas Duda the MVP and Curtis Granderson the LVP of the Mets for August. The Mets went 12-17 during the month. Granderson, who was 1-for-17 on the homestand, was given Sunday off.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto, who is hitting .340 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 159 at-bats entering Brooklyn’s regular-season finale. “It’s just rare to see that kind of selectivity in somebody that is so young,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa told Vorkunov. “Everything we had heard -- he was one of the top college hitters in the country -- has proved to be true in pro ball.”

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander David West turns 50. ... Minor-league infielder Jhoan Urena is 20.

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Report: Mets fire ticket-sales VP

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- The Mets have fired their senior vice president in charge of ticket sales, Fred Kerber reports in the Post.

The Mets officially are averaging 27,034 per game, which ranks 21st in MLB. The team averaged 26,695 a season ago, and could finish below that average this year because September figures to be a slow month.

Writes Kerber:

Fans weren’t paying at the box office so a Mets executive paid with her job.

With only the Diamondbacks and Marlins selling fewer tickets in the National League than the Mets, the team has fired Leigh Castergine, senior vice president, ticket sales and services who had been with the team since 2010.

“Leigh Castergine, Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales & Services, is no longer with the organization. Although no replacement has been named yet, we have a talented staff in place to handle all ticket related business while we embark on a national search for this role,” the team said Sunday in a statement to The Post.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face Henderson Alvarez, Brad Penny and Tom Koehler in Miami.
METS (64-73, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (66-69, third place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75), 1:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (7-10, 3.48) vs. RHP Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.94) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.79), 7:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

Giancarlo Stanton leads the National League with 33 homers and a career-high 98 RBIs. Dan Uggla was the last Marlin to drive in 100 runs, back in 2010 (105).


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsJordany Valdespin is back in the majors with Miami.


Stanton appears dissatisfied with the Marlins’ commitment to winning, despite the team seemingly on an ascent. “Five months doesn’t change five years,” Stanton recently told Yahoo! “… We’ve definitely done better than anyone thought we would do. At the same time, we’re still not where we need to be to keep playing beyond the designed schedule. … I want to be the only game on TV at the end of the day.”

• After spending the first portion of the season in Triple-A, ex-Met Jordany Valdespin made his Marlins debut July 19. He started 16 games in a three-week stretch, primarily at second base, but since has receded to a backup role, with Donovan Solano handling the position. Valdespin, 26, is hitting .228 with three homers and seven RBIs in 79 at-bats.

Brad Penny went 48-42 with a 4.04 ERA with the Marlins from 2000 through ’04, when he was the batterymate of current manager Mike Redmond. He had been out of the majors since 2012 until he was promoted Aug. 9. Penny made starts that day and Aug. 14, but since had worked out of the bullpen. He takes Tuesday’s start after a couple of turns for Brad Hand.

• The Marlins traded reliever Chaz Roe to the Yankees for cash on Sunday. Roe exclusively had pitched in Triple-A this season.

Garrett Jones' 13 errors lead MLB first basemen.

• Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves snapped a string of 60 straight games not being shut out, which had been the longest active streak in the majors. The Marlins last had been shut out on June 21, by Jacob deGrom and the Mets.

Mets again stand pat at trade deadline

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- The deadline to trade a player and have him eligible for the acquiring team's postseason roster passed at midnight and the Mets remained intact, as had been expected.

Elsewhere, the Oakland Athletics acquired Adam Dunn and from the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays acquired John Mayberry Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Teams signaled they were unwilling to absorb Bartolo Colon's full $11 million salary for 2015 when he went unclaimed while on waivers last week. The Mets are expected to trade a starting pitcher this winter, with Colon a logical candidate. Jonathon Niese could be an alternative.

Minors 8.31.14: St. Lucie eliminated

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ALBUQUERQUE 12, LAS VEGAS 11 (11 innings): Ryan Reid (5-2) surrendered a walk-off sacrifice fly to Roger Bernadina in the bottom of the 11th. Las Vegas had led 8-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. Starter Logan Verrett contributed five scoreless innings. Matt Bowman was charged with five runs and recorded only one out in the sixth. Box

RICHMOND 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Elliott Blair broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single in the eighth and contributed two sparkling catches in center field. The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their fifth straight defeat. B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa retired six straight batters to open his start. He stranded two in the third when Blair popped out in foul territory to catcher Xorge Carrillo. Richmond threatened again when Angel Villalona led off the fifth with a double. Ynoa responded by retiring three straight. Richmond starter Ty Blach tossed four no-hit innings before surrendering a leadoff infield single to Carrillo in the fifth. Blach erased Carrillo with a double play and ended the frame by retiring Ynoa. Binghamton finally pushed a runner into scoring position when Brian Burgamy ripped this team-leading 32nd double with two outs in the sixth. Blach sidestepped the threat by inducing Jayce Boyd to fly out. Blair had opened the game with a diving catch on the warning track to rob Brandon Nimmo of an extra-base hit. He struck again with an over-the-shoulder basket catch against Travis Taijeron in the seventh.

Ynoa retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. Jon Velasquez (4-4) inherited the scoreless tie in the eighth and fell into trouble immediately by allowing a leadoff single to Myles Schroder. Velasquez retired the next two batters, but then issued a two-out walk to Kelby Tomlinson. Blair made the righty pay by lining a 2-1 pitch into center, plating Schroder with the lone run. T.J. Rivera (0-for-4) had an 11-game hitting streak snapped. The playoff-bound B-Mets (83-57) conclude the regular season on Monday. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 2: St. Lucie faced long playoff odds entering Sunday’s finale. The Mets did their part by beating the Cardinals, but Bradenton’s 3-2 victory over Charlotte in Game 1 of a doubleheader eliminated the Mets from playoff contention. St. Lucie completed its season with a 76-62 record. Matt Koch limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings. He scattered nine hits, induced two double-play grounders and struck out four batters. The Mets scored all four of their runs in the third inning against Tyrell Jenkins. Gavin Cecchini singled and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Gilbert Gomez drove him in with a double. After Maikis De La Cruz singled, L.J. Mazzilli crushed a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Jared King capped the scoring with an RBI double. Mason Katz hit a solo homer against Jake Kuebler in the eighth to cut the Mets' lead to 4-2. Koch earned his team-high 10th win. Kuebler notched his third save. Mazzilli had three hits and finished the Florida State League season with a .312 average. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Patrick Biondi had a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to pull the Gnats within a run. Stefan Sabol then singled, but Victor Cruzado struck out to the end game. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs in seven innings. The Gnats complete their regular season Monday. They open the playoffs Wednesday at Asheville. Box

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 3: The Cyclones remained alive entering Monday's final day of the regular season. Brooklyn needs to beat Staten Island and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to claim the New York-Penn League's wild-card spot. On Sunday, Adrian Abreu went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Michael Conforto had three hits and a walk and scored twice. Starter Alberto Baldonado allowed one run in five innings. Box

Compiled with team reports

Mets promote four as rosters expand

August, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Four farmhands will join the Mets in Miami as rosters expand Monday. Infielder Josh Satin and right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel received promotions from Triple-A Las Vegas, and catcher Juan Centeno and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez received promotions from Double-A Binghamton.

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Goeddel, 25, was drafted in the 24th round in 2010 out of UCLA and signed for an over-slot $350,000, a rare move for the Mets at the time. He nearly exclusively started as a professional until he was moved to a relief role this season, but he did work in relief in college. Goeddel was 3-2 with a 5.37 ERA and had a .296 opponent batting average with Las Vegas.

Alvarez, 25, began the season at Class A Savannah and rose to St. Lucie, then Binghamton and now the majors. He was a combined 10-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 29 appearances (six starts) across those three levels. He had a 0.886 WHIP. A native of the Dominican Republic, Alvarez was with the Phillies in the Dominican Summer League from 2007 through '09. He wasn't signed by the Mets until 2013. He pitched in Panama in 2010 and '11 and Venezuela in 2012.

Satin was hitting .289 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 374 Triple-A at-bats this season.

Only Alvarez was not on the 40-man roster. His addition brings the total to 39.

Elbow woes to keep Edgin, Dice-K in N.Y.

August, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin, who has not appeared in a game since Aug. 23, will remain in New York and be examined by team doctors after the Labor Day weekend.

Edgin has bone spurs in the elbow and is unsure whether he will need surgery to have those removed this offseason. He received platelet-rich plasma therapy last Monday and also underwent an MRI that did not reveal any tears, the southpaw said.

Manager Terry Collins said he expected Edgin to be "down for a while" and that the team will lean on Dana Eveland for lefty relief. The Mets also promoted Dario Alvarez from Double-A.

Edgin tried to warm up to enter Friday's game and was unable to do so.

Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka also will remain in New York to get his elbow checked out. Matsuzaka has struggled since returning from the disabled list Thursday.

Recker Lifts Mets

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Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer to power the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Phillies.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Phillies 5

August, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Enjoy last place, Philly!

Anthony Recker produced a tie-breaking three-run homer against A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning Sunday, and the New York Mets held on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 at Citi Field.

The Mets completed the season series with a 13-6 record against the Phillies. That matches the most wins in a season against Philadelphia in franchise history. The Mets went 13-5 against the Phillies in 1970, ’71, ’72 and ’87.

The victory prevented the Mets (64-73) from dropping into last place in the NL East for the first time since June 27.


Kathy Kmonicek/Associated PressAnthony Recker receives congratulations after delivering a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth inning.


Recker, whose three-run shot staked the Mets to a 5-2 lead, now has 12 career long balls. Nine of those home runs have tied the score or given his team a lead, including four of five this season.

Jeurys Familia surrendered a solo homer to Domonic Brown in the eighth inning as Philadelphia (62-74) pulled to within 5-4. Dilson Herrera's first career RBI in the bottom half of the inning restored a two-run cushion for Jenrry Mejia, who needed the insurance. Mejia notched his 21st save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

In the seventh, Dana Eveland allowed a runner inherited from starter Dillon Gee to score, but left a pair of Phillies in scoring position by retiring Chase Utley on a pop-out and consecutively striking out Ryan Howard and Grady Sizemore.

Not him again: Gee must have nightmares about Howard, right? Howard’s solo homer in the sixth against Gee evened the score at 2. Earlier, Howard’s RBI double in the fourth opened the game’s scoring -- although Gee left the bases loaded in that frame by coaxing a double-play grounder from Wil Nieves.

Howard is hitting .423 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 26 career at-bats against Gee.

Howard also is the active leader in long balls against the Mets with 41, ahead of a pair of his Phillies teammates -- Utley (33), and No. 3 Jimmy Rollins (30).

Gee entered Sunday’s start with a 6.53 ERA in 13 career appearances (12 starts) against the Phillies. He departed with a 5-2 lead after walking Freddy Galvis to open the seventh. Gee’s final line: 6+ IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.

Halted! David Wright snapped a career-high 14-game RBI-less drought when his two-out single in the sixth against Burnett plated Matt den Dekker and staked the Mets to a 2-1 lead. Wright’s previous high without an RBI had been 13 straight games in Aug. 2010.

Wright’s hit also gave the Mets seven in the game. That snapped a streak of 10 straight games at Citi Field with six hits or fewer, which had matched the longest home streak in the majors since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Den Dekker’s RBI double had pulled the Mets even at 1.

Three cheers: Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 and also recorded his first career stolen base, although a good throw from the Nieves would have nailed him at third base. It marked the third time Flores produced that career-high three-hit total.

What’s next: The Mets head to Miami for a three-game series. Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75) in the 1:10 p.m. opener on Labor Day. Wheeler is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season.

Cecchini gets promotion to B-Mets

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NEW YORK -- With St. Lucie eliminated from postseason contention in the Florida State League on the final day of the regular season, 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini has been promoted to Double-A Binghamton in time for this week's Eastern League playoffs.

Cecchini, a 20-year-old shortstop, hit .236 with five homers and 31 RBIs and had a .325 on-base percentage in 68 games with St. Lucie after a midseason promotion from Savannah.

Cecchini will take over the spot vacated by Dilson Herrera's promotion to the majors.

Catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson also received call-ups to Binghamton. Maron is from Hicksville, Long Island.

Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli received a promotion from St. Lucie to Las Vegas.

Analysis: Will 2015 really be better?

August, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Add Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell to an already solid staff, and the New York Mets should have playoff-caliber pitching in 2015.

Still, it is entirely possible the glass-half-full outlook for next season is a mirage, and the Mets’ streak of consecutive losing seasons will continue.

Once Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud began to produce this season, it seemed reasonable to assert the Mets were a shortstop and left fielder away from becoming legitimate wild-card contenders.

Not that securing substantial upgrades at both of those positions this winter would have been a slam dunk, but it seemed a plausible goal to realistically make the Mets competitive.

Now?


Brad Mangin/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesThe struggles of Curtis Granderson and David Wright make the Mets' ability to succeed in 2015 questionable.


Given the profound struggles of David Wright and Curtis Granderson, you must begin to wonder if a shortstop and left fielder are remotely enough to jumpstart the team’s offense.

Wright is in the midst of a career-high, 153-at-bat homerless drought. He is hitting .207 (30-for-145) with two doubles and eight RBIs in 38 games since the All-Star break.

Granderson, who was on the bench Sunday, is 1-for-17 on the homestand, has two extra-base hits in August and is hitting .214 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs this year. He was signed to be Wright’s protection in the lineup, yet more recently found himself as the leadoff hitter -- and floundering in that role.

Aside from their paltry production as supposed anchors of the offense, Wright and Granderson’s contracts are borderline scary, too -- unless the Mets' owners are going to seriously loosen the purse strings.

Wright and Granderson are making a combined $33 million this season and are due to make a combined $36 million in 2015.

After Mets GM Sandy Alderson waited four years for payroll flexibility, he is now tied to two potentially unproductive players who may consume more than one-third of the payroll for the next three seasons.

“It’s a legitimate question,” manager Terry Collins said Sunday when asked about being able to succeed with the team’s two primary offensive cogs unproductive. “Your main guys, when you go into spring training every year, you look at those names and you say, ‘These are going to be the guys that carry us. Now, the pieces around those guys, what do they need to do for us to be successful?’ It depends on those guys to really do what they do best.”

The primary case for Wright having a rebound season in 2015 is that his shoulder is holding him back now, and he will be healthy next year. That might be valid to a certain extent, but Wright’s production trend is headed in a downward direction. Since producing a combined 63 home runs in 2007 and ’08, Wright’s long-ball totals have been 10, 29, 14, 21, 18 and now eight. And Wright is not getting any younger; he will be 32 next season.

Granderson’s season, meanwhile, might not be that much of an outlier from previous years. His on-base percentage is identical to that of his last season with the Yankees (.317). And he is homering once every 29.8 at-bats this season, compared with once every 30.6 at-bats a year ago in pinstripes.

“No. 1, I think David is going to be healthier next year than he has been,” Collins said. “I think that will make a difference. You look at his splits between the first and second half, [and] there’s a dramatic difference.

“And Grandy, I think [after] a year in the National League, I think [after] a year seeing what it takes to be successful in this park, I think he’ll probably come into spring training with a different outlook of what he’s got to do to find success here.”

Alderson was fond all last winter of noting the Mets went 50-50 in their final 100 games of the 2013 season, as if that was supposed to be a signal the team was on the precipice of something special.

It was not.

Using that same measurement tool, though, the Mets are 46-54 in their past 100 games this season.

That’s a 75-win pace that Harvey and Parnell will not remedy without rebounds from Wright and Granderson.

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