On Wednesday afternoon, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen once again met with members of the media as the MLB Winter Meetings roll on in San Diego.
Van Wagenen had plenty to talk about on Wednesday. including the Mets' reported addition of veteran Michael Wacha.
Here are four takeaways from Van Wagenen's availability:
On Michael Wacha
On Wednesday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed the Mets are working hard to finalize a one-year contract with the veteran starter Wacha.
While Van Wagenen couldn't talk specifics since the deal has not been made official by the club, he did speak in generalities about Wacha and the Mets' desire to build pitching depth.
"We stated as we showed up here that starting pitching depth was a priority for us. It continues to be. We like Michael Wacha a lot.," Van Wagenen said. "We've not completed a deal, but he fits the category of depth starting pitching that we think has high upside."
"He's got championship makeup," he added on Wacha. "Again, we can talk more specifically if and when we reach a finish line on Wacha, but this is a guy that's pitched in postseason games. This is a guy that has been in an All-Star Game. There are other pitchers out there we have to keep our eye on, but Michael Wacha fits a lot of the categories we've been seeking."
Van Wagenen also strongly suggested that Wacha would slide in as the team's fifth starter.
"I think when you go into spring training with starting pitchers you never know who's going to be healthy at the end of camp, so I think we look at Michael Wacha as a starting pitcher that's slotted and has every opportunity to be in the rotation, if we sign him.
"He's a depth starter. Depth starter are something that are important to us, as I said earlier this week. Pitchers with high-end upside that we can potentially put in our fifth spot make our team better."
On Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo
With Wacha in the rotation, it now looks as if Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman will stay in the bullpen.
Still, Van Wagenen said those two will stay on their current plan to stretch out heading into spring training, where they would then have the chance to potentially be starters.
"Absolutes are hard to talk through, but at this point they will stay on their offseason program where they will go into Spring Training with a chance to start," said Van Wagenen.
On the Winter Meetings overall
Since the Winter Meetings began, the Mets have been involved in a number of rumors, including those surrounding Starling Marte and Dellin Betances.
If the addition of Wacha becomes official, Van Wagenen says that he'll be pleased overall with what the Mets have done during the week.
"I think if we can get to the finish line on some of the things that we've been working on like starting pitching depth, I think that we would be pleased and I feel like we're making progress for our offseason agenda," he said.
On Gerrit Cole and Jacob deGrom
The Yankees made the biggest splash of this year's meetings late on Tuesday, agreeing to a massive nine-year, $324 contract with Gerrit Cole.
Van Wagenen was asked about the Yankees move, and while he wouldn't comment on other teams, he did speak about how much he likes the Mets' current rotation and how much the team values Jacob deGrom as the ace of the staff.
"I don't have any comment about the Yankees. I'm not focused on them, but we like Jacob deGrom as well as any pitcher in the game, including those signed by other teams," Van Wagenen said. "We like Noah Syndergaard, we like Marcus Stroman, we like Steven Matz, and we like depth starting pitchers that could be available (referring to Wacha).
"I think we were thankful to have deGrom at the front of our rotation for years to come. That was what we were most excited about (when he signed his contract). I think in any deal or transaction you hope that both sides see a fair structure where both sides feel good about it, and I think that's what's great about the deGrom deal."