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New York Mets Could Be Interested in Baltimore Orioles’ Outfielder Nick Markakis

October 21st, 2014 at 1:06 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets will need to add at least one outfielder to their lineup this winter. While much of the media speculation has been around the Mets' need for right handed power in the outfield, the Mets could look in another direction for outfield offense. The Mets could look to an outfielder who could serve as their leadoff batter, an area of the lineup that has been weak since Jose Reyes departed after the 2011 season. One name to watch in this scenario is Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Nick Markakis.

Markakis, who will turn 31 in November, could draw interest from the Mets if they don't find a power hitter for the outfield, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. The Orioles are declining Markakis' 17.5 million dollar club option for 2015 and paying him a two million dollar buy out, allowing him to become a free agent. The O's could offer Markakis a qualifying offer as they try to sign a less lucrative contract with him, costing signing teams a first round draft choice if they sign him. Cafardo's report indicates the Red Sox are also interested in Markakis, while the Mets could move in if they don't get a power hitter for their outfield. Markakis is also expected to draw interest from the San Francisco Giants.

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New York Mets and New York Yankees Will Play in Spring Training

October 21st, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Mike Phillips

In what is a rare occasion these days, the New York Mets and New York Yankees will square off at the end of spring training next season. The news was revealed when the Yankees released their spring training schedule yesterday, and it featured two dates against the Mets. The Yankees will play in Port St. Lucie on March 22nd, while the Mets will visit Tampa on March 25th.

The Mets and Yankees used to play every spring to close out spring training as part of the annual Mayor's Trophy Game. The tradition ended in 1996, when the Yankees moved to Tampa. The introduction of interleague play in 1997, allowing the Mets and Yankees to meet every year, made the spring training contests further irrelevant. The last time the Mets and Yankees played in Grapefruit League action was in 2012.

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Mets 101 Player Review Series: Dana Eveland

October 20th, 2014 at 7:51 PM
By Mike Phillips

Now that the 2014 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have already taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen. We will now take a look at every player on the active roster from A (Bobby Abreu) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2014 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at relief pitcher Dana Eveland.

Mets 101 Player Review: Dana Eveland

2014 Stats: 30 Games, 27.1 Innings Pitched, 1-1, 1 Save, 2.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 27:6 Strikeout: Walk Ratio, .241 Batting Average Against Lefties

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Minor League Mondays Affiliate Review: Savannah Sand Gnats

October 20th, 2014 at 12:48 PM
By Mike Phillips

Now that the 2014 season is over, Mets 101's Minor League Mondays will take a look back at each of the New York Mets' minor league affiliates and review their seasons. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will review how each club performed this season, spotlight some young players to watch, and more. We climb the ladder today to take a look at the Intermediate A Savannah Sand Gnats, who play in the South Atlantic League.

Mets 101 Affiliate Review: Savannah Sand Gnats

2014 Story: The Savannah Sand Gnats entered the 2014 season as the defending champions in the South Atlantic League after taking home the title one year ago. The Sand Gnats clinched a playoff spot early on by winning their division in the first half, which clinches a spot in the Sally League. They finished in second place in the second half, trailing the Asheville Tourists by 7.5 games. As such, the Sand Gnats finished the year with an 85-51 record and a first round series with the Tourists to try and defend their title. The Sand Gnats' reign as league champs ended in that series, as the Tourists swept the first two games of the best of three series to move on to the SAL Championship. Either way, the Sand Gnats had another successful season under third year skipper Luis Rojas.

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Jacob DeGrom Named Sporting News’ National League Rookie of the Year

October 20th, 2014 at 12:19 PM
By Mike Phillips

Jacob deGrom is currently the favorite for baseball's Rookie of the Year Award in the National League. While the results for that award aren't revealed until the middle of November, deGrom can make room on his mantle for another piece of hardware. deGrom was named the Sporting News' National League Rookie of the Year today according to a report on their web site by Ryan Fagan.

The award is voted on by players throughout the league, so it is a huge honor. deGrom beat out Cincinnati Reds' outfielder Billy Hamilton and St. Louis Cardinals' second baseman Kolten Wong for the honor. When deGrom was notified by the Sporting News that he had won the award, he said:

"I'm very honored to receive this prestigious award. My teammates were a huge reason for my success. Individual honors are nice but what excites me is looking forward to next year and helping the Mets reach the postseason."

deGrom becomes the fifth Met to take home the Sporting News' NL Rookie of the Year honor. The previous winners were Jerry Koosman (1968), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984).

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