New York Mets: Dario Alvarez

Mets' final Arizona Fall League stats

November, 13, 2014
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Adam RubinL.J. Mazzilli signed autographs, and gave away his bats to young fans, after the Arizona Fall League finale on Thursday at Scottsdale Stadium.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Here are the final numbers for Mets prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League:

L.J. Mazzilli, .306, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 SB, .433 OBP, 49 ABs

Brandon Nimmo, .202, 0 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 SB, .306 OBP, 84 ABs

Matt Reynolds, .234, 3 HR, 15 RBIs, 3 SB, .326 OBP, 77 ABs

Dario Alvarez, 1-0, 6.75ERA, 9.1 IP, 1.82 WHIP, .289 opp. BA

Julian Hilario, 1-1, 5.06 ERA, 16.0 IP, 1.38 WHIP, .254 opp. BA

Jake Kuebler, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.1 IP, 1.31 WHIP, .286 opp. BA

Paul Sewald, 0-2, 7.59 ERA, 10.2 IP, 1.97 WHIP, .347 opp. BA

Rob Whalen, 0-2, 6.87 ERA, 18.1 IP, 1.56 WHIP, .254 opp. BA

Nimmo, Hilario have big AFL debuts

October, 8, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Left fielder Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Julian Hilario tossed two scoreless relief innings to earn the win in their Arizona Fall League debuts. Scottsdale beat Salt River, 7-4.

Matt Reynolds started at shortstop and went 0-for-3 with a walk. Paul Sewald allowed three hits and struck out three in 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Dario Alvarez allowed a solo homer in one inning of relief.

View the box here.

Alvarez replaces Mazzoni on AFL roster

October, 6, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Arizona Fall League season begins on Tuesday. And there has been a tweak to the Mets contingent.

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Left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez, who rose from low-A Savannah to the majors this season, has been added to the roster. He replaces right-hander Cory Mazzoni.

Mets officials indicated there is no injury with Mazzoni. Instead, the club decided he ought to rest after an injury-marred year that included missing more than two months to open the season with a strained right lat muscle.

"After the season was over, our people recommended that Mazzoni take the time to rest and prepare for next year," Paul DePodesta told ESPNNewYork.com. "They advised against winter ball."

Mets prospects playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions now are:

Alvarez, lhp
Julian Hilario, rhp
Paul Sewald, rhp
Rob Whalen, rhp
L.J. Mazzilli, 2b
Matt Reynolds, ss
Brandon Nimmo, of

Valentino Pascucci will serve as a hitting coach with the AFL club.

View from Atlanta: Mets rookie hazing

September, 21, 2014
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Adam RubinDario Alvarez, Jacob deGrom and Dilson Herrera were among the Mets rookies required to wear themed outfits for the trip from Atlanta to D.C. as part of the annual rookie hazing ritual.

Morning Briefing: deGrom Day!

September, 15, 2014
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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom continues his NL Rookie if the Year campaign on Monday night.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Time to reel in the Miami Marlins!

Jacob deGrom's Rookie of the Year campaign continues Monday as the Mets open a three-game series against the Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins at Citi Field. Stanton, an MVP candidate, suffered facial fractures when he was struck with an 88 mph pitch from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers on Thursday.

The Marlins (72-76) are a game ahead of the Mets (72-78) for third place in the NL East. For the record, the Mets are 7 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild-card spot with 12 games remaining.

DeGrom (8-6, 2.62 ERA) opposes right-hander Jarred Cosart (13-9, 3.70), who was acquired on July 31 in a deal that sent outfielder Jake Marisnick to the Houston Astros.

Since allowing six runs and 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings at St. Louis on June 16 to drop to 0-4, deGrom has posted a 1.77 ERA, .210 opponent batting average and 0.996 WHIP in 13 starts.

Pregame, the Mets will honor their Sterling Award winners, including Stony Brook, Long Island, native Steven Matz as pitcher of the year and Dilson Herrera as position player of the year. Matz took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning Friday in Double-A Binghamton’s Eastern League championship clincher against Richmond.


Adam RubinLong Islander Steven Matz will be honored as the organization's pitcher of the year before Monday's game.


Matz, 23, went a combined 10-9 with a 2.24 ERA and had 131 strikeouts and 35 walks between Class A St. Lucie and the B-Mets during the regular season.

Also due to be honored Monday as top performers at their respective minor-league levels:

Las Vegas -- Matt Reynolds, ss

Binghamton -- Kevin Plawecki, c

St. Lucie -- Brandon Nimmo, of

Savannah -- Dario Alvarez, lhp and Akeel Morris, rhp

Kingsport -- Vicente Lupo, of

Brooklyn -- Marcos Molina, rhp

Gulf Coast League -- John Mora, of

Dominican Summer League 1 -- Ali Sanchez, c

Dominican Summer League 2 -- Walter Rasquin, c

Monday’s news reports:

Wilson Ramos delivered a two-run homer against Jonathon Niese to break a scoreless tie in the seventh and the Nationals beat the Mets, 3-0, Sunday. The Mets officially were eliminated from the NL East race.

The Nats have won 14 of their last 15 games at Citi Field and have out-homered the Mets 35-7 in Queens during that span.

Washington has homered in 15 straight games at Citi Field, the longest streak ever by a team at the ballpark, including the Mets. The Atlanta Braves rank second, having homered in 11 straight games at the Queens stadium from April 2012 through May 2013. The Mets’ longest streak is nine straight games with a Citi Field homer, which came June 15-July 9 of this season.

The Mets went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position Sunday and hit .176 (6-for-34) in those situations during the four-game series.

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


Adam RubinVic Black is headed for an MRI of his right shoulder on Monday.


Vic Black will have an MRI on Monday, two days after his velocity again sagged in a relief appearance and he experienced shoulder weakness. Black was examined Sunday by a doctor at the stadium. He indicated afterward that the belief is the shoulder is just fatigued.

Left-handed reliever Dana Eveland is being sent home to California because he has inflammation in his pitching elbow and will not pitch against this season.

Matt den Dekker had a pinch-hit infield single Sunday in his first plate appearance since being hit on the top of the left hand with a pitch last Tuesday.

Read more on Black in the Post and Record.

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post is not a fan of Jenrry Mejia's “fisherman” save celebration against the Nats. Writes Mushnick:

Terry Collins is trying to convince Jenrry Mejia that his exaggerated, self-absorbed, attention-starved, post-save fool-dancing -- even after nearly blowing a save -- is unprofessional. Let me give it a shot: Jenrry, you look like a fool.

• Joe Lemire in the Journal notes that Zack Wheeler, deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are part of a select group of lefty-hitting right-handed pitchers. That exposes their right arms while standing in the batter’s box. Wheeler and deGrom actually are natural righty hitters.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin recaps the B-Mets’ title.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Satoru Komiyama turns 49.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets activate Steven Matz, Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki while they are in town for the Sterling Award presentation?

Morning Briefing: Nats rule Citi Field

September, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Well, if the Mets have designs on reaching .500 and beyond, they will have to accomplish it against a tough nemesis.

Of the 16 games remaining for the Amazin’s this season, seven are against the Washington Nationals. That includes a four-game series at Citi Field that begins Thursday at 7:10 p.m., when Bartolo Colon (13-11, 3.96 ERA) opposes right-hander Tanner Roark (12-10, 2.97).

The Mets remain 5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild-card spot. The Amazin’s are four games under .500, at 71-75, and have won a season-high-matching four straight.

The Nats have a 10-2 record and have outscored the Mets 62-34 this season.

Washington has won 11 straight games in Queens. That’s the longest-ever winning streak by a visiting team against the Mets. The Atlanta Braves won 10 straight games at Shea Stadium in 1991 and '92.

The Nats are 25-4 at Citi Field since September 2011.

“I’m very pleased,” Terry Collins said about the Mets’ recent play, which includes winning seven of their last eight games and four straight series wins. “We’ve still got a tough road ahead here. We’ve got the Nats coming in, who we have not played very well, [and] who play absolutely great here. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’re aware of that.”

Thursday’s news reports:

• A civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn alleges chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon “humiliated” the club’s senior vice president overseeing ticket sales because she was pregnant and unmarried. The Mets responded that former employee Leigh Castergine’s lawsuit is “without merit.”

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Times, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Read columnist Mike Vaccaro’s take on the Mets’ wild-card pursuit and the lawsuit in the Post and columnist David Lennon’s take in Newsday. Jeff Passan has a scathing critique of the latter topic at Yahoo!, as does Bob Klapisch in the Record.

• Despite a high pitch count, Rafael Montero tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his first major league win as the Mets swept the Rockies with a 2-0 win Wednesday. Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple and Jenrry Mejia became the youngest player in franchise history to notch 25 saves in a season. Mets pitchers have logged 19 straight scoreless innings, two shy of matching the season high (April 20-22), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

Daniel Murphy was shifted to third base Wednesday with David Wright done for the season because of persistent left-shoulder woes. Murphy received no fielding chances in his first start at the position since July 21, 2011. The move allows rookie Dilson Herrera to get continued playing time at second base. Read more in the Times and Star-Ledger.

• ESPN’s Buster Olney suggests it could be a quiet offseason for the Mets, at least spending-wise. Writes Olney:

The reality appears to be that the Mets' front office will be left with little money to improve the roster, perhaps bypassing pricey veterans who could represent pivotal upgrades, such as shortstop J.J. Hardy. It appears Alderson will instead pick through the bargain bin for short-term gambles, which is how Chris Young came to be a Met last winter; he was a bargain for a reason.

The Mets' ownership could choose to take a different path and look to spend money to make money. But once again, that does not appear to be the route this team will go, and it's bad for the sport when a New York City team pretends it must adhere to its budget the way the Tampa Bay Rays do.

ESPN Insiders can read Olney’s full analysis here.

Matt den Dekker remained sore and did not appear in Wednesday’s game a day after getting plunked on the back of his left hand with a pitch.

• Binghamton is one win from the Eastern League championship after a 5-1 victory at Richmond on Wednesday. Xorge Carrillo and Travis Taijeron homered and Greg Peavey limited the Squirrels to one run in seven innings as the B-Mets took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Binghamton will go for the sweep at home on Friday with Steven Matz on the mound. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Matz and Herrera were named the pitcher and player of the year in the Mets organization, the club announced. Sterling Award winners at individual levels of the organization were Matt Reynolds, Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo, Dario Alvarez, Akeel Morris, Vicente Lupo, Marcos Molina, John Mora, Ali Sanchez and Walter Rasquin.

• Wright and Dillon Gee visited FDNY Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth, Queens, on Wednesday.

Chris Young homered and had two RBIs as the Yankees rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. Young became the second player ever to homer for the Mets and Yankees in the same season, joining Dave Kingman in 1977, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Andrew Beaton in the Journal looks into the Mets being 16-2 this season in games started by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. That’s the best winning percentage for any player in the majors with a minimum of 15 starts.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at NY Mets Report doesn’t believe Wright’s injury and Herrera playing second base could pave the way for Murphy to be traded this offseason.

BIRTHDAYS: Former closer Frank Francisco turns 35.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets reach .500? Can they reach the postseason?

Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Rockies 0

September, 10, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Reaching .500 may not be an insurmountable goal after all.

The playoffs? That still seems too ambitious.

Rafael Montero tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his first major league win as the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 2-0 victory Wednesday at Citi Field.

With their seventh win in their past eight games, the Mets improved to 71-75. They have not been this close to .500 since Aug. 2 (53-57).

The Pittsburgh Pirates, who occupy the second wild-card spot, won 6-3 in Philadelphia, so the Mets remain 5 back with 16 games remaining.

The Mets won despite mustering five hits. Eric Young Jr. had three of the hits, including a run-scoring triple in the second for the game’s opening run. Juan Lagares provided a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh.

For those into run differential, the Mets are back in the black at plus-one for the season.

The Mets tossed consecutive shutouts for the first time since June 29-30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium.

Jenrry Mejia tossed a perfect ninth to record the save.

Spot shine: Despite a high pitch count and effort that included issuing four walks, Montero took a no-hit bid two outs into the fifth inning. Opposing pitcher Tyler Matzek then doubled over Young’s head in left field to place two in scoring position. Montero rebounded. He coaxed a flyout from Charlie Blackmon that stranded two in scoring position.

Still nursing a 1-0 lead in the sixth, Montero allowed a leadoff double to Drew Stubbs and single to Justin Morneau that placed runners on the corners with none out. He struck out Nolan Arenado and then departed with his pitch count at 106.

Fellow rookie Dario Alvarez entered and retired Corey Dickerson on a squibber that moved Morneau to second base. Carlos Torres entered and retired Michael McKenry to leave both runners in scoring position.

Montero’s final line: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K.

Terry Collins said pregame that it is undecided whether Montero would get another start this month. The Mets promoted him in part to gauge his ability in a relief role. And the Mets are reluctant to have their incumbent starting pitchers work with more than one extra day of rest between outings. Monday already is a team off-day.

Quiet night: In his first game at third base in more than three years, Daniel Murphy had no grounders he was required to field.

What’s next: If the Mets are going to make it interesting over the final 16 games, they’ll have to make noise against the first-place Washington Nationals. Two series remain between the teams, including a four-game set at Citi Field that opens Thursday. Bartolo Colon (13-11, 3.96 ERA) opposes right-hander Tanner Roark (12-10, 2.97) in the opener.

Mets honor Matz, Herrera as players of year

September, 10, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets have selected left-hander Steven Matz as their minor-league pitcher of

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the year and second baseman Dilson Herrera as their minor-league player of the year. Additionally, they have selected a Sterling Award winner for each level of the minors:

Las Vegas -- Matt Reynolds, ss

Binghamton -- Kevin Plawecki, c

St. Lucie -- Brandon Nimmo, of

Savannah -- Dario Alvarez, lhp and Akeel Morris, rhp

Kingsport -- Vicente Lupo, of

Brooklyn -- Marcos Molina, rhp

Gulf Coast League -- John Mora, of

Dominican Summer League 1 -- Ali Sanchez, c

Dominican Summer League 2 -- Walter Rasquin, c

Morning Briefing: Alderson speaks

September, 5, 2014
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: After a day off in Cincinnati, the Mets get back to work with the opener of a three-game series against the Reds.

Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.01 ERA) opposes right-hander Alfredo Simon (13-9, 3.28) at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.

Friday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson, attending Binghamton’s playoff series, did a Q&A with Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

On whether the Mets will be in the market for a shortstop and left fielder during the offseason, Alderson said: “Right now, part of what we need to do is assess what we have. If you look at shortstop, [Wilmer] Flores has actually done a very nice job for us at shortstop. [Matt] Reynolds has played well at short, both here and at Triple-A. [Matt] den Dekker had an excellent season at Triple-A. So we've got to assess what we have before we start going out and canvasing the free-agent market. Free agents aren’t always the solution.”

Alderson reiterated that Dilson Herrera needed to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason anyway, so it made sense to promote him when the playing time became available because of Daniel Murphy's calf injury. The GM noted left-hander Dario Alvarez needed to be protected ahead of the Rule 5 draft, too.

Asked if Kevin Plawecki could be a factor on the major league roster next season, Alderson noted the catcher does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. “I would expect that we'll see them both in spring training next year and see where it takes us, but there is no question right now Travis [d’Arnaud] is the incumbent and Kevin doesn't have to be on the roster either,” Alderson told Worthy. “It's one of those administrative hurdles."

And asked if Brandon Nimmo could open next season with Binghamton, where he is finishing 2014, Alderson said: “Frankly, depending on what our needs are, he has probably done enough to warrant a Triple-A assignment coming out of spring training."

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post calls out retiring commissioner Bud Selig for propping up Mets ownership. Writes Mushnick:

What Selig never would have accepted from the assistant general manager of one of his auto dealerships, he allowed from the owners of the New York Mets.

Even in their post-Madoff mode, Wilpon’s Mets chose to rent Citi Field entrance space to one of America’s most dubious enterprises, Amway. In 2010, Amway paid $34 million in cash and provided $22 million in products to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit that accused the company and top-level distributors of fraud and operating a pyramid scheme.

So as the Mets continue to kick the same can down the alley, hoping to find the next Bartolo Colon, Marlon Byrd and perhaps Bernie Madoff -- whoever it takes to at least make it seem better -- Selig’s role in this recycled redundancy should not go unappreciated.

Vic Black threw off a mound Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck. Black subsequently tweeted that he feels “funky fresh” and expects to be activated on Monday, when he is eligible to return from the DL.

• Mike Puma in the Post caught up with Bobby Parnell in Miami earlier this week. Parnell, throwing on flat ground as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, aims to be ready to compete for his old closer’s job during spring training.

“It’s just a mental grind,” Parnell told Puma about the rehab process. “It’s tough being away from the competitive side of baseball, but I try to look at the positives -- a physical break and somewhat of a mental break. I feel like the path of a Tommy John rehab is a lot more known than a neck rehab, so I feel like it was laid out very well and we’re going in the right direction.”

Read more on Parnell in the Star-Ledger.

Matt Harvey will be shut down for the winter by the end of the month without having faced batters, Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News. Alderson recently had quashed any notion Harvey would do anything serious this season.

• Hitting coach Lamar Johnson tells Marc Carig in Newsday that it may behoove Curtis Granderson to make more than subtle changes to his swing this offseason. Read more on Granderson in the Star-Ledger.

Juan Lagares in Newsday picks his favorite defensive plays of the season. Read more on Lagares from Matt Ehalt in the Record.

• Ex-Met Mike Jacobs belted a grand slam in a five-run first inning against Matt Bowman as Reno evened its best-of-five series with Las Vegas at a game apiece with a 6-0 win. Greg Peavey was knocked out in the third inning and Binghamton lost Game 2 of its playoff series, 7-0 against Portland. That series also is tied 1-all. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Met Chris Young -- the outfielder, not the pitcher -- turns 31. ... Rod Barajas is 39. ... Matt Watson turns 36.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should be the Mets’ closer in April 2015?

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 3

September, 3, 2014
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MIAMI -- The Mets have clinched the season series against the Miami Marlins.

Travis d'Arnaud delivered a tiebreaking RBI double against Bryan Morris in what became a two-run eighth and the Mets held on to beat the Marlins 4-3 in Wednesday’s rubber game.

The Mets are 10-6 against Miami this season. A three-game series remains in New York from Sept. 15-17.

What? Carlos Torres batted with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth and the Mets leading 4-2. He struck out. Terry Collins did not have Jeurys Familia available and undoubtedly felt he needed to have Torres –-- who finished the seventh -- work the bottom of the eighth as well.

Torres then surrendered a solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom half as Miami pulled within a run.

The alternative was to pinch hit for Torres and use Dana Eveland or Erik Goeddel in the eighth.

Debutant: With the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh, Collins inserted left-hander Dario Alvarez with a runner on third base and two outs in his major league debut. Alvarez surrendered a game-tying RBI single to lefty-hitting Christian Yelich as the Marlins pulled even and handed Jacob deGrom a no-decision.

Lefty batters hit .181 against Alvarez this season in the minors, although that primarily came at low-A Savannah.

deLightful: DeGrom made it through six innings before his pitch count reached 114. The rookie right-hander surrendered only one run.

DeGrom allowed a pair of baserunners in each of the first three innings and nearly escaped completely unscathed.

With Yelich on second and Donovan Solano on first and none out in the third, deGrom coaxed a 6-4-3 double play from Stanton as Yelich advanced to third base. Casey McGehee then hit a chopper back toward the mound. The ball glanced off the glove of the leaping deGrom and ricocheted toward second baseman Dilson Herrera. He barehanded it and threw to first base, but Lucas Duda was unable to scoop the baseball. The infield hit plated Yelich.

DeGrom sliced his ERA to 2.87.

Kirk! Kirk Nieuwenhuis, inserted in the lineup over Curtis Granderson for the second time in four games, produced a two-run homer in the fourth against Tom Koehler that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Nieuwenhuis also walked three times (once intentionally).

The Mets improved to 14-2 in Nieuwenhuis’ starts this season.

Golden sombrero: A day after going 3-for-4 with two extra-base hits and three RBIs and feeling “dangerous” at the plate, David Wright went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.

Welcome back: Josh Satin pinch hit for deGrom in the seventh. In his first major league at-bat since May 9, Satin flied out to right field.

What’s next: The Mets take a day off on the road Thursday, then resume play with a weekend series in Cincinnati. Untraded Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.01 ERA) opposes right-hander Alfredo Simon (13-9, 3.28) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. opener.

Josh Satin disappointed with season

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- With rosters expanding on Sept. 1, Josh Satin returned to the majors 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 of the year. 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 the 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 manager Terry Collins to use Anthony Recker as a pinch-hitter when the Mets need a late home run.

Goeddel and Alvarez essentially replace the 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.

Morning Briefing: No deal

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
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MIAMI

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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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.

Minors 8.26.14: Pina double lifts St. Lucie

August, 26, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 5: Anthony Seratelli produced a second-inning grand slam and finished with five RBIs as Vegas won its sixth straight game. Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 11th victory. Verrett allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. Box

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BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 2: Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered five runs in a seven-inning complete game as the B-Mets dropped Game 1. Jayce Boyd's two-out RBI single in the first inning gave Binghamton its lone run. In the nightcap, the B-Mets scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning -- on a passed ball and wild pitch -- to take a 3-2 lead. Dario Alvarez earned his first Double-A save by recording the final four outs. Paul Sewald earned the win in relief in his Double-A debut. Box 1, Box 2

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ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with a four-run seventh that included a three-run double from Eudy Pina and RBI single from Jeff McNeil. St. Lucie added a run in the eighth on Cam Maron's sacrifice fly. Maron had been named a Florida State League All-Star earlier in the day. Starter Matt Koch allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings. Ryan Fraser recorded the final four outs for his second save. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the ninth as Augusta broke a 3-all tie and sent Savannah to its season-high sixth straight loss. The Gnats had evened the score in the seventh on Jorge Rivero's RBI double and Yeixon Ruiz's RBI single, although the Gnats left the bases loaded that inning when Jonathan Leroux grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: Blake Drake's two-out solo homer in the fifth against Yoryi Nuez broke a 2-all tie. Luis Guillorme and Eudor Garcia each went 3-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 8, STATEN ISLAND 2: Brooklyn produced a five-run third inning and maintained a two-game lead in the wild-card race with its victory. Consecutive singles by Michael Bernal, Tucker Tharp and Alfredo Reyes gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. After Adrian Abreu produced a run-scoring groundout, Amed Rosario delivered an RBI single. Michael Conforto grounded out, but another string of singles -- this time from Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Pedro Perez -- plated two more runs for a 5-0 lead. Casey Meisner allowed one run on four hits in six innings and struck out 11. Box

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 1: Juan Marte surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Magneuris Sierra in the ninth. The Mets' lone run came on Dash Winningham's sixth-inning solo homer. It was his fifth long ball of the season -- the most by a Mets farmhand in the Gulf Coast League since Jeff Flagg and Alonzo Harris also had five in 2008. Box

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.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187