• Mets plan to assign Tebow to Minors camp
  • When the Mets decided to ship Tim Tebow out to the Arizona Fall League in October, they did so fully believing he was "overmatched" -- general manager Sandy Alderson's word -- by the competition there. But the Mets sent him anyway because they believed if Tebow were to succeed at age 29, his crash course in baseball would need to include as many actual games as possible.

  • Collins ready to win now, assess future after '17
  • Over the span of a single week in November, Terry Collins lost a pair of friends he had known since grammar school. As he mourned them, Collins, 67, got to thinking. He wondered about his own future. He considered the rest of his life.

  • Alderson: Wright is Mets' everyday third baseman
  • Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not hesitate Monday when asked about the identity of his third baseman heading into next season.

  • Clubs appear to prefer Granderson over Bruce
  • As the first day of the Winter Meetings drew to a close, the Mets reached something of an impasse regarding their desire to trade an outfielder. After spending Monday talking to the Orioles and other teams about potential deals, the Mets came away believing clubs are more interested in Curtis Granderson than Jay Bruce.

  • Mets promote Lopez to manage at Triple-A
  • To replace Wally Backman, their top Minor League manager for the past five seasons, the Mets on Monday promoted Pedro Lopez to Backman's former post as Triple-A Las Vegas manager. Lopez had served as Double-A Binghamton manager since 2009.

  • Mets to hold holiday coat drive Wednesday
  • The Mets will host their annual holiday coat drive Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at the Citi Field team store. All fans donating at least one coat will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to select Mets home games in April 2017.

  • Play Ball auction honoring late Mets staffer Forde
  • More than two dozen Mets employees from various sects of the organization climbed onto a Winter Meetings stage early Monday, there to provide the kind of support that late staffer Shannon Forde always did. Longtime Mets public relations executive Jay Horwitz sighed loudly as he attempted to describe the impact that Forde had on the organization.

  • Winter Meetings interview: Mets Charity Auction
  • Jeff Wilpon, Jay Horwitz, Melanie LeGrande and Josh Rawitch talk about the Mets Charity Auction to benefit Shannon Forde Field at the Winter Meetings on Monday.

  • Mets likely out on FA closers; Wheeler in 'pen?
  • The free-agent market for outfielders is thinner than usual at the dawn of the Winter Meetings. For starting pitchers, it is practically nonexistent. But the market for late-inning relievers is robust, with closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon all hitting free agency at the same time.

  • Charity auction to help recognize Forde
  • Major League Baseball's "Play Ball" charity auction, an annual Winter Meetings initiative, has taken on a more personal tone this year for the Mets. A portion of proceeds from this week's auction will go toward the renovation and renaming of a youth baseball and softball field in honor of Shannon Forde, the Mets' staffer who passed away from breast cancer in March.

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