Danny Abriano

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Adam Fisher on Bruce, Dom Smith 00:05:18
Former Mets and Braves front office executive Adam Fisher joins Mets Hot Stove to break down Jay Bruce and the Mets' plans at first base.

Former Mets and Braves executive Adam Fisher, who left the Braves earlier this offseason amidst their front office upheaval, was on Mets Hot Stove on SNY on Thursday night to discuss the team's acquisition of Jay Bruce, and how the Adrian Gonzalez signing might impact Dominic Smith.

Fisher, who had been serving as the Mets' director of baseball operations before joining the Braves, said one of the reasons the Mets brought Bruce back was because "he showed the Mets that he had the character to succeed in this city."

"One of the biggest challenges for a front office in this market is figuring out who has the makeup and character to succeed here," Fisher said. "There were questions about whether Jay would have success here, coming in to last season after he struggled coming over from the Reds. And he completely turned around that narrative. He was a very consistent presence in the Mets' lineup, he improved his defense, and he was also a very positive person in that clubhouse."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

New Mets 1B Adrian Gonzalez said on Thursday during a conference call that from what the team has told him, he expects to be the starting first baseman this season.

"There is somewhat of a defined role as far as starting a certain amount of games," Gonzalez said, adding that he'll serve as a mentor of sorts for Dominic Smith during Spring Training.

Gonzalez said Smith has a "beautiful swing" that "can generate a lot of power."

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the team can add another significant contract to fill their infield void. Here are their potential targets...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Michael Conforto has not had a setback as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team does not expect him back until around May 1. 

"Everything's going as planned," Alderson said. "There's been no setbacks. But his schedule is such that I don't expect him back until the first of May. Any updates we have will probably be about the time we open camp. Right now, I don't expect him to be ready for opening day."

It was reported in November that Conforto's recovery was progressing well, and he was expected to start swinging a bat by late-January, but Alderson has maintained since earlier this offseason that he didn't expect Conforto to be ready for Opening Day.

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Bruce talks trade, re-signing 00:07:20
Jay Bruce sheds light on what went on behind the scenes of his trade to Cleveland and return to New York.

While introducing the newly-signed Jay Bruce on Wednesday morning at Citi Field, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said there were a variety of factors that went in to bringing Bruce back.

"Strictly on the basis of performance, we're very happy to have him back," Alderson said, adding that Bruce's durability and versatility were huge things in his favor.

"Jay has proven to be versatile," Alderson said, noting that Bruce volunteered to play first base last year when injuries mounted. "Why we don't expect Jay to be a career first-baseman with the Mets," his ability to play there "gives us the confidence to move people around."

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Amed Rosario, who is expected to be the Mets' starting shortstop this coming season, is already in St. Lucie working on improving his strike zone recognition and patience at the plate.

"I've been working hard, steadily, every single day,'' Rosario told The NY Post through translator Melissa Rodriguez. "Coming into this year, I've really been focusing on my strike zone, trying to make that smaller and, of course, trying not to go for some of those bad pitches."

As a 21-year-old in what was his first taste of the majors, Rosario hit .248/.271/.394 with four HR, four doubles, four triples, and seven stolen bases, but walked just three times in 170 plate appearances. He also struck out 49 times -- a rate of 28.8 percent. For comparison, Yankees OF Aaron Judge -- who was challenging the all-time strikeout record last season -- struck out 30.7 percent of the time.

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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison suggested Tuesday that in the wake of the team trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, that he would like to be traded next if the team doesn't plan to contend in 2018.

The Mets, Yankees, and Blue Jays are among the teams who have been talking with the Pirates this offseason about a potential trade for Harrison.

"Now, I am the most tenured member of the Pirates, I want to win, I want to contend, I want to win championships in 2018, 2019 and beyond," Harrison said in a statement released to The Athletic.

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New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infield prospect Luis Guillorme, who is the team's 10th-best prospect, according to Baseball America, is the second baseman on MLB Pipeline's All Defense team. The 23-year-old Guillorme started 56 games at shortstop and 52 games at second base last season for Double-A Binghamton, while hitting .283/.376/.331 with 20 doubles and one HR.

"He could have challenged for shortstop honors if the presence of Amed Rosario in New York hadn't led the Mets to shift Guillorme to the other side of the bag last June," Jim Callis writes for MLB.com. "He's not the quickest middle infielder, but his hands, reflexes and instincts are as good as anyone's in the Minors. He has solid range and arm strength, and he would have led the Double-A Eastern League in fielding percentage at both second (.983) and short (.968) last year if he had played enough at either position to qualify."

Click below to see Guillorme's defense on display...

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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets C Travis d'Anruad was "ecstatic" after getting a text from his dad telling him Jay Bruce was returning.

"I literally jumped and almost hit my head on the ceiling, I was so excited," d'Arnaud told SNY on Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. "I'm so happy he's back."

D'Arnaud said Bruce, who reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million, is a huge clubhouse presence.

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Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Mets' three-year deal with free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce is final -- which may not be until next week -- they will have to clear a spot on the already-full 40-man roster for him.

The Mets recently added minor league RHPs Tyler Bashlor (who struck out 84 batters in 49.2 innings last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton) and Gerson Bautista (who they acquired from the Red Sox last season in the Addison Reed trade) to the 40-man. So it's a safe bet the two of them are safe.

And unless the Mets are dropping a pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Chris Flexen -- which they absolutely should not be doing given their lack of starting pitching depth -- it's hard to see a pitcher being removed from the roster at this point.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jay Bruce, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are reportedly signing OF/1B Jay Bruce to a three-year deal worth $39 million, and have told him to expect to get some time at first base. The deal will likely have serious ramifications (short and long-term) for at least two current players -- and maybe more...

What happens to Juan Lagares?

The Mets have been open to trading Lagares, who is owed $6.5 million this coming season and $9 million in 2019. And the acquisition of Bruce gives them a full outfield of Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto (when he returns), and Bruce from left to right...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas (8) at bat during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas (8) at bat during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Mets' "actions with agents indicate they will sign at least one significant free agent," reports Jim Bowden of The Athletic.

Bowden notes that the Mets have sent "mixed signals" regarding what they plan to do -- a likely reference to Joel Sherman of the NY Post's December report that the team had planned to cut payroll by roughly $20 million -- which would have left them with just $10 million to spend for the remainder of the offseason.

It was reported last week by John Harper of the NY Daily News, and then Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Morosi of MLB.com, that the Mets were monitoring the markets of some of the upper-echelon free agents, including 3B Mike Moustakas.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Will Moustakas be a Met in 2018? 00:05:56
Andy Martino, John Harper and Nelson Figueroa consider the possibility of Mike Moustakas ending up in a Mets uniform come Opening Day.

The Mets are monitoring the markets of free agent 3B Mike Moustakas and free agent 3B/1B Todd Frazier, reports Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com.

The Mets' interest in Moustakas was first reported by John Harper of the NY Daily News on Thursday. Harper went on to note that "sources with knowledge of the Mets' plans" have informed him that the team plans to do more this offseason than has been recently reported.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported last month that the Mets were tentatively set to reduce payroll by $20 million, meaning they would have only $10 million to spend for the rest of the offseason...

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A.J. Ramos joins Mets Hot Stove 00:07:23
Mets reliever A.J. Ramos joins Hot Stove to discuss his relationship with new manager Mickey Callaway and his vision for the bullpen.

Mets RH reliever AJ Ramos is embracing new manager Mickey Callaway's strategy of likely not having a set closer in 2018.

"It's a good thing that I have five pitches and can pretty much pitch anywhere," Ramos said on SNY's Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night.
"For me, I want to win. And whatever I can do to help the team win, is what I want to do. And I'm a versatile guy. I've shown I can close, I've shown that I can pitch in the sixth or seventh innings, I've shown that I can throw multiple innings."

Callaway said during the Winter Meetings last month that his focus was on matchups and utilizing his relievers properly during high-leverage situations

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The Gettleman Bunch: Patricia 00:00:41
SNY.tv takes a look at Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as a candidate for Giants head coach.

The Giants' contingent of co-owner John Mara, GM Dave Gettleman, and assistant GM Kevin Abrams  is in Foxboro, MA today to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and DC Matt Patricia.

McDaniels, who is the betting favorite to land the job, Patricia, and Eagles DC Jim Schwartz are viewed as the leading candidates for the job, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. McDaniels, 41, has had head coaching experience in the NFL, as he coached the Broncos in 2009 and 2010. He finished with an 11-17 record. He was an assistant for the Patriots from 2001 to 2008, and has been their OC since 2012.

The Giants' visit to Foxboro comes the day an ESPN report emerged, claiming that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, QB Tom Brady, and owner Robert Kraft have been feuding -- a report the Patriots partially denied...

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterJ.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain are among 12 of the top 15 free agents -- as listed by MLB Trade Rumors -- who remain unsigned.

Of those top 15, Masahiro Tanaka (who was ranked No. 5) never officially became a free agent, meaning only two of the top 15 free agents have signed. Those players? Carlos Santana (Phillies) and Wade Davis (Rockies).

Earlier this offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team was seeking a first baseman who could also play corner outfield, a second baseman, bullpen help (they have since signed Anthony Swarzak), and rotation depth. Since then, though, he has seemingly dialed back expectations, expressing optimism in Dominic Smith (who he had been critical of) and listing starting pitching help as fourth on his list of three needs...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jan 24, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman celebrates after beating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Jan 24, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman celebrates after beating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

While introducing new GM Dave Gettleman on Friday, Giants co-owner John Mara said Gettleman's "knowledge of the personnel in the National Football League is second to none," adding that his great communication, leadership, and integrity were among the qualities that helped him get the job.

Mara added that "given the state" of the team, they felt it was important to bring in someone who had experience as a GM and a "proven track record."

And Gettleman is ready to hit the ground running. "My plan is to come here every day and kick ass," Gettleman said. "And I'm going to keep doing it until they take my key card or the Lord calls me home."

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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets, Yankees, and Blue Jays are among the teams who have contacted the Pirates about trading for 2B Josh Harrison, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have to figure out what exactly they want out of this," Newsday's Marc Carig said Thursday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "If it's prospects (the Pirates want), I think the Mets are poorly positioned to make a play for him. If it's money, maybe they're better positioned."

Harrison, 30, hit .272/.339/.432 with a career-high 16 HR, 26 doubles, 47 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 128 games last season for the Pirates. He was the 11th-most valuable second baseman in baseball, worth 2.6 WAR, according to FanGraphs, slotting in behind Robinson Cano and ahead of Ian Kinsler.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek implied that this year's team is stronger-minded than the one that collapsed in the second half of last season.

The 17-16 Knicks, who have lost two games in a row, are just 2-10 on the road and face a daunting schedule over the next month -- with 17 of their next 20 games on the road.

"Usually when you have an older team - veteran guys - and the losses start piling up guys have a tendency to go, 'Okay, the season (is over),' " Hornacek said, according to the NY Daily News. "These guys are going to fight until the end of the season no matter what our record is. A lot of young guys, they know we're working not just for this year, but for the next couple of years to get better at certain things. So there won't be any quit in these guys."

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New York Mets introduce Sandy Alderson as the team's new General Manager on Friday Oct. 29, 2010 in N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)  (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)
New York Mets introduce Sandy Alderson as the team's new General Manager on Friday Oct. 29, 2010 in N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

With the Mets recently officially extending the contract of GM Sandy Alderson, let's take a look back at some of his highs and lows at the helm, where he has been since October of 2010...


Sandy's five best moves:

5.) Dec. 4, 2013: Signs Bartolo Colon to a two-year deal

Alderson came out of nowhere (he had said the day before that the Mets weren't acquiring a starting pitcher) to snag Colon, who was coming off a terrific season with the A's. Colon was a rotation mainstay in 2014 and 2015 and signed a one-year deal to return for 2016, when he turned in his best season as a Met as they advanced to the Wild Card game.

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Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)
Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees reportedly have interest in free agent RHP Yu Darvish, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the Dodgers have interest in retaining Darvish -- who they obtained from the Rangers last summer.

The Cubs met with Darvish earlier this week, while the Rangers and Astros are also interested in signing him, according to reports. Darvish, 31, had a 3.86 ERA (3.83 FIP) and 1.16 WHIP with 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers and Dodgers.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: One has to wonder the extent of the Yankees' interest here. Is it merely to throw a wrench into others' plans, a way to suggest to the Pirates and Diamondbacks, who the Yanks have discussed trades with, that they are moving away from those discussions? Or is it legitimate in that they will submit a bid?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Jul 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Brad Penner)
Jul 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Brad Penner)

Mets LH reliever Jerry Blevins recently discussed his increased curveball usage, new manager Mickey Callaway, and the idea of "bullpening."

Blevins, whose curveball usage in 2017 was a career-high 50.2 percent (up from 31.2 percent in 2016) said he'll speak to Callaway about his curve, but will also seek out the advice of his teammates about that and other things.

"I'll definitely talk to him," Blevins told SNY, "but even talking to Seth Lugo about his curveball or Paul Sewald about his slider. You're constantly tweaking, I always use the adage, 'you're either getting better or you're getting worse,' there's no staying the same. So I'm constantly trying to make myself better."

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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Aug 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Aug 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets have had "serious" discussions with the Indians about trading for 2B Jason Kipnis, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, who says there has been "traction" between the two clubs.

Of the second basemen the Mets are interested in, there has been more traction on a potential deal for Kipnis than Pirates 2B Josh Harrison, reports SNY contributor Andy Martino.

The 30-year-old Kipnis hit .232/.291/.414 wiht 12 HR in 90 games in 2017 while dealing with injuries throughout the season. He dealt with a shoulder injury before the season, and landed on the disabled list twice during the season due to a hamstring injury. 

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Sandy's Shopping List: Swarzak 00:00:37
Right-handed relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak has signed a 2-year deal with the Mets.

LATEST UPDATE, 11:38 AM:

The Mets have agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million with RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Swarzak had a 2.33 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 1.03 WHIP with 91 strikeouts (a career-high 10.59 K/9) in 77 1/3 innings (70 games) in 2017 for the White Sox and Brewers.

The 32-year-old Swarzak, who almost exclusively features a fastball and slider, saw his stuff tick up in 2017. His fastball averaged 94.7 MPH (up from 93.4 in 2016 and 92.2 in 2015) and his slider averaged 87.1 MPH -- both the fastest of his careeer.

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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, April 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, April 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Tuesday that the team will not be trading RHP Matt Harvey, who has been the subject of rumors at the Winter Meetings.

"All I'm weighing right now are the opinions of (manager) Mickey Callaway and (pitching coach) Dave Eiland," Alderson said. "And they don't want to lose him."

Alderson's tune had been different on Monday when asked about Harvey.

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Latest on relief pitching market 00:01:55
Jim Duquette shares some updates on how the market for relief pitchers is shaping out, and discusses how the Mets plan to use their bullpen.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested on Tuesday that the team might not have a designated closer in 2018 -- instead focusing on matchups and reacting when high-leverage situations arise.

"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway said at the Winter Meetings in response to a question about Jeurys Familia. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing."

Callaway said it could work out that Familia is in place to save every game, but that they're not "locked in" to that...

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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets are interested in acquiring Rays closer Alex Colome, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, who says the Cardinals, Rockies, and perhaps the Cubs are also in on Colome.

Colome, 28, had a 3.24 ERA (3.37 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP with 58 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings (65 appearances), while saving a league-leading 47 games last season for the Rays.

He earned $547,900 last season and is arbitration eligible each of the next three seasons, after which he is eligible for free agency.

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Ryan Goins (17) (Kevin Sousa)
Ryan Goins (17) (Kevin Sousa)

The Mets have interest in signing free agent INF Ryan Goins, who was recently non-tendered by the Blue Jays, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Sherman suggests that if signed, Goins could potentially form one side of a second base platoon with either Wilmer Flores or T.J. Rivera (who is recovering from Tommy John surgery).

Goins, 29, hit .237/.286/.356 with nine HR in 143 games this past season for the Blue Jays. A left-handed hitter, Goins hit all nine of his home runs against right-handed pitchers.

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Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have the sixth overall pick in next June's MLB Amaetur Draft, and MLB.com's first Mock Draft has them choosing between a left-handed college pitcher and a high school shortstop.

Jim Callis has the Mets drafting South Florida LHP Shane McClanahan.

Jonathan Mayo has the Mets drafting Santiago HS (California) SS Brice Turang...

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Sandy's Shopping List: LHP Minor 00:00:37
Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor is the latest name on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's shopping list.

Free agent LH reliever Mike Minor, who the Mets have interest in, is expected to sign soon, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. In addition to the Mets, the Astros have also expressed interest in Minor.

The 29-year-old Minor reinvented himself as a reliever in 2017, as he pitched in the majors for the first time since 2014, when he was a starter for the Braves.

After having shoulder surgery in 2015, Minor returned this past season with a a 2.55 ERA (2.62 FIP) and 1.02 WHIP while striking out 88 batters and walking 22 in 77 2/3 innings (65 games). He was dominant against lefties, holding them to a .163/.228/.196 line, but solid against righties as well, as they hit just .223/.281/.383 against him...

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QB Eli Manning on benching 00:03:20
Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts to Ben McAdoo's decision to start backup QB Geno Smith on Sunday vs. Oakland.

Eli Manning, fighting back tears at times, said on Tuesday that he is not sure if he's played his last game as a Giant, in the wake of him being benched in favor of Geno Smith.

"I don't like it, but it's part of football -- you handle it. I'll do my job," said Manning, who was called in by head coach Ben McAdoo earlier on Tuesday to be told the news.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Eli Manning deserved better than this. He deserved better than a press release announcing that he was going to be benched for Geno Smith, just like he deserved better treatment from his coach the last two years and more support from the GM who picked his supporting cast over the last several seasons. Whatever your feelings on Manning, he has been the model spokesman for the franchise, he was the driving force behind two Super Bowl champions, the engineer of two heart-stopping, championship winning drives...

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Giants bench Manning 00:06:52
Giants insider Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Giants facility on the news that quarterback Eli Manning will not start Sunday in Oakland

Geno Smith will start at quarterback for the Giants on Sunday against the Raiders in Oakland, ending Eli Manning's streak of consecutive starts at 210, the Giants announced.

"Geno will start this week," head coach Ben McAdoo said. "Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis (Webb) an opportunity." 

Manning, whose games-started streak was the second-longest ever (behind Brett Favre's 297), was given the option of keeping the streak alive but declined.

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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Friday, Dec. 1 is the deadline for teams to offer contracts for 2018 to their arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration players. Any player who is not tendered a contract will become a free agent.

Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, and Hansel Robles are all eligible for arbitration.

The Mets are expected to tender contracts to all of the above players, with the only uncertainty surrounding Harvey. However, GM Sandy Alderson has said multiple times that he expects Harvey to be retained for 2018...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets INF T.J. Rivera, who had Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow on Sept. 14, is hoping to return around the beginning of next season.

While pitchers usually miss between 12 and 18 months recovering from Tommy John surgery, position players can return in as little as six months.

Mets officials foresee Rivera returning this coming summer, but his goal is to get back sooner...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

"Knicks management is making a huge effort" to get in the good graces of Kristaps Porzingis' brother, Janis, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

According to Berman, that effort included team president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry, and head coach Jeff Hornacek all meeting with Janis at separate times earlier this week.

Janis Porzingis said earlier this month that money won't be the main factor regarding whether Kristaps remains with the Knicks long-term.

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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Amed Rosario wants Jose Reyes -- the Mets' only major league free agent -- to return to the team in 2018.

"There's no words to it," Rosario, through an interpreter, told NJAM about his relationship with Reyes. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."

"If it's God's will, he will be next year," Rosario added about Reyes being on the Mets.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)
Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)

Knicks PG Ramon Sessions, who did not play on Wednesday night, has barely played since starting the first three games of the season -- a role that was then given to Jarrett Jack.

"I've played my whole career, first time in my 11 years this has actually happened," Sessions told the NY Post. "I've been around a while, been around different scenarios. It's still early. It's a long season. In the NBA, a lot of things can happen.''

With Jack starting, rookie Frank Ntilikina has been getting major minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Ron Baker has been inactive.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Danny Abriano
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Bryan Shaw (Adam Hunger)
Bryan Shaw (Adam Hunger)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' top priority this offseason will reportedly be finding a back-end reliever to add to the trio of Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, and Jerry Blevins. With the Mets not expected to pursue closer options such as Wade Davis and Greg Holland, here's a look at some of the relievers they might pursue...

RHP Bryan Shaw

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The Daily News Live crew breaks down the possibility of Alex Rodriguez becoming the next manager of the New York Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez sat down with The Players' Tribune's "R2C2" podcast with Yankees LHP CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco to discuss the Yankees' managerial search. 

The 42-year-old Rodriguez has carved out a niche as a baseball commentator for FOX, but has also served as a special advisor to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner. When asked about the managerial position, he related it to being the President of the United States.

"I will say that, you know, being a manager for the New York Yankees is almost like POTUS, you know," Rodriguez said. "It's like one of those jobs that everybody and anybody should or would pay attention to because the New York Yankees are the greatest franchise in sports, not only America, but the entire globe. And whether you're in China or Dubai or Australia, everybody knows that logo...So, I do wish them luck."

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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

In his first public comments since recommending the dismissal of manager Joe Girardi, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said there were "issues and concerns" with Girardi's ability to communicate with the players.

That failure to ""fully communicate, engage, and connect" might have been a hurdle that was "insurmountable," according to Cashman.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

While Cashman has always been tight-lipped about his dealings, he flat out suggested the process has not begun. He apparently has no list, no front-runners and is seemingly wide-open in his search. Truthfully, I'm surprised we're reacting to a conference call about the managerial opening and not an introductory press conference introducing the new skipper...

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sanchez, Danny Abriano
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Oct 29, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Oct 29, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

There were a record 6,105 home runs hit during the regular season. Clayton Kershaw, arguably the best pitcher ever, has allowed eight home runs in 28 postseason innings in 2017. Todd Frazier hit a home run with this swing. And the Dodgers and Astros combined for seven home runs during Sunday night's insane 13-12 Houston victory in Game 5 of the World Series.

To provide context for the eight home runs Kershaw has allowed this postseason in 28 innings, he had previously allowed 10 home runs over his entire postseason career (90 innings) from 2008 to 2016.

So, what the hell is going on?

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SNY insider Sweeny Murti calls in to discuss the breaking news that the Yankees will not renew the contract of manager Joe Girardi.

Joe Girardi will not return as manager of the Yankees in 2018, the team announced. "With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back," Girardi said in a statement.

Girardi and GM Brian Cashman had been scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss Girardi's future with the team. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The news that Girardi is not coming back is not entirely shocking, but that it was an organizational decision is more surprising than had he decided to walk away on his own...

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SNY insider Sweeny Murti calls in to discuss the breaking news that the Yankees will not renew the contract of manager Joe Girardi.

Joe Girardi will not return as manager of the Yankees in 2018, the team announced. "With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back," Girardi said in a statement.

Girardi and GM Brian Cashman had been scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss Girardi's future with the team. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The news that Girardi is not coming back is not entirely shocking, but that it was an organizational decision is more surprising than had he decided to walk away on his own...

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Sep 21, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (Jake Roth)
Sep 21, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (Jake Roth)

It is somewhat rare for pitching coaches at the major league level to transition to manager, which is what Mickey Callaway will be doing with the Mets.

Bud Black, who coached Callaway when the latter was with the Angels from 2002 to 2003, discussed the process he went through when shifting from pitching coach of the Angels to manager of the Padres (after being hired by Sandy Alderson) prior to the 2007 season.

"Being the manager is a lot more about who the person is than what position they played," Black -- now the manager of the Rockies -- told the NY Daily News on Monday. "But I remember having those conversations with some of my veteran players in my first year - guys like Brian Giles, Mike Cameron, Geoff Blum...

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New Mets manager Mickey Callaway talks about his personal history, what he's bringing to New York and his excitement to get started.

The Mets began their managerial search a few weeks ago with a list in excess of 35 candidates that "fit into a variety of different categories," GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday at Citi Field before introducing Mickey Callaway as the 21st manager in team history.

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Callaway on becoming manager 00:05:45
New Mets manager Mickey Callaway talks about his personal history, what he's bringing to New York and his excitement to get started.

The Mets began their managerial search a few weeks ago with a list in excess of 35 candidates that "fit into a variety of different categories," GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday at Citi Field before introducing Mickey Callaway as the 21st manager in team history.

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Oct 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (Robert Hanashiro)
Oct 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (Robert Hanashiro)

Justin Turner had a big NLCS against the Cubs as the Dodgers advanced to their first World Series since 1988.

Turner's walkoff home run in Game 2 was the first walkoff hit by a Dodger in the postseason since Kirk Gibson's walkoff homer against Dennis Eckersley and the A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me)Sandy Alderson's biggest mistakes since taking over as GM continue to be watching Daniel Murphy sign with the Nationals and non-tendering Turner...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter

The Mets have started conducting their managerial interviews. Here is a look at the names that are in the mix...

Kevin Long, Mets hitting coach

The 50-year-old Long, who expressed his interest in the job to Alderson, does not have any big league managerial experience. He was the hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014, before taking the same role with the Mets prior to the 2015 season. He is returning to the Mets in 2018, but it isn't yet known what his role will be.

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Danny Abriano
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