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.
The Mets had preferred to sign a reliever to a two-year deal -- meaning a pitcher such as Steve Cishek (who the Mets have expressed interest in, per Marc Carig of Newsday), or Swarzak, Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported earlier this week.
Of the free agent relievers still available, the Mets may have the most interest in Joe Smith and Addison Reed, Sherman reported earlier Wednesday, adding that Reed may be "too pricey."
Reliever Bryan Shaw agreed to a deal with the Rockies, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The Phillies agreed to a deal with reliever Tommy Hunter, according Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Mets had been interested in both pitchers.
The Mets have interest in free agent reliever Juan Nicasio, reports Tyler Kepner of the New York Times.
Nicasio, 31, had a 2.61 ERA (2.98 FIP) and 1.08 WHIP with 72 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings (76 appearances) last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals while earning $3.65 million.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Sunday at the Winter Meetings that the Mets are looking for "value" in the relief pitching free agent market, and said the team isn't prepared to jump into the "inferno" of that market.
That was a departure from earlier this offseason, when Alderson said the team was placing a high priority on bullpen help.
Aside from Brandon Morrow and Luke Gregerson, who signed elsewhere earlier Sunday, the Mets have been connected to Joe Smith, Matt Albers, and others. They were never expected to go after the highest-end relievers such as Wade Davis.
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