The Mets’ first-base competition may already be decided

PORT ST. LUCIE — Dominic Smith is in shape and ready to compete for the Mets’ first-base job, but he may not be facing an open competition with Adrian Gonzalez. And manager Mickey Callaway indicated Tuesday that it could be difficult for the club to carry two first basemen,

Inside look at Dominic Smith’s fitness transformation

PHOENIX — You think you’ve ingested (or written, in my case) enough spring-training “Best shape of my life” stories to last several lifetimes. That you’d rather see Tony Clark and Rob Manfred exchange nonsensical statements about the dormant free-agent market than listen to one more ballplayer tell you

Michael Conforto won’t return to Mets until at least May

Michael Conforto can plan on starting the season on the disabled list. As the Mets outfielder rehabs from surgery to repair the torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder, general manager Sandy Alderson is expecting the club will be without Conforto for at least the entire first month of

Adrian Gonzalez has inside track to Mets first-base job

Adrian Gonzalez probably will get “first” dibs on starting at first base for the Mets in 2018. Though the club still views Dominic Smith as part of the long-term equation at first, the Mets likely will give the veteran Gonzalez the job in spring training, according to a source

Mets turn their attention toward acquiring a bat

The Mets ideally would like to add three bats and call it a winter. But with free agency throughout the industry moving at a glacial pace, team officials remain in no hurry to make acquisitions, preferring instead to let the laws of supply and demand dictate their moves. This much

Why Brandon Nimmo’s Mets didn’t go after Giancarlo Stanton

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There were 250 million-plus reasons the Mets never considered trading for Giancarlo Stanton, a fact general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged Sunday but not without an attempt at humor. “With Brandon Nimmo in right field, we just didn’t feel we had a need there,” Alderson

Mets open to trading away some of their starting pitching depth

ORLANDO, Fla. — As much as the Mets are wary of trading from their potential starting pitching depth, general manager Sandy Alderson is open to the proposition. In an attempt to acquire position players, the Mets will listen if teams ask about the likes of Robert Gsellman, Seth

Mets’ Carlos Santana interest exposes Dominic Smith concern

ORLANDO, Fla. — Carlos Santana fits the mold of “difference-maker” the Mets desire, and team officials are willing to at least explore the possibility of adding the switch-hitting slugger to a lineup that could use another proven bat. An industry source confirmed Tuesday that the Mets have expressed interest

Mets admit they need to get rotation in line with rest of MLB

ORLANDO, Fla. — An improved bullpen isn’t just a necessity based on the Mets’ struggles in that area last season, but also because of a new philosophy the team is embracing for 2018. Simply, general manager Sandy Alderson expects fewer innings from his starting rotation, as the Mets will

Three power bats could interest the Mets this offseason

Versatility is key as the Mets search for another power bat in the lineup. With a hole existing in the outfield and questions persisting whether Dominic Smith is the answer at first base, team officials are on the lookout for a player who can potentially fit both needs. To that

Rosario and d’Arnaud exit with injuries in another Mets stinker

CHICAGO — It was two touchdowns allowed by the Mets and two more players injured. A Mets season that can’t end fast enough only worsened Thursday night, when Amed Rosario and Travis d’Arnaud departed hurt in their 14-6 loss to the Cubs. Rosario exited with a tight left hip flexor and d’Arnaud

Robert Gsellman crashes to earth as Mets get clubbed

CHICAGO — Robert Gsellman’s recent revival took a hiatus Tuesday, with a performance that should have been bottled and tossed into Lake Michigan. Even before the fourth inning, Gsellman’s night was in chaos. Then Kris Bryant came to the plate and turned ugliness into wreckage for the Mets. Bryant’s three-run homer in

The forgotten Dominic Smith play that wowed Terry Collins

There was a foul pop in a Saturday night Mets-Reds game at Citi Field that bore the dreaded label of “meaningless.” But Mets building block first baseman Dominic Smith ran to the wall with little regard for his body and made the catch. To Smith, it was just what you do. “Just

Finding next fantasy stud goes beyond September numbers

For many fantasy baseball owners, the final two months can be just as much about scouting for next year as it is about winning this season. Your final push this year is a whirlwind of activity as you try to keep up with the steady influx of talent while also

How the Mets quietly aided Houston relief efforts

HOUSTON — The Mets did some relief work on Friday that exemplified the meaning of charitable actions. There were no cameras, no photo ops, no posing. This was a simple pitch: Do whatever we can in whatever small way we can. Some Mets went to churches, some went to food banks.

Why Mets aren’t worried after Dominic Smith’s slow start

CINCINNATI — Dominic Smith planned to spend the Mets’ off day Monday socializing with friends who were coming to visit, hitting the reset button on his brain after 2 ½ weeks of nonstop baseball activity. It is a mental break Smith welcomed as he attempts to get his swing in a

Rosario’s clutch hit, Smith’s HR propel Mets to rare win

The kids came to play. When Amed Rosario singled home Dominic Smith in the fourth inning Wednesday, it gave the Mets their first lead in 31 ¹/₃ innings in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks at Citi Field. The Mets also got a pair of RBI singles from Michael Conforto that scored

Tommy Milone starts again and is a disaster in Mets loss

More home runs are being hit in Major League Baseball this season than ever before. Tommy Milone is helping the cause. The Mets’ starter returned to the mound after a three-month absence and gave up a pair of home runs over 4 ²/₃ innings in a 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on

Why this is perfect time for Rosario and Smith to learn

Numbers create reality and Mets’ rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith are both getting quite the lesson in MLB truth. That’s a good thing because these are lessons that cannot be learned at Triple-A Las Vegas. After a rough night in Monday’s loss to Arizona, Rosario hit his third home run

One swing gave Dominic Smith more than his first hit at Citi Field

When Mets first baseman Dominic Smith got his first major league homer during the Subway Series, he said “it felt like it felt like 100 pounds was lifted off my shoulders.” Saturday night, Smith probably felt like a ton came off his shoulders. Not only did he get his first hit

Failure pushed Mets prospect to begin his climb to the majors

For the first time in his life, Peter Alonso was failing repeatedly, more steam flowing out of his ears with every at-bat. The first baseman for High-A St. Lucie, the Mets’ 10th-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, had broken his hand just a couple games into the season, sat out six weeks

How Dominic Smith’s Yankees idol is showing him the way

Growing up, Dominic Smith didn’t have to look far for inspiration. All he had to do was show up to the MLB-affiliated Compton Academy in Los Angeles, and watch Aaron Hicks play. “As a younger guy, seeing what he was able to do and accomplish, really inspired me to want to

Terry Collins not helping rookies by removing them in big spots

These can’t be easy times for Terry Collins, especially if these turn out to be the last six weeks of his career as the Mets manager, which would almost certainly make them the last six weeks of his career as anybody’s manager at age 68. Collins waited his whole baseball life,

Dominic Smith belts 1st MLB HR after resisting Yankee Stadium urge

Dominic Smith was mesmerized by the right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. Finally resisting the urge to shoot for that short fence, the Mets’ lefty-swinging first baseman returned to being the hitter who got to the major leagues last week by using the entire field. In the seventh inning he was rewarded —

Chapman scare overshadows Gray’s first Yankees win

The Yankees got another good start from Sonny Gray and another much-needed 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday, but they have a full-blown closer crisis on their hands. Staked to a three-run lead to start the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a two-run homer to Amed Rosario with one out

Breaking down Subway Series, where Mets have only one edge

A late-season Subway Series can always add some juice to an otherwise slow time for sports in New York. Of course, it can also lead to a situation like we have now, which is a beat-up Yankees’ team desperately trying to stay in the AL East race facing the Mets,

Nostalgia runs deep as NYC stars prepare for Subway Series

The Mets have been out of the race for too long to make the latest Subway Series mean anything to them other than as a chance to expose their young players to the atmosphere. On the other hand, the Yankees still harbor hopes of catching the Red Sox in the AL

Mets trade Jay Bruce to Indians as sell-off continues

The non-waiver trade deadline may be over, but the Mets aren’t done with their sell-off, as they sent Jay Bruce to the Indians on Wednesday. In return, the Mets received Ryder Ryan, a 22-year-old Single-A right-hander; the Indians will pick up the approximately $5 million remaining on Bruce’s $13 million salary

Welcome to Mets spring training — in August

You could call these the final 54 games, but that would be missing the point of what these final eight weeks of the season truly will represent for the woebegone Mets. Extended Spring Training. Because even as they combine to form a unit with the singular objective of winning games, a quality