The Mets, Yankees and Padres have inquired about the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley (Heyman).
In addition to second base, Ackley has also spent time playing in the outfield and a few games at first. In 2013, Ackley played in 113 games for Seattle, hitting .253 with a .319 OBP, with a .660 OPS. He hit 18 doubles and four home runs, with 31 RBI.
At 25, the former second-overall pick, Ackley is a career .245 hitter with a .315 OBP and .669 OPS in 356 major league games.
Pitchers and catchers report to PSL on February 15…
Updated, 3:15 pm: The Diamondbacks, White Sox and Angels have completed a three-team deal. The Angels have sent OF Mark Trumbo and players to be named later to Arizona. The Diamondbacks have sent OF Adam Eaton to the White Sox, LHP Tyler Skaggs to the Angels, and the White Sox have sent RHP Hector Santiago to the Angels (Morosi).
3:30 pm: The White Sox could now trade OF Alejandro De Aza (Rogers).
11:50 am: The Orioles have targeted some of the Marlins outfielders in trade (Encina).
11:36 am: There is zero chance the Diamondbacks will deal both RHP Trevor Cahill and LHP Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for OF Mark Trumbo (Fletcher).
11:31 am: Scott Boras’ asking price for free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo is too high for the Rangers (Sullivan).
11:14 am: The Rays and Rangers could swap OF Matt Joyce for 1B Mitch Moreland, but it’s not clear if that deal has any traction (Stark).
10:25 am: Free agent OF Jason Bay could be headed to Japan to play for the Yomiuri Giants (Johns).
10:09 am: The Diamondbacks intend to leave the Winter Meetings with either free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo or Angels’ OF Mark Trumbo (Sherman).
10:08 am: The Marlins are not trying to trade for OF Mark Trumbo (Rodriguez).
9:00 am: Free agent OF Rajai Davis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tigers (Nicholson-Smith).
2:53 pm: The Mets and Reds are making a strong push to sign free-agent RHP Bronson Arroyo (Wolfson, Dec. 10).
The Mets (Cafardo, Dec. 1), Phillies and Angels (Zolecki, Dec. 9) are among a dozen teams with interest in Arroyo, who has said he would definitely consider signing with the Mets (Martino, Nov. 1).
The Mets and Twins are aggressively pursuing Arroyo, according to a report this week (Cotillo, Dec. 5). However, a team official was quoted as saying the Mets are not very high on him (Rubin, Dec. 2).
It was reported Monday that Minnesota’s talks with Arroyo were beginning to gain momentum (Rosenthal, Dec. 9) after the Twins met with his agents earlier this week (Wolfson, Dec. 9). 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 as well.
Arroyo said he has offers on the table, but he is not yet ready to accept a deal (Cafardo, Dec. 9). He is reportedly looking for a three-year contract (Rubin, Nov. 30).
Sandy Alderson is looking to add a starting pitcher, but he’s reluctant to give a multi-year deal, he told reporters at the Winter Meetings in Florida.
“But it doesn’t mean we wouldn’t,” he said.
2:05 pm: The Mets spoke to agents for Johan Santana and Freddy Garcia on Tuesday as cheap, veteran options (Lennon).
Dec. 9: The Mets reportedly met with the agent for Bartolo Colon on Monday, who may consider signing a one-year deal for around $10 million (Heyman).
Alderson said he has yet to have meaningful dialogue with free-agent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, though he’s interested.
Among other reasons, Alderson said he does not want to block his young pitching – such as Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard.
In either case, he expects Jenrry Mejia to compete for a spot in the starting rotation during spring training. Mejia is coming off elbow surgery to remove bone spurs.
The Mets are among teams that have expressed interest in free-agent SS Stephen Drew, although only the Red Sox have reportedly made him an offer so far this winter…
2:05 pm: There is little chance the Mets go to a third year for Drew (Lennon).
1:50 pm: The Twins, Mets and Red Sox continue to look like the most likely destination for Drew, according to people with knowledge of his market (Cerrone).
12:47 pm: Drew doesn’t have a big market and the Red Sox still feel they can retain him (Cafardo, Dec. 10).
12:40 pm: The Mets are still active in the shortstop market and they continue to have interest in Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 10).
9:40 am: The Red Sox intend to wait out Drew’s market this winter (Britton).
In November, it was reported the Mets would meet with Scott Boras to discuss Drew (Lennon, Nov. 15). The Red Sox have continued to show interest in Drew, but are only willing to offer him a two-year contract (Cafardo, Nov. 10). That said, industry sources predicted in October that Drew could end up signing a three-year contract worth around $12 million per year (Sherman).
Drew received a qualifying offer at the end of the season, meaning the team that signs him will forfeit a draft pick…
The Mets formally introduced Curtis Granderson to the media on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Florida.
“Today is an amazing day,” Granderson said. “I’m really excited to be a part of the New York Mets organization.
“A lot of people I’ve met in New York said, ‘True New Yorkers are Mets fans.’”
Why did he land with the Mets?
“When weighing every possible opportunity, it was the best fit possible,” he said.
Sandy Alderson said he met with Granderson before negotiating a contract — with the now infamous salmon dinner — and they were set on signing him before other teams showed a strong interest.
“We focused on Curtis,” Alderson said. “We felt he would add the most to our team, given where we were and we’re very pleased to have him.”
Granderson told reporters that the Red Sox showed interest, but the Mets were the only team to offer four years (Carig).
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2:02 pm: 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis wants to play on the west coast next year (Perry).
1:45 pm: The Yankees have talked with the agents for 1B Mark Reynolds about coming back (Barbarisi).
1:00 pm: The White Sox have offered 3B Juan Uribe a two-year deal (Rojas).
12:20 pm: The Pirates have renewed interest in signing free agent 1B James Loney (Olney).
11:50 am: The Nationals are balking at trading INF Danny Espinosa, despite interest from the Yankees and other teams (Rosenthal).
11:50 am: The Orioles (Encina) are among seven teams (Rodriguez) interested in Marlins 1B Logan Morrison.
10:57 am: The Rays might match up with the Rangers for a deal involving 1B Mitch Moreland (Stark).
Michael Baron, Contributor
The Rays are looking for a left-handed first baseman, according to manager Joe Maddon on MLB Network Radio yesterday. Obviously Ike Davis fits that criteria, but Moreland does as well. Moreland has his issues, but he’s been more consistent than Ike and is probably more appealing as a result. That, along with Morrison’s growing market could negatively impact Sandy Alderson’s ability to deal either Davis or Lucas Duda. And, if the first base supply continues to increase, it will certainly lessen the front office’s ability to net a significant return.
10:44 am: The Marlins are interested in INF Juan Uribe (Rosenthal).
9:36 am: 2B Omar Infante’s asking price is higher than $8 million per year and a multi-year deal (Olney).
The Mets have discussed shortstop Cesar Izturis, who they view as a possible back-up infielder (Puma, Dec. 9).
2:00 pm: The Mets met with Izturis’ agent on Tuesday (Lennon).
Dec. 9: The team likely meet with his agent at the Winter Meetings (Puma).
Izturis, 33, is coming off 63 games in 2013, where he hit .209 with a .259 OBP and .530 OPS. Of hits 27 hits, eight went for extra bases with 11 RBI.
He hasn’t played in 100 games since 2010 with Baltimore.
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.
In the event they fail to sign a free-agent infielder, the Mets will consider trading for a shortstop, such as Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez and A’s SS Jed Lowrie (Sherman, Nov. 7)…
11:45 am: The Mets are not in on Cabrera (Sherman, Dec. 10), who will earn $10 million this season before being eligible to be a free agent.
11:37 am: The Indians are now listening to offers for Cabrera (Rosenthal, Dec. 10), despite earlier reports saying he would not be moved this winter (Hoynes, Oct. 31).
11:30 am: The asking price for Cabrera is sky high, according to people at the Winter Meetings (Brender, Dec. 10).
In early November, it was reported that Sandy Alderson’s top off-season priority was to upgrade shortstop (Sherman, Nov. 11). Alderson has interest in Lowrie (Sherman, Nov. 14).
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Cabrera is a good offensive shortstop coming off a subpar age-27 season. His batting, generally well above average for the position, dropped off somewhat, due to a spike in strikeouts and a drop in BABIP… He seems likely to rebound somewhat, though perhaps not to the level of his All-Star seasons in 2011 and 2012. Defense has always been his weakness, though, and this last season was his worst yet with -12.8 UZR.