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.
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.
Martino adds that the Mets are open to dealing Nimmo, who played in just 69 games in 2019 due to a neck injury.
Meanwhile, the Mets are also looking to find a taker for Jed Lowrie's contract, which could help the team land a pitcher like Rick Porcello or Dellin Betances.
Dec. 10, 5:55 PM:
One possible back-end starter option for the Mets is reportedly off the market.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, right-hander Kevin Gausman and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract.
Gausman, 28, has pitched to a 4.30 ERA over his seven-year MLB career. He spent his first five and a half seasons with Baltimore before being traded to Atlanta in July 2018. This past August, Gausman was waived by the Braves and picked up by the Reds.
While his overall numbers aren't very impressive (a career 1.344 WHIP), Gausman seemed to fit the mold of the kind of affordable starter the Mets could look to add to their rotation behind Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Marcus Stroman.
Dec. 10, 10:33 AM:
You'd expect the Mets to be out on a potential Starling Marte trade after acquiring Jake Marisnick, but MLB Network's Jon Heyman would tell you otherwise.
He has the Mets meeting with the Pirates on Tuesday to discuss that potential trade. Heyman adds that Pittsburgh would be looking for a "young, controllable catcher," and the Mets do have that in Tomas Nido if that interests the Pirates. There's also one of the team's top prospects in Francisco Alvarez, but the Mets should be inclined to keep the promising 18-year-old.
Still, Van Wagenen isn't going to shut the door just yet on Marte, who would be a better option than Marisnick if the Mets were to land him.