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.
There has been movement on "lots of trade discussions"
Van Wagenen said that while there has been movement on the trade front for the team, the Mets are not at the "finish line" or in the "red zone." The Mets have been linked to J.T. Realmuto the most when it comes to a potential trade, and the expectation from many is that the Marlins will trade Realmuto before the meetings end on Thursday.
The Mets have the budget to add a catcher, reliever, and outfielder via free agency
Van Wagenen was asked point blank if the Mets had the budget to address all their needs via free agency if needed, or if they would have to address at least one via trade. "If we were gonna add all through free agency, we have the ability to do that," he said.
David Wright is at the Winter Meetings because he is "invaluable"
Van Wagenen noted that since his goal is to build the organization "around people" and relationships, one thing Wright brings to the table is an ability to be an "invaluable resource" from the player perspective. "David is an advisor on a lot of different fronts," Van Wagenen added.
Watch Van Wagenen's full talk below