Mets to move right field fences to Citi Field

LAS VEGAS — Citi Field hitters will get a boost of just over 8 feet from a segment of right field starting next season.

The Post previously reported on the Mets’ plan to bring in the fence for a new fan experience, but the scope was unclear. According to sources, the fence will be brought to approximately 8ft 6in in the corner just to the right of the 370ft panel at center right. This segment extends approximately 50 feet. There are currently seats at ground level in this space in front of the grandstand.

The expanded area behind the drawn fence will allow for lounge-style seating with personal televisions and menu items inspired by New York’s famous speakeasies.

This will be the ballpark’s third dimensional change since it opened in 2009. The previous two came about because of the difficulty of hitting home runs at Citi Field.

The Mets move their fence from right field.
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Jacob deGrom, Brandon Nimmo and Chris Bassitt were all extended qualifying offers worth $19.65 million for next season, meaning the Mets will receive draft compensation if they sign with another team. Taijuan Walker did not receive a qualifying offer.

The Mets optioned reliever John Curtiss, who spent the 2022 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander was signed before the season, with an eye towards 2023.

Francisco Alvarez’s late-season call to the Mets — he joined the club for the last six games of the regular season and has been active in the wild-card series — doesn’t guarantee he’ll start next season anytime soon. major leagues, according to general manager Billy Eppler.

“He has to earn his place on the roster,” Eppler said. “He will have the opportunity to do so.”

Eppler said it’s conceivable the Mets could have three receivers next season. James McCann remains under contract for another two years and Thomas Nido is eligible for arbitration.

“We could carry that, in large part thanks to players like [Luis] Guillorme and [Jeff] McNeil that can serve multiple purposes,” Eppler said.

Terrance Gore was squarely beaten by the Mets against Triple-A Syracuse. The veteran outfielder declined the assignment and elected free agency.

New York Post

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