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Mets' prospect watch

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is photographed during photo

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So far the Mets have had nine players among the organization’s more notable prospects play in spring training games.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Jacob DeGrom, RHP

deGrom is something of a “lesser” prospect given his age (25) and his late transition to the mound. But he’s made an early impression in camp, striking out six across six scoreless innings in his three games of work. He's...

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Long Island MLB prospect watch

Marcus Stroman fields a ground ball at the

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There are currently seven different prospects with roots on Long Island in major league camps this spring training.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays


Stroman, 22, was born in Medford and selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 draft out of Duke University (he was also drafted out of Patchogue-Medford High School but chose not to...

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Paul Olden and Alex Anthony announce new Yankees, Mets players

Yankees announcer Paul Olden is shown in the

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Why wait until Opening Day to finally here the Yankees and Mets new additions announced as part of the team's lineup?

MLB Network has you covered.

The network taped a series of promo spots featuring Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden and Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony.

Olden announces new additions Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Anthony announced...

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Ike Davis says he didn't mention oblique injury during most of 2013

Ike Davis strikes out in the eighth inning

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First baseman and trade candidate Ike Davis did not tell the Mets about an oblique injury he had during his poor 2013 season because "the timing was bad," he told the New York Post on Sunday.

But he walked back the severity of the injury during an agitated interview session with reporters on Monday morning.

Several reports indicated a loud discussion between Davis and the Post reporter ...

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ICYMI: Mets' plans for Ike Davis in spring training

Recently on SNY, Mets manager Terry Collins revealed his plan to give the notoriously slow-starting Ike Davis more at-bats this spring – perhaps almost twice as many as he had in 2013 spring training.

“One of the things we’re going to do obviously in spring training is we’re going to give him some more at-bats,” Collins said. “I think it’s very, very important to try to get him in mid-season...

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Mets to broadcast 14 spring games

Mets spring training begins

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets will broadcast 14 of their spring training home games this season, SNY announced on Tuesday, starting with the club’s Grapefruit League opener on Feb. 28 against the Nationals.

All games will start at 1:10 p.m. except for the Mets’ final game this spring at Tradition Field, which is listed as a 12:10 p.m. start against the Nationals. The broadcast schedule:


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Scouting report: Mets prospect and LI native Steven Matz

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz plays long toss

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In Sunday’s editions of Newsday, we wrote about Steven Matz, the 22-year-old Ward Melville product who got his career back on track with an impressive season at Class-A Savannah. After rehab from Tommy John Surgery essentially wiped out his first three pro seasons, Matz logged 106 1/3 innings over 21 starts last season and finished with a 2.62 ERA.

Matz will likely begin this season at Class-A...

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Mets watch Joel Hanrahan throw 'light bullpen'

Closer Joel Hanrahan of the Boston Red Sox

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So, the Mets have dispatched scouts to Texas to watch Joel Hanrahan during a workout on Friday. Surely, the Mets have the inside track toward signing the former closer, right?

Well, not necessarily.

General manager Sandy Alderson reportedly told season ticket holders on Thursday that scouts would attend a “showcase” for Hanrahan, who is nearing the end of rehab from Tommy John Surgery....

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Bloomberg aide joins Mets

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A top aide to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will join the Mets.

Haeda Mihaltses was named as the Mets’ executive director, external affairs, the club announced Wednesday. In her newly created role, Mihaltses will be the “main liaison with city, state and federal officials and oversee relations with community stakeholders,” the team said.

Mihaltses’ appointment comes nearly...

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Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth throws against

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The Mets have signed veteran pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.

Farnsworth, a 37-year-old righthander, is 43-64 with a career 4.26 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 960 innings.

In his 15-year MLB tenure, Farnsworth has played for seven different teams, including the Yankees. In 38.1 innings over 48 games last...

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