I joined Jeff Paternostro's podcast to talk about the Mets prospects, specifically focusing on the 2012 Savannah Sand Gnats arms: Domingo Tapia, Michael Fulmer and Jacob deGrom. I enjoyed it and you should go listen here.

 

One of the things that Jeff and I touched on was whether there were good updates to Victor Wang's old estimate for putting a dollar amount on top prospects. Turns out there are! Of course. Pirates Prospects did one, and so did DRaysBay. I confess I haven't spent enough time with either to figure out which I prefer.


Sandy's Shopping List: Swarzak 00:00:37
Right-handed relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak has signed a 2-year deal with the Mets.

LATEST UPDATE, 11:38 AM:

The Mets have agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million with RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Swarzak had a 2.33 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 1.03 WHIP with 91 strikeouts (a career-high 10.59 K/9) in 77 1/3 innings (70 games) in 2017 for the White Sox and Brewers.

The 32-year-old Swarzak, who almost exclusively features a fastball and slider, saw his stuff tick up in 2017. His fastball averaged 94.7 MPH (up from 93.4 in 2016 and 92.2 in 2015) and his slider averaged 87.1 MPH -- both the fastest of his careeer.

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Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino answer various questions and discuss the rumors surrounding the Mets

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Aug 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a RBI single during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Aug 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a RBI single during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Mets met with Jay Bruce's agent and remain "very interested" in a reunion, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post, who adds that the Mets have not yet made an offer.

The Blue Jays are also showing interest in Bruce, FanRag's Jon Heyman tweeted Monday.

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.

However, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, while the Mets and Bruce are open to a possible reunion, the Mets are reportedly only interested in giving him a three-year contract.

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Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler and RH reliever Shane Greene. Credit: USA Today
Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler and RH reliever Shane Greene. Credit: USA Today

I wonder if the Mets are trying to get reliever Shane Greene with 2B Ian Kinsler from the Tigers?

According to MLB.com's Jason Beck, the Tigers are close to trading Kinsler after reportedly holding substantive trade talks the last two weeks with at least the Mets and Angels.

Kinsler has the Mets and nine other teams on his no-trade list, but that's not seen as a deal-breaker if the Tigers agree to send Kinsler to the Mets, reports SNY contributor Andy Martino.

I wrote Tuesday night that the Mets were on the same page with the Tigers when it came to swapping players, but that the two sides were still not in agreement about how to deal with Kinsler's $11 million salary. The next day, Detroit's GM said he has exchanging names with teams interested in Kinsler, but they had yet to reach an agreement...

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Aug 29, 2017; Billy Hamilton double at Great American Ball Park. Credit: Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2017; Billy Hamilton double at Great American Ball Park. Credit: Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds are seeing enough interest in center fielder Billy 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.

The Reds have been conducting trade talks for Hamilton since last week, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, who felt the Mets, Giants, Rangers, and Mariners would be interested in him.

"The Reds don't have to move him, though," Rosenthal added. "They can see what happens in the first half and them move him at the deadline when he'll still be available for two pennant races."

In either case, be it this winter or next summer, Rosenthal believes the Reds will move Hamilton the as soon as they are presented with an acceptable deal.

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Alderson on the Mets' bullpen 00:06:23
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discusses how the front office plans to address the team's bullpen this offseason.

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...

Tags: Matt Harvey, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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In tonight's SNY's Meet the MetsCast, Matthew Cerrone and Rob Brender recap Day 2 of the MLB Winter Meetings by discussing whether to acquire Ian Kinsler, how to improve the bullpen on a strict budget, and whether it's better to sign Mike Moustakas or Neil Walker...

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Sep 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) hits a home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) hits a home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

Most Recent Update...

The Mets are considering Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Josh Harrison, and Cesar Hernandez in their search for a second baseman, but Starlin Castro is "not in the mix," reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Tigers are getting close to trading Kinsler, reports MLB.com's Jason Beck, who covers the Tigers for MLB.com.

Detroit is at the point of exchanging names with teams interested in Kinsler, but have they yet to agree on a deal, Tigers GM Al Aliva reportedly said earlier in the day.

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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Orlando, Fla. -- It's Tuesday of the winter meetings. The Metsies are quiet. So allow me a few hundred words of speculation about an idea that is likely fictional, but shouldn't be:

The Mets should trade for Manny Machado. With one move, they could excite their fans, grab the back page back from the Yankees, and try to extend their window to win with one of the best players in baseball.

Money is not an issue here. Machado will make about $17 million next year, roughly what the Mets paid Neil Walker in 2017. Sandy Alderson has said many times that there is no such thing as a bad one-year deal...

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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, April 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, April 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Tuesday that the team will not be trading RHP Matt Harvey, who has been the subject of rumors at the Winter Meetings.

"All I'm weighing right now are the opinions of (manager) Mickey Callaway and (pitching coach) Dave Eiland," Alderson said. "And they don't want to lose him."

Alderson's tune had been different on Monday when asked about Harvey.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
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Latest on relief pitching market 00:01:55
Jim Duquette shares some updates on how the market for relief pitchers is shaping out, and discusses how the Mets plan to use their bullpen.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested on Tuesday that the team might not have a designated closer in 2018 -- instead focusing on matchups and reacting when high-leverage situations arise.

"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway said at the Winter Meetings in response to a question about Jeurys Familia. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing."

Callaway said it could work out that Familia is in place to save every game, but that they're not "locked in" to that...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli (5) in action during the game against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Yankees defeat the Rangers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli (5) in action during the game against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Yankees defeat the Rangers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway has reached out to free agent Mike Napoli about the potential of joining the Mets, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Napoli played for the Indians in 2016 while Callaway was the pitching coach.

The 36 year-old Napoli hit .193/.285/.428 with 29 HR in 124 games for the Rangers in 2017 while being worth 1 DRS in 95 games at first base.

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Winter Meetings 360 Day 2 00:17:01
Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino answer various questions and discuss the trade rumors surrounding Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey.

Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino answer various questions and discuss the trade rumors surrounding Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey.

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) looks on during an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) looks on during an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Orioles are shopping 3B Manny Machado, and are seeking two young, controllable starting pitchers in return, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. However, Machado -- who is set for free agency after the 2018 season -- wants to return to shortstop this season, notes Rosenthal.

The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Giants, and Angels could make up part of the market for Machado, with the Yankees potentially on the periphery, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted in September. But with Machado now seeking to play shortstop, it's fair to believe his list of potential suitors could be different.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Earlier this offseason, while tossing around outside the box Mets ideas with colleagues, one I suggested was 'trade Jacob deGrom for Manny Machado and sign one of the higher-end free agent starting pitchers to replace him.'

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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:00:57
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto held a Q&A with fans on Monday and stated that he still has no timeline for his injured left shoulder.

Mets OF Michael Conforto won't put a timetable on his return from shoulder surgery.

"It's tough to put a timeline on these kinds of things," Conforto told SNY's Michelle Yu on Monday night. "I feel great, but . ... I haven't been doing all that much. I've been working out as much as I can, as much as the doctor will let me, but we're still taking it easy, being cautious."

Mets GM Sandy Alderson does not expect Conforto to be ready for Opening Day, Alderson said Sunday night at the Winter Meetings. Alderson added that Conforto had not suffered a setback as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

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Callaway on possible free agents 00:06:29
Mickey Callaway discusses the Mets' starting pitching as well as the team's mindset regarding potential free agents on Mets Hot Stove.

The MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Orlando, where agents and team executives are meeting and discussing signings and trades.  

Here's what happened with the Mets on Monday in Orlando...

Tags: Matt Harvey, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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In tonight's MLB Winter Meetings edition of SNY's Meet the MetsCast, Matthew Cerrone, Steve Hofstetter and Rob Brender discuss Sandy Alderson's comments and apparent approach to spending, roster building and getting back to the postseason in 2018...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) (Laurence Kesterson/AP)

The Mets have talked to at least two teams with interest in trading for RHP Matt Harvey, two sources recently told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.

Additionally, Andy Martino of SNY reported Monday night that the Cubs are also among teams with interest in Harvey, but noted that it is not clear how much interest they have.

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Mickey Callaway gestures at the podium after he was introduced to the media. (AP)
Mickey Callaway gestures at the podium after he was introduced to the media. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Orlando, Fla. -- It was at this very property, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, where the Mets introduced Curtis Granderson four years ago. This was a seminal moment for the Sandy Alderson era, a signal that the rebuild was winding down, and the team was ready to be relevant again.

The giddiness was so pervasive that day that Granderson even slipped out of character for a moment and offered a usable quote: "A lot of the people that I have met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans," he said, to considerable surprise among reporters accustomed to his bland avoidance of most questions.

Two playoff appearances, one National League pennant, and a 92-loss season later, the Mets are in a different phase of their cycle. In the same room where Granderson once donned the blue and orange, the Yankees introduced Giancarlo Stanton, baseball's most charismatic star, and the Mets … well, the Mets were trying to decide if they wanted to trade for Ian Kinsler, or maybe sign Bryan Shaw. This is a tough contrast -- or bad optics, as they say in the PR business...

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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

Sandy Alderson spoke Sunday in Orlando and said the Mets are unwilling to pay top dollar for a relief pitcher; acquiring a starting pitcher is fourth on their list of three priorities; and he is not likely to acquire a first baseman who would block Dominic Smith.

Similarly, while the Mets have reportedly expressed interest in trading for second basemen Josh Harrison (Pirates) and Ian Kinsler (Tigers), two New York beat reporters said Sunday they are skeptical the Mets have enough talent or financial flexibility to match up for either player in trade.

Is Alderson serious, or is he saying these things as a negotiating tactic? 

I suppose anything is possible. I mean, like most GMs, Alderson does have a history of saying one thing to reporters then doing something entirely different...

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Winter Meetings 360 Day 1 00:15:22
Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino discuss the Yanks' trade for Giancarlo Stanton and answer questions about the Mets' ventures this offseason.

Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino discuss the Yanks' trade for Giancarlo Stanton and answer questions about the Mets' ventures this offseason.

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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets are interested in acquiring Rays closer Alex Colome, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, who says the Cardinals, Rockies, and perhaps the Cubs are also in on Colome.

Colome, 28, had a 3.24 ERA (3.37 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP with 58 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings (65 appearances), while saving a league-leading 47 games last season for the Rays.

He earned $547,900 last season and is arbitration eligible each of the next three seasons, after which he is eligible for free agency.

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Ryan Goins (17) (Kevin Sousa)
Ryan Goins (17) (Kevin Sousa)

The Mets have interest in signing free agent INF Ryan Goins, who was recently non-tendered by the Blue Jays, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Sherman suggests that if signed, Goins could potentially form one side of a second base platoon with either Wilmer Flores or T.J. Rivera (who is recovering from Tommy John surgery).

Goins, 29, hit .237/.286/.356 with nine HR in 143 games this past season for the Blue Jays. A left-handed hitter, Goins hit all nine of his home runs against right-handed pitchers.

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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB Winter Meetings officially begin today in Orlando. The conference provides the opportunity for hundreds of team executives and dozens of player agents to meet and discuss potential offseason signings and trades.

The three-day event is covered by countless local and national media outlets and runs non-stop through Thursday morning, when MLB holds its annual Rule 5 Draft.

Sandy Alderson addressed New York reporters upon arriving at the Meetings on Sunday...

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Mets Hot Stove: Gelbs & Martino 00:04:08
Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino report from the Winter Meetings and discuss the Mets' options at second base and in the bullpen.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes infielder Asrubal Cabrera will likely spend most of the 2018 season at third base despite his versatility to play each infield position.

The Mets had eight different players spend time at third base, with Cabrera logging the second-most innings to Wilmer Flores. But while Cabrera has spent most of his MLB career at shortstop and has played a significant amount of time at second base, Alderson said he thinks Cabrera would likely be New York's third baseman.

"I think his versatility gives us the option [to sign a free-agent third baseman], but at the same time, we've kind of zeroed him in at third base and we don't want to move him around, so while he gives us some flexibility, I'm not sure we want to exercise it," Alderson said at the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Mets Winter Meetings Preview 00:04:08
The Mets Hot Stove crew breaks down which players the Mets should prioritize at the Winter Meetings in Florida this week.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said starting pitching is not one of New York's major priorities heading into the MLB Winter Meetings despite the fact their rotation had the 27th-ranked ERA as a team last year.

"I'd say that, as it stands right now, [starting pitching] would probably be fourth on a list of three," Alderson told reporters on Sunday, indicating the team is instead focusing on bolstering the bullpen, adding a bat to the lineup and solidifying its situation at first base and in the outfield.

Mets starters went 49-64 last season with a 5.14 ERA, which was the second-worst among all National League teams. They combined to throw the fourth-fewest innings among all 30 teams.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Because of the size of Giancarlo Stanton's contract, it didn't make sense for the Mets to "feign" any interest in him, GM Sandy Alderson said Sunday at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL.

Alderson also made a joke, saying "with Brandon Nimmo in right field, we just didn't feel that we had a need there."

The Marlins have agreed to trade Stanton to the Yankees, with a press conference expected Monday, according to multiple reports.

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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite saying he felt first baseman Dominic Smith did not play well enough in his brief MLB stint last season to already earn the starting job in 2018, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he and the franchise remain optimistic in Smith's potential moving forward.

Speaking at the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday, Alderson said the team, which has reportedly considered making a run at several free-agent first basemen, including Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana, likely wouldn't make a move that would take Smith out of the equation for next season

"I wouldn't expect us to do something that totally eliminates Dominic as a possibility," Alderson said. "We're still very high on Dominic, some of my comments earlier in the offseason notwithstanding."

 

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Relief pitchers Brandon Morrow and Luke Gregerson, both of whom drew interest from the Mets, are reportedly off the market after agreeing to two year deals elsewhere.

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Sep 21, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) make a play on a ball hit by Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar (not pictured) in the second inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 21, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) make a play on a ball hit by Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar (not pictured) in the second inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

There is skepticism about whether the Mets will be able to acquire 2B Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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Jay Bruce just before driving in a run for the Mets (Credit: Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports)
Jay Bruce just before driving in a run for the Mets (Credit: Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports)

The Mets are expecting to meet with Jay Bruce's agent at the winter meetings, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post, who says the two sides have only had preliminary discussions.

Sources recently told Newsday's Marc Carig that Bruce and the Mets were both interested in the possibility of a reunion.

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Oct 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a double during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Oct 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a double during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

The Mets are planning to talk to the Marlins about 2B Starlin Castro, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

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Bryan Shaw (Adam Hunger)
Bryan Shaw (Adam Hunger)

Relief pitcher Bryan Shaw, who reportedly received a multi-year offer from the Mets in November, might be waiting for other closers such as Greg Holland and Wade Davis to sign contracts before he commits to any deals, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

 

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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets may explore a possible trade with the Pirates to acquire IF/OF Josh Harrison, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

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Syndergaard on offseason mindset 00:02:12
Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard discusses the importance of coming back to pitch last season and breaks down his offseason training.

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard sat down with SNY's Steve Gelbs to discuss how his offseason training regimen is much different from last season. 

Syndergaard totaled just 30.1 innings last season as a lat injury forced him out of the rotation for a majority of the year. After intense rehabbing to repair his lat, the 25-year-old tested his arm at the very end of the season, pitching in three innings over two starts. He didn't have to come back, but Syndergaard wanted to see if all his training paid off. 

"It was good for me to get out there, for two different aspects," Syndergaard said. "The fact that I could go into the offseason healthy and not have to worry about rehabbing and because i've spent four months rehabbing and trying to get healthy and improve my body from where it previously was. So I feel like it was nice to go out there and see how my hard work paid off."

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Sandy's Shopping List: Kinsler 00:00:37
Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler is the latest name on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's shopping list.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterOrlando, Fla.

So … is the offseason ready to start now?

This isn't just a Mets question, but an MLB question. Other than the quixotic Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton situations -- Ohtani chose the Angels on Friday, and the Marlins are still working overtime to find a suitor acceptable to Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause -- the early part of the winter has been light on Hot Stove action.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Neil Walker
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Syndergaard on 2018 expectations 00:01:40
Noah Syndergaard breaks down his goals for the 2018 season and talks about building a relationship with the Mets' new coaching staff.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said he is excited to see Japanese two-way free agent Shohei Ohtani come to the MLB and set a precedent for an elite starting pitcher to also be a position player.

If given the chance to be a position player, Syndergaard said he would prefer to play right field.

"I would love to show off the arm," Syndergaard told WOR 710 AM's Pete MacCarthy during Thursday's team holiday party. "I'd like to think I'm more athletic than some or most right fielders. And I feel like if I put as much work in to hitting as I do pitching that I would be alright."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Mets' Winter Meetings goals 00:06:21
The Mets Hot Stove crew discuss the Mets' needs heading into the Winter Meetings next week in Florida.

The Reds are having active trade discussions with teams interested in acquiring center fielder Billy Hamilton, TheAthletic.com's Ken Rosenthal said Wednesday on MLB Network.

In Rosenthal's opinion, the Mets, Giants, Rangers, amd Mariners are likely interested in Hamilton, who is generating a lot of interest because he is expected to earn roughly $5 million next season.

"The Reds don't have to move him, though," Rosenthal adds. "They can see what happens in the first half and them move him at the deadline when he'll still be available for two pennant races."

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Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, owner Derek Jeter and 2B Dee Gordon. Credit: USA Today Sports
Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, owner Derek Jeter and 2B Dee Gordon. Credit: USA Today Sports

The Marlins traded 2B Dee Gordon, the full $37 million remaining in his contract and $1 million in international bonus pool money to the Mariners for prospects Nick Neidert, Christopher Torres and Robert Dugger.

Meanwhile, according to two reports, the Yankees -- and not the Mets -- are on Giancarlo Stanton's list of four teams he would be prefer to be traded to instead of the Giants and Cardinals.

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Aug 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) (Nick Turchiaro)
Aug 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) (Nick Turchiaro)

As the Mets try to fill gaping infield holes from a free agent class that is mediocre at best, the team is looking to the trade market to try to piece together an outside-the-box solution for a challenging offseason. Evan Longoria may be on the trading block, and if he is, the Mets will likely check in about what the Rays are looking for.

Longoria is not the player he was when he peaked in his mid-20s, when he was one of the best third basemen in the game, but he has shown the ability to stay healthy despite his age. Since 2013, he has played at least 156 games every season and has the most games played of anyone in baseball in that span. For a team constantly struggling to keep players on the field, his durability would bring enormous value.

Any acquiring team will be concerned about Longoria's skill level, though. After a resurgent 2016 campaign where he racked up 36 home runs and an .840 OPS, his best since 2013, he hit just league average in 2017, with a paltry .313 on base percentage that was the lowest of his career. The good news is that his strikeout rate was a very impressive 16 percent, well below league average, and his walk rate, while not at the elite level it once was, was on a par with recent years...

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It's that time of year again. No, not the holiday season.

The ballplayer, "I feel great!" season.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

The Mariners have acquired Dee Gordon from the Marlins, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

 

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Mets pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: Associated Press Images
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: Associated Press Images

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | No one could possibly know what Matt Harvey will bring to the Mets next season, certainly not with spring training still two months away and so much doubt lingering over the pitcher once known as the Dark Knight of Gotham.

Still, several teammates expressed hope Thursday that Harvey can rebound from the wreckage of two injury-ravaged seasons, including the worst one of his career in 2017.

"I'm rooting for him, always pushing for him," Noah Syndergaard said Thursday at the Mets' annual holiday party for kids. "A healthy Matt Harvey is pretty dangerous, so hopefully he can come back to (2013). I'm looking forward to seeing how 2018 pans out for all of us."

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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 (Teddy Aviles)
(Teddy Aviles)

The Mets are hosting their annual Holiday party for local children at Citi Field this afternoon.

Santa Claus is being played by Brandon Nimmo.

His elves are Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, and Jerry Blevins.

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jerry Blevins, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard
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A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

SS Andres Gimenez and LHP David Peterson are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on Baseball Prospectus' Top 10 Mets Prospects list.

Following them are:

3. SS Mark Vientos

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Sandy's Shopping List: Ian Happ 00:00:37
Chicago Cubs second baseman and outfielder Ian Happ is the latest name on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's shopping list.

I have not heard any definitive trade rumors connecting the Mets and Cubs. But, I feel like there's the potential for a match between these two teams...

According to local reports, the Cubs are aiming to acquire one ace and one back-of-the-rotation starting pitcher this winter, be it both by trade, both through free agency or one through each...

The Cubs are intrigued by Mets RHP Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, according to Chicago sources.

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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

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Sandy's Shopping List: Kintzler 00:00:37
Right-handed relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler is the latest name on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's shopping list.

The Mets have reportedly prioritized adding a late-game reliever. Unfortunately, it's an all-time seller's market right now -- especially for the high-end guys.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson has said he is comfortable giving a multi-year deal to upgrade his bullpen. This is good news, because that price is seemingly unavoidable at this point. 

The buzz among insiders is that Wade Davis and Addison Reed will easily see offers of at least four years, which will lift up the market for set-up men, such as Bryan Shaw and Brandon Kintzler, to at least three to four years.

For now, though, things appear to be at a standstill...

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Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have the sixth overall pick in next June's MLB Amaetur Draft, and MLB.com's first Mock Draft has them choosing between a left-handed college pitcher and a high school shortstop.

Jim Callis has the Mets drafting South Florida LHP Shane McClanahan.

Jonathan Mayo has the Mets drafting Santiago HS (California) SS Brice Turang...

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