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Mets are looking to add to their already-strong bullpen

The Mets are interested in bringing back relievers Dana Eveland and Scott Rice (Ackert, Nov. 26), as well as Buddy Carlyle, who is drawing interest from several other teams (Vorkunov, Nov. 26).

It was reported Tuesday that the Mets are also interested in free-agent relievers Craig Breslow (Morosi, Nov. 25) and Jason Motte (MetsBlog, Nov. 25).

Mets relievers had a 3.98 ERA this past season, fourth highest in the National League.

“We can’t be complacent about the bullpen, they can ebb and flow from year to year,” Sandy Alderson said Monday, talking to SNY about his bullpen’s success in 2014.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: The bullpen should again be a strength of this team, which will be hugely important consider how much  they’ll be relying on a young starting rotation. In addition to Jenrry Mejia, Vic Black and Jeurys Familia, among others, they’ll be getting back Bobby Parnell, they’ll have minor leaguers Jack Leathersich, Logan Verrett and Cory Mazzoni waiting in the wings, someone from the starting rotation – say, Rafael Montero and Dillon Gee – and they may add a Breslow or Motte and bring back Eveland, Carlyle and/or Rice. The point is, Alderson will have options, and I like that he’s looking to add to an existing strength, since, as he said, bullpens can be sketchy from year to year.

Players to acquire, players to lose in Rule 5 Draft

Michael Mayer looks at six players that should interest the Mets during December’s Rule 5 Draft, including Astros infield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. >> Read more at MetsMerized.

Similarly, Julian McCarthy looks at five players the Mets left unprotected that could get drafted by other teams, including Triple-A relievers Jeff Walters and Logan Verrett >> Read more at Mets 360.


Alderson says Mets are willing to give up another draft pick

The Mets will consider giving up another draft pick if a player is available at a discount toward the end of the off season, Sandy Alderson said Tuesday (MLB Network Radio, Nov. 26).

Alderson cited last year’s situation with Nelson Cruz, who had been looking for a multi-year deal early in the winter, but eventually signed a one-year, $8 million with the Orioles.

“We’d consider it, of course it’s easier to give up a second-round pick,” he said, since he’s already lost a first-round pick from signing Michael Cuddyer.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I can see them pursuing David Robertson or Andrew Miller, as well as Cruz, who Alderson had interest in last winter. I think the other free agents who are tied to draft-pick compensation, and who are seeking multi-year deals, will get what they’re looking for. Cruz may struggle, as may Robertson. Miller is already getting three- and four-year offers, so I don’t think he’ll be around much longer. In the end, it’s clear Alderson has no intention of committing to a player beyond next season, regardless of how much money the player is looking to get. So, it’ll come down a situation like Cruz or Stephen Drew last year, assuming they’re willing to accept a one-year deal.

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After two years, Sandy Alderson knows everything about the SS market

The Mets know the shortstop market and can make a move the second they see a worthwhile opportunity, Sandy Alderson said Tuesday (MLB Network Radio, Nov. 26).

“It’s like buying a house. You see 50 and then all the sudden you see the one,” he said. “All the tire-kicking we’ve done over the last couple of years will allow us to make a quick decision if the opportunity presents itself.”

According to Alderson, so far, he has not been presented a a good deal that will let him upgrade defensively and offensively over the potential of Wilmer Flores or Matt Reynolds.

“There are several teams that are looking and there just aren’t that many good solutions at that position out there,” he said.

Do the Mets match up with the Cubs, Red Sox, White Sox, M’s and Rangers for a trade at shortstop? Click here.

Curtis Granderson rounds first

Granderson will not change approach, may visit Long in AZ

Curtis Granderson will not change his approach to hitting now that the outfield fence is a bit closer in Citi Field, he told reporter Anthony McCarron (Daily News, Nov. 26).

“There’ll be no adjustments because of the dimensions,” Granderson said.  “If you hit it, it’ll go.”

Granderson already has started preparing for next season and hopes to soon visit new hitting coach Kevin Long in Arizona, he told McCarron.

Long recently told reporters he would try to work closely with Granderson, David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud this offseason (Rubin, Nov. 19).

“The main thing I’ve seen is his hands are kind of moving more than they did when he was with the Yankees,” Long said about Granderson.

Earlier this offseason, Long said he wants to change how his team goes about hitting in their home park (MLB Network Radio, Nov. 14).

“I’ve got some ideas and some things that we’ll wrestle with and get with these guys,” Long said. “The main thing is to believe that a line-drive swing and a good line-drive swing can work in any ballpark against any pitcher in any conditions. So we’ll start there and see how that goes.”

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In case you missed it on MetsBlog…

Matt Harvey, who underwent Tommy John surgery in October of 2013, said he’ll be 100 percent when he reports to Spring Training in February >> Read more at MetsBlog

The Mets are still looking to add a right-handed hitting corner outfielder to the bench, but are also open to using Eric Campbell or Cesar Puello in that role >> Read more at MetsBlog

As they search for a lefty to pair with Josh Edgin in the bullpen, the Mets have reached out to free agent LHP Craig Breslow >> Read more at MetsBlog

Sandy Alderson said there aren’t many classic shortstops in baseball, including Wilmer Flores >> Watch the video

Last night on SNY’s Mets On the Air LIVE call-in show, host James Flippin talked with Mets fans about what to do at shortstop and how to handle the starting rotation…