The Mets have discussed, but decided against, calling up prospect Michael Conforto


With the Mets’ offense languishing, there has been some thought of calling up outfield prospect Michael Conforto from Double-A Binghamton. Indeed, the Mets have considered it, but decided against it in the short-term, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

The Mets have been held to two or fewer runs in 12 of their previous 14 games. They enter play Friday averaging the third fewest runs per game in baseball, behind only the Phillies and Mariners at 3.46.

Conforto, 22, was the Mets’ first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2014 draft. Since his promotion to Double-A at the end of May this year, he has hit .327/.411/.522 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 129 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him as baseball’s #80 overall prospect entering the season while put him at #82.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.