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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."

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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the return of Jay Bruce and a hole remaining in the infield, much of the buzz around the Mets this week has centered on the possibility of trading Brandon Nimmo or Juan Lagares for a second baseman. But the Mets are still dangerously thin in the outfield and willingly dealing away what little depth they have would be a serious mistake.

The Mets currently have five outfielders on the 40-man roster: Bruce, Nimmo, Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto, as reported earlier, is expected to be out at a minimum the entire month of April. Moreover, Nimmo, Lagares, and Cespedes all have lost significant time in recent years. The safe assumption is that they will be down by at least one man for the bulk of the season.

Teams have gotten by with four outfielders on the active roster for short stretches, but rarely for long stretches. And if the Mets were to have two on the sidelines at the same time -- a fairly common occurrence -- they would have no choice but to dig into their minor league depth, and that's where things start to get scary...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Bruce on reuniting with Callaway 00:06:57
Gary Apple talks with Jay Bruce, who says he's excited to reunite with Mickey Callaway in New York after both were members of the Indians.

Mets OF Jay Bruce said manager Mickey Callaway was involved in the final stages of the process before he returned to the Mets on a three-year deal worth $39 million.

"He was actually kind of the one who started the final conversations before this thing all kind of took place," Bruce told SNY's Gary Apple on Wednesday. "He gave me a call and kind of said 'we're in.'" 

Bruce added that Callaway impressed him during his time in Cleveland, when Callaway was the team's pitching coach.

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | If you're handicapping what's next for the Mets now that they've celebrated returning free agent Jay Bruce with a Citi Field press conference, here's the way Sandy Alderson looks at the rest of the Met winter:

He'd rather sign a free agent than make a trade to improve the club. He says he could offer a potential free-agent infielder a "significant" contract. He doesn't agree with the hot takes that peg the Mets' farm system as mostly-devoid of desirable players, nor do he and his lieutenants believe the Mets need to add another bullpen arm.

Oh, and Alderson likes Brandon Nimmo's skill set an awful lot...

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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 right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Tune in today at 11 a.m. on SNY's Facebook page as the Mets re-introduce Jay Bruce.

The agreement between the Mets and Bruce became official Tuesday night when the club announced it has brought back the slugger for three years and $39 million.

Bruce will receive a signing bonus of $3 million. He'll earn $10 million in 2018 and $13 million in each of the last two seasons of the deal.

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

With baseball's Hot Stove cool to the touch, Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan penned a lengthy piece asking whether the sport's economic system might be broken.

The offseason's biggest moves have come via trade, with Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees and Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen joining the Giants. 

The Mets have agreed to a pair of free agent deals, inking RP Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million pact last month and bringing back OF Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract.

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DNL: McCutchen on the move 00:02:33
The panel discusses the possible impact the Andrew McCutchen trade to San Francisco has on the Yankees' or Mets' offseason plans.

The Pirates traded former All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and $2.5 million to the San Francisco Giants for RHP Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool money on Monday.

The Mets were "exploring" a trade for McCutchenJohn Harper of NY Daily News said Thursday on SNY's Baseball Night in New York.

McCutchen and/or teammate INF Josh Harrison have reportedly been potential trade targets for the Mets, according to Steven Marcus of Newsday. The Mets' interest in McCutchen was first reported on Jan. 5 by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Happy Monday, Mets fans! Moves have actually been made, and whether or not you like both of them, things are at least happening, right? I for one am happy to have Jay Bruce back, and I'll just leave it at that for now and continue on to report this past week's off the field news.

There was a reunion of former Mets players in White Plains on Saturday -- just look at this iconic trio below...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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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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BNNY on Bruce's return to Mets 00:05:47
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down Jay Bruce returning to the Mets and how this impacts the team going forward.

Sandy Alderson intends to acquire at least one more position player, but can add only an additional $10 million in salary this winter, according to sources.

By the way, as it pertains to payroll, MLB agents expect nearly every team will end up cutting payroll by at least 10 percent, which is about where the Mets will end up as well.

I keep hearing that the Mets are still open to doing something meaningful, be it trading Juan Lagares, acquiring an everyday center fielder, or freeing up money to bring in a bonafide third baseman or second baseman. However, with so few impact prospects to deal, just $10 million left to spend, only 33 days until pitchers and catchers, and still so much gridlock in the market place (see below), it's growing increasingly difficult for Alderson to knock down dominoes and make an ideal surgical strike.

This is why I think the Mets will soon end up signing a less-than $10 million per year infielder, like Howie Kendrick, declare themselves essentially done, and then shift to luring in position and pitching depth using minor-league deals.

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Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)
Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)

The Mets are considering a reunion with free agent 1B Lucas Duda, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Duda, 31, was traded by the Mets to the Rays last July 27 in exchange for RH reliever Drew Smith. He hit .217/.322/.496 with 30 HR in 126 games last season with the Mets and Rays For his career -- which has been spent enitrely with the Mets aside from the last two months of the 2017 season -- Duda has hit .242/.340/.457 with 138 HR in eight seasons.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | A reunion between Lucas Duda and the Mets at this point would be puzzling, unless they are intent on trading Dominic Smith or having him spend the majority of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas...

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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...

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Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will sign free agent OF-1B Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million deal, which will pay him just $10 million in 2018, according to multiple reports.

This is good news, not great news. The Mets are better today than yesterday. But, still a lot has to be done to get their offense where it has to be for Opening Day. But, one thing at a time...

By signing Bruce, I expect Sandy Alderson's next set of moves will be to either trade for a center fielder, trade for a second baseman, or sign a free-agent third baseman (or all of the above). I've heard the Mets have a two-year offer out to Addison Reed, but so do lots of teams.

 

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Josh Smoker reacted on Twitter to reports that the Mets have signed Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million contract on Wednesday night.

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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt's risky for the Mets to not acquire another outfielder. Duh, right? But it's so much more than that. Here are three reasons why the Mets' need for an outfielder is so glaring:

Michael Conforto is still recovering from his shoulder injury

Conforto is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, and his injury is a punch to the gut that I don't need to re-live. He's supposed to be the kid who can be placed anywhere in the outfield without us having to worry. He got experience in center field last season just for this reason. But the Mets are likely not going to have him on the roster when the season begins, and we're not sure for how long after that...

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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.

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Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce has two multi-year offers, with another one "expected in the coming days," reports Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, who does not have specifics regarding which teams have extended the offers.

The Mets were still in contact with Bruce as of late-December, but had not yet made him an offer, Mike Puma of the NY Post reported at the time. Last week, Newsday's Marc Carig said on The 7 Line's Orange and Blue Thing podcast that Bruce returning to the Mets was unlikely, but not to rule anything out. 

Bruce's agent said last month that his client has interest in the Giants, and that he would wait to see how things develop there before making a decision on where to sign. After acquiring Evan Longoria from the Rays, the Giants remain interested in signing Bruce, but may not be willing to offer more than three years, Buster Olney of ESPN recently reported.

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Dec 12, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Michey Callaway talks with media during MLB winter meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 12, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Michey Callaway talks with media during MLB winter meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

This has been one of the strangest Hot Stove seasons I have experienced. It's January and yet there are still so many useful free agents available on the open market.

At the same time, there are multiple, influential players reportedly available in trade, including Manny Machado, Andrew McCutchen, Jason Kipnis, and Cristian Yellich.

Meanwhile, the Mets may have $30 million to spend on new talent, or they may have only $10 million, or maybe it is something in between. I don't know the number, so don't ask. I only know what I see, which is that in the 70 or so days since the markets opened the Mets signed one big-league player, which was a two-year reliever that may or may not be a one-hit wonder. Otherwise, it's been all minor-league deals and rumors that have yet to (and may never) pan out.

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Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) watches his two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) watches his two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

As both Neil Walker and Jay Bruce remain unsigned, Marc Carig of Newsday says it's "unlikely" that either return to the Mets though won't rule it out. 

"I wouldn't rule out anything… it's been a weird offseason," Carig said on The 7 Line's Orange and Blue Thing. "It's almost January and there's still five-win players on the board still, like, what is going on?"

Carig referenced an article he wrote about Walker being irked that he got caught in a public debacle around his potential trade to the Yankees, as his medical reports were being discussed. 

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Aug 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a RBI single during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Aug 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a RBI single during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Mets are still in contact with free agent OF Jay Bruce, but have not yet made him an offer, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post, who says Bruce has one offer on the table.

Bruce's agent said on Wednesday that his client has interest in the Giants, and will wait to see how things develop there before making a decision on where to sign. Parsing his agent's comments, it's fair to infer that Bruce's one offer isn't from the Giants.

After acquiring Evan Longoria from the Rays, the Giants remain interested in signing Bruce, but may not be willing to offer more than three years, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

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Aug 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a RBI single during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Aug 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a RBI single during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Free-agent OF-1B Jay Bruce is now seeking a four-year deal, despite starting this offseason looking for five or more, a source recently told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.

The Giants and Mets reportedly have interest in Bruce, but only if he's willing to accept a three-year deal. The Mets with Bruce's agent during last week's MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando, but they did not make him an offer, according to the NY Post's Mike Puma.

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The MLB Winter Meetings wrap up today in Orlando, culiminating with the Rule 5 Draft. 

Here's what you need to know from yesterday's news and rumors from Orlando...

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Jay Bruce just before driving in a run for the Mets (Credit: Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports)
Jay Bruce just before driving in a run for the Mets (Credit: Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports)

The Mets are expecting to meet with Jay Bruce's agent at the winter meetings, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post, who says the two sides have only had preliminary discussions.

Sources recently told Newsday's Marc Carig that Bruce and the Mets were both interested in the possibility of a reunion.

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Sandy's Shopping List: Kinsler 00:00:37
Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler is the latest name on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's shopping list.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterOrlando, Fla.

So … is the offseason ready to start now?

This isn't just a Mets question, but an MLB question. Other than the quixotic Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton situations -- Ohtani chose the Angels on Friday, and the Marlins are still working overtime to find a suitor acceptable to Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause -- the early part of the winter has been light on Hot Stove action.

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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Mets and Jay Bruce have shown mutual interest in the possibility of the free agent outfielder returning to New York this offseason, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

On top of Bruce having played with the Mets, he also spent time with new manager Mickey Callaway in Cleveland last season after Bruce was traded to the Indians...

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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.

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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.

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Sandy Alderson talks with reporters
Sandy Alderson talks with reporters

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With a new manager in Mickey Callaway and a coaching staff in place, Sandy Alderson can now focus his full attention on the Mets' roster.

This is a significant offseason for the GM, who is in the homestretch of his tenure, and who must return the franchise to the relevance it enjoyed in 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)
Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)

According to multiple reports, Mets GM Sandy Alderson may be able to spend between $30-40 million in new talent for 2018. In October, he told reporters he'd like to add to the bullpen and acquire a reliable, veteran starting pitcher.

Alderson will also reportedly try to add at least one consistent, everyday hitter. I suspect he'll first try to put a bat at second or third base. If he can't, he'll have no choice but to turn to the outfield. If the big hitter is a center fielder, Alderson can use Michael Conforto in right field. If the Mets end up pursuing a power hitting right fielder, they can use Conforto in center. 

The thing is, there are only three or four proven, everyday outfielders available on the open market. At the same time, the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, D-backs, Red Sox, and Phillies are all reportedly looking to acquire the same caliber outfielder as Alderson...

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Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

In the NY Post, Mike Puma explains why he expects the Mets to show interest in free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce, and free-agent first basemen Logan Morrison and Adam Lind.

According to Puma, Mets officials believe Bruce could again play right field, but also serve part-time or back-up first base, where he played 91 this past season for the Mets and Indians.

Teams with interest in Bruce recently told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that Bruce is currently asking for a five-year deal worth as much as $18 million per season.

Bruce, 30, earned $13 million this past season.

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 New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)

In an article for the Daily News, columnist John Harper makes projections on where the top free agents will sign and how much they will be paid.

"The Mets do figure to be plenty active in this free-agent market, with holes to fill and more than $60 million in expiring contracts coming off last season's payroll," Harper notes. However, he continues, "indications are they won't be in on the big-ticket items," such as JD Martinez, Wade Davis and other elite free agents.

Instead, Harper projects that the Mets end up signing outfielder Jay Bruce, infielder Eduardo Nunez and relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:03:17
Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Indians OF Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run, had three RBI and scored twice Thursday night during Cleveland's 4-0 win against the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS.

The Mets traded Bruce and the $3.7 million remaining on his contract to the Indians in early August for 22-year-old minor-league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

"I couldn't have fallen into a better situation," Bruce said after Thursday's win. "Obviously, when you get traded and you're in trade rumors, it's usually to a contender or a team that's contending at the moment. For whatever reason, I ended up here."

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Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Indians indirectly poked fun at the Yankees on Twitter Thursday night when the team's official Twitter account brought up trade negotiations involving Jay Bruce.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees lose 00:02:46
Joe Girardi discusses Trevor Bauer's nasty curveball in his terrific start Thursday and Sonny Gray reflects on his outing after the loss.

The Yankees could only muster three hits on the night and former Met Jay Bruce drove in three runs to lead the Indians to a 4-0 shutout win in game one of the ALDS. >> Read more

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Sep 26, 2014; Alderson in the dugout before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2014; Alderson in the dugout before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Indians OF Jay Bruce enjoyed his time playing for Terry Collins, but he is not surprised to see the Mets looking for new leadership, he told reporters Wednesday in Cleveland.

"I don't think it was hard to see," Bruce explained, according to Newsday. "I think that a lot of times in sports they feel like a shakeup needs to happen. The old saying is you can't fire 25 guys, so a lot of times managerial changes happen. I wish Terry the best in whatever he does next."

Bruce, who was traded in August, to the Indians for low-level reliever Ryder Ryan, also said he was disappointed see anonymous teammates being critical of Collins.

"Terry and I had a great relationship," Bruce concluded. "You would like to see people, if they do have a problem, approach him about it, talk to him about it, and not let it out through the media. But losing causes a lot of that stuff. If they're back in the playoffs this year, have a good season, no one's talking about any of it. It's an unfortunate situation, but the reality is it's kind of part of the game."

Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |  The 2017 season was not supposed to go the way that it did. Mets fans were supposed to be basking in October baseball bliss, celebrating entering the postseason for the third year in a row. Instead, all Mets fans are doing is basking in some of the much needed changes that have been made in the mere 96 hours since the season ended.

That's not a bad thing. In fact, it's a great thing to be basking in, especially after all of the injuries and other questionable decisions that happened throughout this season. MRIs not being taken, minor leaguers not being ready for the bigs even though they should be, injury after injury after injury... I don't have to go into detail, you all know how horrid this season was.

It was the opposite of how any of us thought it was supposed to go, with literally everyone thinking this was a playoff team. The pitching was there and finally together. The big bats were there, especially with Yoenis Cespedes's extended contract. No one could have expected the season to go the way it did. And if you did suspect that, you really need to go and play lotto...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

Jay Bruce's walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.

The Indians trailed 2-1 in the ninth inning, but Francisco Lindor tied the game when he hit a two-out RBI double with two strikes. It marked the first extra-inning win during the team's three-week-long winning streak.

"This was probably the toughest one we've had," Bruce said after the game, according to the AP. "Nothing like it, nothing like it."

Since joining the Indians, the former Met has hit .253 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 27 games.

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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

Jay Bruce's walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.

Their 22 straight wins are an American League record, and the second-longest winning streak ever, four games shy of the 1916 Giants, who won 26 straight games. That streak includes an unofficial tie that happened after their 12th straight win. The tie was called due to rain after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.

The Indians trailed 2-1 in the ninth inning on Thursday, but Francisco Lindor tied the game when he hit a two-out RBI double with two strikes. It marked the first extra-inning win during the team's three-week-long winning streak.

"This was probably the toughest one we've had," Bruce said after the game, according to the AP. "Nothing like it, nothing like it."

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Aug 10, 2017; Bruce (32) comes in to pinch hit at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2017; Bruce (32) comes in to pinch hit at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Bruce is hitting .253 with five HR and 18 RBI since being acquired by the Indians, who are 30-4 since their deal with the Mets.

His walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.

Their 22 straight wins are an American League record, and the second-longest winning streak ever, four games shy of the 1916 Giants, who won 26 straight games. That streak includes an unofficial tie that happened after their 12th straight win. The tie was called due to rain after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.

"I pretty much went from the least fun situation in baseball to the most fun," Bruce told reporters Wednesday following Cleveland's 21st straight win. "That's no slight to the Mets. ... I just wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself."

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Jose Reyes will make his first-ever start in left field on Tuesday night when the Mets play the Reds in Cincinnati.

Juan Lagares is starting in center field with Brandon Nimmo in right field.

Reyes, who played one inning in center field earlier this year, has started 60 games at shortstop, 31 games at third base, and seven games at second base this season.

The Mets recently lost outfielders Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) for the season. They traded outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson earlier this month.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Cleveland Indians outfielder Jay Bruce said he would "absolutely" consider re-joining the Mets in free agency after New York traded him earlier this month, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Bruce, who was among several Mets traded over the past month, told DiComo "we'll see what happens," although the interest is mutual. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this month he would not rule out re-acquiring Bruce in the offseason.

"From our standpoint, we had a great relationship, he was productive in New York and we'll keep the lines of communication open once its appropriate, as we will with most free agents," Alderson said.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets don't currently have any more trades in the works, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

"There's another week or so between now and the August 31 deadline for players to be on a playoff roster. So, anything can happen," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "As of right now, there's nothing in the works."

With the team ouf of contention, the Mets have traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson over the last few weeks.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Sandy Alderson on Neil Walker 00:00:50
Sandy Alderson discusses the reasoning behind the Mets' trade of Neil Walker to the Brewers.

The New York Mets saved $3 million by trading infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and have cut payroll by more than $11.6 million in recent weeks.

As part of Saturday's trade, the Mets agreed to pay the Brewers $1,699,454 on Sept. 30, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. Walker was owed $4,699,454 of his $17.2 million salary at the time of the deal. He can become a free agent after the World Series. >> Read more

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.

Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.

After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.

"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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