Here are some of the latest Mets and MLB updates from late last night…
- Joel Sherman tweets that the Mets might budget some of their extra dollars to fill their “severe” hole in the outfield, and he also states the the Mets have interest in Ryan Ludwick. Ludwick turned 34 in July and is coming off a strong season for the Reds, where he batted .275 with 26 HRs and 80 RBI over just 422 ABs. For those of you wondering, 16 of those HRs came at Great American Ballpark while 10 came on the road – and he actually had a better average on the road (.282 vs .268.) Cincinnati has an offer out to Ludwick, while rumors have also linked him to Seattle and Atlanta.
- On the topic of outfielders, the Rockies are shopping Dexter Fowler, but he is NOT coming cheap at all. The Braves and Phillies have inquired, according to David O’Brien and Comcast.
- The Mets are well aware of their issues at catcher, but there are a few names you can cross off the list, according to Adam Rubin. Apparently, the Mets are unlikely to resign Shoppach, or go after Jesus Flores, Rod Barajas, and Henry Blanco. It is more likely the Mets will look to find a right-handed hitting catching to platoon with Thole, leaving Miguel Olivo, Matt Treanor, and Chris Snyder as main options.
- Also coming from the Rubin blog, David Wright is expected to appear at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday with Jeff Wilpon for the formal announcement of his extension. Wright took his physical on Monday, and the results are expected to be known today.
- The Tigers supposedly had an offer out to Scott Hairston earlier today, but the idea was shot down. Although the Yankees, Tigers, Giants, Cardinals, and Indians have shown interest in Hairston, he has not ruled out coming back to the Mets.
- Asdrubal Cabrera has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block trades to certain teams – one of them being the Mets, tweets Jon Morosi.
- The Marlins are actively shopping Yunel Escobar and Ricky Nolasco wants out of town, as well.
- Also, Jason Bay is pulling in actual interest, tweets Red Sox writer Rob Bradford. In addition to that, if you all remember the prospect I was all excited over from overseas, Shohei Otani – he has yet to decide on whether he will head to the US, but the Dodgers seem to be the frontrunners.
R.A. Dickey updates:
- ESPN NY reports that the Mets had discussions with about eight teams on Monday about RA Dickey. From my understanding, they were of varying intensity and the general opinion around the meetings is that the Mets have a really high asking price for RA Dickey. This will come into play sooner rather than later. Once Zack Greinke is off the market, perhaps to the Dodgers, Dickey’s value goes up.
- The Royals do not want to trade top hitting prospect Wil Myers for Dickey, according to Heyman. However, he points out, the Blue Jays have OF Anthony Gose and C J.P. Arencibia, while the Rangers probably have the strongest farm system of the teams involved.
- The Dodgers have reportedly looked into Dickey as a back-up plan, as well. I have heard that the D-backs have inquired about Dickey, but found the asking price to be too high. The Rockies also inquired, but were hesitant to show real interest due to the effects of a knuckleball pitcher pitching at Coors Field.
- According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, talks with Arizona did not get far, because the Mets asking price is said to be very high.
- At different points during the day, Jim Duquette tweeted that the Royals and the Blue Jays showed interest in trading for Dickey. MLBlogs have noted that the Rangers have interest in trading as well.
- Supposedly, Jon Niese is coming off as equally or more attractive to most of these teams, and the Mets have had talks about trading him. The final tally on the Dickey interest so far, however, is: Boston/Arizona/LA Dodgers/Rockies/Royals/Blue Jays/Rangers. Do not expect to hear too much more on the fronts of the D-Backs or the Rockies, while you can only expect the Dodgers to really jump in if they miss out on Greinke.
- Today, Jon Heyman adds that the Orioles and Nationals are two teams that are interested in Dickey, and the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff adds the Rangers, “and the Brewers think highly of him, as well.”