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Mets’ Carlos Beltran named in MLB report but will not be suspended as part of Astros’ sign-stealing scandal

Mets’ Carlos Beltran named in MLB report but will not be suspended as part of Astros’ sign-stealing scandal
MLB came down hard on the now-fired duo of Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow on Monday, suspending both of them for one season as part of their involvement in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. Despite being named in MLB’s report, Mets manager Carlos Beltran — who was a player with the Astros in 2017 when their scheme was ongoing — will not be suspended. SNY’s Andy Martino... more

Mets avoid arbitration with all nine eligible players

Mets avoid arbitration with all nine eligible players
The Mets reached settlements with all nine of their arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday’s noon ET deadline for both sides to submit projected salary figures for the 2020 season. Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, Edwin Díaz, Steven Matz, Jake Marisnick, Brandon Nimmo, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman all reached one-year deals with New York. Syndergaard agreed at $9.7 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility after posting a career-high 4.28 ERA... more

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes’ ankle injuries resulted from incident with wild boar

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes’ ankle injuries resulted from incident with wild boar
More details have emerged regarding Yoenis Cespedes‘ ranch incident from this past May that caused him to miss the entire 2019 season. According to the New York Post, Cespedes suffered his injury, which involved multiple ankle fractures, at his Port St. Lucie ranch by stepping into a hole following an incident with a wild boar. SNY’s Andy Martino has confirmed the details of... more

Dellin Betances signs 1-year deal with Mets

Dellin Betances signs 1-year deal with Mets
The Mets officially announced a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Dellin Betances on Tuesday. Betances’ deal has a player option for 2021. He could trigger a player option for ’22 if he reaches certain thresholds in ’21, though it’s not a guaranteed third-year option, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. Betances, a New York native, is staying in his... more

Mets reach agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to amend his contract for 2020

Mets reach agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to amend his contract for 2020
The Mets have reached an agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to amend his contract and salary for the 2020 season, reports SNY’s Andy Martino, who added that Cespedes is still under contract. He could go from $29.5 million in 2020 to less than $10 million, according to The Post’s Joel Sherman, though he could make as much as $20 million if you include potential bonuses.... more

Mets officially announce coaching staff for the 2020 season

Mets officially announce coaching staff for the 2020 season
The Mets have made their coaching staff for the 2020 MLB season official on Sunday night. In a press release, the team announced who will be helping out Carlos Beltran in his first managerial season, including the return of hitting coach Chili Davis and the addition of pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. “We are excited to complete our coaching staff following a very thoughtful and extensive... more

Mets trade for CF help, get Marisnick from Astros

Mets trade for CF help, get Marisnick from Astros
Seeking a right-handed defensive complement to Brandon Nimmo in center field, the Mets struck Thursday with a trade for Astros veteran Jake Marisnick. The deal sends prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona to the Astros. “Jake is an elite defender who is an incredibly smart baserunner,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Among our offseason plans... more

Mets reportedly showing interest in Pirates’ OF Starling Marte

Mets reportedly showing interest in Pirates’ OF Starling Marte
The Mets are looking for an everyday center fielder and have interest in Pirates outfielder Starling Marte, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. With plenty of center field options for general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Marte might be the best one available, should the Pirates choose to trade him. Pittsburgh has already exercised an option on Marte’s contract in 2020, worth $11.5 million, and there... more

Free agent Zack Wheeler rejects Mets’ qualifying offer

Free agent Zack Wheeler rejects Mets’ qualifying offer
What has been expected is now official: Zack Wheeler has rejected the qualifying offer from the Mets and will test the free agent market. By having extended the one-year qualifying offer that is worth $17.8 million to Wheeler, the Mets will receive a compensatory pick in June’s MLB Draft if he signs elsewhere. While it seems likely that Wheeler won’t return,... more

Mets’ Pete Alonso finishes seventh in NL MVP voting, Jacob deGrom finishes tenth

Mets’ Pete Alonso finishes seventh in NL MVP voting, Jacob deGrom finishes tenth
Both Pete A and Jacob deGrom took home some major hardware this week, and on Thursday night they followed those up by each finishing in the top 10 of NL MVP voting. Los Angeles’ Cody Bellinger was voted NL MVP on Thursday, securing 19 of the 30 first-place votes. The left-handed slugger beat out fellow finalists Christian Yelich and Anthony Rendon, who finished second and third,... more

MLB expected to interview former Yankees exec Carlos Beltran, others regarding Astros sign-stealing allegations

MLB expected to interview former Yankees exec Carlos Beltran, others regarding Astros sign-stealing allegations
New Mets manager Carlos Beltran was among those who played a “key role in devising the sign-stealing system” the Astros used in 2017, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. According to Rosenthal, Red Sox manager Alex Cora — who was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017 while Beltran was a player in what was the final season of his career — was among... more
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