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  1. 2014 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Bobby Parnell faces hitters for first time since last July

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets closer Bobby Parnell faced hitters today for the first time since last July 30. Parnell, who had surgery last September to repair a herniated disk in his neck, threw batting practice against a group of teammates including Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Parnell has been bothered…

  3. Diamondbacks open to trading a shortstop, perhaps for a catcher

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    The Diamondbacks currently have youngsters Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings fighting it out for their shortstop job, but they’ve weighed settling the battle with a trade, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports. The preference would be to acquire a catcher who could potentially back up Miguel Montero in the near future and eventually supplant him…

  4. Mets get good news on Jon Niese’s shoulder

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese left Mets camp and traveled back to New York to undergo an MRI exam on his sore shoulder, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the news is good. According to Rubin no new structural damage was found and “Niese should resume throwing within a couple of days.” Niese had shoulder…

  5. Carlos Beltran doesn’t like Mets officials talking smack about Ruben Tejada

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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    It’s been a while since Carlos Beltran played for the Mets, but he apparently remembers it well. Indeed, he’s seeing echoes of some of the stuff that happened to him happen to Ruben Tejada. Specifically: anonymous sources speaking ill of the player to the media. Beltran doesn’t like it: “Anonymous?” Beltran said. “Come on. Anonymous?…

  6. Mets send Jon Niese to New York for MRI on sore shoulder

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Uh oh. Jon Niese, who had shoulder problems last season, has left Mets camp and traveled to New York to undergo an MRI exam on his sore shoulder. Niese was limited to 24 starts last season, eventually being diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, but pitched well with a 3.71 ERA and was especially…

  7. Johan Santana had trouble topping 80 miles per hour

    Feb 25, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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    Johan Santana held a workout for seven teams today and George King of the New York Post has some details that make it sound like things didn’t go particularly well for the rehabbing left-hander. King reports that Santana “topped out” at 81 miles per hour and was throwing mostly in the high-70s. Prior to his…

  8. The Mets aren’t happy with Ruben Tejada’s conditioning; could push them toward Drew

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

    Ruben Tejada Getty

    Ruben Tejada was supposed to have been up at some complex in Michigan this offseason getting into The Best Shape of His Life or something close to it. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports, however, that the Mets aren’t too happy with what they’re seeing: Ruben Tejada still isn’t working out for the…

  9. The Mets could make a play for Nick Franklin

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Nick Franklin Getty

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported last week that the Mariners were likely to trade either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening Day and speculated that the Mets could make a play for one of them. Well, he was told by a “Mets insider” today that the team does indeed see a possible…

  10. Ike Davis had an oblique injury last season that, apparently, no one knew about

    Feb 24, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    There’s a story in the New York Post today in which Ike Davis is quoted as saying that last season, just around the time he was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas, he was suffering from an oblique injury that he felt required a stint on the DL. When he found out he was being…

  11. Matt Harvey throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

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    Good news this weekend out of Mets camp … According to beat writer Tim Rohan of the New York Times, rehabbing right-hander Matt Harvey threw a baseball Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last October. The workout consisted of 20 light throws from 60 feet. Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello was…

  12. Matt Harvey cleared to begin throwing

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey AP

    According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, doctors have given Mets right-hander Matt Harvey the go-ahead to throw for the first time since Tommy John surgery. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said that Harvey expects to begin throwing in a few days. The 24-year-old will start out on flat ground before working his way back to…

  13. Twins among teams interested in Johan Santana

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

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    According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins remain interested in a reunion with free agent left-handed starter Johan Santana but are one of only several major league teams currently in the running for his services. “We talked (Monday) and I’ll see,” Twins assistant GM Rob Antony told the Star-Tribune about…

  14. Pirates “continue to monitor” the Mets’ Ike Davis

    Feb 18, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    The Pirates got an underwhelming .768 OPS from the first base position in 2013 and lost Justin Morneau this winter to free agency. If the 2014 season started today, Gaby Sanchez and his .258/.337/.417 career batting line would be Pittsburgh’s primary option at baseball’s most premium offensive position. And that’s not ideal. According to Jayson…

  15. Tim Byrdak has a novel way of trying to get a deal

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tim Byrdak Getty

    Tim Byrdak only pitched eight games last year as he recovered from major shoulder surgery. And he wasn’t all that effective in doing so. So it’s not surprising that he hasn’t gotten a job for 2014. Still, he’s not discouraged. He’s out there hustling for work. And by “out there” I mean posting handbills: pic.twitter.com/TkLV1nIvRw…

  16. Jason Heyward will continue to wear protective guard on his helmet

    Feb 15, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward AP

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward wore a protective guard on his helmet after returning from a broken jaw last season and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’ll continue to wear it in 2014. Heyward broke his right jaw when he was hit in the face by a pitch by Mets’ left-hander Jon Niese last August…

  17. Indians sign Aaron Harang

    Feb 15, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang AP

    Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland reports that the Indians have signed right-hander Aaron Harang to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Harang was technically with four organizations last year, but he spent the majority of his time with the Mariners, posting a 5.76 ERA and 87/28 K/BB ratio over…

  18. Juan Lagares may be the odd man out in the Mets’ outfield

    Feb 14, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Cincinnati Reds

    The Mets made a splash this off-season, signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract. They also picked up Chris Young on the cheap, and manager Terry Collins views him as a starter. That leaves one spot in the outfield between Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr. According to Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger,…

  19. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column: Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a…

  20. Matt Harvey hopes to start throwing on February 22

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

    Matt Harvey AP

    Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is a severe long shot to throw a pitch in the majors this season, but he continues to make progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, Harvey said Thursday that he’s aiming to begin throwing on February 22. That’s just two…

  21. Johan Santana has begun throwing off a mound

    Feb 8, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Johan Santana took an important step this week in his recovery from surgery to repair a re-tear of the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder. He provided the update via his Twitter account yesterday: Just want to let you guys know that I started throwing off the mound this week, and I feel great!!!…

  22. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  23. Dodgers sign Justin Turner

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v New York Mets

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Dodgers have signed utility man Justin Turner, who spent the past three seasons with the Mets. Turner has played all over the diamond defensively and hit .265 with eight homers and a .696 OPS in 895 total plate appearances for the Mets, which makes him a…

  24. Ranking the rotations: 2014 edition

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    I’ll be dipping into my Rotoworld player projections from time to time for HBT posts. Here’s the first of this year: my ranking of each five-man rotation as we head into 2014. Before actually posting my 1-30, I’ll start with my raw ERA rankings by league. A couple of qualifications: I’m only using the top…

  25. The Mets are not screwing around with Ike Davis this spring

    Feb 4, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post sat down with Mets manager Terry Collins and talked about a number of challenges and decisions facing the team this spring. First and foremost: first base. Where Lucas Duda and Ike Davis are set to battle it out. It sounds like it’ll be a good battle. Collins says…

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