New York Mets

Flores hit by pitch, fractures left ankle
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Shortstop Wilmer Flores will spend the next few weeks in a boot after fracturing a bone in his left ankle during winter ball, the Mets revealed Tuesday. Team doctors expect him to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

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Mets zeroing in on bullpen help
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The fact that the Mets at least floated the possibility last summer of trading for Aroldis Chapman speaks volumes about their relief strategy going forward. Though the Mets were solid in that area last season, they were not spectacular, and so they are overturning plenty of stones in their quest to improve.

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Mets lose right-hander Bowman in Rule 5 Draft
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Faced with a 40-man roster crunch, New York left No. 19 prospect Matt Bowman unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft, then watched St. Louis snap him up Thursday with the 11th overall pick.

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Mets acquire 2B Walker from Bucs
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Less than a day after missing out on their top free-agent target, Ben Zobrist, the Mets swung a deal to fill their second-base void, trading left-hander Jon Niese to the Pirates in exchange for Neil Walker.

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Walker trade signals end of an era for Mets
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The trade for Neil Walker not only sent off Jon Niese, who had been in the organization for more than a decade, it ensured that Daniel Murphy will not return.

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Niese's exit may open door to Bartolo's return
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With Jon Niese departed, the Mets have no obvious fifth starter, making it possible that they could reunite with Bartolo Colon.

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Mets make 2-year deal with A. Cabrera official
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The Mets have agreed to terms on a two-year, $18.5 million deal for infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, with a third-year team option.

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Mets bolster infield at Meetings, eye additions
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New York came into the Winter Meetings craving versatility and missed out on Zobrist — their primary target. But the Mets regrouped quickly enough to achieve their goals anyway, trading for second baseman Neil Walker and agreeing to terms on a two-year deal for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

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Familia among Munson Award honorees
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Mets closer Jeurys Familia’s standout season on the baseball field, combined with his character off it, has earned him one of New York City’s best-known sports awards.

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Wright has designs on being everyday player in '16
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The days of Mets third baseman David Wright playing in 150-plus games, as he did in each of his first four seasons and six of his first eight, may be long gone. But Wright, who may ramp up his offseason activity following a visit to back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday, still plans to […]

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Mets sign lefty specialist Blevins to 1-year deal
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In the end, the Mets found their lefty specialist in a familiar place. The team on Tuesday signed Jerry Blevins to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million to reprise the bullpen role he played early last season.

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Mets sign Carlyle, 3 others to Minors deals
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The Mets added to their organizational depth on Monday, signing right-hander Buddy Carlyle, left-hander Duane Below and infielder Marc Krauss to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training. The club also signed lefty Andrew Barbosa to a Minor League deal.

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