Mets Mailbag: What to still expect after Cespedes re-signing

So now we are waiting to see if the Mets can trade an outfielder. Are you sensing a trend here, Mets fans? The first month of the offseason was waiting for Yoenis Cespedes and now we wait on the rest of the slugger market.

As the great Tommy Petty said: the waiting is the hardest part.

Well, let’s at least try to make it go a little faster with a quick dive into the Mets mailbag.

Will T.J. Rivera and Brandon Nimmo start the season in Las Vegas or Queens?

Thanks much.

Susan R. Heit

The moves the Mets did make this offseason — signing Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker — seemed to have both of these guys Las Vegas-bound at least to start the season.

Noah Syndergaard, Mets players thrilled about Cespedes deal

Rivera showed he can hit when he finally got his chance with all the injuries last season, but also exposed the fact he’s not so great with the glove. He’ll be back if there is an injury to an infielder to add his bat to the lineup.

The Mets re-signed Cespedes and now they have a logjam in the outfield. Nimmo will likely spend time in Las Vegas playing the corner outfield positions. The Mets aren’t sold that he can play center field in the majors, so he will be given a chance to play the corners and continue to develop as a hitter.

Pie-in-the-sky question: Do they break the bank and go after (Aroldis) Chapman for the closer position? I mean, why not go for it now? With the money they’ll save after trading (Jay) Bruce, and using (Robert) Gsellman and (Seth) Lugo in the pen (on the cheap), and if they raise ticket prices with the knowledge that Ces and the starting rotation will put fannies in Citi seats, why not?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Let’s Go Mets!!!!

Take care,
Dennis Rustom

Well, clearly I’ve been a little slow to answer my emails during the Winter Meetings and all the Mets charity events. Obviously the Mets cannot sign Chapman, who returned to the Yankees on a mega-deal on the final night of the meetings.

The Mets did not get in the chase for Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon. They are looking at Gsellman, Lugo and Zack Wheeler as they possible answers in the bullpen.

Mets recall Michael Conforto, option Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A

But the real question here is about the Mets’ payroll and if they are going to make any more big signings, right? Not now. The Mets are targeting their Opening Day payroll to be between $135-140 million. Moving Bruce, if they can find a taker, isn’t saving them money, it’s just getting them back to where they need to be.

How are New York Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz recovering and what veteran starter should the Mets bring in to bolster the starting rotation.

— Stefan H Rubitski, Whitesboro, N.Y.

Matt Harvey insists he feels “great.” The numbness and tingling in his fingers caused by the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that shut him down early last season are gone. He thinks the surgery to improve blood flow from his shoulder to his fingers will help with command and power in 2017.

Jacob deGrom told reporters earlier this month he is on schedule to be full strength for spring training after surgery to move the ulnar nerve in his elbow. DeGrom hoped to begin light throwing this month, but already said that issues he had been dealing with — pain when he snapped his fingers — were better and he was expecting a full recovery.

Steven Matz told SNY he is recovering fine after surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow. Matz was also dealing with a shoulder issue when he was unofficially shut down in August, but team doctors said that did not require surgery. The team said it expects him ready for spring training.

Mets’ success hinges on a six-man rotation

And the Mets have to hope all three will be 100% by Opening Day, because they lost their safety net in veteran Bartolo Colon, who signed with the Braves.

The Mets feel that with Noah Syndergaard’s emergence as a dominant No. 1 in his first full season in the majors, the development of rookies Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo last season and the expected return of Zack Wheeler from 2015 Tommy John surgery, they have enough depth to forgo a veteran presence in the rotation.

Colon was a big presence in the clubhouse and dugout, so he will be missed. But now it’s time for the Mets talented, young starters to come of age and stand on their own.

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