WATCH: Mets' Wilmer Flores says he's ready to embrace utility role

"I just want to play baseball, and if this is the opportunity to play, I'll take it," Flores told MLB.com The Mets overhauled their middle infield this offseason by trading for second baseman Neil Walker and signing shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but in doing so, they pushed infielder Wilmer Flores to the bench.  Flores still figures to see...
Via NJ.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Which Mets Bench Player Will See the Most Time?

The New York Mets are ready to defend the National League pennant. The majority of the 2015 team will be returning minus Daniel Murphy. However, Sandy Alderson has done a phenomenal job of adding depth to this group. The additions of Alejandro De Aza and Asdrubal Cabrera have truly strengthened the infield and outfield. Starting players from last year’s club will now have to adjust...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores: 'I want to be a Met forever'

Wilmer Flores somehow discovered a way to endear himself even more to New York Mets fans.In a New York Post article, the 24-year-old Venezuelan infielder says that he wants "to be a Met forever."Flores famously won over the hearts of Mets fans last season when he was seen shedding tears after he thought he had been traded in July.  "I will never forget that night," Flores told the...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Asdrubal Cabrera is the X-Factor

The Mets have numerous pieces in their lineup that have the potential to provide offense throughout the season. Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and David Wright are going to be considered staples throughout the season, as the veterans should be occupied driving in runs. We know that the Mets have a tremendous pitching staff, and that the bullpen should be able to hold their own. The...
Via Mets360.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Topps 2016 Baseball Cards Series 1: Meet The Mets!

Here they are, hot off the press…. Topps released their 2016 Baseball Cards Series 1 sets, packs and hobby boxes this week, and there are plenty of Mets to go around including Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores as shown above. There are 17 Mets cards in all within the 350 regular card set. Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard will be hot picks for die-hard Mets fans this year...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The second baseman merry-go-round featuring Neil Walker

It was pretty evident from the beginning of this season that the Mets were not committed to offering Daniel Murphy a long-term deal, and were set on parting ways after this year. After an explosive playoffs, the organization offered their second baseman a qualifying offer, which Murphy did not sign, and elected to become a free agent. The Mets acquired Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh...
Via Mets360.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: minor offseason updates

After re-signing Yoenis Cespedes, the New York Mets are most likely done with significant offseason moves for this upcoming season. However, there are still some more minor news stories that are worth talking about. Ceciliani out for Cespedes To make room for Cespedes on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated Darrell Ceciliani for assignment. Ceciliani had 75 at bats for the Mets...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tejada and Flores Are On The Mend

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, infielders Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores are on the mend and both of them have shed wearing their walking boots. Flores, 24, is already in Port St. Lucie and has been working out at the Mike Barwis fitness and conditioning program, writes Rubin, and he is scheduled to begin hitting this week. Expected to take on a super utility role...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Update on Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada

Both backup infielders for the New York Mets have shed their walking boots. … Flores is currently working out at the Mike Barwis fitness and conditioning program at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and is scheduled to begin hitting this week. Tejada has been working out in his native Panama. He may report to Port St. Lucie as early as Feb. 1 — more than three...
Via Mets360.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Featured Article: Should Mets Bring Back Juan Uribe?

Anthony C. asks… I think the Mets need one more key piece to truly make this team complete and ready to dominate the NL East and make another World Series run. That final piece of the puzzle would be Juan Uribe. Is there any chance the Mets could re-sign him on a one year deal? Joe D. replies…. Of course as long as Uribe remains available the possibility exists that the...
Via Mets Merized Online
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores Needs to be Ready for Anything in 2016

While everyone is trying to decipher the outfield configuration after the Yoenis Cespedes signing, there is the issue of how the rest of the Mets’ offseason has put added importance on Wilmer Flores‘ ability to be a super utility infielder. Third Base Make no mistake. The Mets need Flores to be able to handle the role and handle it well. For starters, we do not know David...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cespedes signing completes the puzzle for Mets

The New York Mets made the World Series last fall for the first time since 2000, even though the result was still the same as 2000: a World Series loss. The offseason of questions and regret of what they could have done differently has the Mets hungry and motivated for the 2016 season to come. The window to win a championship is open for only so long, and with the team's signing...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets pull off miracle, re-sign Cespedes

In the early hours of the morning of a “#Snowpaclaypse” Saturday in New York, a weekend of knee-high snow and never leaving the house became suddenly a celebratory affair for New York Mets fans. It has been reported that Yoenis Cespedes will be returning to Queens. Sandy Alderson and Co. locked Cespedes up with a 3 year contract worth a reported $75 million. The contract also...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets Big Bet Against Fielding

When the Mets and Royals met in the World Series a few months ago, it was billed as an extreme clash of styles. The Royals were the best defensive team in baseball; the Mets were, well, not. They weren’t as bad in the field as their reputation may have suggested, but with Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, and Yoenis Cespedes playing up the middle in the postseason, the Mets weren...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Recent MLB free agent signings that teams will regret

In the winter rush to improve, teams are so often prone to irrational free agent bids. And while the offseason buzz is nice in the interim, they might eventually discover that performance on the field doesn’t nearly justify the money exchanged at the negotiating table. Here are five most likely to induce buyer’s remorse. Ian Kennedy The Kansas City Royals’ window of success...
Via The Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Mets Trade Wilmer Flores

MLB.com reporter Phil Rogers speculates that if the Mets were to consider dealing infielder Wilmer Flores, they may have a couple of willing trade partners in the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. He writes: “Remember when no one thought the Mets had one shortstop? They’ve got three now, since signing Asdrubal Cabrera a few days after Terry Collins said Tejada and Flores...
Via Mets Merized Online
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Agree To One-Year Deal With Kelly Johnson

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran utility infielder and outfielder Kelly Johnson, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical. Johnson, 34, split last season between the Braves and Mets, batting .265/.314/.435 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 47 RBI in 335 plate appearances. He played all four infield positions in 2015 as...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Which Players Could Get Traded To Address Team Needs In 2016?

Frank asks… Last season the Mets almost traded Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores and then did trade a bunch of prospects including Michael Fulmer, Robert Whalen and Luis Cessa. If the Mets find themselves needing significant help again at the trade deadline, who are some of the names that could be trade chips? Joe D. replies… That’s a great question and I needed the week...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores looks for the game to come back to him

I used to cover North Carolina A&T basketball games. A&T is an HBCU team and a low-level Division I squad. At the time they were coached by Jerry Eaves. There could be two reasons that name sounds familiar to you. If you’re a graybeard, you might remember him as a starter for the 1980 Louisville Cardinals team which won the NCAA Championship. If you’re younger, you...
Via Mets360.com
December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

What to do with Wilmer Flores?

This offseason has been a relatively quiet one for the New York Mets. While many other teams are making big splashes, the Mets have made minor moves re-signing Jerry Blevins and Bartolo Colon, signing Asdrubal Cabrera, and trading Jon Niese for Neil Walker. The Walker trade was the Mets’ reaction to losing out in the […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores To Play Some First Base During Spring Training

According to Mets manager Terry Collins, infielder Wilmer Flores could possibly get some playing time at first base during Spring Training because there’s a good chance he’ll be the primary backup to Lucas Duda this season barring any new additions. “We’re got to give Wilmer a chance to play around the infield a little bit more and put him in some different positions where...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Wright’s Visit To Doc Reminder Of Key Mets’ Issue

When third baseman David Wright checked in with Dr. Robert Watkins about his back today in Los Angeles – where he spent much of his summer – to come up with a plan on treating his spinal stenosis, it served as a reminder of an underlying issue that will stay with the Mets until he retires. It should also serve as an emphasis of what they must continue to do this winter. The acquisition...
Via New York Mets Report
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets’ management continues to defy expectations

Here in New York, we fans pride ourselves on being knowledgeable. We’re hip, we’re savvy, we know what’s goin’ on, man. We’re not like those blindly devoted followers in St. Louis or Cincinnati, who show up in droves, decked out in red, whether their team is in contention or not. No, we “know” better. We “know” a lot of stuff – our teams’ histories, current...
Via Mets360.com
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores Suffered A Fractured Ankle

Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle and has been fitted with a walking boot, assistant general manager John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday. He says Flores should be ready for spring training. As first reported by MMO, Flores suffered the injury when he was struck by a pitch while playing winter ball in Venezuela on Nov. 26. After a five-day absence, he...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets infielder Flores breaks ankle in winter ball

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mets infielder Wilmer Flores broke his left ankle last month when he was hit by a pitch playing winter ball in Venezuela.Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Tuesday at the winter meetings that Flores does not need surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.Flores was injured in his season debut with the Bravos de Margarita in his home...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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