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2016 MLB roster outlook: New York Mets

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2016 MLB roster outlook: New York Mets

2015 record: 90-72, 1st place in NL East

Manager: Terry Collins, 6th season

Estimated 2016 payroll: $132 million

Key additions: 2B Neil Walker, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, RP Antonio Bastardo

Key losses: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Michael Cuddyer, UT Kelly Johnson

Projected lineup

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
CF Yoenis Cespedes
2B Neil Walker
C Travis d'Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Wilmer Flores

Projected rotation

RHP Matt Harvey
RHP Jacob deGrom
RHP Noah Syndergaard
RHP Bartolo Colon
LHP Steven Matz

Top relievers

CL Jeurys Familia
RHP Addison Reed
LHP Antonio Bastardo

Biggest questions entering 2016

1. Was their World Series run just the beginning? The Mets became a juggernaut in the second half of the 2015 season after they traded for Yoenis Cespedes, running away with the NL East and making it all the way to the World Series. Their offense caught up to their pitching and, boom, they were instantly one of the best teams in baseball. The model seems sustainable, too. They have a rotation full of young stars, who could conceivably get even better. Noah Syndergaard, in particular, could make another significant leap. Was their World Series run the start of something much bigger? The Royals made a surprise playoff run in 2014 and look what happened last season. Are the Mets next?

2. Which offense will show up this season? Speaking of Cespedes, the slugger was the clear catalyst for the Mets' offensive turnaround in 2015. The Mets ranked 28th in runs scored in the first half of the season and third in MLB after the All-Star break. That's a massive difference. Even if the Mets are somewhere in between, they should have enough to compete for the playoffs. But if they come back with a top five offense, we could be looking at a seriously good team.

3. Can they fend off a healthy Nats? The Mets won the NL East last season fair and square. They got hot at the right time and ended up winning 90 games, which is nothing to look down upon. But, as most observers would point out, their division title was aided by an unusual amount of injuries for the Nationals, who won the division in 2014. If both teams remain healthy this season, the Nats and Mets could produce one of the best pennant races in baseball. They are two evenly matched ballclubs built on pitching with superstars leading the way. If both teams are healthy, it could take over 95 wins to take the NL East. The Mets will likely have to be even better than they were last season to repeat as champs in 2016.

[Roster info via RosterResource.com]

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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