The New York Mets will select 20th in the 2017 MLB Draft, CBS Sports reports. The draft order was finalized this week after the last qualified free agents signed new contracts.
New York Mets' outfielder Brandon Nimmo will play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports. Nimmo becomes the seventh Mets' player to agree to participate in the tournament, which will be held during spring training.
First baseman James Loney has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Loney hit .265 with nine homers and 34 RBI's in 100 games with the New York Mets in 2016 while filling in for the injured Lucas Duda.
Former New York Mets' outfielder Alejandro De Aza has signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. De Aza hit .205 with six homers and 25 RBI's in 130 games for the Mets in 2016.
The New York Mets have the seventh best farm system in baseball according to ESPN Insider Keith Law. Law notes that the Mets have two potential stars (Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario) headlining their system with a bunch of talented youngsters behind them.
New York Mets' outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been rated the top left fielder in the game by a group of scouts and baseball executive surveyed by ESPN's Buster Olney. Cespedes drew rave reviews for his prodigious power and his strong arm.
The trade market for New York Mets' outfielder Jay Bruce appears to be dwindling. With both the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies adding outfielders, the Mets may be down to just a team or two as potential trade partners for Bruce.
The New York Mets will be among the teams attending a showcase workout for lefty reliever Craig Breslow, baseball insider Peter Gammons reports. Breslow, who pitched to a 4.50 ERA for the Miami Marlins in 2016, spent the last six months working on reinventing himself by altering his delivery and lowering his arm angle.
The New York Mets are now seeking two prospects in return for outfielder Jay Bruce, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports. Bruce has been on the trade block for almost the whole winter but remains stuck on the Mets thanks to a lack of interest.
Wally Backman has accused New York Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson of "blackballing" him in an effort to prevent him from working in the league, Bob Klapisch of Newsday reports. The Mets and Backman, who had been the team's Triple-A Manager for the past five years, parted ways after the conclusion of the 2016 season.