Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest...


Nov. 1, 3:20 PM:

Carlos Beltran has told the Mets that his ideal bench coach would be former manager Terry Collins, SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday. However, that is not something that is guaranteed to happen.

Martino reported earlier Friday that Beltran's managerial candidacy was gaining "late momentum," before a source confirmed that the Mets planned to hire him. 

When Beltran interviewed for the Yankees manager job in 2017, he made the same request regarding Collins as his potential bench coach. That manager job eventually went to Aaron Boone

Nov. 1, 12:06 PM:

Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy has been eliminated from contention for Mets manager, reports Jon Heyman. Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar was eliminated from contention on Thursday night, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

That leaves Eduardo Perez, Carlos Betlran, and Derek Shelton among the known finalists for the job.

Perez and Beltran have been serious candidates throughout the process, SNY's Andy Martino reported, adding that Perez had seemed to have an edge and noting that it's not uncommon for teams to keep a few candidates in the process while negotiations are ongoing.

Oct. 31, 10:30 PM:

Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar has been eliminated from contention by the Mets as a managerial candidate, according to a report from

Sherman reported on Wednesday that Bogar was the only finalist for the job that had yet to have his third-round interview with the team. SNY's Andy Martino noted on Thursday that Bogar, along with Eduardo Perez, had made a good impression with the team, and was considered by some involved with the search as a frontrunner for the job. 

Sherman, who had previously reported that Bogar would meet with the Mets again this week, noted that with him now seemingly out of the mix, Perez, Carlos Beltran, Pat Murphy, and Derek Shelton have now all had their chances of becoming the next Mets manager raised. 

Oct. 30, 9:05 PM:

According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is the only finalist remaining in the Mets' managerial search who is yet to have his third-round interview with the team.

This makes sense, of course, with the Nationals going head-to-head with the Astros in the World Series. Sherman notes that Bogar will meet with the Mets again by the end of the week. 

Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, and Derek Shelton have all had their third interviews with the club, per Sherman, which primarily consist of meeting with Mets ownership. SNY's Andy Martino had previously reported that trio would all be receiving third-round interviews this week.

Oct. 29, 8:59 AM:

Tony DeFrancesco has interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening and could still be in the mix, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

DeFrancesco has been the Mets' Triple-A manager since 2018 -- in Las Vegas in 2018 and in Syracuse in 2019 after the team relocated.

In 2012, DeFrancesco had a stint as the Astros' interim manager, going 16-25 during a season where the Astros finished 55-107.

The 56-year-old DeFrancesco started his managing career in 1994 and has also coached in the majors (with the Athletics as third base coach in 2010). He was the manager for Triple-A Fresno from 2015 to 2017 (in the Astros' farm system) and won the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year award in 2015.

Oct. 28, 4:10 PM:

Derek Shelton will be getting a third interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Along with Shelton, Tim Bogar, Eduardo Perez, and Carlos Beltran are also receiving third interviews, SNY's Andy Martino has reported, with Martino noting that there are "likely more" candidates interviewing a third time. 

Oct. 27, 5:10 PM:

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Pat Murphy is not the only "mystery candidate" in the mix.

Murphy, currently serving as the Brewers' bench coach, has had multiple interviews with the Mets, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Oct. 27, 2:31 PM:

The Mets' third round of managerial interviews will begin this week, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes that Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, and Carlos Beltran are among those getting another interview. 

However, the above names aren't the only ones being asked back for a third round, according to Martino. 

Oct. 25, 2:08 PM:

Tim Bogar has become a strong contender to become the Mets' next manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

According to Martino, finalists have been meeting this week with Mets ownership -- an indication that the process will wrap up soon.

While Bogar is said to have interviewed well, Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Perez "have backers in the Mets organization" and remain in the running for the job.

The 52-year-old Bogar, currently serving as the Nationals' first base coach, had his second interview with the Mets on Thursday. 

Oct. 25, 1:34 PM:

Astros manager A.J. Hinch is "definitely not in mix" for Mets manager "on any level," SNY's Andy Martino reported.

If the Mets tried to pry Hinch -- who is close to GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- away from the Astros, they would have to trade for him since he is under contract.

Oct. 23, 8:04 PM:

It doesn't sound like the Mets are in much of a rush when it comes to naming their next manager.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets may look to bring back two or three finalists for another round of interviews.

Derek Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez all received second round interviews with the club.

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo has reported that the Mets are 'not particularly close' to naming a manager, and that the process could extend well beyond this week. 

Oct. 21, 3:48 PM:

Derek Shelton will be receiving a second interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

According to Sherman, Skip Schumaker and Mike Bell will not be receiving second interviews. 

In addition to Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez have also made it to the second round of the process. 

Girardi is having his second interview with the Mets on Tuesday, with Perez and Bogar having theirs on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. Beltran's interview will likely be on Friday, according to Martino.

According to Martino, there remains a high level of mystery and intrigue in the process, including a potential "bombshell candidate" yet to emerge.

Oct. 21, 8:09 AM:

The fifth candidate to receive a second interview for Mets manager will be Luis Rojas, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Rojas, 38, worked as the Mets' quality control coach in 2019 and has been working in the organization since 2007.

Oct. 20, 10:09 PM:

Among the four finalists reportedly set to advance in the Mets' managerial search, one interview will be conducted this week.

The fourth finalist, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, is Tim Bogar.

And according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Bogar will meet with the Mets for his second-round interview on Thursday.

Oct. 20, 9:58 PM:

The Mets have reportedly zeroed in on four finalists.

According to Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, only a handful of the previously reported candidates will be considered going forward.

Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar are still in the running to become the next Mets manager, Rosenthal reported.

Oct. 19, 7:24 PM:

The Mets will begin their second round interviews next week, per SNY Insider Andy Martino.

Martino also noted that a decision by the end of the month is still a possibility, though the Mets are still doing some digging into names that have not surfaced yet. 

To this point, the known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike BellDerek Shelton, and Skip Schumaker. 

Oct. 18, 3:27 PM:

Skip Schumaker, currently serving as first base coach for the Padres, interviewed with the Mets on Friday, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Schumaker, 39, retired after the 2017 season after an 11-year career with the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Reds.

He has been the Padres' first base coach since 2018.

Oct. 18, 2:10 PM:

Nationals bench coach Tim Bogar will get an in-person interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

With the Nationals off until the World Series begins on Oct. 22, it's possible Bogar's interview will take place within the next few days. 

Oct. 18, 12:33 PM:

"There is word of at least one more mystery candidate" for Mets manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Friday, adding that a "surprise" hire is more than possible.

Martino added that the first round of interviews is winding down, but that the team is being extremely covert about the process.

The known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton

Oct. 17, 1:10 PM:

Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets has already taken place, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Meanwhile, Girardi, Buck Showalter, and Dusty Baker will all have second interviews with the Phillies for their manager job, reports Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Breen -- who reports that Girardi and Showalter are viewed as the favorites -- added that the three above candidates are believed to be the only candidates for the Phillies job, with the process expected to wrap up on Monday and a resolution expected soon after. 

Oct. 16, 6:40 PM:

Add another name into the mix for the Mets' next manager.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is another name to keep an eye on for the Mets job. A member of the Nats coaching staff for the past two seasons, Bogar also has coaching experience with the Rangers, Red Sox, and Rays. In 2014, he was the Rangers interim manager for 22 games, coaching the team to a 14-8 record. 

In 2015, he moved into the Angels front office as a special assistant to GM Jerry Dipoto, and he was named the Mariners GM prior to the 2016 campaign, where he remained for two seasons.

Bogar does have minor league managerial experience, and he was also a player for the Mets for 1993-96. In 297 games with the Mets, he hit .242 with six home runs and 57 RBI. 

Oct. 16, 3:19 PM:

Joe Girardi has stepped down as the manager for USA Baseball -- the team he was supposed to manage beginning on Nov. 2 in advance of the 2020 Olympics

"Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball," USA Baseball said Wednesday in a press release.

Luis Rojas, another Mets managerial candidate, is still scheduled to manage the Dominican Republic team in the lead up to 2020. 

Oct. 15, 4:12 PM:

Some sources see Mike Bell as a dark horse candidate to become the Mets' manager because of a strong relationship with GM Brodie Van Wagenen, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Martino also spoke with Aaron Boone, who said he viewed Eduardo Perez as a "great candidate."

Oct. 15, 10:39 AM:

Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets is happening soon, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday, adding that Eduardo Perez and Carlos Beltran are other serious candidates for the job.

According to Martino, there is "heat" around the trio of Girardi, Perez, and Beltran.

Oct. 14, 3:28 PM:

Eduardo Perez is in New York on Monday for what is his second interview for the Mets' vacant managerial job, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Perez, who has asked Yankees manager Aaron Boone for advice about the interview process, had his first interview over the phone. 

The 50-year-old Perez played for seven different teams during his major league career from 1993 to 2006. He also played one year in Japan -- with Hanshin in 2001. 

Since retiring, Perez has managed in Puerto Rico (where he was named 2008 Manager of the Year), managed Colombia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, served as hitting coach for the Marlins (2011-12), and as bench coach for the Astros (2013).

Perez is currently an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM.

He joins Carlos Beltran (who interviewed last week), Joe Girardi, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton as candidates who will or have been interviewed.

Oct. 13, 6:57 PM:

Carlos Beltran spoke with the media Saturday for the first time since the Mets interviewed him Thursday, as SNY's Andy Martino reported.

While Beltran did not confirm that he interviewed, sources told Martino that his interview with the Mets "went well."

Also, Beltran said, the Mets are the only team he is considering to become a manager for, according to Nathalie Alonso of MLB's Spanish site, LasMayores.

Beltran declined managerial interviews with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, solely prioritizing the Mets.

Oct. 13, 3:51 PM:

The Phillies had just fired Gabe Kapler last week, and they're already starting their interview process. And a certain interviewee just so happens to be someone on the Mets list as well. 

Joe Girardi is reportedly interviewing with Philadelphia in the New York area on Monday, per NBC Sports' Jim SalisburyBuck Showalter is also expected to interview on Monday, while Dusty Baker will interview later this week. 

The Mets also have Girardi reportedly set for an interview this week, while already having Carlos Beltran in last Thursday. It will be a fight for these NL East rivals to see who gets the right manager.

Oct. 11, 8:33 PM:

The Mets in-person interviews have begun.

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team interviewed Carlos Beltran on Thursday, per a source.

Beltran has previously said that he'd "have to listen" if the Mets came calling, and now he is apparently the first candidate to interview in person with the team. He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Martino also notes that GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been conducting preliminary telephone interviews with other candidates.

Oct. 11, 12:52 PM:

The Mets have had internal discussions regarding John Gibbons, though the team has yet to contact him, according to SNY's Andy Martino

Gibbons compiled a 793-789 record in parts of 11 seasons as the Blue Jays manager, split across two separate stints in the Toronto dugout. The Blue Jays let him go following the 2018 season. He also had a brief major league career as a player, appearing in 18 games for the Mets, including eight during the 1986 championship season. 

Oct. 10, 10:27 PM:

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, Joe Girardi is set to interview with the Mets next week.

The former Yankees and Marlins manager has already interviewed with the Cubs.

Martino has previously reported that Girardi wants to manage again, and will consider the Mets' opening. Girardi said on WFAN Tuesday "Again, I hope I get an opportunity to do it again. ...I'll be in New York next week doing studio work, and we'll see what happens."

Oct. 10, 12:54 PM:

The Mets will have Twins bench coach Derek Shelton for an in-person interview for their vacant manager role, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. He joins Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran and Mike Bell in that category of the interview process.

The news was first reported by Joel Sherman of the NY Post, who notes the Pirates may also be looking into Shelton for their managerial search.

Shelton has served as the Twins bench coach for the past two seasons, including the Twins 101-win campaign in 2019 with Rocco Baldelli at the helm. Before his time with the Twins, he spent one season as the Blue Jays quality control coach. He also served as the Indians hitting coach for five seasons and the Rays hitting coach for one year.

Shelton managed in the Yankees minor league system for three seasons in the early 2000s.

Oct. 9, 3:03 PM:

The Mets are ramping up their interview process for the managerial job, and that will begin with some phone interviews. However, there are some in-person interviews already set in place. 

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that Carlos Beltran will be getting one of those interviews, which many expected. Though it came out that Beltran didn't want to get into managing, he quickly debunked that claim saying "you'd have to listen." He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Other than Beltran, Joe Girardi is another given in the in-person interview column. But Mike Bell, the younger brother of Reds manager David Bell, is also expected to get an in-person interview, says The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. He currently works as the Diamondbacks minor league director, but has interviewed for the Rangers and Orioles' manager jobs last season. 

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Apr 20, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) pitches during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 20, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) pitches during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Mets are 'working hard' to finalize a one-year deal with free agent Michael Wacha, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Wacha's deal will be worth $3 million guaranteed, with an additional $7 million in potential incentives, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Wacha, 28, had a 4.76 ERA (5.61 FIP) and 1.56 WHIP in 126.2 IP in 2019 for the Cardinals as he struggled with injuries and inconsistency.

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The Mets could be looking to move Dom Smith during MLB's Winter Meetings.

New York is "actively talking to teams" about the 24-year-old 1B/LF, SNY's Andy Martino reported Wednesday.

Smith slashed .282/.355/.525 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 89 games throughout the 2019 season.

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The Mets have interest in signing free agent reliever Dellin Betances. Here's the latest...


Dec. 11, 4:58 PM:

"All indications" are that Betances will not be returning to the Yankees, reports Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, who added that the Yanks are focused on smaller moves after agreeing to a massive deal with Gerrit Cole.

On Tuesday, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone cited rival executives who believed Betances would ultimately choose between the Mets and Yankees. 

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Aug 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Aug 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Yu Darvish knows a good hitter when he sees one.

The seven-year veteran RHP has faced some of MLB's best since arriving from Japan in 2012, ranging between the AL with the Texas Rangers (2012-17) and the NL with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017) and Chicago Cubs (2018-present).

Coming into his third season with the Cubs in 2020, Darvish shared five of his toughest opposing hitters from the 2019 season. J.D. Davis made the cut, evidently leaving Darvish impressed after facing the Mets LF/3B in two games of a breakout year.

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Michael Wacha (Jeff Curry)
Michael Wacha (Jeff Curry)

Day 3 of the Winter Meetings are upon us, and the Mets remain active in trying to bolster their 2020 roster. Here's the latest news today...


Dec. 11, 4:10 PM:

The Mets are reportedly landing their first pitcher of the offseason, as SNY's Andy Martino says the team is "optimistic about finalizing" a one-year deal with RHP Michael Wacha.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Although he didn't pitch in 2019, Bartolo Colon is not giving up on his desire to pitch again in the majors, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Sanchez shared a video of Colon throwing off a mound in the Dominican Republic while wearing Mets shorts and a t-shirt.

Click below to see...

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen hopes to check off some of the Mets' needs, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


Vincent Palma (via e-mail): If the Pirates have interest in Brandon Nimmo, it seems like there should be a lot of options to make a deal with them. Who do you think is Van Wagenen's target?

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Starling Marte and Brandon Nimmo

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As talks between the Mets and Pirates about a potential trade for Starling Marte have intensified, SNY's Andy Martino has reported that the Mets are "open" to dealing Brandon Nimmo to Pittsburgh.

Marte is a very good player, but so is Nimmo. And the Mets should be open to trading for Marte only if it means not including Nimmo in the deal (with one caveat). Here's why...

It would negatively impact the Mets' outfield defense

Brodie Van Wagenen has made improving the team's defense one of his main goals this offseason, and he did that when he acquired Jake Marisnick. But Marisnick profiles as a part-time player.

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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets fans, time to circle some Spring Training dates on your calendar, as the team released its schedule to kick off the new year. 

Here's how it all breaks down: 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE DATES

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The Mets continue to be linked to Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team is still in on the 31-year-old, and they would likely need to trade a major league outfielder in any deal for him.

Brodie Van Wagenen admitted that the team currently has a surplus of outfielders, with Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Jake Marisnick, and even Dom Smith, who can play both left field and first base.

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Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)
Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)

The first day of Winter Meetings have come and gone in San Diego, and the Mets are still looking to do some business. Here are the latest rumors for today...


Dec. 10, 10:41 PM:

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team is still in on Starling Marte, and they would likely need to trade a major league outfielder in any deal for him.

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New Mets manager Carlos Beltran made an appearance at the Winter Meetings in San Diego Tuesday evening and discussed the upcoming season for his new ball club and what he's done in the first month since being named manager.

"It's been a lot of work trying to catch up with all the information, all the details, trying to reach out to all the players," Beltran said in his opening statement. "But it's been fun, it's been a learning experience, there is no doubt that, you know, being in the job a lot of times from the outside you think that being a manager is something that happens from one day to another, but really it takes time to catch up with all the information. The good thing is that I have a good group of guys around me that are being supportive and they've been guiding me through the process."

The Mets made additional changes to their coaching staff aside from Beltran this offseason, adding the likes of Hensley Meulens as their bench coach and Jeremy Hefner as the new pitching coach. 

Beltran noted that 'It was a team effort" in picking and finalizing this new coaching staff.

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For the second straight day during the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen met with the media.

Tuesday's topics included how the team will respond to other moves being made within the division, players have specific nutrition plans, and how the team may use their 26th spot on the active roster.

Here are four takeaways from Tuesday's availability:

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Two Mets were named to the inaugural All-MLB First Team on Tuesday afternoon, with Pete Alonso taking the first baseman slot and Jacob deGrom grabbing one of the four spots available for starting pitchers.

Alonso was named the NL Rookie of the Year after setting the MLB rookie record for home runs in a season with 53--that effort was also good enough to lead the league in home runs in 2019.

The rookie held slashes of .260/.358/.583 for the season and was named to the NL All-Star team.

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Jun 24, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yasnkees pitcher Dellin Betances (68) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 24, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yasnkees pitcher Dellin Betances (68) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

During the course of the day, I often text and talk with a variety of MLB insiders to better understand what is happening in the hot stove.

The following are insights, ideas and notes gathered from recent conversations with team sources, rival executives, reporters, front office assistants and talent evaluators...

Adding to the bullpen...

My hunch is the Mets will sign at least one relief pitcher before the end of the Winter Meetings.

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The Mets think "they have ability" to add pitching help this offseason, which could mean a free agent reliever such as Dellin Betances, perhaps another reliever in addition to a Betances-type, and a back of the rotation starting pitcher, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Martino adds that Betances currently has multiyear and one-year opportunities.

Brodie Van Wagenen spent much of his media availability on Monday night at the Winter Meetings talking about the potential of adding depth to the roster, and was coy when it came to exactly what the Mets could or would allocate to each area of need.

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The Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen prepares to wheel and deal, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


1) Gorman (via Twitter): Seeing a lot of people including top prospect Andres Gimenez in trade scenarios. Is it because he's blocked by Amed Rosario? Who has more trade value, Rosario or Gimenez? Is Gimenez good enough to consider using Rosario to acquire a superstar?

If the people you are referring to are our fellow fans, I wouldn't worry about it because being an Armchair GM is what we are supposed to do this time of year. It's part of the fun.

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Aug 20, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) circles the bases on a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 20, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) circles the bases on a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The general sense after the Mets traded for center fielder Jake Marisnick was that it would end any potential pursuit of Pirates center fielder Starling Marte. Maybe not.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Monday that part of the reason why the Mets swung the deal for Marisnick when they did was because of a fear that they would be unable to land Marte. And Rosenthal suggested that Marte could still be in play.

Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported Tuesday that the Mets have not ruled out Marte and that they would meet with the Pirates at the Winter Meetings, adding that the Pirates are seeking a "young, controllable" catcher.

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

MLB's Winter Meetings have officially begun in San Diego, and the Mets are looking to upgrade their 2020 roster. Here are the latest rumors for today...


Dec. 9, 11:55 PM:

Brodie Van Wagenen met with reporters at the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego, and among the topics he discussed was whether or not the Mets expect to have outfielder Yoenis Cespedes back for the 2020 season. 

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David Wright has been fairly quiet behind the scenes in his role as a special advisor with the Mets, but he was on hand Monday in San Diego for the start of the MLB Winter Meetings.

Among the topics that Wright discussed was the hiring of his former teammate Carlos Baltran as the team's new manager.

According to Wright, Beltran's outstanding baseball IQ sets him up very well for his new position. 

"Probably one of the smartest baseball men that I have been around," Wright said in San Diego. "His baseball IQ is off the charts. And I think in the latter part of his career he almost became like a player-coach on the field, so I am excited about what he can share with the younger players, certainly because I think every player strives to be a Carlos Beltran type of player, a five-tool guy."

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Dom Smith
Dom Smith

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Unless the Mets are pulling a heck of a misdirection play, all indications are they don't plan to spend significantly for the pitching help that they figure to need if they're serious about winning the NL East next season.

So how do they get creative, to use the strategy that Brodie Van Wagenen has referenced in speaking of this offseason?

Their most obvious trade chip is Dom Smith, mostly because he's blocked at first base by Pete Alonso and would be a liability in left field. Smith has value after proving last season that he can do damage with the bat, but the Mets almost certainly see J.D. Davis as a better fit, since he can play third base and left field. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, John Harper
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Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen helped kick off the MLB Winter Meetings on Monday, meeting with members of the media in San Diego.

Van Wagenen was asked about the team's priorities at this point in the preseason, how the team's rotation may look without Zack Wheeler, and much more. Here are five takeaways from Van Wagenen's media availability:

On Jake Marisnick

The Mets have already made one notable move this offseason, acquiring outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Houston Astros.

Van Wagenen wouldn't lock in Marisnick as the team's everyday starting center fielder, but he said the outfielder gives the Mets a lot of options moving forward.

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After his new club officially announced the signing of former Met Zack Wheeler on Monday, Phillies manager Joe Girardi was on hand at the Winter Meetings in San Diego to give his thoughts on, among other things, the addition of the starting pitcher. 

In his mind, there's an awful lot to be excited about.

 

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Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts

The Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen prepares to wheel and deal, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


Nicholas Giordano (via Twitter): Is there a realistic scenario where the Mets can dump Jed Lowrie's or Jeurys Familia's contracts and still improve the team? I don't want to attach J.D. Davis/Dominic Smith to a trade just so we can dump salary.

Sadly, I think the only way Van Wagenen can move Lowrie and/or Familia and their full contracts is to either bring back an equally risky and bad contract or do what you don't want and include Davis and/or Smith.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, Matthew Cerrone
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During this week of MLB's Winter Meetings, free agency is the main driver of rumors that swirl around. However, big time trades have also went down during this pivotal week in the offseason. 

The Mets did just that last season, when Brodie Van Wagenen burst onto the scene with a blockbuster trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. So would Van Wagenen be that guy again to make the big splash on the trade market instead of free agency? 

A big name out there is Indians SS Francisco Lindor, and while taking questions during SNY's "Winter Meetings Live" on Facebook Monday, Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino broke down a proposed trade proposal for the Mets and Lindor. 

The trade package was Lindor for SS Amed Rosario and RHP Noah Syndegaard, which both Gelbs and Martino were very intrigued by. But would it be worth it? They break it down...

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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Mets free agent target Dellin Betances is "likely" to sign a one-year deal in an effort to increase his value and hit the market again in 2020, reports Jack Curry of the YES Network.

Curry added that the Yankees have engaged with Betances, who he says attended a congratulatory dinner for Carlos Beltran after Beltran was named manager of the Mets.

Betances, who will turn 32 before Opening Day, pitched just 2/3 of an inning in 2019 after dealing with a lat injury. He returned toward the end of the season, but suffered an Achilles injury in his only appearance that ended his year. 

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Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) after a pitch against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) after a pitch against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Stephen Strasburg has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Nationals worth $245 million, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. It is a record deal for a pitcher both in terms of total value and average annual value.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause and does not have any opt-outs, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo.

While the Nats have made a huge move by retaining Strasburg, his return almost certainly means the end of free agent Anthony Rendon as a National.

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The Mets are in need of a starting pitcher to fill the empty slot in the rotation and also need bullpen help.

With that in mind, former big league executive Adam Fisher and SNY contributor John Harper each tossed out a trade idea on Sunday night...

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The Mets enter the Winter Meetings having re-signed Brad Brach to a one-year deal with a player option for 2021 that could turn out to be a steal if Brach performs in 2020 like he has during most of his career. 

But Brach isn't nearly enough.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts with center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts with center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

On Monday, ESPN released its first chunk of Sunday Night Baseball games for the 2020 MLB season, and the Mets have a few of the primetime matchups. 

Here's where New York has been slated thus far...

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What does Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen have up his sleeve as he gets set for the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings?

On the ground in San Diego from Sunday through Thursday, SNY's Jim Duquette and Andy Martino set the scene for the Mets.

Fielding questions from SNY's Steve Gelbs, the two kicked around the Mets' possibilities as free agency switches into another gear.

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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have made their coaching staff for the 2020 MLB season official on Sunday night. 

In a press release, the team announced who will be helping out Carlos Beltran in his first managerial season, including the return of hitting coach Chili Davis and the addition of pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. 

"We are excited to complete our coaching staff following a very thoughtful and extensive process," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Carlos drove this search and prioritized talented coaches who share his player's first vision and complement his skill sets." 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Winter Meetings have been a snooze-fest in recent years, as teams have become more cautious about long-term free-agent signings and less inclined to give up prospects in trades, producing offseason stalemates that last into February.

But there's hope it might be different this time, as a combination of factors offers the possibility for significant action in San Diego the next few days. 

Most notably, large-market teams such as the Yankees, Dodgers, and Angels are big-game hunters this offseason, which hasn't been the case in recent years. 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen speaks with reporters at the GM Meetings. (SNY)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen speaks with reporters at the GM Meetings. (SNY)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen heads down to San Diego on Sunday for his second stint at the Winter Meetings, and SNY's Andy Martino knows what he'll be looking to come back to Flushing with. 

Martino has the Mets looking to add a back end starter as well as bullpen help. Van Wagenen is looking to fill the void left by Jason Vargas, who was traded to the Phillies before the deadline last season. Zack Wheeler is also a Phillie now after signing his multi-year deal this past week. 

Rick Porcello is a man on their list, according to Martino. But if Van Wagenen can't add someone, there is the possibility that Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman could be starting for the Mets instead of coming out of the bullpen. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets OF Brandon Nimmo sat down with SNY's Steve Gelbs to discuss why the Mets clubhouse is so close, and how that can help the team going forward.

"The clubhouse was definitely different in a good way when I came back," Nimmo said. "Even to this offseason, the clubhouse has been different. With professional baseball, it just is the way it is. The past few years, everybody goes their seperate ways for the season and we'll meet back in spring training. Whoever's there is there, and we'll start from there."

"This offseason, that core young group of guys has really kept in touch really well. And that's been totally different than what I've experienced throughout pro ball. It's a little more of that commrodory, like you were saying, and that chemistry."

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Aug 5, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) pitches during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aug 5, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) pitches during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

With Zack Wheeler heading to the Phillies on a five-year deal, the Mets find themselves with a spot open in their starting rotation.

Could Rick Porcello be the answer?

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Mets are talking to Porcello, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2016.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Jul 16, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 16, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sure, you're hyped for some Mets free agent or trade action at the upcoming Winter Meetings. But unless the club pulls off a surprise blockbuster move, the most newsworthy Mets stuff coming out of San Diego might be the first public appearance by a club bigwig since the announcement of sale negotiations with billionaire Steve Cohen.

When Brodie Van Wagenen steps in front of cameras and reporters, there will be lots to discuss, far beyond how to fix that horrid bullpen.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)
Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)

With baseball's Winter Meetings just a few days away, the MLB hot stove continues to burn, and one of the Mets' divisional foes is reportedly set to pursue some of the biggest names on the market.

The Phillies have already signed Zack Wheeler away from the Mets, agreeing to a five-year, $118 million deal with the right-hander, and now they're reportedly pursuing both Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg, perhaps the two biggest names on the market outside of Gerrit Cole

MLB.com's Jon Heyman has reported that the Phillies have shown interest in both Strasburg and Cole, though the team is "especially interested" in Strasburg.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will soon be in San Diego with his contingent and representatives from the 29 other clubs as the annual Winter Meetings begin.

The meetings officially start on Monday, Dec. 9 and conclude on Dec. 12. But things could start percolating as early as Sunday, when many of the most important movers and shakers start to arrive.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brad Brach
Brad Brach

The Mets have agreed to sign reliever Brad Brach, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Brach's deal will be for one year and $850,000 and also contains a player option for 2021 that is worth $1.25 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Brach, Chris Flexen was designated for assignment.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets need and are looking to add more starting pitching. However, the team's path to the postseason in 2020 may rest more on what they get from Steven Matz and Marcus Stroman than what the Mets get from the hot stove market this winter.

Zack Wheeler is officially gone, having signed a five-year deal to join the Phillies. The pitcher replacing him will either be Seth Lugo or someone specifically acquired to be their fifth starter. In all likelihood, whomever it is will almost certainly not translate into 15-16 team wins like Wheeler did the past two seasons.

Sure, the Mets could score more and/or not allow as many runs late in games so they're more successful when Jacob deGrom is regularly brilliant. For instance, despite winning his second straight Cy Young Award with a 2.53 ERA, the Mets were 14-18 in games that he started in 2019. That stat is painful every time I see it.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Check out the view in the SNY Booth, with the camera on Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling for some big Mets moments of 2019!

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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Phillies have yet to officially announce the addition of Zack Wheeler, though multiple reports have confirmed that the 29-year-old will join the Phillies on a five-year, $118 million deal.

New Phillies skipper Joe Girardi was asked about Wheeler on Thursday in Philadelphia, and while Girardi was only willing to speak in generalities, he did touch on what Wheeler brings to a pitching staff.

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Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts with center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts with center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With their trade for Jake Marisnick, the Mets have added an elite defensive center fielder who might not give them much in terms of offense. But the acquisition will likely have ripple effects throughout the roster.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen made it known earlier this offseason that he was seeking to improve the Mets' defense. He also made it clear he preferred to play Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in the corner outfield spots.

With Wilson Ramos expected to return as the catcher and the infield defense up the middle set with Amed Rosario at shortstop and Robinson Cano at second base, center field seemed like the one spot where the Mets could seriously upgrade their defense. Now that they've done it, what will it mean for Conforto, Nimmo, and J.D. Davis? And what kind of impact will it have on Jeff McNeil?

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Aug 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (6) dives to catch Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez's fly ball during the ninth inning in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (6) dives to catch Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez's fly ball during the ninth inning in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets have acquired Astros CF Jake Marisnick in exchange for prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.

Marisnick, who is known for his defense, hit .233/.289/.411 in 120 games for the Astros in 2019. He is a career .227/.280/.380 hitter in seven seasons with the Marlins and Astros.

The 28-year-old Marisnick is projected to make $3 million via arbitration in 2020, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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Mar 4, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Jarrett Parker (16) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Mar 4, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Jarrett Parker (16) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets have signed outfielder Jarrett Parker and infielder Max Moroff to minor league deals that include invitations to big league spring training, the team announced Thursday.

Parker, 30, has played in parts of four major league seasons with the Angels and Giants, hitting.249/.330/.441 with 15 homers in 140 games.

He spent the majority of the 2019 season in Triple-A, where he hit.266/.394/.535 with 24 homers in 96 games. In eight minor league seasons, Parker has hit .261/.368/.464 with 127 homers.

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Jul 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitchers Steven Matz (32), Noah Syndergaard (34) and Zack Wheeler (45) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitchers Steven Matz (32), Noah Syndergaard (34) and Zack Wheeler (45) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Whether the Phillies doling out $118 million for five years of Zack Wheeler turns out to be an overpay or not, one thing that is certain is that Wheeler fleeing the Mets for a division rival that is trying to leapfrog them is bad for New York.

Shortly after Wheeler agreed to sign in Philly, Noah Syndergaard weighed in -- happy for his friend but conflicted as he posted on Twitter:

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

Earlier this week, SNY's Andy Martino reported that Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis or Dominic Smith could be required in order to trade for Brewers closer Josh Hader.

This makes sense, but McNeil isn't going to be traded.

"He has significant value to the Mets, not just on field, but as it pertains to their budget," an NL East executive told me this past weekend. "I see no reason when push comes to shove that they'd deal him."

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Matthew Cerrone
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Seth Lugo
Seth Lugo

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The Phillies are buying into the same obvious potential in Zack Wheeler that convinced me last winter he'd turned a corner in 2018 and blossomed into an elite starter, so I can understand why they gave him $118 million to upgrade their starting rotation. 

But here's the thing: Wheeler didn't turn that corner, as it turned out, and while brilliant at times in 2019, he was plagued by inconsistent command and mistake-pitch home runs that negated his dominant stuff too often, especially early as he pitched to a 4.96 ERA over the first 15 starts of the season.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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