All Quiet at First Day of Winter Meetings

When the highlight of the day was Billy Hamilton signing a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, you can certainly say it’s been a quiet day at the Major League Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash kicked off the start of the MLB side of the meeting with his pressure in what was an interesting back-and-forth on the success of openers. Cash said the Rays will use two openers in 2019, possibly even three.

On the topic of banning shifts, Cash said he had no issues with the shift and he actually believes we will see more of it in the outfield coming soon.

Gabe Kapler garnered plenty of attention during his press conference, talking about the Phillies new addition Jean Segura and a variety of other interesting topics. He touched on how he believes psychological things like playing out of position (answering a question about Rhys Hoskins) can affect some players.

Later in the afternoon, MLB presented Hall of Famers Lee Smith and Harold Baines. Both had been elected on Sunday by the 16-person Today’s Game Era Committee.

As far as Mets actual happenings so far on the day, Peter Alonso was present at the minor league awards luncheon to receive the Joe Bauman award for hitting the most minor league home runs in 2018 (36). Alonso told a funny story regarding pasta during his acceptance speech.

Now let’s get to the juicy stuff – well the juicier stuff for the 2018 snails-paced winter meetings – as it pertains to Mets rumors and buzz.

The Mets top targets for the week look like catcher and bullpen help. Free agent catcher Wilson Ramos is in the house, and Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that he met with the Mets.

On the bullpen side, lefty Andrew Miller is the name that keeps popping up. That comes as no surprise, the former dominant closer had some of his best seasons under now Mets manager Mickey Callaway. The Mets continue to at improving their bullpen after the acquisition of closer Edwin Diaz.

The Mets have also shown interest in Joe Kelly, though he’s talked to teams about possibly closing and the Mets cannot offer that. Zach Britton is another back-end reliever they have on their wish list that is getting interest as a closer from other teams.

Other rumblings around baseball have the Yankees out on Bryce Harper, the Royals and Indians talking trade and Manny Machado decided he would not meet with tams in Las Vegas.

Let’s hope that Tuesday is more exciting!

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Lifelong Mets fan born in 1987 meaning I still haven't witnessed a championship. Lived in Maine my entire life so I get my Mets fix from MLB.tv and MiLB.tv. Still playing and coaching baseball.Follow me on twitter @mikemayermmo