Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:28:33 -0700
The New York Mets demoted 2B Wilmer Flores to Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday, April 5. The team plans to have Flores play more shortstop than second base early this season in the Pacific Coast League.
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:48:19 -0700
The New York Mets placed 2B Daniel Murphy on the paternity list Tuesday, April 1, and will call up 2B Wilmer Flores in a corresponding move. Flores will start in Murphy's place at second base.
Fantasy Tip: Murphy could return as early as Wednesday.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:19:31 -0700
The New York Mets reassigned 2B Wilmer Flores to minor-league camp.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:02:24 -0700
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada is expected to open the season as the starting shortstop, with SS Omar Quintanilla backing him up. 2B Wilmer Flores will continue to make spring starts at shortstop, and he's expected to see more action at the 6 to start the year at Triple-A Las Vegas. The team hopes Flores' winter conditioning work will improve his range at shortstop. The Mets could consider bringing Flores up to replace Tejada if Tejada struggles early on.
Fantasy Tip: Tejada will be on a very short leash to start the year, and don't rule out the Mets making a trade if they feel they need to. Don't think about putting Tejada on your roster unless you're desperate for at-bats in an NL-only league.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:25:41 -0700
New York Mets 2B Wilmer Flores will receive his third spring start at shortstop Tuesday, March 18, although manager Terry Collins said the move is unrelated to the struggles of SS Ruben Tejada. Tejada is hitting .120 (3-for-25) in camp. "I want to play him at shortstop," Collins said about Flores. "He's gone to this (fitness camp) thing this winter to where he worked very, very hard on his agility. I want to see it in action. The best place to see it is out in the middle of the field."
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:36:48 -0700
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada made his third error of the spring on a routine grounder Thursday, March 13, and also went 0-for-3 at the plate to move to 1-for-15 in Grapefruit League play. Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin continues to be available in a trade, and the pressure is likely mounting for the Mets to find a solution at the 6.
Fantasy Tip: It's gotten so bad for Tejada that the Mets are now considering giving Wilmer Flores time at shortstop. Franklin isn't a bad late-round flier stash in deep mixed leagues in case a trade happens.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:35:37 -0700
New York Mets 2B/SS Wilmer Flores will start his first game at SS since 2011 on Tuesday, March 11. Given Ruben Tejada's struggles at the plate and in the field, they're willing to give Flores another shot, despite the fact his quickness and range weren't up to par. He's played short as a defensive replacement twice this spring and has had only routine fielding chances.
Fantasy Tip: He's only draft-worthy in NLs, but Flores has noticeable pop that could play well in a middle-infield slot for deep-mixed leaguers at some point in 2014 if he earns eligibility there.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:58:32 -0700
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada was charged with his second spring error Monday, March 10, but he did snap an 0-for-7 drought with a double. The Mets continue to look for upgrades at shortstop. 2B Wilmer Flores will start at shortstop early this week, but it's unlikely that he has the range required to be the starter there.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:07:46 -0800
A New York Mets team official said 2B Wilmer Flores will see a legitimate look at shortstop in spring training as a competitor to SS Ruben Tejada. Some in the industry don't think Flores has the first-step quickness to succeed at short, but the Mets will give him a chance to show what he's got in spring games. New York also continues to consider trading for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin, but they won't give up elite pitching prospects such as SPs Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero.
"At this moment Ruben Tejada is the shortstop here," manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to be patient with him. Certainly we're going to get him a number of at-bats this spring. He's been told that. And we'll see how he plays. We don't have a lot of options. He's our main guy right now." Collins wants to see more line drives from Tejada and wants to see some range at shortstop.
Fantasy Tip: The fact that New York is considering Flores at the 6 shows their lack in faith offensively in Tejada. They may prefer a below-average defender in favor of some offense.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:13:39 -0800
New York Mets 2B Wilmer Flores is likely to begin the year with Triple-A Las Vegas, according to manager Terry Collins. "I think with what we have on the infield -- you know what? -- if he's not going to get a lot of a playing time, he's got to go play at his age," Collins said. "Because the ceiling on his bat is too high. He's got to go get at-bats." Flores isn't expected to see much time at first base this spring.