The Mets should be looking to improve their bullpen, as well as add an everyday catcher, at least one impact hitter and depth beneath the entire roster.
Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my take on how things are and may shake out...
The high-leverage relief market is percolating
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Thursday that he's in the market for "multiple relievers." However, this doesn't necessarily mean he is looking for an elite closer because, as he said, "A lot of teams are going away from a traditional closer."
My two cents >> I still believe that one, really good, but not-elite reliever, such as Brad Brach or Adam Ottavino or Joe Kelly, is going to be overpaid and ink a three-year deal sooner than later, after which most of the remaining market will scramble for new homes.
In the end, there will be one or two from the elite bunch that will remain idle and then duke it out for the most lucrative deal of the winter. This is how things have played out each of the past three years and it's hard to imagine it not going the same way this winter.
The market for an impact hitter
The D-backs are listening to offers for All-Star 1B Paul Goldschmidt.
The White Sox, Giants, Cubs, Dodgers Cardinals have been the teams most linked to Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, while local reports are tossing cold water on the Tigers, Mets and Yankees.
Kris Bryant may be available
The Cubs are open to hearing trade offers for their all-star third baseman, among other top talent, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported late last week.
My two cents >> The big debate on social media this past weekend among Mets fans -- due in part to an article by SNY.tv's Danny Abriano -- was whether or not it made sense to swap Bryant and Noah Syndergaard.
However, given that Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly pushing the Cubs to negotiate -- despite three seasons until he's a free agent -- insiders are speculating that Theo Epstien simply charged his staff with gauging how other team's value their All-Star third baseman.
That said, I'm super intrigued by the idea of trading Bryant for Syndergaard, then later trading for Indians ace and former Mickey Callaway disciple Corey Kluber, who is also reportedly available...
The market for a new, everyday catcher
The Braves have interest in free-agent Wilson Ramos -- who has been linked to the Mets -- a source told MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
The Mets may have strong interest in free-agent C Martin Maldonado, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
My two cents >> I'm hearing from MLB insiders that there's a hot market for Maldonado as there has been a shift the past few years to sacrifice offense for defense behind the plate. If the Mets are attracted to Maldonado it might be a clue that Van Wagenen is less inclined to trade prospects for Marlins C J.T. Realmuto or give a long-term deal to Ramos or Yasmani Grandal.
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