Good morning Mets fans! The Winter Meetings have come and gone and many players remain available in trades and via free agency. Despite already making some moves, Brodie Van Wagenen is still not finished for this offseason.
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On the other hand, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post believes that the Mets should hold onto their core and use free agency as the way to build up their team instead.
Amidst these trade talks, the San Diego Padres have emerged as a possible fit in a potential three-team trade involving the Mets and Miami Marlins.
Van Wagenen may not be done adding to the bullpen, but it is unlikely he goes after another high-end reliever according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. At this point the priority will be on adding an outfielder and a catcher.
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The Texas Rangers traded LHP Alex Claudio to the Milwaukee Brewers for a competitive-balance draft pick (39th overall).
The New York Yankees responded to an ESPN food safety investigation that ranked Yankee Stadium last in food safety and gave them a violation rate of 79.07 percent.
The Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners made a three-team trade. The Indians got Carlos Santana, Jake Bauers and cash in the trade. The Mariners received Edwin Encarnacion, a competitive-balance draft pick (from the Indians) and cash. Finally, the Rays got Yandy Diaz, Cole Sulser and a player to be named later (from the Indians).
Zack Meisel of The Athletic wrote a first-hand account of what it was like to cover the three-team trade while aboard a flight with no Wi-Fi and the Indians’ front office on board.
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The Washington Nationals seem unwilling to pay DJ LeMahieu what he’s seeking in free agency and they will likely go after one of the cheaper, short-term options instead according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reviewed what the Philadelphia Phillies accomplished at the Winter Meetings, what they failed to do at the meetings and what they now must do afterwards.
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Michael Mayer, who covered the Winter Meetings for MMO, analyzed all the action and non-action from both an MLB point-of-view as well as from a Mets point-of-view.
Tim Ryder complied some MLB offseason rumors for a “Hot Stove Rumor Roundup.”
Matt Musico wrote about the new perspective that Van Wagenen’s presence brings and how his effort, preparation and approach have all been positive signs.
John Sheridan argued that the Mets should look beyond the top-tier relievers in part because signing them was not a winning strategy for teams last season.
Jacob Resnick took a closer look at Dowdy and the minor leaguers whom the Mets selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
This Day in Mets History
1995: The Mets signed Lance Johnson to a two-year deal that was worth north of $5 million.
2013: The Mets signed Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million deal.