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  1. Daniel Murphy slowed with calf injury

    Mar 22, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy Getty

    Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will miss his sixth straight Grapefruit League game today due to a right calf injury. He hurt his calf while touching the second base bag on a double last Sunday. The original plan called for Murphy to return to the lineup today, but he’s not 100 percent yet. He told…

  2. Joey Votto thinks Billy Hamilton could be an MVP candidate if he learns to draw walks

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton is already dealing with pressure, as he is taking over as the Reds’ center fielder and lead-off man at the age of 23. Many expect him to become the fourth player since the turn of the millennium to steal 70-plus bases, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (2009), Jose Reyes (2007), and Scott Podsednik (2004). He…

  3. Dillon Gee expected to start Opening Day for Mets

    Mar 20, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

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    With Matt Harvey working his way back from Tommy John surgery and Jon Niese likely to be held back for the second series of the regular season due to elbow inflammation, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported this morning that Dillon Gee will start for the Mets on Opening Day against the Nationals on…

  4. Cardinals shopping shortstop Pete Kozma

    Mar 19, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Cardinals are shopping shortstop Pete Kozma, who is currently on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot with the defending National League champions. Rubin says the Mets probably aren’t interested because Kozma is “not really” an upgrade over projected starting shortstop Ruben Tejada.…

  5. Two familiar faces should make the Mets’ roster

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    I haven’t been following the Mets’ roster moves too terribly closely this spring so maybe this isn’t news to hardcore Mets fans, but Jon Heyman says that he believes both Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to make the Mets’ 25-man roster. Matsuzaka should make the rotation. The two veterans have some things in…

  6. Matt Harvey expresses frustration about how the Mets are handling his Tommy John rehab

    Mar 18, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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    It’s impossible to summarize all the elements of this story from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, so you might as well just go read it. The gist is that Matt Harvey wants to do his year-long rehab from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery at home in Manhattan and the Mets would rather…

  7. The Astros are looking for a first baseman

    Mar 18, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Jayson Stark reports that the Astros have been calling teams in an effort to acquire a first baseman. Stark says that among the potential targets are Mike Carp of the Red Sox, John Mayberry of the Phillies, and Tyler Moore of the Nationals. No word if they’d be in on Ike Davis, who we just noted…

  8. Mets are calling teams about Ike Davis again

    Mar 18, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

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    All offseason there were various reports about how the Mets were willing to trade Ike Davis and now Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says general manager Sandy Alderson “has started to approach teams with whom he had talks during the winter” to see if they’re still interested in the first baseman. Davis has been…

  9. Jon Niese gets some good news, but still likely DL bound

    Mar 17, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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    It’s hard to really think of anything related to Jon Niese‘s arm as “good news” considering the Mets left-hander has already had shoulder and elbow problems this spring, but this at least qualifies as “not-bad news.” Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Niese received a cortisone injection after leaving Sunday’s start with elbow…

  10. Jon Niese pulled from start with hyperextended elbow

    Mar 16, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Another day, another injured MLB pitcher. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets starter Jon Niese was pulled from Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals with what’s being called a hyperextended left elbow. Niese suffered the injury 10 days ago in an intrasquad game and it began causing him discomfort in the…

  11. Scott Boras says clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales still willing to wait for the right deal

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    With about two weeks to go until the start of the regular season, shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales still remain unemployed. Both players rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from the Red Sox and Mariners, respectively, hoping to sign big, multi-year contracts, but it never happened. Meanwhile, players like Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana,…

  12. Jon Niese bristles at the media reporting Dan Warthen’s racial slur — and I sorta understand why

    Mar 13, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

    Dan Warthen

    I usually have super strong and certain opinions about things. Especially when they concern the media. But this situation has me waffling and wondering all over the place, and I feel like just talking through it. Cool? Cool. Yesterday a story by Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal was published in which he described…

  13. The Mets could solve their shortstop problem via a trade with the Diamondbacks

    Mar 13, 2014, 7:52 AM EDT

    Mets shortstop Tejada cannot field an RBI hit by Twins' Plouffe in Minneapolis

    The Mets shortstop situation is still in flux. Or a mess. Or a tire fire. Or is being overly-focused upon because nothing else is going on. Take your pick. Just know that it’s what everyone who goes to Port St. Lucie is talking about. The latest being John Harper of the Daily News. Who, after noting…

  14. Mets pitching coach dropped ethnic slur in clubhouse

    Mar 12, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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    You’ll want to read the entire story from Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal, but here’s an excerpt: In the New York Mets locker room Monday morning, I was talking with Jeff Cutler, a 30-year old Japanese American from suburban Boston who serves as the interpreter for Japanese-born pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. We were talking…

  15. Ike Davis is in a walking boot, Lucas Duda’s hamstring is barking

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

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    Matt Ehalt reports that Ike Davis now has a walking boot on his right leg. Davis has been sidelined with right calf tightness for a week. Walking boots tend not to suggest that the matter is improving. Between Davis’ calf and Lucas Duda’s hamstring barking, it would seem that the frontrunner for the Mets’ first base…

  16. Jon Niese to make Grapefruit League debut Tuesday

    Mar 9, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that Mets left-hander Jon Niese has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Niese came down with some left shoulder soreness at the end of February and was sent to New York for an MRI, but that exam…

  17. Matt Harvey still hopes to pitch this season

    Mar 8, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Matt Harvey AP

    Matt Harvey‘s starts quickly became an event with Mets fans, so much so that the day that he would start began to be called “Harvey Day.” There’s a very good chance that there won’t be another “Harvey Day” until 2015 after his Tommy John surgery, but the ace right-hander indicated on his Twitter account this…

  18. Jon Niese throws, feels “very close to 100 percent”

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese saw his first game action since undergoing an MRI exam on his sore shoulder last week, throwing two innings in a Mets intrasquad game today. And he seemed very happy with how things went, telling Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: I felt great. It’s a great feeling to go out there and…

  19. David Wright to make Grapefruit League debut Friday

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets third baseman David Wright will make his Grapefruit League debut this Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida against the visiting Cardinals. Wright has been eased into action this spring to minimize injury risk. He missed nearly two months of the 2013 regular season because of…

  20. Rick Ankiel is retiring

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Via our own Matthew Pouliot, who was watching the Cardinals spring training broadcast just now when the announcers revealed this: Rick Ankiel has officially retired and apparently hopes to join a front office in some capacity. Ankiel ended up having just one good full season as a position player after his hugely promising pitching career…

  21. 2014 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Can the Nationals reclaim their throne atop the NL East? The Nationals were everybody’s…

  22. Orioles make minor league deal with Johan Santana official

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

    National League New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana during first inning action in Washington

    Johan Santana and the Orioles have finalized their minor-league contract, which was announced just now and will include an invitation to big-league camp. Santana struggled to top 80 miles per hour while throwing for a half-dozen teams last week, so the odds of him making the Opening Day roster seem awfully slim. There’s some speculation…

  23. Johan Santana may pitch out of the Orioles’ bullpen

    Mar 4, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Johan Santana could be used as a reliever by the Orioles once he’s able to pitch. Kubatko reported yesterday that the Orioles “have an agreement in place” with Santana on a minor league deal. Given the sort of deal it was and given how late it was reached, Santana…

  24. Orioles nearing a minor league deal with Johan Santana

    Mar 3, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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    MASN’s Roch Kubatko — who is sitting right in front of me today in the Orioles’ press box, so he’s smooth — reports that the Orioles are nearing a minor league contract with Johan Santana. Santana is apparently here in Orioles camp in Sarasota today working on the details of the deal. It’s definitely something of…

  25. 2014 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Zack Wheeler Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can the Mets finish with 80 or more wins for the first time…

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