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Yes, it's eerily quiet. I think two things are impacting the Hot Stove, bringing it to a screeching halt...

1) There are several significant free agents still available, including Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kendrys Morales and Ervin Santana, not to mention Masahiro Tanaka, who only recently became posted. What's more, teams seem reluctant to part with compensatory draft picks for a number of these players, reluctantly dragging the whole process out deep in to the offseason...

2) There was a lot of activity prior to the Winter Meetings. Typically, there is more activity in the middle weeks of December, leaving early January as the time to do bargain-basement shopping. Instead, teams acted early this year, executing a number of high-profile moves in late November, leaving very little do to before and after the New Year.

Meanwhile, the Mets are reportedly still looking to acquire a late-inning reliever and a starting pitcher or two on minor-league deals, and I think they're willing to upgrade shortstop and move Ike Davis for an arm. These moves are all still available, despite pitchers and catchers set to report to St. Lucie in six weeks.

I'm told by MLB insiders to expect it will remain quiet this week, following the holidays and as people get back in the office. However, things will likely pick up next week, as teams get a better sense of what Tanaka and other available, high-profile free agents might do. Then, my bet is we finally start to see some activity again as we move in to the middle of January...

Tags: matthewcerrone, avsny, MetsBlog , Matthew Cerrone
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