New York Mets: Anthony Recker
The Mets had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Matt den Dekker’s sacrifice fly scored Matt Clark. Clark had singled and advanced to third base on minor-league call-up Jeff Glenn's single.
Dillon Gee allowed one run on four hits while striking out one in 2 1/3 innings. His fastball sat at 87 mph.
Carlos Torres entered and recorded two outs on three pitches in relief of Gee that frame. Torres went on to retire six straight batters until surrendering a double to Jeff Mathis.
Torres eventually logged three-plus innings. The lone run against him was unearned, when den Dekker’s throw from center field eluded Anthony Recker. The error, charged to the catcher, allowed Miami to take a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Reid inherited two runners from Torres in the sixth and coaxed a first-pitch double play.
At the plate, the Mets mustered only two hits in 3 1/3 innings against reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez. After a leadoff single in the first by Eric Young Jr., Fernandez retired nine straight. The next hit, a two-strike single by Chris Young in the bottom of the fourth, came after Young could have been called out looking at a breaking ball, but which was ruled a ball.
The Mets then were blanked for an additional 2 2/3 innings by Kevin Slowey.
The Mets pulled within 2-1 in the seventh when Recker’s single scored Dustin Lawley, then drew even in the ninth on den Dekker’s sac fly.
“I still feel a little out sync, but that’s what all this is for,” Gee said about his start. “... I’m not a power guy, so I can’t just go out there and blow things by guys. I’m a feel guy. My mechanics are big. My timing is big. After taking four months off, it kind of takes a while to find that. Now, after throwing 199 innings last year, I try to take a little more time off and get that rest, instead of coming into spring training ready to go -- try to utilize spring training so I can make it a whole year again and make it 200-plus [innings].
“I have a tendency to want to rush and force everything to the plate rather than letting everything work how it’s supposed to,” Gee continued. “I just continue to work on the things we were working on last year during the season, trying to replicate that as much as possible.
“As of right now, I feel good compared to where I was last year at this point. Last year, one of these games, I hit like three guys and walked like five guys. At least I’m throwing strikes right now. If I can throw strikes, I can go out there and compete no matter how I feel.”
Jeff Roberson/Associated PressSandy Alderson reportedly told staffers the Mets can, and should, win 90 games.
FIRST PITCH: Let the games begin!
The Mets will stage a midday intrasquad game Thursday, in advance of Friday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals. (UPDATE: The intrasquad game may be moved to 10:15 a.m. to get ahead of predicted inclement weather.)
Dillon Gee and Jenrry Mejia are due to start opposite each other and log two innings apiece in the intrasquad game. Also scheduled to pitch Thursday: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Jose Valverde, Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia and Joel Carreño.
Terry Collins said Torres will be stretched out like a spot starter/long reliever, building up starter’s innings.
David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy will not play in the intrasquad game, according to Collins.
Thursday’s news reports:
• Sandy Alderson told staffers in an internal meeting that the Mets can win 90 games in 2014, columnist John Harper reports in the Daily News. Writes Harper:
And, according to people who were in the room, after Alderson’s decree prompted discussion about how to best maximize the Mets’ assets, owner Fred Wilpon chimed in at one point with his own pointed assessment.
“We better win 90,” he said, according to a source.
What, Matt Harvey’s elbow surgery was just a cruel practical joke of some kind, and he’s secretly preparing for Opening Day?
Otherwise the idea sounds preposterous, right? A Las Vegas sports book, Bovada, on Wednesday released its over/under proposition bets, and it put the number for the Mets at 73.5.
Bartolo Colon (calf) and Eric Young Jr. (side) also have injuries, while Matt den Dekker is briefly limited with a stomach ailment.
The Mets have planned for Niese to start on Opening Day, followed by Colon and Dillon Gee against the Nats in Game Nos. 2 and 3 of the regular season, but that is subject to those pitchers’ health.
Read columnist Kevin Kernan’s take on Niese’s injury in the Post. Read news stories in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.
• Ruben Tejada is the shortstop “at this moment,” Collins said, but Wilmer Flores will get legitimate consideration and Seattle’s Nick Franklin is on the Mets’ radar. Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers, meanwhile, says it is quiet on the trade front for his extra shortstop, whether that’s Chris Owings or Didi Gregorius.
As for any criticism about his fitness or otherwise, Tejada told Marc Carig in Newsday: “I don’t really pay attention, you know? Because I did my best in the offseason so I could come here with really good positive energy. Mentally, I’m good, so I’m not listening to anybody about that.”
Read more on Tejada in the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.
• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com profiles Syndergaard, who did not physically mature and get on scouts’ radar until his senior year of high school. He ultimately was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 38th overall pick in 2010.
“This wasn't a guy who was famous before the spring of his senior year,” Paul DePodesta told DiComo. “He sort of emerged on the scene. He didn’t go into the year with a whole lot of hype, and that’s probably one of the reasons why he lasted to where he did in the draft.”
Said David Walden, Syndergaard’s high school coach: “There were a bunch of scouts down here who got in a lot of trouble.”
• Bovada sets the over/under for Mets wins at 73.5. Read more in the Post.
• Sharknado 2 stars are filming at Citi Field. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Jared Diamond in the Journal reviews the honeymoons of the five Mets who got married during the offseason -- Anthony Recker (French Polynesia), Josh Satin (Thailand), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Hawaii), Zach Lutz (none), Wright (none).
Wright tells Diamond: “I’m very routine-based. I’ve done the same routine for 15 years of playing baseball now, so I like to stick to that routine. I'm sure we will do something in the future, but there’s nothing really planned yet. For me, getting married over the holidays, my routine starts come Jan. 1, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t fall behind that.”
As for the eventual honeymoon spot, Wright adds: “We travel so much during the season that the last thing I want to do during the winter is hop on a plane for a long time. There are a lot of places I’d like to go, though. I’ve never been to Europe. She did such a good job planning the wedding, she can pick where she wants to go.”
• From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report suggests the Mets are not comfortable with Tejada at shortstop, no matter what they say publicly.
BIRTHDAYS: Jersey native Anthony Seratelli, in camp with the Mets, turns 31. … Former Mets (and longtime Braves) pitcher Pete Smith was born on this date in 1966.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Had a great birthday dinner tonight w/ the guys. Thanks @You_Found_Nimmo for pickin up my tab! Also thanks for all the bday shoutouts today!— Kevin Plawecki (@kplawecki26) February 27, 2014
Tom Uhlman/Associated PressStephen Strasburg is expected to start on March 31 against the Mets at Citi Field, on Opening Day.
FIRST PITCH: It’s Photo Day for the Mets on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.
There are two days until the Grapefruit League opener, Friday against the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. at Tradition Field.
First-year Nats manager Matt Williams plans to start Taylor Jordan opposite Rafael Montero on Friday. Jordan is competing with Ross Detwiler and Tanner Roark for the Nats’ fifth-starter role. Here is Washington’s tentative starting lineup, via Mark Zuckerman at Nats Insider:
Nate McLouth, rf
Danny Espinosa, 2b
Ryan Zimmerman, 3b
Adam LaRoche, 1b
Ian Desmond, ss
Wilson Ramos, c
Tyler Moore, dh
Scott Hairston, lf
Michael Taylor, cf
Williams also confirmed Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start Opening Day, on March 31 at Citi Field. That is likely to be opposite Jonathon Niese, according to Terry Collins.
Montero threw live batting practice Tuesday, in advance of starting Friday.
Wednesday’s news reports:
• Jeremy Hefner tossed a baseball on consecutive days for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. “Passed another big hurdle, and feeling good!” Hefner tweeted.
• Free-agent Johan Santana topped out at only 81 mph and largely pitched at 77-78 mph in an audition for seven teams, including the Yankees, at a Fort Myers, Fla., high school, George King reported in the Post. The starting-pitching-deep Mets did not send a scout, notes Marc Carig in Newsday. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com reports the Tama Bay Rays also have interest in Seattle Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, along with the Mets. A source told ESPNNewYork.com earlier this offseason that the Rays and Mariners were close to pulling the trigger on a deal involving Franklin, but Jeremy Hellickson’s injury limited Tampa Bay’s pitching depth and caused the trade to fall apart. Perhaps coincidentally, the first scout spotted at Mets camp was Joe McIlvaine, the former Mets GM, who works for the Mariners. Read more in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
• Collins plans to take David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud and likely one other starter -- maybe Ruben Tejada -- to Las Vegas for split-squad games against the Chicago Cubs on March 15 and 16. Daniel Murphy will not make the trip because his wife is pregnant, Collins said. Murph said the due date is actually not until April 15. His wife plans to give birth to their son in Florida, where her mother is a nurse, so there may be a brief paternity leave involved during the first month of the season.
• A team official told ESPNNewYork.com the Mets were not close to a deal with Stephen Drew. Read more in the Daily News.
• Bobby Parnell tells columnist John Harper in the Daily News that he was reassured he would be fine undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk because he watched Peyton Manning, who also underwent the procedure, throw seven touchdown passes against the Baltimore Ravens in one game. Writes Harper:
In fact, Parnell endured essentially the same surgery: the doctor removed two disks from his neck, inserted a cadaver bone, fused it to his vertebrae and, as he describes it, “caged it with titanium." At that the 29-year old right-hander allowed something of a wry smile and said, “It’s not going anywhere."
• Anthony Recker approves of the new rule involving collisions at the plate, which does not end them entirely, but does prevent deliberate blows. The Mets have instructed their catchers, particularly d’Arnaud, not to block the plate, even though that is allowed if the ball beats the runner.
Collins said the Mets, and other teams, will argue with umpires and delay until determining whether to challenge a call using instant replay. Regarding umpires making controversial determinations at the plate, Collins said: “I think you’re going to still see a number of ejections. I really do. We’ve got some guys, like myself, who can get fiery at times.” Read more of Collins’ remarks on instant replay and plate collisions in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Journal, Newsday and MLB.com.
• Tim Rohan in the Times writes that the Mets are blessed with two catching prospects: d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
• Jose Valverde is mentoring the young pitchers from his country, which he calls his “Dominican mafia,” writes Mike Puma in the Post.
• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger notes that Recker and Zach Lutz were teammates at Division III Alvernia in Pennsylvania, playing for Lutz’s father Yogi. Only nine of the 1,983 players to appear in the majors last season came from a D-III program, Vorkunov writes.
• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com profiles Jeurys Familia.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing finds itself managing its 2014 expectations. … John Delcos at Mets Report writes that motivation should come from within for Ike Davis. … Blogging Mets reports on a push to get a permanent Kiner’s Korner at Citi Field.
BIRTHDAYS: Plawecki, who is expected to open the season at Double-A Binghamton, turns 23. He hit a combined .305 with eight homers and 80 RBIs and had a .390 on-base percentage between Savannah and St. Lucie last season.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Essentially, catchers without the ball need to provide a lane for the runner to reach the plate, but catchers already in possession of the ball can block the plate. Runners do not have to slide, but cannot lower their shoulder or otherwise change direction in order to make contact with the catcher.
"It's kind of like the unwritten rule has become the written rule -- don't block the plate without the ball and don't try to run me over unless I'm ready, I guess," Recker said. "They can't really run you over at all because they're not allowed to lower their shoulder. They're not allowed to use their elbow. All that stuff. It looks like it's pretty much a slide rule. I'm still allowed to block the plate as long as I have the ball. It seems like it's a pretty fair rule. I like where it's at right now.
"We'll see how it works out, because I guess it's on an interim basis, just for one year."
As for the Mets' instruction to catchers not to block the plate even with possession of the ball, Recker added: "Knowing myself, I'm not going to try to be a tough guy, but if it calls for it, then I think it's the right thing to do. Me, knowing that they can't run me over, knowing that they can't change direction, it takes a lot of the necessary aggressiveness out of it, which is good. Before I always felt like I had to be aggressive, because if I wasn't, I could get hurt. Now it doesn't seem so much that way."
So what is the runner supposed to do if the catcher already has the ball and is completely blocking the plate?
"If I'm five feet in front of the plate, he can't really get to the plate," Recker said. "I guess in that case he could [initiate contact]. But he can't lower anything. He can't use anything to his advantage. Pretty much he's out. There's not much he can do.
"It'll be interesting to see how it works out this year. I'm sure they'll get the kinks out, if there are any."
Adam RubinAl Jackson, 78, offers pitching knowledge to Jenrry Mejia on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.
Adam RubinAnthony Recker awaits catching a bullpen session.
Adam RubinVic Black practices fielding with other Mets pitchers.
FIRST PITCH: Mets players continue to pour into Port St. Lucie well ahead of the official report dates -- Saturday for pitchers and catchers and Feb. 20 for position players.
Among players on the 40-man roster, at least 18 participated in a voluntary workout Monday at the complex: Vic Black, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Dillon Gee, Erik Goeddel, Steven Matz, Jenrry Mejia, Jonathon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Jeff Walters, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Anthony Recker, Ike Davis, Josh Satin, Andrew Brown, Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
David Wright also is in town, although he wasn’t spotted Monday.
The Mets annually have large turnouts for these voluntary workouts, but Terry Collins seems to set the tone by arriving in December.
Tuesday’s news reports:
• Parnell normally would get on a mound now, but will wait an extra two weeks as he returns from Sept. 10 surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Parnell nonetheless says his neck is “feeling great.” Read more in the Daily News.
• Mejia, whose 2013 season ended with surgery to remove a bone spur, wants to claim the fifth spot in the rotation. His primary competition is Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan. DeGrom, a shortstop in college at Stetson, is another candidate for that final rotation spot. Read more in the Post and Daily News.
• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com projects Mejia as the fifth starter and Kyle Farnsworth as the primary setup man in his spring-training preview.
• D’Arnaud’s ability to get strike calls from umpires as a catcher proved a major upgrade over John Buck late in the 2013 season.
• Wheeler continues to maintain he wants the Opening Day start, on March 31 against the Washington Nationals. Collins has mentioned Niese as the most likely. Regardless, it mostly is a ceremonial role that means you draw opponents’ top starters in April, beginning likely with Stephen Strasburg.
• Lefty relief prospect Jack Leathersich is more focused on his walks than his gaudy minor-league strikeout totals.
• Utility player Emilio Bonifacio has been placed on release waivers by the Kansas City Royals. The team that claims him (with the pecking order last year’s record, from worst to first) would inherit his $3.55 million salary. Otherwise, if Bonifacio were to clear waivers, he would be a free agent. If he becomes a free agent, the Royals would only have to pay a fraction of the negotiated salary, since settlements with arbitration-eligible players are not automatically fully guaranteed.
• The Long Island native Matz, a left-handed pitching prospect, is finally on track after a two-year recovery from Tommy John surgery.
• From the bloggers … Mets Police suggests a foolproof marketing plan for the Mets -- winning games. … John Delcos at Mets Report already is looking at which pieces the Mets can sell this summer.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets farmhand Matt Lindstrom turns 34. The reliever had a $4 million option picked up by the Chicago White Sox for the upcoming season.
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.
FIRST PITCH: We’re baaaaaaaack!
Five days ahead of Saturday’s official pitchers and catchers report date, Morning Briefing has returned, and ESPNNewYork.com is reporting live from the Mets’ spring-training complex on Monday.
There are plenty of players already in camp, including David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia, Anthony Recker, Jack Leathersich, Andrew Brown and Danny Muno. Eric Young Jr., Josh Satin and Jeremy Hefner tweeted this past weekend that they are due at the complex as early as today.
Of course, Terry Collins is ready to go. He has been in Port St. Lucie since the winter meetings in mid-December.
Monday’s news reports:
• Still hoping the Mets upgrade at shortstop from Ruben Tejada? Marc Carig in Newsday quotes a person with knowledge of the Mets’ thinking regarding Stephen Drew as saying: “There has not been much dialogue at all.” Carig quotes another source saying there has been “continuous discussion.”
Overall, the Mets essentially are doing a cost-benefit calculation with Drew. Their conclusion: A contract costing $11 million to $12 million a year may not be worth one or two wins.
Nick Cafardo in The Boston Globe nonetheless labels the Mets the frontrunners for Drew. Writes Cafardo:
Even though there’s a sentiment he may return to the Red Sox, that has been dampened lately. Agent Scott Boras continues to indicate that he’s speaking to “multiple” teams concerning Drew’s availability. Drew still receives text messages from his Red Sox teammates who hope he returns.
“Stephen did an excellent job for us last year. He was a really solid player. He was a big part of our team. And so out of respect to him, we’ve kept a dialogue going,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told SiriusXM, according to Ken Davidoff in the Post. “But at this point, we’re really focused on the guys we have on the roster. … I wouldn’t expect anything major to happen between now and when we report, at this point.”
• Curtis Granderson has not checked into Port St. Lucie yet, but the ex-Yankee did swing by his former employer in Tampa, writes Anthony McCarron in the Daily News. Granderson visited the Yankees’ minor-league complex Friday while apparently visiting family nearby.
• Departing beat writer Mike Kerwick offers this spring-training preview in the Record.
• Michael Salfino in the Journal concludes that pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery produce nearly identical ERAs after returning from the procedure. That is particularly relevant to the Mets since that is the path Matt Harvey is now on. Salfino identified 15 high-profile pitchers who had Tommy John surgery since 2006. Their cumulative ERA was 3.82 and strikeouts per nine innings 7.1 before the procedure. Afterward, their ERA was 3.83 and K/9 innings was 7.9.
Steven Matz, whose pro career was stalled for nearly two full years early on because of Tommy John surgery, will be in big-league camp and is featured in Newsday.
• From the bloggers … At Mets Police, Shannon wonders how the Mets not spending more on players became his problem. ... The Eddie Kranepool Society believes the Mets should forget about Drew and look to the Diamondbacks for a starting shortstop. … John Delcos at Mets Report asserts the Mets cannot afford to rush Harvey, who underwent his procedure Oct. 22 and is therefore likely to miss the entire season. ... Faith and Fear in Flushing speculates on why it's so hard to make Met things perfect.
BIRTHDAYS: Travis d'Arnaud turns 25. ... Lenny Dykstra is 51. ... Bobby J. Jones, who pitched eight seasons with the Mets, is 44.
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Port St. Lucie is starting to bustle.
Bobby Parnell, Anthony Recker, Jenrry Mejia and Andrew Brown already are working out at the Mets' Florida complex. David Wright has indicated he plans to start working out there this week, too, after hosting an annual charity event over the weekend in his native Virginia.
Pitchers and catchers officially report Feb. 15, with the first workout two days later.
Getty ImagesTaylor Teagarden and Anthony Recker are the backups to Travis d'Arnaud.
And it appears clear how the Mets intend to handle the catching situation behind Travis d'Arnaud: Anthony Recker should remain the primary backup, with ex-Oriole/Ranger Taylor Teagarden providing competition.
Teagarden, 30, has a .206 average, albeit with 20 homers, in 467 career big-league at-bats over six seasons. He has an out in his contract on June 15 if he is not promoted to the majors by then.
Teagarden, who is not on the 40-man roster, likely would join Juan Centeno at Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.
Only a handful of free-agent catchers even remain available, via MLB Trade Rumors: Hector Gimenez, Koyie Hill, Michael McKenry, Miguel Olivo, Kelly Shoppach and Yorvit Torrealba.
• Curtis Granderson will bat fourth, behind David Wright. "With Curtis behind him, they've got to make a decision," Collins said.
Collins acknowledged that Granderson wasn't THE GUY in the Yankees lineup. He only started four games in the cleanup spot for the Yankees this past season. Still, Collins said: "We're certainly hoping to have enough guys spaced out through the lineup to give him help." Collins added that Chris Young or the first baseman, likely Lucas Duda, would bat behind Granderson.
• Bobby Parnell, who underwent surgery on Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disk in his neck, will return to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins early next week. Parnell hopes to be cleared to resume full activities.
Collins noted that Parnell typically arrives in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in January. So the Mets should have an early read.
• Jenrry Mejia is "in the mix" for a rotation assignment after Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. The issue, since Mejia has not thrown more than 108 innings in a season, is whether Mejia can pitch a full season -- even without considering an innings cap.
Of course, using Mejia merely would buy time for Noah Syndergaard or another prospect to open the season in the minors. So it may not be the biggest deal if Mejia couldn't pitch a full season.
Mejia has resumed throwing after undergoing surgery Aug. 28 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.
• "Right now" Ruben Tejada is the shortstop. Collins suggested Tejada "learned a tremendous lesson" this past season -- that baseball is 12 months, not just five or six months. Collins noted Tejada will return to fitness and nutrition camp in Michigan in January.
"You can tell when they're upset with what happened," Collins said. "Ruben Tejada was upset."
• Collins very much liked how Anthony Recker handled the backup catcher role and is comfortable with him again handling that duty in 2014, which probably will be the case.
• Sandy Alderson said earlier in the day that there is no leadoff candidate beyond Eric Young Jr., so he should be in the lineup somewhere. Collins pretty much agreed, but noted Chris Young led off in Arizona and Daniel Murphy has been a consideration in the past.
• It will be a point of emphasis in spring training for Travis d'Arnaud to shorten his swing. D'Arnaud hit .202 and had 21 strikeouts in 99 at-bats after debuting last season. "Certainly when he gets to spring training we've got some work to do," Collins said.
• Which prospects might make their debut in 2014? Collins mentioned Syndergaard (who almost definitely will open the season in the minors) as well as Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett, Jeff Walters and Cesar Puello.
Puello was the lone position player mentioned, and Collins said he would open the season in Las Vegas coming off a Biogenesis-related suspension. Collins was unsure whether Mazzoni would be a factor in the bullpen or rotation.
• Collins suggested Wilmer Flores got faster while spending four weeks in Michigan. Is that enough to put him in consideration for a backup middle infield role that includes time at shortstop? That may be a stretch, but Collins wasn't ruling it out.
Collins noted that Flores' ankle injuries never allowed the Mets to get a good look at him at second base after his call-up. "I want to see him at the position he's going to play," Collins said about Flores at second. "... This kid is going to swing the bat."
• Mets pitchers and catchers report Feb. 15, with the first workout two days later.
Read the full Terry Collins transcript here.
Here are some recent tweets:
Off to Los Gatos for the wedding weekend! Excited to finally be Mr and Mrs w/ @KellyShepardson I guess she's gonna have to change her handle— Anthony Recker (@Anthony_Recker) October 31, 2013
Excited to go see my boys @JoshSatin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis get married next week.— Ike Davis (@Iked29) October 29, 2013
• LaTroy Hawkins, right-handed reliever. Hawkins appears the most likely to be re-signed, even though he will be 41 years old next season. He was productive stepping into the closer’s role after Bobby Parnell's injury, while dialing his fastball up to 95 mph.
• Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang, right-handed starters. Terry Collins liked Dice-K, so perhaps it is not out of the realm of possibility to re-sign him as a fifth-starter competitor who would allow Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom to open the season in the minors. For that matter, Harang fits that profile, too.
• Tim Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano, left-handed relievers. Both returned from shoulder injuries after missing substantial time. It likely is time for the Mets to move on from both, but their careers do not appear over yet.
• David Aardsma, right-handed reliever. Productive, although he wilted with too much use. Aardsma could be useful to re-sign if the price is right.
• Frank Francisco, right-handed reliever. The ex-closer collected $6.5 million this season while mostly nursing a sore elbow and irking Mets officials. No chance he returns.
• Johan Santana, left-handed starter. The one-time ace wants to pitch again after undergoing a second surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. If he is capable, he very likely would sign elsewhere. The best news: Santana's $31 million owed in 2013, including a buyout of next season, comes off the books.
Signed to contracts
• Jonathon Niese, left-handed starter. After missing nearly two months with a rotator cuff strain, Niese finished strongly and should help anchor the 2014 rotation. His salary jumps to $5 million next season, up from $3 million this year.
• David Wright, third baseman. The captain sees a major salary bump. Wright will earn $20 million in 2014 -- a raise of $9 million.
• Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, first basemen. It is likely one gets traded, although there is a slim chance Duda opens the season at Triple-A with Davis at Citi Field. Davis made $3.125 million this year and could receive an ever-so-slight pay cut. The Mets insist he will not be non-tendered. Duda, first-time eligible for arbitration, likely only makes $700,000 or $800,000 in 2014.
• Parnell, closer. Doctors assure Collins that Parnell will be fine for spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, but the manager is concerned. Vic Black would be the alternative. Parnell’s salary should creep upward after he earned $1.7 million while converting 22 of 26 save chances.
• Dillon Gee, right-handed starter. Gee missed 200 innings by one frame. He will be first-time eligible for arbitration.
• Daniel Murphy, second baseman. ESPNNewYork.com hears the Mets will listen on offers for Murphy, but the best bet is he is the Opening Day second baseman. Murphy is due to get another raise after earning $2.925 million this season.
• Ruben Tejada, shortstop. After the broken leg mends, Tejada needs to seriously demonstrate his work ethic to the organization. Still, that may not be enough if the Mets can find the right external shortstop addition.
• Justin Turner, infielder. The best bet is that he serves as a backup infielder again next season.
• Eric Young Jr., outfielder/second baseman. The Mets recognize they need his speed in the lineup. So Young should be in the starting lineup somewhere next season, whether that’s in the outfield or at second base.
• Scott Atchison, right-handed reliever. Believe it or not, while Atchison is 37 years old, he does not have enough MLB service time to be eligible for free agency. He is a definite non-tender candidate in December.
• Mike Baxter, outfielder. Baxter should be arbitration eligible as a Super 2. Regardless, his 40-man roster spot appears in jeopardy. That does not preclude Baxter from being re-signed to a minor league deal. The 2013 Baxter, who hit .189, did not resemble the 2012 Baxter. The Mets believe the shoulder injury suffered in Santana's no-hitter may have hurt Baxter's swing.
• Omar Quintanilla, shortstop. The Mets view Q as a backup, not a full-time player.
• Matt Harvey, right-handed starter. The question remains: Tommy John surgery or no Tommy John surgery? Harvey should be airing it out in about six weeks, perhaps in the Arizona Fall League, to see whether the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow will hold up.
• Zack Wheeler, right-handed starter. Wheeler should be good for 200 innings in 2014.
• Black, right-handed reliever. If Parnell is not ready to close because of a slow recovery from surgery, the hard-throwing Black is the primary alternative. Otherwise, Black projects as handling the eighth inning next season.
• Travis d’Arnaud, catcher. He’s the guy behind the plate, but needs to shorten his swing after hitting .202 in his first major league season.
• Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker, center fielders. Lagares had a franchise-rookie-record 15 outfield assists and is very likely the full-time center fielder in 2014, even with some offensive difficulties. Den Dekker is just as likely to open next season in Triple-A. The Mets do not plan to platoon Lagares and den Dekker in the majors -- not in April, anyway.
• Josh Edgin and Scott Rice, left-handed relievers. Both are coming off surgeries. The Mets need to find a lefty from outside the organization they can trust, but Rice and Edgin could be useful complements.
• Jeurys Familia and Gonzalez Germen, right-handed relievers. Both should vie for a bullpen role in 2014.
• Jeremy Hefner, right-handed starter. Hefner will miss most, if not all, of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery.
• Anthony Recker, catcher. After a nearly full season in the majors, Recker could find himself in Triple-A in 2014. Sandy Alderson has suggested he needs to find a veteran catcher in case d’Arnaud’s injury propensity continues.
• Josh Satin, infielder. A year after being taken off the 40-man roster and clearing waivers, Satin is now viewed as a valuable righty bat for the bench who can get on base. Look for him to have a backup role in 2014.
• Carlos Torres, right-handed starter/reliever. Torres would appear to have a legitimate shot as the long reliever/spot starter.
• Jordany Valdespin, infielder. The Biogenesis suspension is his latest baggage. It would be surprising if he makes it to spring training as a Met.
• Greg Burke, Robert Carson and Sean Henn, relievers. If they survive the winter on the 40-man roster, they look Triple-A bound.
• Andrew Brown, Juan Centeno, Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz and Wilfredo Tovar, 51s. Centeno and Recker could be the Triple-A catchers. Flores likely is ticketed for Las Vegas, according to Collins, if the infielder is not going to be a starter at the major league level. Lutz and Tovar probably open next season in the minors, too. Brown’s 40-man roster spot is an open question.
• Jenrry Mejia, right-handed starter. Mejia showed flashes as a starting pitcher before surgery to clean out his right elbow. He is a logical fifth-starter competitor in spring training.
• Kirk Nieuwenhuis, outfielder. Getting snubbed for a September call-up does not bode well for Nieuwenhuis’ future with the organization.
The bad news: The Mets dropped to 32-48 at Citi Field, ensuring their worst home record since they went 28-53 in 1993.
Scott Atchison surrendered two runs, including a tiebreaking RBI single to ex-Met Carlos Gomez, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Mets, 4-2, in 10 innings Saturday.
The Mets now have played 57 extra innings this season -- three shy of matching the franchise record set in 1979 and duplicated in '85.
The Mets had pulled even at 2 in the bottom of the ninth on Eric Young Jr.'s RBI single against Donovan Hand, but David Wright grounded into a double play with runners on the corners with a chance for a walk-off win.
The Mets also wasted a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh.
Record-setter: Juan Lagares produced his 14th outfield assist, extending his franchise rookie record. Lagares threw out Jonathan Lucroy trying to score from second base on Scooter Gennett’s sixth-inning single. The assist preserved a 1-all tie.
Thirteen of Lagares’ outfield assists have come as a center fielder, tying the franchise single-season record also accomplished by Del Unser (1975) and Carlos Beltran (2006), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The overall franchise record for outfield assists is 19 by Rusty Staub in 1974, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Lagares’ 14 are the most by a Met since Cliff Floyd had 15 in 2005.
Duck! Wright, in his return to the lineup after getting beaned by Johnny Hellweg on Thursday, had a pitch thrown behind his head by rookie Jimmy Nelson in the fourth inning.
Nelson, making his first major league start, walked three batters that inning alone and did not appear to know where the ball was going.
Wright had skipped Friday’s game with a swollen right thumb, which he suffered landing awkwardly after the beaning in the series opener.
Man of steal: Daniel Murphy swiped his 22nd base of the season, this time catching the Brewers napping. Murphy stole second base in the second inning with Nelson holding the baseball and the middle infielders inattentive.
Murphy has now successfully stolen 21 straight bases, matching Kevin McReynolds for the second-longest streak in franchise history without being caught. McReynolds went 21-for-21 in 1988.
Howard Johnson owns the franchise record with 26 straight successful steals in 1989.
Murphy also extended his hitting streak to 10 games. His fourth-inning sacrifice fly evened the score at 1.
It’s a draw: Neither Jean Segura nor Young, who are tied for the NL lead in steals, swiped a base Saturday. So they remain tied at 44 entering the final day of the season.
Nothing to harangue: Free-agent-to-be Aaron Harang limited Milwaukee to one run on five hits and two walks in six innings. He finished with a 3.52 ERA in four starts with the club after a cameo with Triple-A Las Vegas.
What’s next: Game No. 162. Jonathon Niese (8-8, 3.74 ERA) opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (7-4, 4.02) in the season finale. Mike Piazza will become the 27th inductee into the Mets Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony. The Mets are asking fans to be in their seats by 12:45 p.m. The game will start later than the officially listed 1:10 p.m.
Final score: San Francisco Giants 2, Mets 1.
A day after scoring four ninth-inning runs for a walk-off win, the Mets again threatened in the ninth. This time, pinch hitter Matt den Dekker walked to lead off and advanced to second on a bunt. But den Dekker was stranded there. Lucas Duda flied out and Anthony Recker struck out to end it.
The Mets nonetheless won the season series from the Giants, four games to two.
Niese surrendered two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. He departed trailing 2-1 for pinch hitter Zach Lutz in the bottom of the seventh after Omar Quintanilla blooped a two-out single into shallow left field.
Lutz walked, pushing the potential tying run to second base, but Bumgarner retired Eric Young Jr. on a groundout to shortstop to end the threat.
An inning earlier, the Mets similarly could not capitalize on an opportunity. With runners on the corners and two outs in the sixth against Bumgarner, Wilmer Flores’ hard-hit grounder back up the middle kicked off the pitcher's leg and directly to first baseman Buster Posey for the inning’s final out.
Bumgarner finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. He became the seventh pitcher this season with a double-digit strikeout performance against the Mets. He joined Chris Sale (13), Scott Kazmir (12), Max Scherzer (11), Tim Lincecum (11), Shelby Miller (10) and Mike Minor (10).
The Mets' lone run came on Daniel Murphy's fourth-inning single, which plated Josh Satin, who had doubled. The Amazin's had only two other hits the entire game.
Turner sighting: Justin Turner was on deck when the final out was made. It would have marked his first appearance since suffering a hamstring strain on Sept. 10.
What’s next: Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48) as the Mets open a three-game weekend series at Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m. ET Friday. David Wright is expected to be in the lineup for the first time since straining his right hamstring on Aug. 2.
NEW YORK -- Heads up on the Party City Deck!
The Washington Nationals unloaded three homers against Aaron Harang and completed their second four-game sweep at Citi Field in three seasons with a 7-2 victory Thursday afternoon.
The Mets (64-81) dropped a season-worst 17 games under .500. They also fell to 2-9 in September, matching the Chicago White Sox for the majors’ worst record this month.
The Mets are one loss from clinching their fifth straight losing season.
Harang, who produced a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts with the Seattle Mariners this season, matched the record for most homers surrendered in a Mets debut. In allowing three long balls, Harang joined Steve Trachsel (2001), Brian Rose (2001) and Mike Birkbeck (1992).
The Nats outhomered the Mets 13-0 in the series.
That fell one homer shy of the franchise record for most homers against the Mets in a series in which the Amazin’s failed to go deep, according to Bob Waterman of the Elias Sports Bureau. Detroit outhomered the Mets 14-0 in a three-game series at Tiger Stadium in 1997.
Thirteen homers comfortably set the record for most homers by a visitor in a series at Citi Field. The previous record had been seven homers, by the New York Yankees (2012, in three games), Colorado Rockies (2011, four games), Philadelphia Phillies (2009, three games) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2009, four games), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Citi Field dimensions were reconfigured before the 2012 season.
Washington won the season series 12-7.
Harang’s final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 3 HR.
Harang surrendered a first-inning solo homer to Ryan Zimmerman. Daniel Murphy answered in the bottom half with an RBI double to even the score 1-1.
Zimmerman has eight homers in his past 10 games.
After a 56-minute rain delay, Adam LaRoche went deep to left field on a replay-awarded homer in the second.
Anthony Recker’s fourth-inning RBI single made it 2-2, but Harang ultimately departed in line to lose. He surrendered his third homer, a solo shot to Wilson Ramos, in the fifth as Washington took a 3-2 lead.
With the Mets trailing 4-2, Nats reliever Craig Stammen struck out Juan Lagares to end the seventh inning and strand two in scoring position. Mets reliever Frank Francisco then surrendered two runs the following half-inning.
What’s next: The Mets welcome the Miami Marlins to Citi Field for a four-game weekend series. Jonathon Niese (6-7, 3.86 ERA) handles Friday’s 7:10 p.m. ET opener. The southpaw faces left-hander Brad Hand, a September call-up who has made three scoreless relief appearances this season.
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