After the jump, you'll find the full text of a lengthy conversation Dan Murphy and I had under a tent in Hawaii in October, 2007. We talked about life in Hawaii, Murphy's intimate knowledge of his own swing, working on his defense, his favorite books and more. I'll excerpt from two of my favorite answers here:

TH: What do you do when you’re not at the ballpark, whether it’s here in Hawaii or at home in Jacksonville?

DM: Think about hitting – all the time. I’d like to say I’ll that I’ll go back and take a month, month-and-a-half off from swinging the bat, but I get the shakes after a while if I’m not swinging the bat. .....

TH: You get the shakes if you don’t swing?

DM: I tell you man… I wake up in the morning and usually think about hitting all the time. I go to bed at night thinking about hitting.

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TH: Talk about Hawaii. How’s Hawaii going for you?

DM: Hawaii’s going great. I’m really enjoying it out here. Having a lot of fun. Getting to meet new guys – a lot of guys who played at the same level I did some from the Cal league or state league, some pitching I’ve seen before. The competition’s really good – it’s a good extension of the regular season.

TH: What’s the best of being in Hawaii? Anything cool on the off-days?

DM: I think we’re going to Pearl Harbor. We got to go to a couple of the other islands, Maui and Hilo [on Big Island] and got to see a volcano and take some pictures of that waterfall and the best thing to get another 100, 150 ABs out here .

TH: You mentioned the level of play out here, and there are a lot of Florida State League guys out here. It looks to me like high A, or maybe a little better. How does it feel?

DM: I’d say the pitching High-A or a tick above. It’s pretty comparable to what I faced all year….Lotta fastballs, guys really command the fastball here, and just like the hitters, the pitchers are trying to command the fastball and we’re trying to command the fastball as a hitter.

TH: You mentioned the best part of coming, getting another 100, 150 ABs, what’s the big part of your game are you trying to work on out here in Hawaii?

DM: Out here right now, just trying to keep it rolling from the season. I played in a good lineup in St. Lucie. We had a good year, I was able to swing the bat pretty well. Keep rolling, keep having good at-bats. On the other side, I played pretty mediocre defense this year. Towards the end of the year it got better. The second half was a lot better. Out here I’m really trying to focus on my defense. I’m just trying to be a total baseball player in all aspects.

TH: Is there a specific part of your defense? For example, last night, you showed some really good, and some not so good, frankly. There was a diving stop to your left, with a good throw across the diamond, and right before that, a ball that ate you up a little bit.

DM: Right now it’s my feet, my footwork. My hands are working really well, but it’s trying to find a nice balanced position where I can really explode on the baseball. The ball that you’re talking about ate me up, I actually picked the right hop, but my feet were slow getting there and if you’re feet aren’t working, you’re gonna have a tough time. On the other side, on the totally opposite end of the spectrum, the ball I made the diving play on, was ready to go, made a real good first step, was able to get to it, didn’t get the guy, but was able to make a good play on it. So there you go within two innings you have the two different aspects of it. And hopefully I can bottle up the diving play.

TH: Ok, lets go through the one that ate you up. Not because I want to talk about the negative stuff, but because of the phrase, “I picked the right hop.” So take us through it, starting with the pitch, reading the ball off the bat, the footwork and everything involved.

DM: I think Russell Mitchell, was up, their four hole hitter for the Canefires. He hits the ball really well, puts it on the barrel a lot, he’s a pull guy, so I was really focusing in on the hitting zone. And he snatched a fastball, first pitch, right at me. I saw the hop probably six to eight feet out in front of me. I gave a good drop step, whereas I took my left foot back and was gonna drop with it, give with it a little bit, set my feet and make a throw. And as I was dropping, everything in my body was moving kinda slow, my feet felt like they were in quicksand. And I was unable to really give with it the way I wanted to. And it kinda ate me up, and it looked like it skipped off my glove and it did, because I was late.

TH: And today, I saw you doing a lot of hands drills, but you say the hands are doing well.

DM: Yeah, the hands are working. They’re working really well. Actually, the hands save me quite a bit because the feet sometimes pick the wrong hop. The hands are working really well so I’m trying to get my feet to work together with my hands and the same smoothness and try to smooth some things out in the field.

TH: Do you think of yourself as a first baseman now and forever, yeah, third baseman, have the Mets given you any indication that that’s your future?

DM: I played 138 games out of 142 at third base this year. I DHed a couple. I’d say third base right now from everything they’ve told me. I’m working on it as my position as long as I just keep trying to play well over there. So yeah, I’d say thirdbase is my position. … Maybe one day along in the future…I think the Mets have a pretty good guy up there now. No, he rakes. I got to see him play up there this year – he’s good. You know, any way I get to the big leagues, if it’s at second, third or if they want me to get on the bump, if I’m in the big leagues, I don’t care. But I’d say right now, thirdbase is where they want to keep me.

TH: So, where’d you see David Wright?

DM: I actually got the Sterling Award this year for the St. Lucie Mets, so I got to go up there [to Shea Stadium] and watch them unfortunately play the Phillies for a three game set which they got swept. The first swing Wright took he hit a bomb to leftfield. It was really exciting. I got to watch him play defense. He’s a complete player. He uses the whole field hitting. He made a diving play on a bunt and turned a double play. He has all the tools and he’s fun to watch. He’s a good guy for me to try to model myself after. ...He’s the big leaguer…

TH: A little different in that you hit from different sides of the plate, though. Is there a third baseman that you think you most resemble?

DM: Man, how many lefty hitting third basemen are there? …. Defensively, I’d like to model myself after someone like Wright or maybe Chavez. I’d say Chavez now that he comes to mind, left-handed hitter, drives the ball well, commands the strike zone… I think he’s won 5 or 6 gold gloves….He looks like he has fun playing the game – all those Oakland guys do and so do the ones here….

TH: He’s had some injury problems. Huh?

DM: Yeah, try to stay away from those…I had one of those. I signed hurt. Hopefully get in the weight room and clean some of that up. We have a great training staff with the Mets… I tell you what, everything’s first class in the minor leagues.

TH: Tell me about signing hurt, and then you played over three levels last year, so take us through that first year with the Mets and overcoming that injury.

DM: The first year I signed (06), I kinda busted my knee a little bit at JU, so I rehabbed the entire Gulf Coast season in Port St. Lucie. Got about 20 at bats there, and then I got sent to Kingsport Tennessee in Rookie ball, another 20 I think 25, hit the ball pretty well there. Finally went up to to Brooklyn where I was originally scheduled to go if I’d been healthy and got another 30 there, and hit the ball fair. Played ok, didn’t play any defense. Funny story, the first inning of defense I played was in a big league spring training game. Talk about scaring the crap out of you there. First season ….it was frustrating. … You don’t want to say you get depressed, but in the spring training facility… you can feel like you get lost in the shuffle, but you don’t. The organization knows about you. You just gotta keep doing your work and look ahead and keep your eye on what you’re trying to get to. …. Fortunately, this year, knock on wood, I was able to stay healthy all year.

TH: Any lasting effects of that knee problem?

DM: As of right now, no. I’ve been going at it since mid-February and we’re almost in November. It’s held up really well. Got in the weight room and still lifting hard right now. The knee’s actually held up real well and I’m thankful for that.

TH: How about playing with all these Mets guys out here? It seems like we’ve got the whole St. Lucie infield out here with Pellot and Garcia was out here, and Evans was out here before he got hurt and now you’ve got Lucas Duda and you’re playing for a Mets guy in Donovan Mitchell. It’s almost like Mets West out here.

DM: I’m telling you, man, I know. We better start winning some games, or they’ll start blaming us. We got like six guys out here. It’s a lot of fun. …. It’s nice to know guys, but on the other hand, I’ve gotten to know guys from the Mariners, Oakland, and all those organizations - they’re great guys. Guys you might play against, you not think they’re the best, but as soon as you play with them, you realize they’re great guys. It’s a lot of fun. …

TH: You got plans for the rest of the off-season?

DM: I’m gonna go back to Jacksonville since I went to school in Jacksonville. As soon as they start their season in January, I’ll go out and start working out with them. It actually works out really well. They’re great about letting me use their facilities to work out and work out with ‘em getting ready for spring training. Mostly I’m just gonna get in the weight room. I’d like to get up to 220. I’m about 210-215 right now... Slim down a bit. I’m gonna do speed training at the Hit Center– couple big leaguers work out there – Bret Myers and some Jaguars guys. Really, I’m just looking forward to the 2008 season. Hopefully can do as well as I did this past year.

TH: What do you do when you’re not at the ballpark, whether it’s here in Hawaii or at home in Jacksonville?

DM: Think about hitting – all the time. I’d like to say I’ll that I’ll go back and take a month, month-and-a-half off from swinging the bat, but I get the shakes after a while if I’m not swinging the bat. I like to read a lot. I realized playing 140 games this year that you just sit down and watch sportscenter every night, just go to the park, you just get dumber. So I really enjoyed that, found some good books this summer…Reading and thinking about hitting, that’s my life right there.

TH: What’s the best thing you read this summer?

DM: Into Thin Air – John Krakauer.

TH: Sure, great book.

DM: Actually, I’m reading Into the Wild right now trying to see it before I see the movie right now. Into Thin Air is just a great book. I’d recommend it to anybody. It’s a true story that reads like a novel. I didn’t believe our catcher when he told us that…..

TH: Is that catcher Sean McCraw?

DM: Actually catcher/pitcher Joe Hietpas….

TH: You get the shakes if you don’t swing?

DM: I tell you man… I wake up in the morning usually think about hitting all the time. I go to bed at night thinking about hitting. It’s a good and bad thing. You have an 0-fer and you might lose a little sleep. You go 4-4 you think about all those good at-bats. I can’t go too long without swinging a bat – it’s something I enjoy doing. If I wouldn’t get so tired, I’d swing a bat 365 days a year.

TH: I think one of the big things for players as they move up the minor league ladder, and coaches have talked a lot to me about this - guys have to start to learn their own swings. At the A-ball level, you might do a lot of coaching on mechanics, but as guys move up it’s less about mechanics and more about mental stuff and being consistent. Would you say you’re a guy who knows your own swing at this point?

DM: I’d say I have a really good feel for my swing. I was just talking to a scout the other day… and I was just struggling with my swing a little bit a couple days a ago…a couple things here and there –tweaks, but I could feel ‘em…kinda patterned it down the other day in BP, had a real good BP yesterday hit some balls hard. So yeah, I have a real good feel for my swing. But to tell the truth- these guys right now have such good stuff, they’re all -90-92 with a breaking ball- the swing works, if it didn’t work, none of us would be here - so now it’s hit something your looking for, hit a fastball in a zone you’re looking for – it’s a lot of mental. You talk about mental, that’s what it is, hitting is a mental approach.

TH: What did you feel getting out of whack?

DM: I’m not gonna lie to you, I’ve been a little fatigued out here, a little tired. It’s my first full season – I’m up to about 160 games I think. I was getting lazy on my back side, some people say drift to the ball, your head moves, and my back hip was kinda dragging to the ball instead of really driving that knee and that barrel down to the ball. So I felt it. I got in the cage and worked on just dropping the head and driving on through. Had a real good bp session. Actually found the swing yesterday, the one right through the shortstop - double. That’s the swing. As soon as I hit it I knew. That’s what I said to myself on the way to second, “that’s the swing right there, that’s the one that gets you back in the groove.” Anytime I get in a funk, I try to go right through the shortstop. I couldn’t a bottled it up any better.

TH: When I hear a batter talk about drifting with the back hip, it’s gonna sap power and sap explosiveness. That’s what it means for you, right?

DM: Exactly, that’s what it is. Once I start drifting the barrel drops and you don’t get through anything. So right there, I was looking for a fastball 2-0. Pitcher gave me a shake, so I knew he was coming fastball- gave me the fake shake. I was just trying to hit it hard right up the middle, let it get a little deep. Stayed on it, hit it right through the shortstop….You talk about excited after you’re not swing the bat for a few days….I told the guys if I could bottle that up and anytime you get in a funk, bottle that up throw it on your hands, rub it on your hands. That’s the kinda swing that gets you back in rhythm.

TH: Keep that good feeling, and thanks so much for your time.

DM: Thank you.

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Now that the Mets have reached an agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to reduce his contract for the 2020 season, as reported by SNY's Andy Martino, what exactly could the team look to do with the extra cap space?

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cespedes' salary for 2020 was cut from $29.5 million to less than $10 million, though he could make back $20 million via performances bonuses.

So the first question is how exactly does the Cespedes situation affect the Mets in terms of the luxury tax? Former MLB GM and current SNY analyst Jim Duquette broke down the situation on Baseball Night in New York. 

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The Mets have reached an agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to amend his contract and salary for the 2020 season, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who added that Cespedes is still under contract.

He could go from $29.5 million in 2020 to less than $10 million, according to The Post's Joel Sherman, though he could make as much as $20 million if you include potential bonuses.

The Mets and Cespedes were moving closer to a hearing related to his ranch injury and a potential contract violation, according to Martino, who noted that the settlement enables Cespedes to stay with the team while the Mets pay him a lot less.

Cespedes had been due to receive $29.5 million in 2020 in what is the last year of the four-year, $110 million contract he signed with the Mets after the 2016 season.

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The Mets made their one-year deal with Michael Wacha official on Friday, designating Chris Mazza for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

"With the addition of Michael to our staff, our rotation will continue to be an area of strength in 2020," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in a press release. "Adding a fourth All-Star starter with proven success in the postseason gives us a group of starting pitchers with the potential to be among the best in the game."

Wacha -- who got a $3 million base salary and can make an additional $7 million in incentives -- signed the day before Rick Porcello, which means the Mets have six starting pitchers for five spots. And Wacha was told he would be used in the rotation.

"They said they had a spot to start," Wacha said Friday during a conference call when asked what the Mets' pitch to him was. "I'm here to be in that rotation and be out there every fifth day. That's my plan, that's my mindset going into this offseason is preparing for that role. I think it's a great fit."

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On Friday, new Phillies manager Joe Girardi spoke with WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts and spoke on a number of topics, most notably his time interviewing for the Mets manager position earlier this offseason.

Girardi was among a number of candidates up for the position which ultimately went to Carlos Beltran.

"I thought they were very interested. I interviewed three times, and had a fourth one set up," Girardi said when asked if he really thought the Mets were interested in him. "No, I thought they were very interested. They chose to go a different direction. I'm really happy where I'm at, and I chose to go a different direction. That's how it kind of ended up."

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Oct 27, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals in game five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 27, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals in game five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Trade talks between the Mets and Astros about shortstop Carlos Correa were active from November through the end of the Winter Meetings, when they fizzled out, SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday.

Martino said Thursday that while trade talks have died down for now, things could pick back up.

Correa, 24, hit .279/.358/.568 with 21 home runs and 59 RBI in 75 games as rib and back injuries caused him to miss significant time.

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The Mets left the Winter Meetings having secured two starting pitchers and after having discussions about potential moves involving Starling Marte, Jed Lowrie, Dominic Smith, and others.

But while GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Thursday that the Mets can now focus on "wants" instead of "needs," the team still has some needs -- both in terms of players they need to bring in and players they should be looking to move on from.

Here's what should still be on their agenda with about two months to go until spring training begins in Port St. Lucie...

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Pirates OF Starling Marte

The Mets have interest in trading for Pirates CF Starling Marte. Here's the latest...


Dec. 13, 12:46 PM:

In addition to the Mets and Padres, the Reds have also inquired with the Pirates about a trade for Marte, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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It was an extremely busy Winter Meetings this year out in San Diego and SNY was there to cover it all.

Take a look at the many highlights of this year's Meetings....

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The Winter Meetings will never be what they once were, when GMs exchanged trade proposals on cocktail napkins at the bar and even occasionally agreed to a late-night deal without a spreadsheet in sight. 

That said, however, baseball's annual gathering of executives and media this week in San Diego at least came to life again for the first time in a few years, delivering the action everyone wanted to see in the form of mega-million dollar free-agent signings. 

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Countering launch-angle hitting with high fastballs has become all but mandatory for pitchers in the big leagues these days, as dictated by analytics departments and pitching coaches. But it doesn't work for everyone. 

It most certainly didn't work for Rick Porcello in 2019 when he posted a 5.52 ERA, by far the highest in his career, at least partly because he threw the most four-seam fastballs of any season in his career. 

Can he get back to being more of the sinkerballer who has been a solid-to-above-average starter for much of his 11-year career? 

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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Day 3 of the Winter Meetings are upon us, and the Mets remain active in trying to bolster their 2020 roster. Here's the latest news today...


Dec. 12, 8:37 PM:

Now that the Mets have brought in some heavily sought pitching depth in Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello, where will they turn their attention next?

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The Winter Meetings wrapped up on Thursday in San Diego, but lots of questions remain for the Mets. Among them...

Rounding out the rotation...

Rick Porcello could have signed a multiyear deal, according to people aware of his market.

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino close out the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings with an all-new Shea Anything!

The guys look at everything the Mets did and didn't do in San Diego, including the signings of Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello, and the current status quo of the bullpen. Doug and Andy also examine what Brodie Van Wagenen might do next as the off season continues, as the Mets GM continues to survey his options for 2020.

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Mets' Jeff McNeil had a breakout season in 2019, batting .318 with 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 133 games.

Here are his six best moments of the season...

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Mets 1B/OF Dominic Smith

As part of their attempt to trade Jed Lowrie, the Mets have discussed a potential deal with the Rangers that would involve Lowrie and Dominic Smith heading to Texas, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported late Wednesday.

According to Rosenthal, talks between the Mets and Rangers have failed to progress to this point.

Aside from the Rangers, the A's have inquired with the Mets about Lowrie, SNY's Andy Martino reported Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Lowrie, who missed all but nine games in 2019 due to a variety of injuries, is owed $10 million in 2020 when it comes to how payoll is calculated for luxury tax purposes.

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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

he Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen hopes to check off some of the Mets' needs, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


Joyce Kanopka (via e-mail): I don't understand why the Mets aren't trading Edwin Diaz. What evidence is there that he can ever get back to pitching like he did for the Mariners?

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Speaking Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings with the Mets on the verge of finalizing deals with starting pitchers Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, GM Brodie Van Wagenen strongly suggested that his plan might not include adding any external big league relievers.

Van Wagenen could be speaking in intentionally coy terms. But if not, the Mets would likely be neglecting their main area of need while hoping for bounceback years and other positive developments.

"We can bolster our bullpen by having (Seth) Lugo and (Robert) Gsellman go back to the bullpen along with (Brad) Brach if that's how it shakes out in spring training," Van Wagenen said. "It's a good position to be in. We'll sort of adjust on the fly in terms of what other opportunities come in. We have the ability to do wants now that many of our needs are filled."

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The Mets added some starting pitching this offseason, and one of the new arms in their rotation is RHP Rick Porcello

Porcello is coming off a down year with the Red Sox after posting a 5.52 ERA over 32 starts. However, he brings 11 years of MLB experience to the table as a very valuable back-end rotation piece. 

So, as Porcello makes his way back to a very familiar place, here are some things you might not have known about the veteran:

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Brodie Van Wagenen said Thursday at the Winter Meetings that the Mets have "probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball," noting that the added depth after signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha gives the team lots of "flexibility" when it comes to how they prepare for 2020.

As things currently stand, the Mets have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Porcello, and Wacha as rotation options.

They also have the ability to use Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman in the rotation, with Van Wagenen saying the Mets are "staring at eight potential starting pitchers."

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The Mets have interest in signing free agent reliever Dellin Betances. Here's the latest...


Dec. 12, 1:30 PM:

The Dodgers are among the "most aggressive" teams when it comes to Betances, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

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In an unexpected move, the Mets have reportedly inked Rick Porcello to a one-year deal worth $10 million. While the signing itself was surprising, the potential ramifications are even more intriguing.

Since the Mets now have an excess of starting pitchers and 42 players for 40 spots (and are brushing up against the luxury tax), more moves have to be coming. So what happens now?

Are the Mets going to trade a starting pitcher?

With Porcello and Michael Wacha on board, the Mets seemingly have six starting pitchers for five slots. 

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Brewers LHP Josh Hader (Jeff Curry)
Brewers LHP Josh Hader (Jeff Curry)

While the Mets and Dodgers have spoken with the Brewers about a potential trade for Josh Hader, the Yankees have been the most "active pursuer," reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Rosenthal adds that "in some cases," Milwaukee has asked for a package in return that included at least one top prospect, but that teams are reluctant to part with that level prospect for Hader.

SNY's Andy Martino reported on Dec. 2 that the Mets were one of many teams interested in trading for Hader, but that it was not yet clear if the Brewers would deal him.

Martino added that the price for the Mets would be high -- in the J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil category. 

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The Mets have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent RHP Rick Porcello, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical, according to Rosenthal.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal will be worth $10 million.

When the Mets signed Michael Wacha on Wednesday, the thought was that it would end their pursuit of Porcello. Clearly, that thought was wrong.

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As the Mets build their roster at the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego, the pieces of the puzzle for the 2020 season have started to come together.

While the Mets weigh their options with moves such as last Thursday's Jake Marisnick trade and Wednesday's Michael Wacha agreement, RHP Noah Syndergaard is among the cornerstone pieces GM Brodie Van Wagenen believes to be pivotal for the team's success next year.

Discussing the Mets' rotation and bullpen in Wednesday's 1-on-1 interview with SNY's Steve Gelbs, Van Wagenen pointed to Syndergaard as one of the most important arms on the roster.

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Oct 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) runs to first base on a double during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game three of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) runs to first base on a double during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game three of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

For the second straight season, the Nationals have lost one of their biggest offensive stars via free agency.

According to multiple reports, third baseman Anthony Rendon is heading to the Los Angeles Angels on a seven-year deal worth $245 million. That contract is identical to the one agreed to by Stephen Strasburg to keep him in DC.

Rendon, 29, has gotten better with each of his seven seasons with the Nationals. A career .290 hitter, Rendon made his first All-Star team in 2019. He also finished third in MVP voting behind Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, ending his season slashing .319/.412/.598 with 34 home runs and 126 RBI.

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Is there a chance the Mets could pull off a trade with the Astros for shortstop Carlos Correa?

They'd have to get awfully creative, put it that way.

At the Winter Meetings in San Diego, SNY's Andy Martino reported Wednesday that the teams have had "dialogue" about such a possibility, which comes on the heels of The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reporting Tuesday that the Astros have entertained the possibility of trading Correa as a way of dealing with their current -- and future -- payroll crunch.

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

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In the wake of baseball's winter pitching splurge, a popular social media hot take around the Mets goes something like this: Jacob deGrom is a bargain, even at $27.5 million per year! 

Yes, the Mets are getting their money's worth out of the five-year, $137.5 million extension they gave their ace before last season, especially since he won a second consecutive National League Cy Young Award in 2019. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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 (Joe Camporeale)
(Joe Camporeale)

Building pitching depth was priority number one for the Mets during the Winter Meetings, as stated repeatedly by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

On Wednesday, the team helped build that depth by agreeing on a deal with veteran Michael Wacha, who Van Wagenen has hinted will figure to be the team's fifth starter behind Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz.

Wacha is a 28-year-old right-hander, originally from Iowa City, Iowa, though he played his high school ball in Texarkana, Texas. He was selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2012 draft out of Texas A&M.

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Sep 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jed Lowrie (4) reacts after striking out with two men on base against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth
		inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jed Lowrie (4) reacts after striking out with two men on base against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have talked with two MLB teams about trading Jed Lowrie.

The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers have inquired with the Mets about the utility INF, SNY's Andy Martino reported Wednesday.

Lowrie, 35, was an All-Star in 2018 with the A's, who Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first noted are interested in another reunion.

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Oct 27, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals in game five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 27, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals in game five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets made a move with the Astros last week. Could New York do so again with one of Houston's top players?

After the Mets traded for CF Jake Marisnick last Thursday, they "have had dialogue" with the Astros regarding SS Carlos Correa, SNY's Andy Martino reported Wednesday.

Correa, 24, slashed .279/.358/.568 with 21 home runs and 59 RBI in 75 games. He missed most of his 2019 season due to injury, between a fractured rib that cost him 50 games and late-August back discomfort.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen once again met with members of the media as the MLB Winter Meetings roll on in San Diego.

Van Wagenen had plenty to talk about on Wednesday. including the Mets' reported addition of veteran Michael Wacha.

Here are four takeaways from Van Wagenen's availability:

On Michael Wacha

On Wednesday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed the Mets are working hard to finalize a one-year contract with the veteran starter Wacha.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Aug 15, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Aug 15, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Heading into the Winter Meetings, free agent reliever Blake Treinen seemed to make a lot of sense for the New York Mets, a team in need of building bullpen depth.

Now it appears that Treinen is off the market.

ESPN's Jeff Passan has reported that Treinen and the Dodgers are in agreement on a one-year deal worth $10 million. Passan added that Treinen had multiple offers within that same price range.

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Michael Wacha (Jeff Curry)
Michael Wacha (Jeff Curry)

The Mets are 'working hard' to finalize a one-year deal with free agent Michael Wacha, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Wacha's deal will be worth $3 million guaranteed, with an additional $7 million in potential incentives, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Wacha, 28, had a 4.76 ERA (5.61 FIP) and 1.56 WHIP in 126.2 IP in 2019 for the Cardinals as he struggled with injuries and inconsistency.

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Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard
Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The long-awaited scientific findings on the 2019 baseball were released on Wednesday, and the conclusions likely aren't going to satisfy pitchers throughout the majors who were convinced MLB intentionally juiced the ball to fly farther and produce more home runs.

Yet at least there is reason to believe Noah Syndergaard wasn't crazy when he kept complaining that he couldn't throw his slider as effectively in the past -- due to a decrease in the height of the seams on some of the balls that apparently contributed to the record-breaking number of home runs.

And maybe there is now even more reason to believe the Mets should gamble on signing free-agent reliever Blake Treinen, whose fall from dominance with the A's last season was due largely to the ineffectiveness of his sinker -- thought to be at least partly related to lower seams on the ball.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, John Harper
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Dom Smith
Dom Smith

The Mets could be looking to move Dom Smith during MLB's Winter Meetings.

New York is "actively talking to teams" about the 24-year-old 1B/LF, SNY's Andy Martino reported Wednesday.

Smith slashed .282/.355/.525 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 89 games throughout the 2019 season.

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Aug 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Aug 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Yu Darvish knows a good hitter when he sees one.

The seven-year veteran RHP has faced some of MLB's best since arriving from Japan in 2012, ranging between the AL with the Texas Rangers (2012-17) and the NL with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017) and Chicago Cubs (2018-present).

Coming into his third season with the Cubs in 2020, Darvish shared five of his toughest opposing hitters from the 2019 season. J.D. Davis made the cut, evidently leaving Darvish impressed after facing the Mets LF/3B in two games of a breakout year.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Although he didn't pitch in 2019, Bartolo Colon is not giving up on his desire to pitch again in the majors, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Sanchez shared a video of Colon throwing off a mound in the Dominican Republic while wearing Mets shorts and a t-shirt.

Click below to see...

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen hopes to check off some of the Mets' needs, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


Vincent Palma (via e-mail): If the Pirates have interest in Brandon Nimmo, it seems like there should be a lot of options to make a deal with them. Who do you think is Van Wagenen's target?

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Jeurys Familia, Matthew Cerrone
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Starling Marte and Brandon Nimmo
Starling Marte and Brandon Nimmo

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As talks between the Mets and Pirates about a potential trade for Starling Marte have intensified, SNY's Andy Martino has reported that the Mets are "open" to dealing Brandon Nimmo to Pittsburgh.

Marte is a very good player, but so is Nimmo. And the Mets should be open to trading for Marte only if it means not including Nimmo in the deal (with one caveat). Here's why...

It would negatively impact the Mets' outfield defense

Brodie Van Wagenen has made improving the team's defense one of his main goals this offseason, and he did that when he acquired Jake Marisnick. But Marisnick profiles as a part-time player.

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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets fans, time to circle some Spring Training dates on your calendar, as the team released its schedule to kick off the new year. 

Here's how it all breaks down: 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE DATES

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The Mets continue to be linked to Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team is still in on the 31-year-old, and they would likely need to trade a major league outfielder in any deal for him.

Brodie Van Wagenen admitted that the team currently has a surplus of outfielders, with Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Jake Marisnick, and even Dom Smith, who can play both left field and first base.

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Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)
Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)

The first day of Winter Meetings have come and gone in San Diego, and the Mets are still looking to do some business. Here are the latest rumors for today...


Dec. 10, 10:41 PM:

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team is still in on Starling Marte, and they would likely need to trade a major league outfielder in any deal for him.

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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

New Mets manager Carlos Beltran made an appearance at the Winter Meetings in San Diego Tuesday evening and discussed the upcoming season for his new ball club and what he's done in the first month since being named manager.

"It's been a lot of work trying to catch up with all the information, all the details, trying to reach out to all the players," Beltran said in his opening statement. "But it's been fun, it's been a learning experience, there is no doubt that, you know, being in the job a lot of times from the outside you think that being a manager is something that happens from one day to another, but really it takes time to catch up with all the information. The good thing is that I have a good group of guys around me that are being supportive and they've been guiding me through the process."

The Mets made additional changes to their coaching staff aside from Beltran this offseason, adding the likes of Hensley Meulens as their bench coach and Jeremy Hefner as the new pitching coach. 

Beltran noted that 'It was a team effort" in picking and finalizing this new coaching staff.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes
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For the second straight day during the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen met with the media.

Tuesday's topics included how the team will respond to other moves being made within the division, players have specific nutrition plans, and how the team may use their 26th spot on the active roster.

Here are four takeaways from Tuesday's availability:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Two Mets were named to the inaugural All-MLB First Team on Tuesday afternoon, with Pete Alonso taking the first baseman slot and Jacob deGrom grabbing one of the four spots available for starting pitchers.

Alonso was named the NL Rookie of the Year after setting the MLB rookie record for home runs in a season with 53--that effort was also good enough to lead the league in home runs in 2019.

The rookie held slashes of .260/.358/.583 for the season and was named to the NL All-Star team.

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Jun 24, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yasnkees pitcher Dellin Betances (68) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 24, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yasnkees pitcher Dellin Betances (68) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

During the course of the day, I often text and talk with a variety of MLB insiders to better understand what is happening in the hot stove.

The following are insights, ideas and notes gathered from recent conversations with team sources, rival executives, reporters, front office assistants and talent evaluators...

Adding to the bullpen...

My hunch is the Mets will sign at least one relief pitcher before the end of the Winter Meetings.

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Dellin Betances (Treated Image by SNY)
Dellin Betances (Treated Image by SNY)

The Mets think "they have ability" to add pitching help this offseason, which could mean a free agent reliever such as Dellin Betances, perhaps another reliever in addition to a Betances-type, and a back of the rotation starting pitcher, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Martino adds that Betances currently has multiyear and one-year opportunities.

Brodie Van Wagenen spent much of his media availability on Monday night at the Winter Meetings talking about the potential of adding depth to the roster, and was coy when it came to exactly what the Mets could or would allocate to each area of need.

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The Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen prepares to wheel and deal, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


1) Gorman (via Twitter): Seeing a lot of people including top prospect Andres Gimenez in trade scenarios. Is it because he's blocked by Amed Rosario? Who has more trade value, Rosario or Gimenez? Is Gimenez good enough to consider using Rosario to acquire a superstar?

If the people you are referring to are our fellow fans, I wouldn't worry about it because being an Armchair GM is what we are supposed to do this time of year. It's part of the fun.

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Aug 20, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) circles the bases on a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 20, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) circles the bases on a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The general sense after the Mets traded for center fielder Jake Marisnick was that it would end any potential pursuit of Pirates center fielder Starling Marte. Maybe not.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Monday that part of the reason why the Mets swung the deal for Marisnick when they did was because of a fear that they would be unable to land Marte. And Rosenthal suggested that Marte could still be in play.

Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported Tuesday that the Mets have not ruled out Marte and that they would meet with the Pirates at the Winter Meetings, adding that the Pirates are seeking a "young, controllable" catcher.

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