Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

"This is how a lot of American boys learn about mortality, by watching a sports figure. You see him come up as a baby, as a rookie, becoming a young man in the game, and then aging -- having to work at what came naturally. And then physically failing, and not being as good, and fading away and retiring, all in the space of 20 years. And you say, 'life is short.'"

-- Roger Angell on Ted Williams

1. The only time I've cried about baseball as an adult was on a Saturday night earlier this month. A few days before, David Wright had sobbed through a news conference announcing that he was medically unable to play baseball. After a busy week, I finally had a few minutes to tell my wife about it.

She remembered me coming home from Shea Stadium in May of 2008, after my first assignment as an intern in the sports department at the New York Daily News. There were some tough old veterans on that Mets team, from Pedro Martinez to Carlos Delgado, and my stomach churned through the whole experience.

After the game, Adam Rubin, the beat writer for the News, introduced me to Wright. I was 27, Wright was 25, and he reminded me of a friend's amiable little brother. "Oh you're at the Daily News! Congratulations!" he said. He had an excitable manner that made him sound at times like he was chirping.

For the rest of the season, Wright ribbed me constantly for asking too many follow-up questions -- and he also gave me all the time I needed. If this was covering big-time New York baseball, I thought, this wasn't so hard after all.

My wife remembered the way that he set me at ease that first night on the job, and it was always in the background of our appreciation of him.

2. One night after a game in 2012, Wright was in the middle of a long interview with an unfamiliar reporter. The guy was struggling with his questions and taking way too long.

This caught the attention of catcher Josh Thole, whose locker was nearby. "Who's that?" Thole mouthed to me. We in sports media sometimes do this ugly thing where we undermine others because of our own insecurity, and here I fell into the trap.

I shrugged and smiled at Thole, and probably giggled behind the poor guy's back. Ugh.

Once the interview ended and the guy was out of earshot, Wright turned his focus to me.

What follows aren't exact quotes, but his message and most of his words are burned into my memory:

"I remember when you first came out here, how nervous you were," Wright said, before launching an imitation of a kid with a wobbly voice. "Mr. Wright, do you have a minute, please?"

He was correct, of course, so I stood there and took it. David Wright, infinitely more accomplished at his profession than I, could give a person time and respect. And I couldn't? It was time to get over myself.

3. Teammates could hear that type of real talk, too, when it was appropriate. One spring training, a player who had signed as a free agent that winter wanted to get to his locker, but reporters were blocking it to interview Johan Santana.

The player complained to Wright, and the captain told him to suck it up. This is New York, he said, you have to deal with it.

4. Wright and Ike Davis weren't immediately close in 2010, when Davis arrived at the franchise's most-hyped phenom since Wright himself.

There was never a problem between the two, but Wright was at his least knowable during those mid-career years. Friendly and available since arriving in 2004, Wright endured a career-threatening beaning in 2009, and saw his power numbers take an alarming dip.

The Mets had moved into a new ballpark that seemed specifically designed to rob him of home runs, and a dreary period of losing had begun. Wright seemed to retreat.

He was always pleasant and professional, but struck some of his newer teammates as a bit more Jeter-like in his remoteness. Still, the garrulous Davis eventually won him over, and the two were good friends by the time the first baseman's once-promising career had taken a dreary turn.

After colliding with Wright on the infield in Colorado one night in 2011 and suffering a bone bruise in his ankle, Davis was never the same. He was one of the unlucky players whose body simply betrayed him too early.

By 2014, Davis had washed out in New York, and the Mets gave him away to the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the night of that trade, when Davis wasn't even technically a teammate anymore, Wright's leadership cut as deeply as ever.

Hours before Wright's game on Saturday, Davis texted this previously untold story:

"He came in the shower in his uniform and told me to get a towel because he wanted a hug but I didn't think that was appropriate lol. He doesn't go out very much but that night he made me choose a bar and we had a couple of beers and talked.

"He is one of the few people in baseball that I will always look up to. On and off the field. I am a better person today because I got to play with him."

5. On March 9, 2016, Wright flew from Port St. Lucie to New York to attend the memorial services for Shannon Forde, the beloved media relations staffer who died of cancer at 44. This was a devastating loss to the organization, and to Wright personally, because he'd been close with Shannon since before he was a rookie.

The team held a service in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field, and Wright felt that he should speak, even though that was not in the original plans. He had not prepared remarks, and stepped to the lectern figuring he would wing it.

Fighting tears, Wright looked directly at Shannon's young son Nicholas and talked about her selflessness. His eulogy was as eloquent and moving as any trained public speaker's could have been, and you sat there thinking, "Where in the world did they find this guy? Where does he get these reserves of feeling and intelligence? This is not a typical ballplayer, not at all."

After he spoke, Wright took his seat and wrapped his arm around PR chief Jay Horwitz, who loved Shannon like a daughter, and he kept it there for most of the service.

6. I shared these stories with my wife that night in our living room, my voice wobbling the entire time. This melancholy was not entirely rational, because there were many beautiful elements of this month.

Wright was able to engineer his own ending, and this game brought so many nice moments, from his daughter Olivia's first pitch, to his speech at the end about love, to the several minutes he spent in a hallway with the Mets' in-game production staff, thanking them for the work they did on his tribute materials. But as even Wright admitted after midnight on Sunday morning, he was not at peace with how it ended, and he did not want to remove his jersey.

I've been bummed since early September, when I traveled to Las Vegas to interview Wright. After his final minor league rehab game, we stood in a hallway outside the locker room, and reflected on the past decade. He was sentimental but at peace, and excited about the possibility of making a brief return to the Mets. After a long conversation, we shook hands and parted.

It was in retelling this to my wife that I really started to break. Sitting in an armchair in our living room, I said that I'd marked time by covering Wright, his was as noble a career as is possible in sports, and I would miss it. That's it. I would miss it. Like Ike Davis, I was a better person for knowing David Wright.

I buried my face in my hands and cried, hard enough that my shoulders shook, and didn't feel better for a long time.

Tags: David Wright, Andy Martino

The Mets have been aggressive in their efforts to trade for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, who the Marlins could deal before the Winter Meetings end on Thursday. Here's the latest...


Dec. 11, 9.55 PM:

The Phillies "don't have enough" to trade for Realmuto, a source told NBC Sports' Jim Salisbury.

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Yasiel Puig (Robert Hanashiro)
Yasiel Puig (Robert Hanashiro)

After conflicting reports earlier this week, it appears Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is for sale. 

The Dodgers are actively trying to trade Puig and Matt Kemp, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

SNY's Andy Martino reports the Mets are not in on Puig, though. 

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on SNY Tuesday night that he wants as many relief pitchers as possible, so it should come as no surprise that they are also in on Adam Ottavino. 

Per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Mets and Red Sox have shown continued interest in the hard-throwing free agent right-hander.

Ottavino is also high on the Yankees' wish list, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, David Robertson
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Could deGrom get an extension? 00:01:30
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discusses Jeff Wilpon making initial contact with Jacob deGrom's new representation.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen touched on a bunch of topics during his talk with reporters on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Here are the takeaways...

The Mets had meeting Tuesday afternoon about adding a right-handed hitting outfielder

Van Wagenen would not say who the meeting was with, but the Mets -- as he noted last week -- have interest in free agent center fielder A.J. Pollock. A potential outfield target came off the board earlier Tuesday when the Phillies signed Andrew McCutchen to a three-year deal. 

Tags: David Wright, Danny Abriano
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Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Amed Rosario's name has come up as a player the Mets could potentially trade to the Marlins for J.T. Realmuto, and Rosario -- who beileves he won't be traded -- wants to stay.

"I'm very happy about the comments that have come out about me not being traded," Rosario said through an interpreter at an event on Tuesday, according to Newsday. "I definitely feel like I'm part of the Mets family and that I'm staying here.

As the Mets remain engaged with the Marlins on a potential deal for Realmuto, they are reluctant to trade Rosario, but not as reluctant as they say publicly, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets had a preliminary meeting with the representatives for Jacob deGrom on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, per SNY's Andy Martino.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen later told SNY's Steve Gelbs that the meeting with deGrom's reps on Tuesday was preliminary and that he views deGrom as a big part of the Mets "now and in the future."

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, who arrived in Las Vegas on Monday, said last week that the Mets would be offering deGrom a long-term extension -- the first definitive comments anyone with the Mets has made about the plan for deGrom's future with the team. 

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Mets should sign Yasmani Grandal 00:01:16
The New York Mets need a power hitting catcher and Yasmani Grandal would be a good fit via free agency instead of trading for J.T. Realmuto.

Las Vegas - The Mets remain interested in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, but are prepared to pivot to a strong pursuit of free agent Yasmani Grandal, according to major league sources.

As trade talks continue for Realmuto -- some with a third team involved, including the Yankees, the Mets still like Grandal as an alternative.

The Mets also remain very interested in fee agent reliever Andrew Miller.

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Callaway talks infield makeup 00:00:57
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses how Jeff McNeil will be utilized in 2019 and Amed Rosario?s development at the plate.

Mickey Callaway was asked Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas if Jeff McNeil could potentially push Todd Frazier to become the starter at third base entering the season, His answer was succinct. 

"Frazier is our starter at third base right now," Callaway told reporters. "As we stand here today, Todd Frazier is going to be standing at third base."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Callaway could be echoing the sentiments of Brodie Van Wagenen and the front office when it comes to the plan for McNeil in 2019 or he could be saying the above on his own. But if McNeil proves himself to be a better option than Frazier to start at third base, the conventional wisdom has to be that he'll supplant him....

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are reluctant to trade Amed Rosario, but not as reluctant as they say publicly, according to SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Mets remain aggressive in their pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto

According to FanCred's Jon Heyman, the Mets are debating whether to include Rosario or Noah Syndergaard in a potential deal for Realmuto.

Martino reported Monday night that a three-team deal that would send Syndergaard to the Yankees was a "real possibility." Such a deal could include Realmuto landing with the Mets, but Martino noted that the three-way trade with the Mets and Yankees was one of many scenarios. As of Monday afternoon, the three-team trade talks involving Syndergaard and the Yankees were not progressing, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com...

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The good news is that, based on the number of hot stove rumors surrounding the Mets, it's clear GM Brodie Van Wagenen is interested in making big moves.

The bad news is that, based on the number of hot stove rumors surrounding the Mets, if he doesn't make a big move, fans, reporters, other teams and players will see him as all talk and no action...

"I'll admit, I was one of the many people who were skeptical about him going from agent to GM," a rival assistant GM told me Tuesday. However, he continued, "I've never seen anyone change perception and increase his profile so much and as so fast as Brodie has done during the past few weeks."

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It's the second day of the Winter Meetings and there's a lot of speculation out there. Doug Williams, Andy Martino and John Harper separate fact from fiction. Highlights include Mets-Yankees trade talks and the latest on Noah Syndergaard.

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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Free agent OF Andrew McCutchen has agreed to a three-year deal with the Phillies, according to multiple reports.

The deal will be worth $50 million.

While the Phillies have added an outfielder, it is not expected to take them out of the running for free agent Bryce Harper, who is visiting with teams this week along with agent Scott Boras near the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. 

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has invited David Wright to the Winter Meetings, where he is participating in things such as roster discussions, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Martino, who reported in September that Wright could be a prominent member of the Mets' front office in 2019, noted that Wright does not have an official front office title at this time.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said last week that the team was currently working on a potential injury settlement with Wright.

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Will we see future NY deals? 00:01:13
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman are already displaying much more chemistry than previous regimes.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

LAS VEGAS - Monday night at the winter meetings brought a frenzied rush for information, and the reader at home was left to sift through multiple reports, adrenaline pumping, trying to piece it all together.

So we thought it would be useful to gather everything we know so far in one place. The major story, as of this moment, is that the Mets and Yankees have been in serious trade talk about Noah Syndergaard and other pitchers. Late Monday we reported that the Yanks were "pushing hard" to get a deal done with the Mets.

From the Mets perspective, they considered a trade with the Yankees a real possibility, but one of several options.

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Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets fans don't want to trade Noah Syndergaard -- I get it. 

But are you telling me you wouldn't deal him for J.T. Realmuto and Miguel Andujar, with the understanding that Brodie Van Wagenen would then sign another starting pitcher?

Come on, you can't love the long blond hair that much.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets badly want J.T. Realmuto, so much so that they have had three-way talks with the Yankees and Marlins on a potential deal that would land Realmuto with the Mets and Noah Syndergaard with the Yankees.

SNY's Andy Martino reported late Monday from the Winter Meetings that Syndergaard to the Yankees is one of many scenarios in play for the Mets, and added that the Yankees' interest in the Mets' pitching is not limited to Syndergaard.

While adding Realmuto would be huge for the Mets, they should absolutely not do it at the expense of Syndergaard -- unless another major piece is coming back to them in return. And by major, we mean an impact piece...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The MLB Winter Meetings officially are underway through Thursday in Las Vegas.

Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my own insight and anaylsis.

Van Wagenen's pursuit of J.T. Realmuto...

The Mets are considered one of only three teams still in the mix to trade for Marlins C J.T. Realmuto, according to MLB.com's veteran Miami reporter Joe Frisaro.

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Syndergaard to the Yankees? 00:01:29
SNY MLB insider Andy Martino discloses the Mets, Yankees and Marlins have been in talks to send J.T. Realmuto, Noah Syndergaard on the move.

The Mets, Yankees and Marlins are discussing a potential three-team deal that could involve RHP Noah Syndergaard going to the Yankees and catcher J.T. Realmuto going to the Mets, according to multiple reports.

There is a "real possibility," SNY.tv's Andy Martino reports, that Syndergaard joins the Yankees in a blockbuster trade, however the Mets are also considering "10 other scenarios," according to Martino.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said earlier this offseason it would take "very special circumstances" to "even consider" trading Syndergaard, the dominant Mets starter who went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 25 starts last season.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson looks back at the dugout after giving up a solo home run to Cleveland Indians’ Jay Bruce in the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson looks back at the dugout after giving up a solo home run to Cleveland Indians’ Jay Bruce in the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)

If Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is serious about signing former Yankees reliever David Robertson, he may find himself in a bidding war with the World Series champs.

With closer Craig Kimbrel seeking a mega-deal and reliever Joe Kelly also a free agent, the Red Sox are strongly considering adding Robertson to their bullpen, according to the New York Post.

"They are heavy on him," a source with knowledge of Boston's free-agent plans said of Robertson, the Post reported.

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Van Wagenen talks Mets' needs 00:01:08
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discusses the J.T. Realmuto market beginning to heat up but the Mets won't sell the farm to get him.

The Marlins want two major league pieces (at least) in exchange for catcher J.T. Realmuto. And while the Mets remain engaged with the Marlins on a potential trade, GM Brodie Van Wagenen doesn't seem like he's willing to budge on Amed Rosario

Asked specifically about how willing he is to deal Rosario, Van Wagenen was blunt:

"I think the way I look at any trade is that we want the trade to make us better," Van Wagenen said Monday at the Winter Meetings. "We don't want to create a hole that we didn't have by filling a hole that we did have, right? So we want to make sure that if we do make moves that we're adding to our strengths and filling the gaps where we needed the help. But we're not gonna create a hole by filling another."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Danny Abriano
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Sep 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos (40) walks to the plate to bat during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos (40) walks to the plate to bat during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets had a meeting with free agent C Wilson Ramos on Monday, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Ramos, 31, could be a fallback option at catcher -- along with Yasmani Grandal or Martin Maldonado -- if the Mets aren't able to trade for Marlins C J.T. Realmuto, SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier Monday

Ramos is one of the better offensive catchers in baseball, but his defense leaves a bit to be desired.

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Gelbs talks to Peter Alonso 00:02:03
Steve Gelbs catches up with Peter Alonso from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Catch the full interview on Hot Stove at 10:30 PM E.T.

Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso, who will be with the team during spring training and could get the nod at first base on Opening Day, says he has improved his defense "tremendously." And he's out to "prove people wrong." 

"Every time I see something online, every time someone knocks me, it's like 'oh, he's not good at defense.' I've really shown that -- since July, I don't think I've made an error since last June," Alonso told SNY's Steve Gelbs on Monday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. "That's July, August, September, and throughout the (Arizona) Fall League. I've gotten tremendously better. I'm really proud of myself. I'm just trying to keep it snowballing so I can prove people wrong and so I can be happy and play the game I love."

Alonso agreed that when people question his defense it becomes a motivating factor.

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Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) throws to first for an out against Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt (not pictured) in the second inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) throws to first for an out against Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt (not pictured) in the second inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Mets are serious about trading for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to SNY's Andy Martino. If they miss out on him, though, the team has a few Plan B's.

That pivot would be to free agents such as Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Ramos, and Martin Maldonado, Martino noted on Monday. 

With the Marlins' asking price for Realmuto being astronomical, though it has reportedly come down a bit, the Mets going after one of the free agent catchers might make more sense.

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It's the first day of the Winter Meetings and there hasn't been much noise from Las Vegas. Doug Williams, Andy Martino and John Harper break down early reports and questions from fans. Highlights include J.T. Realmuto, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Andrew Miller talk.

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Dec 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Signage as seen during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Clark-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Clark)
Dec 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Signage as seen during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Clark-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Clark)

We're LIVE from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, taking your questions on the next moves for the Mets.

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New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen poses for photographs at CitiField Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen poses for photographs at CitiField Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

By end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, I expect the Mets will...

1. Sign a high-end free-agent reliever

The Mets have discussed contract terms with free-agent relievers Andrew Miller and David Robertson, I've heard from team insiders. I'm sure they've gone this far down the road with the prominent relievers such as Adam Ottavino as well. 

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Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

LAS VEGAS - True to his style, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen arrived at the winter meetings on Sunday with many ideas and pursuits in mind, and ready for the week to take any number of turns.

But talk around the Mets as the meetings begin points us toward lefty reliever Andrew Miller in particular as a free agent to watch this week.

Miller has also drawn interest from the Phillies, Cardinals and Red Sox, among other teams. The Mets, whose manager Mickey Callaway coached Miller in Cleveland, continue to see him as a fit.

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Harold Baines, really? 

A very good player, obviously, yet upon hearing that Baines was elected to the Hall of Fame on Sunday by a 16-person committee, I couldn't help but think immediately of a couple of dozen former star players who are more deserving. 

One of them being Keith Hernandez

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The MLB Winter Meetings officially begin Monday through Thursday in Las Vegas.

The Mets should be looking to improve their bullpen, as well as add an everyday catcher, at least one impact hitter and depth beneath the entire roster.

Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my own insight and anaylsis.

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Does A.J. Pollock make sense? 00:01:39
Steve Gelbs and Jim Duquette break down whether it makes sense for the Mets to pursue outfielder A.J. Pollock.

The Mets' outfield already consists of Michael ConfortoBrandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares, and they have Yoenis Cespedes waiting once he returns from surgery.

But should the Mets make a run at free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock?

Pollock, 31, recorded a .257/.316/.484 batting line with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs in 113 games with Arizona last season. He hasn't played a full season since 2015, when he was an All-Star and hit .315 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs. 

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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are reportedly among several teams who are interested in signing free-agent reliever David Robertson, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The former Yankees reliever, who recorded a 3.23 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings last season, is also garnering interest from the Red Sox and Dodgers, according to Feinsand.

The Mets are looking to add to their bullpen after they acquired All-Star closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in the blockbuster Robinson Cano trade earlier this offseason.

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Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | LAS VEGAS - As the industry trickles into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in advance of Monday's winter meetings, the Mets' highest-profile pursuits have lost a degree of momentum, at least temporarily.

The team is highly motivated to acquire Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto, but the Marlins' steep asking price has left some Mets people feeling less optimistic about a deal getting done. Because nearly half the league wants Realmuto, the Marlins feel justified in asking for two controllable major league pieces, like Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo (Michael Conforto has only three years of control remaining before free agency, so he is less of a fit for the rebuilding Marlins).

Despite the tricky fit, expect GM Brodie Van Wagenen to continue to explore every possible way to make a Realmuto deal work.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Apr 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis (30) during batting practice prior to a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Apr 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis (30) during batting practice prior to a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Chili Davis is officially the Mets' new hitting coach, as SNYtv's Andy Martino reported. The Mets also named Chuck Hernandez as the new bullpen coach and Luis Rojas to the newly-created role of quality control coach.

"Brodie [Van Wagenen] and I spent a lot of time finding the right mix of coaches," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We're especially glad to add an additional coach to the staff keeping pace with the industry standard."

Davis, 58, joins the Mets from Chicago after serving as the Cubs hitting coach in 2018. He was Oakland's hitting coach from 2012-14 and Boston's hitting coach from 2015-17. The Cubs led the NL with a .258 batting average and ranked second with a .333 OBP under Davis.

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Yasiel Puig (Robert Hanashiro)
Yasiel Puig (Robert Hanashiro)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are looking for an outfielder to pair with Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. As they search, Yasiel Puig is reportedly "disgruntled" in Los Angeles and could get traded during the Winter Meetings that kick off Sunday in Las Vegas. 

Should the Mets deal for the enigmatic Puig, who they are expected to at least inquire about? Here are the pros and cons...

Pros

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Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Brodie Van Wagenen promised the first move wouldn't be the Mets' last one this off-season. 

So what's the new GM's next move? 

Maybe we'll find out during baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Las Vegas, also known as Bryce Harper's hometown. The game's annual gathering is a prime opportunity for futher roster reshaping, beyond the Mets acquisitions of Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony McCarron
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Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees passed on Patrick Corbin, smartly so at the price the Nationals paid, and now Nathan Eovaldi is heading back to the Red Sox. So where does Brian Cashman turn for starting pitching?

The obvious move is J.A. Happ, but if Cashman wants to gamble a bit on the potential for greater October dominance, as he did in trading for James Paxton, Trevor Bauer can be had at a bargain price.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Tim Tebow Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Tim Tebow Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow is one step away from being a big-league player, Mets GM and former Tebow agent Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday on WFAN.

"If we somehow suffered an injury and we needed somebody to replace Brandon Nimmo or Michael Conforto in the starting lineup, and if Tim Tebow is the best offensive player in Triple-A at that point in time, he's going to be in [Mickey Callaway's] lineup," Van Wagenen said.

Van Wagenen, who made similar comments in early November, also said he expects Tebow to open 2019 playing for the organization's new Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse...

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Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are having a busy offseason, and their shift in structure moved beyond the diamond on Friday.

Head of Mets player development Ian Levin is the new senior director of baseball operations, the Mets announced. Levin will take on a larger role including analytics, player development, health and performance. Levin's broadened front-office scope is a promotion for a Sandy Alderson era holdover who is widely respected. Martino also reports that Omar Minaya, Mets special assistant to the general manager, will remain an influential advisor. 

"I'm excited to continue to invest in the front office with personnel that have a championship pedigree," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "We are looking to build the organization to achieve consistent success by incorporating new members and promoting from within." 

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Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)
Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)

It appears we can officially chalk the Nationals off free agent Bryce Harper's list. 

Nationals owner Mark Lerner already made an "aggressive" offer to their former star outfielder before he hit the free-agent market. But Lerner thinks, at this point in time, Harper is content leaving his old home behind to find a new one. 

"Well, when we met with them and we gave them the offer, we told them, 'This is the best we can do,' Lerner told 106.7 The Fan FM in Washington. "We went right to the finish line very quickly. And we said, 'If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we'll see whether we can finish it up.' But we just couldn't afford to put more than that in and still be able to put a team together that had a chance to win the NL East or go farther than that.

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Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber and J.T. Realmuto could be on the move to the Mets or Yankees. The BNNY hosts give their trade proposals.

With the Winter Meetings right around the corner, the Mets have already been active, and they certainly are not done with their offseason agenda yet.

In fact, GM Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets have been aggressively pursuing a potential trade with the Marlins for C J.T. Realmuto. The big question is what would Van Wagenen have to give up to fix his catching problem in Queens?

While throwing out trade scenarios for both the Mets and Yankees during "Baseball Night in New York," SNY's trade analyst Adam Fisher -- a former Senior Director of Baseball Operations for the Mets -- gave his stance on the proposed Realmuto trade...

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets' busy offseason continued on Friday. 

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets will hire Jared Banner to become their new farm director. 

Banner, 32, is a Brooklyn native who grew up as a Mets fans and was most recently the VP of player personnel for the Red Sox where he oversaw the scouting of professional players in international leagues. 

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets should be looking to improve their bullpen, as well as add an everyday catcher, at least one impact hitter and depth beneath the entire roster.

Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Adding an outfielder...

The Mets, and now the Reds, are among teams recently linked to free-agent center fielder A.J. Pollock, according to Fancred.com's Jon Heyman.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matthew Cerrone
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez (9) warms up prior to game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez (9) warms up prior to game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Mets are reportedly considering signing free agent utility player Marwin Gonzalez.

According to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman, the team has "talked about" the 29-year-old Gonzalez, as GM Brodie Van Wagenen considers infielders who can play multiple positions.

Gonzalez has played the majority of his seven-year career with the Astros at shortstop, but has seen a fair bit of the outfield lately. This past season he started 65 games in left field while adding appearances at each infield position.

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Robinson Cano sits down with Steve Gelbs to talk Mets. He wants to make sure he keeps getting better with age in a game designed for youth.

New Mets star Robinson Cano recently earned the praise of manager Mickey Callaway, who said Cano's approach at the plate will help the younger players on the team.

Cano sat down with SNY's Steve Gelbs to elaborate on how the veteran second baseman can mentor the youngsters.

"I would say that approach is paying attention to details," Cano said. "It's not just go out and I'm going to swing and 'this is the pitch I want.' It's more about going about your business. Who's pitching? Who are you facing? Also, the situation of the game's going to detail how you're going to think, how you're going to approach that at-bat."

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Brandon Nimmo's name has been brought up in recent trade rumors, the outfielder had an upbeat response of, 'It's great to be wanted.'

Make no mistake: Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is well aware his name is currently thrown around in trade rumors. 

With reports that the Mets are aggressively pursuing Marlins C J.T. Realmuto, Nimmo -- along with Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario -- are names that have come up in potential packages. SNY's Andy Martino says New York's easier option could be to trade an outfielder like Nimmo in the deal, and sign someone like A.J. Pollock to make up for it. 

Even though he may love his current situation, Nimmo doesn't mind hearing his name out there. It means teams, not just the Mets, like what they see.

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Edwin Diaz sits down with Steve Gelbs to talk about joining the Mets. They touch on the closer's desire to win and continue to get better.

New Mets closer Edwin Diaz took his game to an elite level this past season in Seattle.

After coming over to the Mets with Robinson Cano in this week's blockbuster trade with the Mariners, Diaz sat down with SNY's Steve Gelbs to talk about how he turned things around. 

"When the 2017 season was over, I came to Puerto Rico with the mentality to improve my command -- my fastball command, my slider command," he said. "Lower the walks, so I started working hard with that. When the season started I lowered the walks -- I think that's the most important thing for me last season."

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Sep 18, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 18, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

While making calls to rival executives to solicit opinions about the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade, one particular comment stuck out, raising a thought that hadn't occurred to me.

"Maybe the National League with have the DH by the time he finishes his deal," said an American League GM (and credit where due, my colleague Nelson Figueroa independently floated the same idea in conversation this week).

Tags: Dominic Smith, Andy Martino
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

With starter Carlos Carrasco now locked up with a four-year contract extension, the Indians are reportedly more willing to part ways with two of the top arms in their rotation.

And that could be big news for Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported Thursday that Cleveland is "increasingly motivated" to move ace Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer after extending Carrasco.

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Aug 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock reacts after hitting a double against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK (Rob Schumacher)
Aug 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock reacts after hitting a double against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK (Rob Schumacher)

If Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is serious about signing free-agent CF A.J. Pollock, he'll have to compete with the Reds.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, Cincinnati shares an interest in the 31-year-old Pollock, whom Van Wagenen said this week could be a good fit for the Mets between Brandon Nimmo in left field and Michael Conforto in right.

Pollock's agent has been in touch with the Mets, Van Wagenen said, but his asking price may be too steep even for the aggressive GM. 

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