In early November, the Mets reportedly met with the agents for free-agent 2B Robinson Cano, who is said to be seeking at least a nine-year deal.
The Mets simply used the opportunity to get to know Jay Z’s new talent agency, according to people familiar with the meeting (Rubin).
The Mets told Cano’s agents, before agreeing to meet, that chances of a deal were slim (Rosenthal).
10:58 pm: The Yankees are growing pessimistic they will retain Cano (Matthews), who is looking for a ten-year contract (Marchand).
10:06 pm: There’s a, “good chance” Cano goes to the Mariners (Heyman).
7:40 pm: Seattle will soon offer Cano a nine-year, $225 million contract (Heyman).
4:22 pm: The Mariners are willing to pay Cano a $230-240 million (Rojas).
Dec. 5: The Mariners have topped the Yankees current offer (McCarron).
Dec. 5: Cano’s representatives met with the Mariners on Tuesday (Kernan).
Dec. 5: The Rangers appear uninterested in Cano, as they are not prioritizing upgrades to their infield (Wilson).
Dec. 5: The Yankees are still pursuing Cano, but they are holding firm on a seven-year, $175 million offer. They intend to let him walk if he finds a better deal (Matthews).
Dec. 5: The Mets are not among the favorites to sign Cano (Nightengale).
Dec. 3: The Mets have not discussed Cano internally in a while, although some within the organization remain hopeful they can get in on him (Martino).
Dec. 3: The Mariners have emerged as a major player for Cano (Matthews).
Nov. 18: Sandy Alderson said Cano’s agents delivered a well-prepared and overdone presentation and no money was discussed (Puma).
The Marlins have agreed to sign free agent SS Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract (Rosenthal).
The deal is pending a physical, and is believed to be worth $3.5 million plus playing time incentives (Rodriguez).
Michael Baron, Contributor
Furcal was never really a fit for the Mets. The Mets really need more than what Furcal might have provided them. Perhaps if they had brought him in on a minor league deal, Furcal could have tried out as a backup. But it seems the Marlins have given him a guaranteed roster spot, so good for him.
Nov. 30: The Mets are no longer interested in Furcal (Sherman).
Nov. 30: Furcal says the Mets, Marlins, Nationals, Pirates and Rockies have shown interest in him. He will begin throwing for the first time since Tommy John Surgery this week (Rojas).
Nov. 27: The Mets were very interested in Furcal when free agency started (Sherman on MLB Network).
Nov. 27: The Pirates and seven other teams have checked in on Furcal, according to his agent (Sawchik).
Furcal, 36, played in 121 games with St. Louis in 2012, but did not play at all in 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. He is a career .281 hitter with a .346 OBP over 13 seasons.
The Mets may be the only team negotiating with free-agent OF Curtis Granderson , who is seeking up to a four-year deal — worth as much as $17 million a season — according to multiple reports…
7:20 pm: The Mets could bid against themselves if they offered Granderson a fourth guaranteed year (Puma).
5:20 pm: The Mets are holding firm on a three-year deal, while Granderson wants four (Puma).
3:38 pm: Granderson is seeking a four-year deal worth $16 million a year, or $64 million overall, this offseason (Carig).
1:30 pm: The Mets and Granderson are still discussing a fourth year on the deal, according to a source (Martino). Talks are ’serious,’ news at any time wouldn’t be a surprise (Martino).
12:59 pm: Granderson’s negotiations are most advanced with the Mets, though other teams continue to check in (Rosenthal).
8:25 am: The Mariners and Red Sox could post the biggest threat for Granderson to the Mets (Martino).
7:50 am: The Mets remain optimistic they can finalize a deal with Granderson; there is no evidence the White Sox or Mariners are pursuing him (Heyman).
7:45 am: The Mets seem open to doing four years, with less money in year one of the deal (Cerrone).
7:42 am: Granderson’s friend would be shocked if he signed with the Mets (Davidoff).
Dec. 4: The Cubs and White Sox have not shown a recent interest in Granderson (Rogers).
Dec. 4: Mets, White Sox and Mariners are most interested in Granderson (Puma).
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Free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo is reportedly looking for a $100 million deal, and the Mets (among other teams) do not seem interested at that price…
8:27 pm: If the Yankees lose out on free agent 2B Robinson Cano, then Choo will be back in play for them (Nightengale).
6:40 am: The Orioles are pursuing Choo and Nelson Cruz (Morosi).
Dec. 4: Choo is Detroit’s top free-agent target (Feinsand).
Nov. 8: The Yankees were considered the early favorites to sign Choo (Heyman).
Nov. 7: The Mets expressed an initial interest in Choo, but nothing since (Puma).
Nov. 7: Choo is looking to exceed Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million contract (Crasnick).
Nov. 1: The Mets reached out to Scott Boras to express interest in Choo (Puma).
Sept. 7: Choo is the only elite free agent the Mets are expected to pursue this off season, a team insider said (Rubin).
Juan Lagares tweeted that he is on his way back to New York to have his knee looked at.
Lagares’ tweet was in Spanish, but translates to, “On my way to New York to get my knee checked out. Putting everything in God’s hands.” (h/t @SusiMJK on Twitter)
Lagares followed up with a tweet that reads, “Everything is good my people.”
Lagares has been playing in winter ball for Las Aguilas Cibaenas and is hitting .342 with a .379 OBP in 28 games, with five doubles, a home run, 16 RBI and seven walks.
Lagares hit .242 with a .281 OBP and .633 OPS in 121 games for the Mets in 2013.
5:20 pm: Free agent reliever John Axford has received interest from 14 teams, according to his agent (Nicholson-Smith).
2:40 PM: The Dodgers have re-signed free agent RHP Brian Wilson to a one-year, $10 million deal (Brown).
11:51 am: The Red Sox have agreed to sign free agent reliever Edward Mujia to a two-year, $9.5 million deal (Passan).
10;56 am: Free agent RHP Scott Feldman is looking for a three-year deal (Crasnick).
12:24 am: The Diamondbacks could show a willingness to deal RHP Tyler Skaggs (Piecoro).
The Royals acquired OF Norichika Aoki from the Brewers in exchange for LHP Will Smith, the teams announced Thursday.
Aoki, 31, hit .286 with a .356 OBP, 20 stolen bases, 20 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 37 RBI last year.
He will earn almost $2 million in 2014, after which he can become a free agent.
4:03 PM: The Mets inquired about Aoki, but Milwaukee wanted a controllable starting pitcher in return, instead of Ike Davis (Rosenthal).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It seems the Mets and Brewers discussed Aoki, and the Brewers had interest in Davis (see below), but clearly no deal could be worked out. I still believe the Mets would rather find a way to put Davis with Daniel Murphy and a pitching prospect for a better bat than a significantly better bat than Aoki. I have no idea if that deal exists, but I guess that’s what the Winter Meetings are for…
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According to reports, the Mets have interest in free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, though they have concerns about his $75 million asking price. The Mets, Orioles, and possibly the Yankees have all expressed interest in Cruz…
1:42 pm: The Orioles are pursuing Cruz (Morosi).
Dec. 3: The Yankees could be a player for Cruz, in the event they lose out on Carlos Beltran (Feinsand).
Dec. 2: MLB insiders predict Cruz will end up on either the Mets, White Sox, Astros or Mariners (Cerrone).
Nov. 28: Cruz is looking for a four-year, $75 million contract (Heyman).
Nov. 28: The Mets are definitely seeking a power-hitting corner outfielder, and are continuing to pursue Cruz, among others (Heyman).
Nov. 22: The Mets remain interested in Cruz (Rosenthal), even after the signing of free-agent OF Chris Young.
Nov. 13: Mets are “going hard” after Cruz (Ackert), but a follow up report indicates their interest is overstated (Rubin).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Last week, a friend in an MLB front-office told me to expect more old-school trades this winter (MetsBlog), i.e., less four-prospects-for-one-star and more big-leaguer-for-big-leaguer swaps, more needs for needs, role players for role players, etc…
He said teams are overvaluing all of their prospects, which will result in trades that seem lopsided or incomplete because they’ll be making very specific moves to fill or create specific holes — and those goals may not always be clear to fans and media.
For instance, yes, the Rockies may have been able to acquire better players for Dexter Fowler. However, in reality, their goal wasn’t just acquiring talent, they also wanted to free up as much salary as possible. And, in most cases (such as Ike Davis), Colorado would have only saved a few million dollars in the deal. They also wanted useful big-leaguers, not prospects. So, the result was trading Fowler and his $7 million for two major-league players making the league minimum. They got what they needed and made the deal…
Similarly, I’m seeing people ask why the Mets couldn’t top Kansas City’s offer for Norichika Aoki. Milwaukee may have specifically wanted a hard-throwing, young, big-league, left-handed reliever making little money, which is something the Mets don’t have to give. I suppose Alderson could have put a better, more substantial package together for Aoki, including Davis, but maybe Alderson didn’t want Aoki bad enough to give up that much talent… and maybe the Brewers wanted to save money, not add it?
In other words, even if your offer can be better (in terms of talent), in this league right now, you may lose the deal because it doesn’t do exactly what the other team is looking to accomplish, which makes speculating and armchair-GM’ing really, really difficult.
By the way, in hindsight, in early November (MetsBlog), it appears I should have said, “There is zero chance the Brewers trade Aoki to the Mets for Davis.” This is clearly what my source was trying to tell me in a DM on Twitter, and I now realize Braun was his way of saying a deal had no chance of happening. However, looking back at it, and looking back at other Mets-Brewers-Ike-Aoki talk during the last month, it occurs to me that he used Braun as a symbol, which I took literally since I had heard (but hadn’t written yet) that the Mets asked about Braun during the GM Meetings (Heyman). The Hot Stove is a crazy, often coded, fast-moving place…
The Mets and free-agent OF Curtis Granderson are in intense talks about a three- or four-year deal that could be worth around $17 million a season, according to a combination of reports.
The Mets, and other teams, will send scouts to see SS Erisbel Arruebarruena, who recently defected from Cuba (Martino).
The A’s are more likely to trade OF Yoenis Cespedes next summer than this off-season.
It’s becoming more unlikely the Yankees and Red Sox will sign free-agent OF Carlos Beltran (Heyman).
The Mariners have topped the Yankees current offer for free-agent 2B Robinson Cano (McCarron).
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11:55 PM: The Orioles are pursuing free agent RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (Morosi).
8:35 pm: The market for LHP David Price is expected to heat up soon, with Texas, Seattle, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Pirates expected to be in the mix (Passan).
4:25 PM: The Cubs will seriously listen to offers for RHP Jeff Samardzija (Crasnick).
3:00 PM: The D-Backs are looking to make a trade for an ace-caliber pitcher (Crasnick).