Toby Hyde: This past Monday, the Mets signed Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal worth a reported $21 million.

The acquisition also means the Mets must forfeit their 2015 first-round draft pick (No. 15 overall), because the Rockies made a Qualifying Offer to Cuddyer.

The Mets are closer to contention than many people realize, so giving up the pick and signing Cuddyer makes sense. They needed to upgrade their corner outfield position and, as Sandy Alderson said during a conference call Tuesday, adding an outfielder was of the "highest priority."

However, there are reasons to be wary of this deal, as well.


Why this move made sense...

The playoffs are a realistic goal for the Mets in 2015.
  • In 2014 the team won 79 games. By Pythanpat, based on runs scored and allowed, they "should" have won 82 games, and by baseruns, which takes sequencing out of the equation, they were a 76-win team. Either way, they were not terribly far off from 79 wins. Baseball Prospectus' second and third order winning percentage suggest a similar hierarchy.
  • It takes 88-90 wins to get into the wild card game. If almost all of the Mets play to roughly the same level in 2015 as they did in 2014 the Mets have a chance. This is a terrible assumption because it will never happen that every player just repeats the year that he had, but just play along for a moment.
  • In 2014, David Wright had one of his worst years as a professional, worth 2.8 bWAR after a mark of 5.8 in 2013. Lets say he bounces back. This is reasonable,  Steamer's projects him to be worth 4.2 fWAR in 2015, which is a fine number for these purposes. Simply add the extra two wins a healthy and productive Wright provides the Mets moves the team from 79 to 81 wins for 2015.
  • In 2014, while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Matt Harvey offered the Mets zero innings. In 2013, in 178.1 innings, he was worth 5.2 bWAR. That's a good 4.7 wins more than the Mets derived from their fifth starter's spot, held by mostly by Bartolo Colon, in 2014. So, add a healthy Harvey to a healthy Wright to the 2014 Mets and the 2015, with zero external additions might well be something like an 85-win team.
  • From Opening Day through June 6, when he was sent to triple-A, Travis d'Arnaud was worth -1.8 wins by WPA. From his return on June 24, he was worth 1.4 WPA. In the case where d'Arnaud basically produces at the rate he did from June 24th through the end of the season, that would add another two-three wins to the Mets. Now the team is up to 87 wins and really within range of a playoff spot.
  • From 87-win talent, it's only a short hop to 89 wins and a playoff spot.
The Mets needed to upgrade their corner outfield spots.

By Fangraph’s WAR, Mets’ cornermen ranked 18th in baseball at 3.1 total fWAR contributed. Playoff teams averaged almost 10 fWAR from their corner outfield spots.

Cuddyer actually fits the Mets roster. 1) He bats right-handed, 2) He can hit, 3) He can play right field or first base.

The roster before Cuddyer needed another corner outfielder. Outside of Curtis Granderson, the incumbents were Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker and Eric Young. Cesar Puello is out of options in the minor leagues. The default solution was something like a Nieuwenhuis/Young/Puello or den Dekker/Young/Puello combo platter  in whichever corner Curtis Granderson was not playing.

After 11 seasons with the Twins, he has enjoyed a three-year run with the Rockies in which he hit .307/.362/.525 in 280 games with a 126 OPS+ over three years from age 33 to 35.  Yes, he improved in his mid-30s. No, that's not common.

Lucas Duda badly needs a platoon partner at first base. He is a career .212/.292/.317 (AVG/OBP/SLG) hitter against lefties in 470 plate appearances coming off a .180/.264/.252 mark against southpaws in 125 PA in 2014. The less Duda plays against lefties, the better he and the Mets will be.

Cuddyer is a career .297/.378/.504 hitter against lefties in his career.


Why this move is baffling

  • Cuddyer is 36.
  • For 2015, Steamer projected Cuddyer to be worth a 109 wRC+ (where 100 is average), and -14.1 runs defensively, for a 0.9 fWAR.
  • ZiPS, run for Cuddyer in New York, projects him to be worth 1.0 fWAR in 2015 and 0.3 in 2016 on playing time of 87 games and 79 respectively. As with Steamer, ZiPS has a similar distribution of production in which it forecasts Cuddyer an above average hitter who loses value thanks to below average defense and lost playing time.
  • Joe Sheehan did the research for his column Tuesday regarding 36-year-old baseball players:
  • "There were 11 of them last year. Just two played in 100 games. Just three produced at least one bWAR. Just one, Marlon Byrd, was worth two bWAR. Collectively, all 36-year-old position players produced 7.5 bWAR. Want to go back a year? In 2013, five 36-year-olds played in 100 games, three were worth at least 1.9 bWAR, the group was worth a bit more than five wins... Actuarially speaking, Michael Cuddyer is quite likely to be a bad player."
  • Cuddyer's numbers in the last three years are inflated by Coors field.
  • Expecting Cuddyer to maintain his offensive value from Colorado in New York is likely pure fantasy.
  • Coors Field's impact shows up strongly in Cuddyer's batted ball profile in his HR/FB rates. For his career, 13.4% of his fly balls have turned into home runs. In his three years as a Rockie, his rates were 18.2%, 16.9%, and finally 22.7% in an aberrant 2014. The Mets just went through this with Granderson, whose big home run years with the Yankees were buoyed by HR/FB rates (20.5% and 24.2%) well above his career average (14.4%). Dropped into Citi Field last year, his HR/FB rate was 10.1%, or a closer match for his 2013 of 10.1.
  • Cuddyer is not a full-time player.
  • Cuddyer's games played since turning 30:
  • 153, 157, 139, 101, 130, 49
  • He's averaged 93 games a year in the last three years, his age 33-35 seasons. His median season in that span is 101. He might play more than that in 2015. But expecting him to play everyday is unreasonable.
  • Cuddyer is an bad defender.
  • Here are Cuddyer's defensive metrics from the last five years.
.DRSFangraphs' Defense (UZR based)Total Zone
2010-20-17.1-8
2011-16-1.3-7
2012-7-1.4-9
2013-16-12.3-12
2014-5-3-4
  • One can quibble with the precise run value of Cuddyer's defense in a given year, but given 100 games, he's somewhere like 7 to 9 runs below average, or almost a full win. In 2013, in 130 games, he was between 12 and 16 runs below average. That's more than a win and less that two. It's a relatively big number.
  • By UZR per 150 games, Cuddyer is -8 in right field and -4.4 at first base. So, he's better at first, but still below average.
  • Alderson told reporters that the Mets are "comfortable with his defensive abilities."
  • Note that the Twins played Cuddyer at second base for 17 games in 2011 and he did not do well there. However, from 2012 forward, he's played all but two games at first base and right field.
  • Cuddyer, who is deaf in his left ear, has not played leftfield since 2006. He and Curtis Granderson have both indicated that they are willing to play either corner. Moving Granderson from right to left will help: Granderson's arm was worth -7.4 runs in 2014 and generally leftfielders have to make fewer demanding throws than rightfielders.


What this move costs...

  • Cuddyer costs the Mets $21 million over two years
  • Cuddyer costs the Mets their 2015 first round draft pick.
The money alone is reasonable enough. If Cuddyer can offer the Mets three wins in two years, they will have payed the rough going rate for free agent talent of $7 million/win. Note that none of the publicly available projection systems expect him to be worth that much, but with a healthy Harvey and Wright, the next marginal wins, moving from 85 towards 90, could be very, very valuable to the 2015 Mets.

What does losing their 2015 first round pick actually cost the Mets? Quite a bit, actually.

The Angels had the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft. The slot for the pick was worth, $2,475,600 or just under 43% of the team's total draft budget. Slot values rose 2% from 2013, after rising a little over 8% from 2013 to 2014 but the relationship between the 15th pick and the overall pool is not likely to shift dramatically. The Mets can expect a similar relationship. With a 2% rise in draft bonuses, the Mets just lost over $2.5 million and over 40% of their 2015 draft budget for the right to sign Michael Cuddyer. The Mets lost the opportunity to not just pick a top 15 player, but also to use any leftover bonus money from that first pick to chase other players in the draft. They did not quite punt the whole draft, but certainly badly harmed their ability to use the 2015 draft to acquire talent.

While not all draft picks pan out, teams can expect to derive value from the picks. The returns to picks drop precipitously from the first pick on down. Analyst Christopher Long described an equation to find the surplus value of a draft pick as $40M/sqrt(n) where n is the nth overall pick in the draft. This yields an estimate of $10.3 million in surplus value the Mets gave up with the 15th pick.

One simple way to think about this is to add this value to the cost of the contract that the Mets signed for Cuddyer. Instead of two years at $21 million, this contract is more like two years at $30 million.

Or, for Cuddyer to produce the surplus value that this estimate of draft pick value provides, he would need to be worth something like 4.5 wins over the life of his contract. That's plausible, but unlikely.

Other analyses, based on the quality of prospect a team can expect to receive from the No. 15 pick, put the value of a pick higher, in the $20 million range.

The Mets first-round pick from 2015, could reasonably be expected to contribute to the big league team sometime in the 2018-2022 window, depending on whether they took a high school or college player. In essence, then, the Mets are borrowing, and heavily at that, from their future to pick up an extra win or two in 2015.


Other Considerations

Draft Accounting

Now, the Mets can do something further to lessen the cost of the Cuddyer, in draft pick terms. If the team signs another free agent who is subject to compensation, having already forfeited their first round pick, they will also yield their second round pick. If the second player is better than Cuddyer, then perhaps in accounting terms, one might think about that second player as costing the first round pick and Cuddyer as costing the second. Compensation picks between the first and second round drive second round picks down the board, so last year, the Angels second pick came at #53 overall. A second round pick at #50 overall, is worth about $5.7 million in surplus value instead of the $10.3 million a first round pick is expected to cost.

The problem with this theory is that the Mets have given no indication that they are planning to, or have the financial flexibility, to make another play at the top of the free agent market, whether its for a pitcher like Max Scherzer or James Shields.

Adding another top quality free agent would also, in theory, increase the returns for the Mets' spending on Cuddyer because every win would move the team ever closer to 90 wins and a playoff spot.

Other Targets

The best free agents left who qualify for compensation are Max Scherzer, James Shields, Hanley Ramirez,  Francisco Liriano and Ervin Santana. The Mets don't need Pablo Sandoval at third since they're committed to Wright. Would they dare run Hanley Ramirez out at shortstop, where his defense is poor, in a full-on bid for offense? Jon Lester, who was traded mid-season does not come with compensation.

Outfielders who would not have required compensation picks include Colby Rasmus, Yasmani Tomas and Nori Aoki. Tomas will be far and away the most expensive player of this trio.

Among free agent outfielders who would have also required compensation, the Mets could have looked at Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera. Cruz is going to expensive and is almost as old as Cuddyer. On the other hand, Cabrera is only 30, and earned $8 million annually from the Blue Jays for the last two years. He was more valuable than Cuddyer last year at 2.6 fWAR.

In terms of trade targets, Alderson pointed out that they would have cost the Mets players who were already closer to the Majors than the 2015 draft pick.



The best use for Cuddyer would be as a platoon partner for Duda for the 30-40 games a year the Mets face a left-handed starter mixed with some work in rightfield against righties. The team saw 33 left-handed started in 2014. In this scenario, the Mets would still need to add someone to play a corner outfield spot against lefties.

The problem for the Mets is that once the draft pick is included, the total value the team gave up for Cuddyer demands that he be a two-win per year full-time player. The public projection systems do not value his 2015 and 2016 that highly. This would imply that the Mets think Cuddyer will be a better hitter, or defender or healthier than the public projection systems suggest is most likely. Essentially, the Mets believe their private metrics are better or draft picks are being overpriced.

The Mets made one move to shift their assets from 2018 and beyond into 2015. Now, they must follow up that leading bet with another strong move. For example, the team still need to address the shortstop. And they still have to add a corner bat who can play right or first against lefties because Cuddyer certainly cannot do both simultaneously.

The most likely scenario is that this move that will not improve the team materially in 2015-2016 and will harm them, by depriving them of the value of a first round pick after that. However, if Cuddyer performs at the top of reasonable expectations, he can make the contract on its own a break even piece for the Mets. Even so, the health and efficacy of players who were Mets before Cuddyer signed, including David Wright, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud and Daniel Murphy, will likely have more to say about whether the Mets are competitive for a playoff berth in 2015 and 2016 than Cuddyer's performance.

With a playoff berth in the fall of 2015, delirious Mets fans will likely forgive a missing first round pick from June, and the forgone expected value later in the decade. However, signing Cuddyer just moves the odds ever so slightly towards the postseason. Outside of forgone trades, this is the first consummated transaction of the Sandy Alderson tenure that explicitly trades value in the medium future to increase assets in the coming season. The message is clear: the Mets have made a move for 2015.

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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterAfter their reunion with free agent Jeurys Familia, the Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers to their bullpen.

With Edwin Diaz and Familia now on board to create a formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the pen, SNY's Andy Martino said early Thursday morning that his belief is that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen came into the offseason seeking "three bullpen pieces."

Now that Van Wagenen has two of those three pieces, the question is where he'll turn next...

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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
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And just like that, RHP Jeurys Familia is back in Flushing.

The Mets and Familia have agreed to a three-year deal, worth $30 million to bring the former closer back to their bullpen, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. The deal is pending a physical.

Familia began the 2018 season with the Mets, where he posted a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings (40 games) while compiling 17 saves. But, prior to the trade deadline last season, the Mets agreed to a trade with the Athletics for Familia in exchange for 3B prospect Will Toffey, RHP Bobby Wahl, and internation slot money...

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New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen weighs in on his strategy this winter meetings and the difficulty of trading Noah Syndergaard.

Though Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is fielding calls for a handful of his top players, he admitted on Wednesday it's going to be "very difficult" to trade an ace like Noah Syndergaard

After New York acquired elite closer Edwin Diaz and eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano from Seattle, Van Wagenen made it very clear that the Mets are going all in for the World Series championship next season. As far as conversations at the Winter Meetings go, he envisions holding that trophy with help from his current, star-studded rotation. 

"We're going into this marketplace assuming that both [Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom], as well as Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, are on our team," Van Wagenen said.

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New York Mets Asst. GM Allard Baird divulges why he believes in Brodie Van Wagenen and how he'll approach player development.

New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has certainly drummed up plenty of buzz about his team this offseason and most recently during MLB's Winter Meetings.

After trading for Mariners' Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, Van Wagenen has made headlines by aggressively pursuing Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and even willing to do the unprecedented -- bring the Yankees in as a third team in order to get what he wants.

Allard Baird, the Mets' new vice president and assistant GM of scouting and player development, has certainly been impressed by the agent-turned-GM and he said it should not come as much of a surprise, either.

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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. 12, 8:11 PM:

The Mets consider Realmuto their top catching target, but consider the Marlins' current asking price "exorbitant," according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have made RHP Noah Syndergaard available, though they have said it would take a special package to move him.

Shortly after that, he was involved in talks about a potential three-way trade that would've had him moving to the Bronx. And while those initial talks died, they may start again. All of this is making fans' heads spin, but Syndergaard is simply choosing to not believe it all. 

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May 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) grimaces after catching a ball in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets are "shopping around" Juan Lagares for a potential trade, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 29-year-old Lagares, who is currently playing in the Dominican Winter League, had his 2018 season end in mid-May after toe surgery.

He has one year and $9 million left on his deal, along with a $9.5 million option for 2020 that can be bought out for $500,000. 

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It's the third day of the Winter Meetings and it feels like something could happen at any minute. Doug Williams, Andy Martino and John Harper talk J.T. Realmuto and trade scenarios...

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Sep 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Adam Jones (10) runs off the field during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets have spoken with free agent OF Adam Jones at the Winter Meetings, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

The 33-year-old Jones hit .281/.313/.419 with 15 homers in 145 games for the Orioles in 2018 as his slugging percentage dropped to the lowest it has been since 2008, during what was his first full year in the majors. Meanwhile, Jones' defense in center field continued to decline in 2018, with him worth -18 DRS in 906.2 innings in center field and -6 DRS in 272.2 innings in right field.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterWith Jones in decline on both sides of the ball, and the Mets preferring to keep Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in corner outfield spots, it's hard to see Jones as a good fit...

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A Mets trade involving Amed Rosario is far from certain, but names of his potential replacement at shortstop have begun to emerge during this week's Winter Meetings.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been in touch with the representatives for free agents Alcides EscobarAdeiny Hechavarria and Freddy Galvis, with Galvis being the team's top choice among the trio, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The Yankees have also been in touch with Galvis' camp, reported Sherman.

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LAS VEGAS - In their search for rotation help, the Yankees continue to pursue both J.A. Happ and Mets pitchers, according to major league sources.

The team has what they consider a strong offer out to Happ, and hope he accepts it. So far, Happ has held strong on his desire for three guaranteed years. The Yankees have been reluctant to go there for a 36-year-old pitcher. Still, there is strong mutual interest.

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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)

The MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Las Vegas and conclude Thursday morning after the Rule 5 Draft.

The Mets are in the market for an everyday catcher and center fielder and possibly one or two more additions to the bullpen.

Here are the latest rumors from each of the above markets, followed by my own insight and analysis...

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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. 

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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. 

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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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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.

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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. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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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.

Tags: David 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.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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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.

Tags: Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, John Harper
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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.

Tags: David Robertson, Boston Red Sox
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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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