The MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Orlando, where agents and team executives are meeting and discussing signings and trades.
Here's what you need to know from yesterday's news and rumors from Orlando...
Mike Napoli >> Callaway reached out to Napoli about the potential of joining the Mets as a free agent, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Napoli played for the Indians in 2016 when Callaway was the team's pitching coach.
Jay Bruce >> The Mets, Giants, Blue Jays, Rockies, and Mariners have reportedly also expressed interest in Bruce. The Mets had been planning to meet with Bruce's agent this week in Orlando, Mike Puma reported last week for the NY Post.
Bruce is seeking a five-year deal worth as much as $18 million per season, teams with interest in him recently told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. The Mets and Giants are more interested in giving him a three-year contract, according to MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone.
Billy Hamilton >> The Reds are seeing enough interest Hamilton that it's possible he could be traded before the end of this week's Winter Meetings, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan reported Tuesday afternoon.
Matt Harvey >> Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Tuesday that the team will not be dealing Harvey, who has been the subject of trade rumors at the Winter Meetings...
According to Alderson, his new manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland have recommended the Mets keep Harvey, who they believe has the ability to pitch well in 2018.
Rest of the infield...
Who will the Mets get >> Sandy Alderson's list of trade targets includes Ian Kinsler (Tigers), Jason Kipnis (Indians), Josh Harrison (Pirates), and Cesar Hernandez (Phillies), but he is not interested in Marlins infielder Starlin Castro, FanRag's Jon Heyman tweeted Tuesday night.
Ian Kinsler >> The Tigers are close to trading Kinsler, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.
Detroit is at the point of exchanging names with teams interested in a deal, but have they yet to reach an agreement, their GM said earlier in the day. MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone said the day before that the two teams were on the same page when it came to swapping players, but were not in agreement about how much of Kinsler's $11 million salary Detroit should pick up in the deal.
According to Cerrone, it is widely believed that the Tigers are eager to trade Kinsler before tomorrow's Rule 5 Draft due to potential moves that must be made to their 40-man roster.
Jed Lowrie >> The Mets have checked in on Lowrie, "but teams don't appear to match up for a trade," the NY Post's Mike Puma said Tuesday. Cerrone wrote Monday night that the A's were again open to dealing Lowrie, who they chose to retain a month ago by picking up his $6 million option.
Ryan Goins >> Goins, who was non-tendered by the Blue Jays, has drawn interest fom the Mets, according to Sherman. He is seen as a possible second baseman who could platoon with Wilmer Flores or T.J. Rivera.
Neil Walker >> Walker, who has said he is open to rejoining the Mets, is seeking a four-year deal, FanRag's Jon Heyman tweeted Tuesday.
Manny Machado >> The Orioles are shopping Machado, who is reportedly wanting to play shortstop (instead of third base) next season in advance of likely asking for a $400 million contract as a free agent next winter. ... The O's are seeking two young, controllable starting pitchers in a potential deal for Machado, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who said on MLB Network that he doubts the Orioles will be able to get that much for just one year of Machado.
The Yankees, White Sox, Cardinals, and Phillies were the initial teams described as being most interested in Machado, but reports were mostly based on speculation.
Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich >> There have been as many as eight teams in contact with the Marlins, who are reportedly attempting to deal Ozuna and/or Yelich in a deal to acquire young, inexpensive controllable talent.
The Mets are expecting to acquire a reliever during this week's Winter Meetings, according to Heyman.
Multiyear deals >> Instead of giving a three- or four-year deal to a relief pitcher, Sandy Alderson would prefer to pay more per season, but for just two years, such as the Cubs did last week when giving two years and $21 million to Brandon Morrow.
Who is not available >> Meanwhile, the Rockies will sign Bryan Shaw to a three-year contract and the Phillies will sign reliever Tommy Hunter to a two-year, $18 million deal. The Mets were reportedly interested in both players...
Who is still available >> Relievers Brandon Kintzler, Joe Smith and Matt Albers, all of whom had been linked to the Mets earlier in the offseason, are all still available on the free-agent market.
Interested >> The Mets, Tigers, Twins, D-backs, and Rangers all reportedly have interest in free-agent Fernando Rodney, who is scheduled to meet with teams in Orlando this week. ... The Mets have also expressed interest in free agent Juan Nicasio, according to Tyler Kepner of the NY Times, and they're keeping an eye on Addison Reed, Newsday's Marc Carig tweeted late Tuesday. There were conflicting reports late Tuesday about a possible deal between the Phillies and Reed.
Return of K-Rod >> Former Mets closer and current free agent Francisco Rodriguez is hoping to sign a new deal and pitch again in 2018, Heyman said on Twitter.
Trading with Baltimore >> The Orioles are seeing a lot of interest in Mychal Givens, their GM told the Baltimore Sun, but he'd prefer to deal a reliever with a more expensive contract, such as Darren O'Day, Zach Britton or Brad Brach.
Alex Colome >> The Mets are looking into trading for Rays closer Alex Colome for the second time in as many offseasons, according to Mike Topkin of the TB Times. Last winter, Peter Gammons said the Rays were asking the Mets for either Michael Conforto or Amed Rosario.
Who will be Sandy's closer >> Callaway told reporters in Orlando that he may not use a designated closer. Instead, he'd rather focus on the most optimal matchup for each high-leverage situation.