The Mets talked about Ike Davis with the Rays and Brewers, though Milwaukee would prefer to first try and re-sign Corey Hart.
The Mets seem to be asking teams for young pitching when discussing Daniel Murphy and Davis, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News. For instance, they asked the Orioles about Dylan Bundy, but were immediately turned down.
The Mets asked the Mariners about 2B Dustin Ackley, and they have some sort of interest in free-agent pitchers Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon, Bruce Chen, John Lannan, Paul Maholm, Freddy Garcia, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Johan Santana.
The Mets continue to show interest in free-agent Stephen Drew, as they are still looking to acquire a shortstop. That said, The while the Indians are listening to offers for SS Asdrubal Cabrera, the Mets are not interested.
The Mets did meet the agent for Cesar Izturis, who they view only as a possible back-up infielder.
The Mets and D-Backs met Monday, but did not find any common ground. Arizona reportedly has a surplus of young shortstops.
Lastly, the Mets re-signed Jeremy Hefner.
The Mets continue to talk with teams about 1B Ike Davis, who has reportedly drawn interest from the Rays, Astros, Orioles, Brewers and Rockies, among other teams.
The Brewers still hope to re-sign free-agent Corey Hart, and reports indicate they may get a deal done (Haudricourt, Dec. 10). However, if he doesn’t decide within the next day or so, they may push to acquire Davis before the end of the week, according to insiders (Martino, Rubin, Dec. 10).
11:26 pm: The Brewers feel Hart is their best option, it’s just a matter of getting the money right in his deal (Haudricourt, Dec. 10).
11:22 pm: The Brewers love Hart, and are working to get a deal done (Heyman, Dec. 10).
In talks for Davis, the Mets asked the Brewers for young, controllable pitching, such as prospect Tyler Thornburg (Duquette, Dec. 10).
Meanwhile, while the Rays like Davis (Martino, Dec. 9), he may not be their first choice (Rubin, Dec. 10). They are also interested in Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (Heyman, Dec. 9) and Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland (Martino, Nov. 26). Nevertheless, the Mets and Rays continued talking Tuesday (Puma, Dec. 10).
It was reported last month that Tampa will consider swapping Davis for OF Matt Joyce (Topkin, Nov. 27).
There have been reports connecting the Mets and Davis to the Orioles and Pirates, but there does not seem to be significant interest from either side (Sherman, Puma, Martino, Dec. 9).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’ve heard from all sorts of people at the Winter Meetings — including people in media, people in baseball that have talked with the Mets, agents, and connected friends of friends — and here’s my best, educated guess on what Sandy Alderson is trying to do…
It sounds to me like he’s hustling to trade Ike Davis and/or Daniel Murphy. The goal is either to acquire an inexpensive shortstop or second baseman in the deal, or at least free up enough money where he can sign a meaningful shortstop on the open market. At the same time, I think he’d like to sign an established starting pitcher, as well as someone else on a lesser deal to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation. I guess if this can be accomplished in the deal with Davis or Murphy, great, but I don’t think anyone expects that to happen. I also think Alderson is trying to acquire a set-up man with the ability to close.
I’m told the team’s ownership will support a slight increase in spending, but only if the deal makes sense for the long- and short-term good of the franchise. The front office, management and ownership all see eye to eye on not trading their top young pitchers, which I take to mean Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard, among others.
I’m not going to speculate on the likelihood of specific players being acquired, but I now understand why we keep seeing rumors about Bronson Arroyo and Stephen Drew, as well Matt Joyce and Cliff Pennington, and now Dustin Ackley, Chris Perez and Mitchell Boggs, all of which are legit options, according to people familiar with the market. It also makes sense that we’d hear of Alderson asking for guys making the league minimum and not J.J. Hardy and others with a long-term contract.
“The Mets, like most teams, do not have one plan in place,” a person who has dealt with them this week told me on Tuesday. “The goal for these meetings, for every team, is to create options. This way, when a road opens up, even if it’s not perfect, as long as it gets you where you need to go, you have the opportunity to be better.”
It reads like the Mets may have options. The question is: will a road open before the hot stove season is over?
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The Mets and Jeremy Hefner have agreed on a new contract (DiComo). It will be a minor-league deal (Rubin).
Hefner was non-tendered earlier this month.
He will likely miss all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but will be able to rehab at the Mets facilities with his new deal.
In 12 starts between May 13 and July 12, Hefner went 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA, allowing 22 earned runs, 16 walks and seven home runs with 57 strikeouts in 73 innings.
Overall, last season, he posted a 4.34 ERA and 1.293 WHIP, with 99 strikeouts, over 130 2/3 innings in 23 starts.
The Mets are interested in free agent starting pitchers Bartolo Colon, Bruce Chen, John Lannan and Paul Maholm, among others (Heyman, Dec. 10). Sandy Alderson said he’s also interested in RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, though he has yet to talk with his agent.
Alderson is also reportedly pursuing free-agent Bronson Arroyo (MetsBlog, Dec. 10), and he’s also talked with the agents for Garcia (Puma, Dec. 10), Maholm (Puma, Dec. 10) and old friend Johan Santana (Lennon, Dec. 10).
The Mets may be one of eight teams showing interest in Santana (Castillo, Dec. 8), who is said to be throwing from 90 feet (Nicholson-Smith, Dec. 7).
Alderson said this week that he is looking to add a starting pitcher, but he’s reluctant to give a multi-year deal.
Chen, Lannan, Santana and Maholm are expected to recieve one-year offers this winter. However, while Colon was once being offered one year and around $7 million, he may end up with two years and close to $20 million (Gammons on MLB Network).
The Mets (Cafardo, Dec. 1), Phillies and Angels (Zolecki, Dec. 9) are among a dozen teams with interest in free-agent RHP Bronson Arroyo.
According to one report on Tuesday, the Mets and Reds were making a strong push to sign him (Wolfson, Dec. 10). It was reported last week that the Twins and Mets were aggressively pursuing him (Cotillo, Dec. 5). However, a follow-up report on Tuesday indicated the Mets are not interested (Heyman), which is similar to what a team official said last week (Rubin, Dec. 2).
The Twins met with Arroyo and his agent Tuesday afternoon (Rosencrans, Dec. 10) and the two sides continue to negotiate a possible deal (Neal, Dec. 10).
In addition to the Twins, the Pirates (Olney, Dec. 9) and Mets (Puma, Dec. 6, Cafardo, Dec. 2) were supposedly interested in meeting with Arroyo’s representatives during the Winter Meetings, though the Pirates may no longer be interested (Biertempfel, Dec. 10).
Arroyo said he has offers on the table, but he is not yet ready to sign a new deal (Cafardo, Dec. 9). He is reportedly looking for a three-year contract (Rubin, Nov. 30) and says he would definitely consider signing with the Mets (Martino, Nov. 1).
The Mets, Yankees and Padres have asked the Mariners about 2B Dustin Ackley (Heyman), who is arbitration eligible each of the next three seasons, after which he can be a free agent.
Ackley, 25, hit .253 with a .319 OBP, .660 OPS, 18 doubles, four HR and 31 RBI in 113 games for the Mariners. He’s played second base, first and outfield during his professional career.
Mets pitchers and catchers will report Feb. 15, Terry Collins told reporters today in Orlando (Castillo).
The team will open spring training with a game on Friday, February 28 against the Nationals at Tradition Field.
The Mets are still active in the shortstop market and they continue to have interest in free-agent Stephen Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 10), who there are unlikely to give a three-year deal (Lennon, Dec. 10).
The Mets, Twins and Red Sox continue to be talked about as the the most likely destination for Drew, according to people with knowledge of his market (Cerrone, Dec. 10).
In late October, industry sources predicted Drew could end up signing a three-year contract worth around $12 million per year (Sherman). However, the Red Sox appear to be the only team to offer him a deal, which is said to be for only two years (Cafardo, Nov. 10).
In November, it was reported the Mets would meet with Scott Boras to discuss Drew (Lennon, Nov. 15), who will require his new team to forfeit their top draft pick.
The White Sox, D-Backs and Angels are discussing a deal that would send Mark Trumbo to Arizona (Law, Shaikin, Dec. 10).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This off-season, I’ve had league insiders describe Trumbo to me as ‘one dimensional,’ ‘overrated,’ and, ‘not worth the asking price.’ The way I understand it, the Mets asked about him last summer, when the Angels had some interest in Jon Niese. However, the Mets never viewed him as the ideal player to bat behind David Wright, and their interest was “limited,” at best.
Today’s reports indicate the Angels may be get Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs for Trumbo, which would be a steal. Thankfully, there is no evidence the Mets are interested and I’ve seen no reports or rumors linking them to the Angels. I like Trumbo, but that’s a lot to give up to get him.