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  • Jonathan Villar Homers On Sunday

    New York Mets infielder/outfielder Jonathan Villar hit a three-run home run on Sunday in Grapefruit League action against the Marlins. It was Villar's first hit of spring training. Villar was signed by the Mets to a one-year deal worth $3.55 million-plus incentives earlier in the off-season. In 2020, Villar posted an unimpressive .232/.301/.292 slash line in 185 at-bats for the Marlins and Blue Jays, though his 16 stolen bases ranked second in the MLB. Villar is likely to begin the season in a super-utility bench role for the Mets. While there is speculation he may be placed in a timeshare with third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis (with Jeff McNeil shifting between second and third base), McNeil's defensive issues at third make such a timeshare unlikely. Villar will likely be nothing more than a depth piece behind McNeil, Francisco Lindor, and, perhaps, Brandon Nimmo in centerfield in 2021 unless the Mets suffer an injury that moves Villar up on the team's depth chart.

    Mar 8 · RotoBaller Mets Jonathan Villar
  • Jeff McNeil With Brutal Defensive Day In Field

    New York Mets infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil committed three errors on Sunday in the Mets' Grapefruit League matchup against the Marlins. McNeil was playing third base on Sunday, though his primary position in 2021 will be second base where is he better defensively. With Jonathan Villar now with the Mets after signing a one-year deal this offseason, the Mets are giving McNeil a look at third base to determine how much time Villar should see at second base as part of a super-utility role. Though Villar will get some time at second, it won't be at the expense of McNeil's playing time. Instead, the expectation is that Villar will serve in a timeshare with third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis, while McNeil remains a regular in the lineup, shifting between second and third base. That said, if McNeil's defensive woes at third base continue, the Mets will be less inclined to shift him to third base to get Villar's bat in the lineup. As a result, a continued poor defensive showing by McNeil at third base over spring training would negatively impact Villar's playing time, to the benefit of Davis.

    Mar 8 · RotoBaller Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Francisco Lindor Extension Talks To Heat Up

    Extension talks are expected to heat up this week between New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor and the team, according to Jon Heyman. They have set Opening Day as a soft deadline to get a deal done. Lindor had originally expressed that extension talks would not transpire during the regular season, so it makes sense for the Mets to get together as soon as possible to discuss the extension with the all-star shortstop. Although Lindor had a down year in 2020 while slashing .258/.335/.415 with just eight home runs and 27 RBI, expectations are high for him in this Mets' lineup and he is worthy of his current ADP of 16 heading into 2021.

    Mar 8 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Jose Martinez Injures Knee on Sunday

    New York Mets utility player Jose Martinez twisted his knee during a defensive play at first base on Sunday. He was hurt when he ran into the umpire. The injury comes at a terrible time for Martinez, who is coming off a poor showing in 2020 and is likely competing for a bench role with his new team. Last season, he hit just .182 with a 28% strikeout rate while splitting the season between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs. Between 2017 and 2019, he was a strong offensive performer for the St. Louis Cardinals. Martinez will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

    Mar 7 · RotoBaller Mets Jose Martinez
  • James McCann With Two Hits On Saturday

    New York Mets catcher James McCann went 2-for-3, with two runs scored, in Grapefruit League action against the Astros on Saturday. McCann is now batting .429 in the early days of spring training. McCann posted a .289/.360/.536 slash line to go with seven home runs and 15 RBI in the shortened 2020 season with the White Sox. Heading into 2021, his first season with the Mets, McCann will be the team's primary catcher assured of regular playing time while hitting in a potent lineup. With an ADP of 195, McCann makes for a very solid catcher selection in the later rounds of mixed-league drafts once the top catchers are off the board.

    Mar 7 · RotoBaller Mets James McCann
  • Dominic Smith Homers On Saturday

    New York Mets outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith went 1-for-3, including a two-run home run, in Grapefruit League action on Saturday against the Astros. Smith was the Mets designated hitter, who slotted into the lineup batting fifth. With no designated hitter in the NL for 2021, Smith should see the bulk of his playing time in left field. Smith can potentially return 30-plus HR and 80-90 RBI over the course of a full season. That said, due to risk regarding his overall playing time, where he may share time in left field with Brandon Nimmo or be removed late in games for defense, these counting stat projections should be adjusted slightly downward.

    Mar 7 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Jacob deGrom Dominant On Saturday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom threw two scoreless innings in his 2021 Grapefruit League debut Saturday against the Astros. deGrom allowed only one hit, struck out three, and was consistently hitting 99mph and 100mph on his fastball. deGrom is coming off the shortened 2020 season in which he posted a 2.38 ERA, a 0.956 WHIP, and a 104:18 K:BB in 68 innings pitched. deGrom, who already looks to be in mid-season form, remains a fantasy ace who will be a safe bet for elite strikeout totals, league-leading ratios, and wins with a bolstered lineup behind him. He will kick off his next season of dominance on Opening Day when the Mets face the Washington Nationals.

    Mar 7 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Jacob deGrom Named Mets Opening Day Starter

    New York Mets right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom has been officially tabbed as the team's starting pitcher for April 1 vs. the Nationals, per manager Luis Rojas. The move comes as no surprise as deGrom has established himself among the game's elite, having led the National League in strikeouts each of the past two years. The list of accolades with deGrom is plentiful, as his 38.8 K% and 2.70 xERA from last season help to propel him toward the first round in nearly all season-long fantasy drafts. Over the past three years, deGrom has combined for a 2.10 ERA, 188 ERA+ and 2.31 FIP, averaging 11.6 K/9 IP. Barring an injury, Washington is likely to counter with Max Scherzer for the April 1 contest, giving fans a tremendous pitching showdown right out of the gates.

    Mar 6 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Pete Alonso Blasts Grand Slam In Spring Action

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso crushed a grand slam in Grapefruit League action on Thursday against the Washington Nationals. Alonso went 1-for-3 on the day, including the grand slam which was his first home run of the spring. Alonso did not hit a single HR last spring prior to a disappointing 2020 season in which he started off the campaign very slow. Alonso's HR on Thursday is, hopefully, a sign that he may be on the road to a faster start at the plate in 2021. If he can get off to a better start in 2021, a slash line of around .250/.340/.540, somewhere between his breakout 2019 and mediocre 2020, is a reasonable expectation for managers who roster him. Over a full season, Alonso should be a safe bet to provide managers with 40-plus HR and over 100 RBI, particularly with the newly bolstered Mets lineup surrounding the slugger.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Mets Pete Alonso
  • Dominic Smith Making Spring Debut On Thursday

    New York Mets outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith will be making his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Nationals. Smith will be batting third as the Mets' designated hitter. In 2020, Smith broke out with a .316/.377/.616 slash line, 10 home runs, and 42 RBI. He finished tied for second in the National League with 32 extra-base hits and second overall in the majors with 21 doubles. With the NL unlikely to implement the designated hitter in 2021, Smith should see the bulk of his playing time in left field this season. Smith will also likely spell Pete Alonso at first base on Alonso's off days. Smith can potentially return 30-plus HR and 80-90 RBI (with some slight regression in batting average) over the course of a full season. Of course, there is some risk regarding his overall playing time. If Smith is forced to share time in left field with Brandon Nimmo during the season or is frequently removed for defensive purposes late in games, these counting stat projections would need to be adjusted slightly downward. As a result, managers rostering Smith should be aware of this playing time risk, despite the Mets' best efforts to keep his bat in the lineup on a regular basis.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Jacob deGrom To Start Saturday Against Houston

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom will make his 2021 Grapefruit League debut Saturday when he faces the Houston Astros. deGrom already appears to be in midseason form during these early days of spring training, having hit 99mph with his fastball last Tuesday. deGrom finished 2020 with a 4-2 record, a 2.38 ERA, a 0.956 WHIP, and a 104:18 K:BB in 68 innings pitched. Heading into 2021, deGrom remains a bona fide fantasy ace who will be a safe bet for elite strikeout totals, league-leading ratios, and wins with a bolstered lineup behind him. deGrom should be one of the first two pitchers taken off of draft boards in all fantasy formats.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Marcus Stroman Sharp In His Spring Debut

    New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman retired all six batters he faced in his first spring training start of the season on Tuesday. Stroman struck out two, threw 22 of his 30 pitches for strikes, and sat between 91 and 92 mph with his fastball versus the Houston Astros. It was a great start to the spring for Stroman who missed all of last season when he opted out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns. Heading into 2021, Stroman will be a solid back-end fantasy starter who can give owners precious innings, a solid ERA and WHIP, and strikeout totals around 140-150, with the potential for more.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Mets Marcus Stroman
  • Michael Conforto To Be A Focus Of Spring Extension Talks

    New York Mets team president Sandy Alderson stated on Monday that outfielder Michael Conforto, along with shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Noah Syndergaard, will be the focus of extension talks this spring. Conforto is due to become a free agent after the 2021 season. As a result, the Mets are looking to get the home-grown, consistent slugger locked into a multi-year contract. With a great surrounding cast, Conforto can potentially provide managers with 30 home runs, and 90-100 RBI, to go with a .270 batting average in 2021. The Mets would be wise to lock Conforto into a long-term deal in advance of a potentially dominant 2021 campaign.

    Mar 1 · RotoBaller Mets Michael Conforto
  • Mets Extension Talks With Francisco Lindor To Begin Soon

    New York Mets team president Sandy Alderson indicated on Monday that extension talks between the team and shortstop Francisco Lindor should begin soon. Lindor is due to be a free agent at the end of the 2021 campaign, so it would be in the Mets' best interest to lock the four-time All-Star to a long-term deal as soon as possible. Lindor hit .258 with eight home runs, 27 RBI, and a .750 OPS in 60 games in his final season with the Indians in 2020. Heading into his first season with the Mets, Lindor will remain an elite fantasy shortstop who can provide managers with first-round value in all formats.

    Mar 1 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Noah Syndergaard Remains On Track

    New York Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner stated on Sunday that starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (elbow) remains on track for a June return. Syndergaard missed the entire 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery, following a poor 2019 campaign in which he led the league in earned runs with 94 and posted a career-worst 4.28 ERA. Given consistent positive reports in the early spring regarding his health status and return calendar, Syndergaard remains a low-risk, high reward option at his current 328 ADP. Wise managers who roster Syndergaard on their bench or injured list for first the two-plus months of the season could be greatly rewarded with solid ratios and strikeouts in the second half of the season.

    Feb 28 · RotoBaller Mets Noah Syndergaard
  • Carlos Carrasco Now In Mets Camp

    New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco stated on Saturday that he was late to camp due to some extra testing because of his medical history (heart/leukemia). He indicated that the tests showed no issues and he is good-to-go this spring. Carrasco added that because of his delay in arriving to spring training, he expects to miss his first turn through the Grapefruit League rotation but will have enough time to be ready by Opening Day. In 2020 with Cleveland, Carrasco posted a 2.91 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and struck out 82 batters in 62 IP over 12 starts. If Carrasco can remain healthy, he should provide managers with 170-190 IP, elite ratios, and more than 200 strikeouts in 2021. Carrasco projects as a high-end fantasy SP2 despite his move to a very stacked N.L. East.

    Feb 27 · RotoBaller Mets Carlos Carrasco
  • Matthew Allan Working With Jacob deGrom

    New York Mets right-handed pitching prospect Matthew Allan has been working with Jacob deGrom during the early part of spring training. The Mets have paired Allan with deGrom in nearly all of their drills. They are hoping the 19-year old prospect, who is currently the Mets' fourth-ranked MLB Pipeline prospect, can learn a bit of what has made deGrom so successful. The 2019 draft pick has impressed team officials so far in his first big-league spring camp. That said, he will not break camp with the Mets or see major league action in 2021. He projects as a future SP2 who should reach the majors sometime in 2023. If he can develop under the tutelage of deGrom, his ceiling could even be higher. Though not a redraft target for 2021, Allan should be rostered in all dynasty formats.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Mets Matthew Allan Jacob deGrom
  • Caleb Joseph signs split contract with the Mets

    Feb 25 · FantasyPros Mets Caleb Joseph
  • Dellin Betances Feels Much Better This Spring

    New York Mets right-handed reliever Dellin Betances said on Wednesday that he feels significantly better than he did last spring. Betances indicated that he was able to have a regular off-season which allowed him to work on his pitching and health. Betances is coming off a forgettable 2020 campaign that saw significant declines in his pitch velocity and walk rate. Due to a late-season lat injury, he was limited to just 11 2/3 innings pitched in 2020 in which he posted a 7.71 ERA, a 2.06 WHIP, and a brutal 11:12 K:BB. Additionally, in 2019, he missed virtually the entire season due to a shoulder and an Achilles injury. As was the case heading into 2020, Betances' effectiveness and fantasy value for 2021 will hinge on whether he is fully healthy and can reproduce velocities exhibited when he was a Yankee in 2018. If he can replicate that success, he should be valuable in leagues that rewards holds. Of course, this is a big "if" considering he hasn't pitched a full season in over two years. For now, Betances should be left on fantasy waiver wires until he proves to be an effective component of the Mets' revamped 2021 bullpen.

    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Mets Dellin Betances
  • Dominic Smith (non-injury) arrives at Mets camp on Wednesday

    Feb 24 · FantasyPros Mets Dominic Smith
  • Edwin Diaz in line to get majority of save chances

    Feb 24 · FantasyPros Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Jacob deGrom Throws Impressive Bullpen Session Tuesday

    New York Mets manager Luis Rojas reported that starting pitcher Jacob deGrom hit 99 mph in his bullpen session on Tuesday. Incredibly, it already sounds like deGrom is in midseason form. deGrom followed up his second consecutive National League Cy Young award season in 2019 by posting another gem in 2020. He finished 2020 with a 4-2 record, a 2.38 ERA, a 0.956 WHIP, and a 104:18 K:BB in 68 innings pitched. Heading into 2021, deGrom remains a matchup-proof fantasy ace. deGrom will again be a safe bet for elite strikeout totals and league-leading ratios. Win totals, which have alluded deGrom the past few years, may even see a boost in 2021 with the Mets having bolstered their lineup with the addition of, among others, Francisco Lindor and James McCann.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Michael Conforto Has Yet To Discuss Extension

    New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto stated on Tuesday that he has not yet opened contract extension talks with the ball club. In 2020, Conforto posted a .322/.412/.927 slash line with nine home runs, and 31 RBI in 202 at-bats. In 2021, the consistent Conforto will be hitting in the middle of an even more potent Mets' lineup which now includes Francisco Lindor and James McCann. As a result, he should have plenty of opportunities to repeat his successful, albeit shortened, 2020 campaign. Managers should confidently draft Conforto who will be a free agent after this season. With a great surrounding cast and the motivation to raise his market value heading into free agency, Conforto can potentially provide managers with 30 home runs, and 90-100 RBI, to go with some slight batting average regression in 2021.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Mets Michael Conforto
  • Edwin Diaz Preparing For Closer Role

    On Tuesday, New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz stated that his preparation and mindset for the 2021 season is to be the team's closer. After a shaky 2019, Diaz put together an incredible 2020 campaign. While his overall 2020 save total of six was low, and he did lose the role for a brief time early in the season, Diaz still posted a 1.75 ERA, and a 1.25 WHIP, to go with 50 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings pitched. These numbers were supported by an elite xBA of .156, and xwOBA of .234. Although manager Luis Rojas previously stated he won't formally commit to naming Diaz the closer,there is no doubt that Diaz will begin the 2021 campaign as the Mets' closer. If he maintains the role by limiting the ninth inning issues he had in 2019 (and the early part of 2020), Diaz should accumulate a huge number of saves on a very competitive Mets team in 2021. He is justifiably being taken as one of the first closers off of 2021 draft boards.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Carlos Carrasco, Dominic Smith Absent Monday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco and first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith were among four players that were absent from the team's first full-squad spring training workout due to a "non-injury-related issue," according to manager Luis Rojas. However, all four players should be at camp by the end of the week. This should be a non-issue. Carrasco had a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in his return from a battle with Leukemia last year with Cleveland. If he pitches similarly to what he did in his final season with the Tribe, he'll be a fine SP2 target for fantasy managers. Smith, who slashed .316/.377/.616 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI in just 177 at-bats in 2020, should see more playing time in 2021 and is an intriguing power bat that can also hit for average in a much-improved Mets batting order.

    Feb 22 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith Carlos Carrasco
  • Jeff McNeil Expects To Primarily Play Second Base

    New York Mets infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil stated on Monday that he imagines a lot of his repetitions will come at second base in 2021. With Jonathan Villar now with the Mets after signing a one-year deal this offseason, Villar should see some time at second base as part of a super-utility role. Though Villar will get some time at second, it is unlikely to be at the expense of McNeil's playing time. Instead, the early expectation is that Villar will serve in a timeshare with third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis, while McNeil remains a regular in the lineup, shifting between second and third base. McNeil will serve as a stable source of batting average with solid RBI and run production at the top of a stacked Mets lineup. His multi-position eligibility in the outfield, second base and third base further adds to his fantasy value for managers. That said, home run expectations for McNeil should be held in check given notable declines in his power metrics in 2020.

    Feb 22 · RotoBaller Mets Jeff McNeil
  • No Extension Talks Between Mets, Francisco Lindor Yet

    On Monday, New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor stated that he was excited to start spring training with his new ballclub. 2021 will be Lindor's first season with the Mets after a blockbuster trade that sent him and pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland to New York. This will also be Lindor's last season before he's due to become a free agent. Lindor advised on Monday that he has not yet had any discussions with the Mets about a long-term contract extension. He reiterated his position that if he does not finalize an extension with the Mets before the start of the regular season, he does not wish to pursue such discussions into the season. Lindor, a four-time All-Star, has previously said that he is not opposed to a long-term contract. The 27-year-old hit .258 with eight home runs, 27 RBI, and a .750 OPS in 60 games in his final season with the Indians in 2020. He will remain an elite fantasy shortstop in New York in 2021.

    Feb 22 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor