But Collins knows that won't be enough next year -- and that all the upbeat chatter generated this September won't matter a bit once the Mets arrive in Port St. Lucie for spring training.

"I'll give my usual fire and brimstone speech in February," Collins said with a grin. "But that's not going to change the fact we've got to go get it done on the field."

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MLB Team Report - New York Mets - NOTES, QUOTES


TEAM MVP: There's value in the consistency of All-Star 2B Daniel Murphy, whose average never fell below .287 after April 24. But Lucas Duda became the player the Mets thought they might never develop -- the homegrown 30-homer hitter. Freed of the stress of playing in the outfield and emboldened by winning the everyday job at first base, Duda emerged as a legitimate middle-of-the-order power threat on his way to finishing in the top 10 in the NL in homers (30) and RBIs (92). He even displayed some pretty good glove work at first base. He may never hit lefties, and he'll always be prone to slumps, but in this power-starved era, the Mets have a keeper in Duda.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: David Wright had the worst season of his career, but he gets the benefit of the doubt based on his resume and the fact he played most of the season with a bum left shoulder. Curtis Granderson, on the other hand, had a worst-case scenario kind of season in his first year with the Mets. By hitting 20 homers in 155 games, he proved the back-to-back 40-homer seasons he enjoyed for the Yankees in 2011-12 were the byproduct of the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium. He was also prone to awful slumps -- he hit .136 through April 30 and batted .147 in August -- that further weakened an already thin lineup.

TOP PROSPECT: The Mets didn't treat right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard like a top prospect when they passed him over for a September promotion in favor of recalling Quad-A player Josh Satin and the retiring Bobby Abreu. But Syndergaard survived the elements at Triple-A Las Vegas, as well as a couple injury scares, to go 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 133 innings. He got better as the season went along: Syndergaard allowed opposing batters to hit .328 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage in June before limiting opponents to a .281/.351/.381 slash in August. The Mets will surely keep Syndergaard's service time down by keeping him at Triple-A until next June, but he should be established in the rotation by the end of 2015.

PLAYER NOTES:

--3B David Wright will know by early November if he needs surgery on his left shoulder. Wright didn't play after Sept. 8 due to what was described as inflammation of his left rotator cuff. However, Wright, who played with left shoulder pain since at least June, said in late September that an MRI revealed ligament damage. Wright is in the midst of a six-week strengthening program and said he will take batting practice around Nov. 1. If the shoulder hasn't responded, he'll likely require surgery that would result in a three-month recovery. Wright had the worst season of his career in 2014, when he hit just .269 with eight homers and 63 RBIs in 134 games.

--RHP Matt Harvey should be ready to begin spring training with the Mets next February after completing his recovery from Tommy John surgery by throwing off a mound several times in August and September. Harvey originally wanted to pitch this season -- either for the Mets, which was his preference, or in the Arizona Fall League or the Mets' Instructional League -- but the Mets slowed down his rehab in order to keep the famously bull-headed Harvey from overdoing it less than 12 months removed from his October 2013 operation. The Mets will likely have several more battles with Harvey next year as they try to manage his innings in what they hope will be his first full major league season.

--RHP Jacob deGrom was shut down with one start remaining, but he is still the odds-on favorite -- literally -- to become the Mets' first National League Rookie of the Year since Dwight Gooden in 1984. The online oddsmaker Bovada established deGrom as a 1-to-3 favorite on Sept. 29, the day after the regular season ended. DeGrom went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 140 1/3 innings over 22 starts following his recall from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 13. He finished the season with a flourish by going 9-2 with a 1.95 ERA in his final 15 starts. DeGrom carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against San Francisco on Aug. 2 and tied a modern major league record on Sept. 15, when he struck out the first eight batters he faced against the Miami Marlins.

--2B Daniel Murphy, who was on the disabled list from Aug. 25 through Sept. 8 with a strained right calf, hit just .191 in 17 games following his return. The injury cost Murphy a chance at collecting 200 hits -- he led the National League with 159 hits at the time he was hurt -- while the season-ending slump ended his hopes of hitting .300 over a full season for the first time as a major leaguer. Murphy finished what might be his final year with the Mets with a .289 average, nine homers, 57 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He is due a sizable raise in his final year of arbitration and may be used as trade bait as the Mets try to improve at other positions.

--C Travis d'Arnaud's season ended several days early due to a broken-off bone chip in his right elbow, but d'Arnaud still led National League rookies with 13 homers. D'Arnaud turned his season around following a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas in June. He was hitting just .180 with three homers, three doubles and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats prior to being sent to Las Vegas. Upon his return, he hit .272 with 10 homers, 19 doubles and 32 RBIs in 257 at-bats.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Talking is great. Doing is the difference." -- Mets manager Terry Collins.

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MLB Team Report - New York Mets - ROSTER REPORT


The Mets expect to contend for at least a wild-card berth next year, but there are no indications the Wilpon family is going to loosen the purse strings in pursuit of the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2006. General manager Sandy Alderson probably didn't think he was coming to Oakland East when he took the Mets' gig following the 2009 season, but he knows what he's in for now: Alderson just re-upped through 2017 and will have his resourcefulness tested as he tries to see this on-a-budget rebuild through to a happy ending.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Mets need to find viable hitters -- preferably middle-of-the-order types -- for shortstop and left field. Of course, they'll be lucky to find room in the budget for one free agent (perhaps Oakland middle infielder Jed Lowrie or Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer?), which means Alderson will likely have to get creative in trying to trade for an upgrade at the other position. In that scenario, shortstop Wilmer Flores would get the chance to prove his September surge (11 extra-base hits, including four homers and 13 RBIs in 90 at-bats) was legit by either playing every day at shortstop or at second base if Daniel Murphy is dealt away.

FREE AGENTS: OF Bobby Abreu, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka.

This is pretty simple. Abreu is retiring and the versatile Matsuzaka -- who started, pitched in long relief, served as a set-up man and even recorded a save this season -- wants to start, which is an opportunity he won't get with the Mets.