Mets are considering an unconventional leadoff hitter

PORT ST. LUCIE — Have a leadoff idea? Send it to Mickey Callaway. The Mets’ manager admitted Tuesday that among the big questions he has to answer in spring training is who will handle the leadoff spot, especially with Michael Conforto expected to miss at least the first month

Jose Reyes “glad to be back’

The Mets made the return of Jose Reyes official on Friday, announcing the signing of the infielder to a one-year deal. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated lefty reliever Josh Smoker for assignment. The 34-year-old Reyes is expected to serve in a utility role with the

Mets bringing back Jose Reyes — with one catch

Jose Reyes’ dreadful start to last season wasn’t enough to scare off the Mets. In the end, the team saw value in the veteran infielder’s versatility and leadership — at a relatively low price — agreeing to terms Thursday with Reyes on a one-year deal worth $2 million with

Who the Mets should target as another “significant’ addition

In addition to letting the Mets take a victory lap, Wednesday’s “Welcome Back Jay Bruce” news conference laid out the club’s parameters for what’s left to accomplish this offseason. Quite simply: OK. Let’s be realistic and assume Mike Moustakas’ idea of “significant” afflicts the Mets with a severe case

The Mets’ new signing priority after locking down Jay Bruce

In the grand scheme, the Mets expected to have their infield vacancy filled before circling back to the outfield, but here they are with Jay Bruce returning and still trying to solve the second base — or is it third base? — mystery. As the Mets await Bruce passing

Jay Bruce has some awful Mets history to avoid

Look, it’s not that this won’t work. Of course it might. Jay Bruce is still in the prime of his baseball career, coming off a year in which he slugged 36 home runs, drove in 101 runs and posted an .832 OPS. He’s 23 home runs shy of

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

The Yankees’ biggest need is not another starting pitcher

The way I hear it the Pirates know what the Yankees are willing to do for Gerrit Cole and vice versa but that the discussions never became particularly heated. Movement will be needed from one side and/or both in the New Year to regenerate negotiations. But that doesn’t mean

A familiar face could be Mets’ best addition at second base

Neil Walker was traded from the Mets for a chance to play meaningful games over the final two months of last season, but now team officials are wondering if he might consider a reunion. The free-agent infielder remains high on the Mets’ list of possibilities to fill their opening

Struggling rookie gets walk-off hit to propel Mets

Travis Taijeron’s otherwise forgettable first month in the major leagues at least will include Tuesday’s heroics. The Mets rookie smashed a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, completing a late-inning comeback in a 4-3 victory over the Braves at Citi Field. “Especially as a kid growing up, you are thinking about opportunities

AJ Ramos blows save in horrific homecoming as Mets fall in 10

MIAMI — AJ Ramos’ homecoming couldn’t have gone much worse. In his first appearance against his former team since the July 28 trade that sent him to the Mets, the veteran reliever cratered, blowing a save in the ninth inning by allowing three runs. The Mets’ meltdown was then completed when

Jose Reyes makes case to stick with Mets, but will it be enough?

As teammates were scurrying in and out of the Mets’ clubhouse Friday for pregame workouts, Jose Reyes sat on a stool at his locker. His protégé, Amed Rosario, was sprawled out on the floor by Reyes’ feet, chatting with him in Spanish with breaks for laughter. The two players were tight

Mets finally put it all together when it doesn’t matter

This is how the Mets were supposed to win this year: strong starting pitching and power. Of course, they weren’t supposed to be 25 games out of first place and spinning their wheels, but that’s another story. Starter Seth Lugo threw six shutout innings, and the Mets unloaded three homers, two of

Next year’s possible Mets center fielders make their case

On the Mets’ exploratory list over this final month is determining if the combination of Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo is worth considering for a possible center-field job share for 2018. Lagares’ defense has never been a question, but can the Mets receive enough offense from the tandem? On Monday, plenty

Jose Reyes plays in outfield during Mets’ latest destruction

CINCINNATI — Jose Reyes is still game enough to try something new. Since returning to the Mets last year, that has included learning to play third and second base. And Tuesday he took an even more radical step, starting in left field for the first time in his major league career. Reyes

Stats show Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes wreck Mets defense

The Mets’ infield defense B.A.R. – Before Amed Rosario – failed the eye test and we can put numbers to it as well. Baseball Info Solutions sent out an email with its leaders and trailers in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and the worst defender according to that metric was San Francisco

Mets’ roster shuffle continues as Jose Reyes heads to the DL

The rib cage epidemic that hit the Mets this week landed Jose Reyes on the disabled list Thursday, with Wilmer Flores possibly awaiting an identical fate. Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini were summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas, giving the Mets infield depth a night after Travis d’Arnaud was pressed into starting

Amed Rosario won over Mets’ clubhouse but can he ever walk?

One thing stands out, especially, for manager Terry Collins about Amed Rosario in the Mets’ clubhouse: Amed Rosario doesn’t stand out. The heralded rookie shortstop is more old school than millennial in his approach and demeanor. Putting the physical gifts aside, that businesslike conduct says a lot. “There are certain guys who think

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,

Amed Rosario’s big home Mets debut is here

DENVER — His home debut is all about family for Amed Rosario. His family and his Mets family. And bringing excitement and athleticism back to Citi Field. After a three-game spin at Coors Field, and a weird wild pitch/walk walk-off 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Thursday, Rosario is more than

Jose Reyes relishes relationship with “brother’ Amed Rosario

DENVER — Jose Reyes always wanted a younger brother. The veteran Mets infielder said he finally has gotten his wish, with 21-year-old Amed Rosario now in his presence. In two days together on the job, the “brothers” have been inseparable. “Me and him, we have got a very tight relationship,” Reyes said

Amed Rosario showing signs he can a Mets’ centerpiece

DENVER — All you need to do is look around the Mets infield to realize how much is riding on Amed Rosario. The Mets need him to become a star — and fast. As fast as he runs. There is much to learn for Rosario, including some key major league shortcuts for

Jay Bruce on future: “I’m not in bridge-burning business’

DENVER — Jay Bruce spent the hours before the non-waiver trade deadline fly fishing, fairly certain he wouldn’t be receiving a phone call informing him he had been dealt. The veteran outfielder was hardly shocked to still be in the Mets lineup Tuesday, a day after the club traded Addison Reed

Amed Rosario learns valuable lesson in Mets’ big league debut

DENVER — Seconds after Charlie Blackmon slid across home plate, scoring the winning run on Nolan Arenado’s single to center, Jay Bruce and Neil Walker raced to Amed Rosario’s side as he came off the field to offer their support. With Blackmon on first base in the ninth inning, Rosario broke

The misleading and perfect debuts of Mets phenoms

At long last, Amed Rosario will make his highly anticipated major league debut Tuesday night in Colorado for the Mets. The highly rated shortstop, considered one of the sport’s premier prospects, goes by the self-made mantra, “Don’t be surprised, be ready.” Below is a look at how some of the most

AJ Ramos did double take when he heard he was traded to Mets

SEATTLE — AJ Ramos was as surprised as anyone when he heard the Marlins had traded him to the Mets. “I heard all kinds of [rumors], but I didn’t hear Mets at all,” Ramos said Sunday. “When they told me, I had to ask, ‘Wait, are you sure?’ OK, let’s go.” In

Time has come for Mets finally to admit who they really are

SEATTLE — The Excuse Train ran out of town for the Mets on Sunday at Safeco Field. In many ways. Amed Rosario should be a Met by Tuesday in Colorado after Jose Reyes was drilled on the left arm by a 95-mph pitch from the Mariners’ James Paxton in the fifth

Amed Rosario battling an injury and still in Triple-A

While the Amed Rosario watch continues in Queens, the Mets’ top prospect was held out of Triple-A Las Vegas’ lineup for a second straight game Wednesday because of a bruised right index finger suffered when he was jammed during an at-bat earlier in the week. The injury isn’t considered serious and

Mets steal win behind Cardinals blunder and Jose Reyes’ legs

Jose Reyes’ legs still have enough left to make a difference. The veteran infielder has been among the Mets’ hottest hitters lately, but Thursday came speeding down the first-base line to an empty bag for a walkoff infield single in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. Reyes hit a sharp grounder