1:27 PM EST, Thu March 04, 2021
2 hours ago

Mets’ Seth Lugo ‘on track’ in rehab from elbow surgery

PORT ST. LUCIE – Seth Lugo said Thursday morning that his rehabilitation from right elbow surgery has gone smoothly so far, although the right-hander declined to place a timetable on his return to major-league action. “I don’t know that answer. I’m just going one day at a time right now,” Lugo said at a Zoom...
4 hours ago

Jackie Bradley Jr. signs $24 million deal with Brewers after Mets flirtation

Despite reported interest from the Mets, Jackie Bradley Jr. is taking his talents to Milwaukee. The former Red Sox outfielder is signing a two-year, $24 million deal with the Brewers, according to ESPN. The deal includes an opt-out after the first year. Bradley Jr. is considered to be one of the best defensive outfielders in...
13 hours ago

Kevin Pillar stakes early claim to a piece of the Mets outfield

Observations from the Mets’ spring training game Wednesday: Pillar of strength Kevin Pillar, playing center field and batting leadoff, went 2-for-2 with a walk in the Mets’ 14-9 exhibition loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. The other Jacob Jacob Barnes threw 35 pitches in a third inning that concluded...
14 hours ago
New Met Jerad Eickhoff off to rocky start for rotation spot

New Met Jerad Eickhoff off to rocky start for rotation spot

JUPITER, Fla. — Jerad Eickhoff won’t discount the idea his past success pitching against the Mets led to his minor league deal with the organization this offseason. In 10 career appearances against the Mets — all with the Phillies — the right-hander has pitched to a 2.41 ERA. “I believe it probably had something to...
14 hours ago
Yoenis Cespedes wants to play four more seasons

Yoenis Cespedes wants to play four more seasons

PORT ST. LUCIE — Yoenis Cespedes’ latest comeback attempt doesn’t come with a short-term mindset. As the former Mets slugger attempts to find a home this spring, he has told friends he would like to play another four seasons, according to a source. That goal, if fulfilled, would take Cespedes to his 39th birthday. Earlier...
15 hours ago
Bill to make baseball the official New York sport is a home run

Bill to make baseball the official New York sport is a home run

It is splendid to see, in these turbulent times of political division, that there is still one tried-and-true thing that can narrow the gap between the aisles in New York. And wouldn’t you know it? That which brings us together is exactly what divides us most years, party lines uniting where franchise loyalties splinter. Baseball....
16 hours ago
Mets adjusting to ‘tough’ communication issues

Mets adjusting to ‘tough’ communication issues

JUPITER, Fla. — Outdoor meetings, dugout limitations, a smaller Grapefruit League schedule. Navigating spring training 2021 has offered challenges to the Mets, even after last season’s initiation to protocols during a pandemic. Communication remains the biggest issue. “It’s been tough,” manager Luis Rojas said Wednesday before the Mets played their first nine-inning Grapefruit League game...
16 hours ago
Breaking down positives and negatives of Mets’ bullpen

Breaking down positives and negatives of Mets’ bullpen

JUPITER, Fla. — If these Mets don’t hit, you’ll be surprised. If their starting pitchers don’t consistently keep their club in the game, you’ll be surprised. If their bullpen blows a bunch of leads, imperiling the team’s championship aspirations? To quote a former Mets manager, it’ll be like déjà vu all over again. Maybe you...
Mar 3, 2021

Trevor Bauer was ready to join Mets after merch fiasco: ‘It’s f–king over’

If not for his agent, Trevor Bauer may have been a Met. Rachel Luba didn’t convince the NL Cy Young award winner to sign with the Dodgers, but she told him to rethink his decision amid his frustration about merchandise popping up on his website prematurely suggesting he would sign with the Mets. “It’s f–king...
Mar 2, 2021
Mets’ Brandon Nimmo embracing his spring training batting challenge

Mets’ Brandon Nimmo embracing his spring training batting challenge

PORT ST. LUCIE — Brandon Nimmo will embrace every opportunity he receives to start against left-handers this spring. His first crack came Tuesday, when Nimmo went hitless in one at-bat against lefty Framber Valdez. Used as the DH in the Mets’ 2-0 victory at Clover Park, Nimmo finished 1-for-2. Last season Nimmo posted an anemic...
Mar 2, 2021

One spring training fan hasn’t forgotten Astros’ cheating

Observations from the Mets’ spring training game Tuesday afternoon: Fifty-fifty ball James McCann was 1 of 2 throwing out runners attempting to steal against him and Jordan Yamamoto. The Mets catcher threw out the Astros’ Freudis Nova attempting to steal second, but Myles Straw was successful in the same endeavor. Jerry’s return Lefty reliever Jerry...
Mar 2, 2021
Yoenis Cespedes showcase leaves teams as tempted as ever

Yoenis Cespedes showcase leaves teams as tempted as ever

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — If seven ballplayers, all wearing identical, bright red jerseys with the same name and number on the back, stand on a field together … If the owner of that name and number wears his cap backwards as he fields, throws and hits … If that same guy approaches a fly ball...
Mar 2, 2021

Marcus Stroman unveils new Mets weapon: ‘My stuff is nasty’

PORT ST. LUCIE — Marcus Stroman had the low-stress route available Tuesday to ease into spring training but decided he wanted the larger challenge. With the one-year anniversary approaching of the last time Stroman faced another team, the veteran right-hander picked a two-inning stint against the Astros in the Grapefruit League over throwing live batting...
Mar 2, 2021

Son accuses Terry Francona of ‘covering up’ for Mickey Callaway as Indians drama spirals

Amid a detailed report from The Athletic outlining how Indians management must’ve known about the sexual harassment allegations the website brought to light against their former pitching coach Mickey Callaway, Cleveland manager Terry Francona’s son, Nick, has expressed his disappointment in his father and alluded to there being more indiscretions. “I was disappointed to read...
Mar 2, 2021

Yankees among teams scouting Yoenis Cespedes’ showcase

FORT PIERCE, Florida — Eleven teams, including the Yankees, had scouts on hand for Yoenis Cespedes’ workout as the slugging outfielder aims for another MLB chance. Cespedes, 35, was out on the field for 15 minutes taking fly balls in center and then left field. The former Met then took 20 minutes of batting practice....