• Mets aim to corner market with Duda, Wright
  • If all goes according to plan, David Wright and Lucas Duda will be the Mets' cornerstones during a 2015 playoff run, serving as their Nos. 3 and 4 hitters and the core of their offensive unit. If not, the Mets may have an uncomfortable situation on their hands.

  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 first basemen
  • As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.

  • Cuddyer: Don't count out Mets in NL East
  • Depending on the source, the Nationals' signing of Max Scherzer makes them either extreme or prohibitive favorites to win the National League East. Yet count new Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer among those unwilling to crown the Nats just yet.

  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 catchers
  • Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future.

  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 left-handed pitchers
  • Though none of the left-handers who ranked on this list before last season began have graduated to the big leagues, there are still several new faces on this year's Top 10. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers
  • There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on the Top 100 Prospects list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list are in the Top 100, and then some. Some of the names are familiar. Five right-handers -- The Mets' Noah Syndergaard, Archie Bradley of the D-backs, the Rockies' Jon Gray, the Orioles' Dylan Bundy, Robert Stephenson of the Reds -- were on this list a year ago.

  • Inbox: deGrom primed for more dominance?
  • Can Jacob deGrom be expected to repeat his rookie success? What must the Mets do to overcome their rough recent history vs. the Nationals? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo has answers in the Inbox.

  • Mets ink Gee, Tejada, Murphy to one-year deals
  • The Mets settled on an $8 million contract with second baseman Daniel Murphy, a $5.3 million deal with starting pitcher Dillon Gee and a $1.88 million contract with infielder Ruben Tejada, according to a source. They exchanged figures with first baseman Lucas Duda and closer Jenrry Mejia.

  • Mets Minor Leaguer Welch gets 50-game suspension
  • Mets pitching prospect Brandon Welch has been suspended 50 games without pay, following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

  • Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal 'not happening'
  • The notion of the Rockies trading shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets, which all winter has been more rumors and reports than action, was doused with cold water Thursday at the MLB owners meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz. The New York Post reported that Rockies owner/general partner Charlie Monfort answered a direct question with a smile and a simple statement: "It's not happening."

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