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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:47:45 -0700
New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda has been talking with the team about a contract extension, but the talks will end on opening day if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement so Duda can concentrate on the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: Duda ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) had a solid 2014 season with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs and will be the starting first baseman this season. Duda could be an option for owners on FantasyScore looking for power at a cheaper price.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:16:14 -0700
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler (elbow) plans to spend six weeks at home after spring training ends, and then he'll rehab at the team's complex in Florida. Wheeler doesn't plan to visit the team when they are in Atlanta, as well as during the regular season. He underwent Tommy John surgery last Wednesday.
Fantasy Tip: Wheeler won't be back until sometime in 2016, but he's unlikely to be ready for the start of next season, so he'll come at an injury discount. Next season will likely be an adjustment for the right-hander as he works to get his velocity and control back, so owning Wheeler will be wiser in 2017.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:48:13 -0700
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) plans to play in a minor league game Monday, March 30, but he will continue to avoid running. He has jogged to first base in recent games and hasn't been allowed to run the bases. Murphy took ground balls Monday, and general manager Sandy Alderson said Murphy will be held out of Grapefruit League games this week, which would allow the team to backdate a disabled list stint.
Fantasy Tip: Murphy's ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) injury doesn't appear to be too serious, but his chances of opening up the regular season on the DL appear likely. That means you should shy away from using him at FantasyScore right off the bat.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:01:56 -0700
New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda appears to be in line for a long-term contract extension with the team. The extension would keep Duda with the Mets well into his 30s, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations. Duda will earn $4.2 million this season as an arbitration-eligible player and is currently under team control through the 2017 season.
Fantasy Tip: Duda ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) had a breakout season in 2014 after the Mets traded 1B Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Duda played in 153 games last season and finished with a careeer-high 30 home runs. Duda was limited to just a .180 batting average and a .516 OPS against left-handed pitchers, but is not expected to be used as a platoon player by the Mets. Duda should be used as a platoon option in fantasy, at least until he proves he is able to hit against lefties.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:19:51 -0700
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) may have a tough time making it back in time for opening day, and the team is starting to sound pessimistic about his chances. Murphy will only play in minor league games next week if he can.
Fantasy Tip: Danny Muno and Matt Reynolds are in consideration to start at the keystone on opening day if Murphy ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) isn't ready, but neither should really move the fantasy needle, since Murphy's injury doesn't seem too serious. Look to avoid Murphy during the opening week of FantasyScore.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:05:19 -0700
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey lost his 9 2/3-inning spring scoreless streak against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 27, but he finished with three hits, one run and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Harvey's Grapefruit League ERA is no2 1.45 after the 80-pitch effort, and his fastball ranged between 95-98 mph. He didn't allow a walk and has walked just one hitter in 18 2/3 innings.
Fantasy Tip: Harvey is 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery, so his control and velocity gains are only mildly surprising. But his excellent spring has surely eliminated him from coming at an injury discount in fantasy drafts. There's plenty of evidence to suggest that taking him as your No. 2 fantasy pitcher will pay big dividends in 2015.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Flores ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) recently shed his walking boot, and a return to the lineup bodes well for his opening day readiness. Last season, he hit just .251 but rarely struck out -- 11.3% strikeout rate -- and hit well in the minors. Shortstop lacks depth, and Flores makes for a nice late-round flier.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:52:50 -0700
New York Mets 3B David Wright may be moved out of the third spot in the lineup in 2015. The Mets are playing with their lineup in spring training, and they are thinking of moving Wright into the No. 2 spot. Wright has hit second three times this spring, and manager Terry Collins confirmed that the team is thinking about this move occasionally. Wright said a move in the lineup won't bother his ego at all. He hit third in all 133 starts in 2014, in 109 of 111 starts in 2013 and 144 of 155 starts in 2012.
Fantasy Tip: It doesn't appear that this would be a full-time lineup switch, but just on occasion. It could give Wright a chance to see some additional at-bats over the course of the entire season, which would be a plus for his fantasy value. In the long run, it probably won't change much, though. Despite a drop to just eight home runs last year, you typical know what you're getting from Wright - decent power numbers and plenty of job security. The Citi Field fences were moved in, too, so expect a rebound in power from Wright.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:46:35 -0700
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (elbow) will have an 80-pitch limit in his next spring start against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 27, in his fifth Grapefruit League start. Harvey currently has a 1.26 ERA and 9 2/3-innings scoreless streak. He's scheduled to make his season debut April 9 against the Washington Nationals. Harvey has walked just one hitter in 14 1/3 spring innings.
Fantasy Tip: Harvey ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) has displayed great velocity and control this spring in his return from Tommy John surgery. The excellent results have him rising quickly up fantasy draft boards. He will no longer come at an injury discount like he did early in spring. Even though he has a tough matchup in the Nats in his first outing of the year, it'll be very tempting not to go with him at FantasyScore in a matchup against Stephen Strasburg.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:56:56 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Murphy ($4,700, 9.4% of the cap) appears to be making progress from his injury, but there is still a question about whether will be ready for opening day. Owners on FantasyScore may want to wait for him to be 100% before using him.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:31:21 -0700
New York Mets SP Jon Niese pitched in a simulated game Thursday, March 26, in order to fix his mechanics. Niese noticed during his last bullpen session that he was stepping more toward the first base side when he landed, which fatigued his left shoulder. Niese used the simulated game to step toward the home plate and said his shoulder felt much better.
Fantasy Tip: Niese has made several appearances this spring and has posted solid numbers in his limited innings. Owners should consider selecting Niese in the middle to later rounds of drafts.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:28:34 -0700
New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda (back) was removed from the game Wednesday, March 25, after being hit by a pitch in the back. However, he was only scheduled to play another half inning, so manager Terry Collins said he removed Duda then.
Fantasy Tip: Being lifted from the game does not appear to be injury related. Duda ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) remains a solid mid-round target in drafts after launching 30 home runs and driving in 92 RBI last season. There are platoon and batting average concerns to keep in mind, too, though. Duda's a nice target for FantasySocre players when he faces a weak right-handed pitcher, as well.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:24:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Even if Murphy ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) is ready, opening the season against the front end of Washington's pitching staff is daunting for daily contests. It would be wise to pass on Murphy in FantasyScore contests until he proves his health and lands in a more favorable matchup. Danny Muno and Matt Reynolds are candidates to fill any void due to Murphy's injury, but neither have fantasy value in the majority of formats.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:56:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The Mets have said that Parnell is expected to be handed the closer's role back when he's ready to return, so that makes him worth drafting with a late-round pick and stashing in a DL spot. Jenrry Mejia is the favorite to see most of the save chances until then, and he's also a late-round closer option, preferably handcuffed with Parnell.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:51:30 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Murphy is questionable for opening day with his hamstring pull. If he misses time, Danny Muno or Matt Reynolds could start at the keystone, but they are strictly names for deep NL-only leagues.
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