Terry Collins expects the Mets to make the playoffs in 2015

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He actually said “we should be playing in October,” which, yes, obviously, because the regular season doesn’t end until October 4. But he wasn’t being cutesy about it. He was referring to the Mets playing in the playoffs. Indeed, he expects it:

“We should be playing in October . . . Our young guys are starting to grow, with the addition of some offense, and … we’re not done. I don’t think Sandy by any means [is done] . . . we’re going to make some more moves before spring training starts . . . I think 2015 is going to be a good year for us.”

The Mets are likely to be a popular pick to improve greatly next year, especially if Alderson does add some more offense. The young pitching is fantastic and Matt Harvey is coming back.

For years there has been a call for patience for the team to develop. Collins is no longer content to do that. It could come back to bite him, of course, but for now it has to be encouraging to be a Mets fan and to hear this kind of positivity.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.