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Report: Troy Tulowitzki Deal not Happening for Mets, Rockies

December 20th, 2014 at 7:25 PM
By Mike Phillips

For about a day or so, the buzz around the New York Mets surrounded a trade rumor involving shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The Tulo to the Mets rumor has been reported throughout the winter, but gained steam after a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman indicated the two sides were in early stages of talks. The rumored deal would see Tulowitzki headed to the Mets in exchange for a package of players headlined by Noah Syndergaard. In spite of all the buzz, it appears the talks are back off. Multiple reports, including this tweet from Troy Renck of the Denver Post, indicate that the deal is dead for now.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Mets, Rockies Discussing Potential Troy Tulowitzki Trade

December 19th, 2014 at 12:05 PM
By Doug Rush

The Colorado Rockies have been talking about trading All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ever since the start of the offseason. The New York Yankees seemed like they made the most sense because of the retirement of Derek Jeter, but they instead traded for Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Instead, it's the New York Mets, who have reportedly been talking to the Rockies for several weeks now on a possible deal to bring Tulowitzki to Queens instead of the Bronx, as per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. A deal from the Mets would likely center around pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.

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New York Mets Still Considering Stephen Drew and Everth Cabrera

December 18th, 2014 at 4:04 PM
By Mike Phillips

If New York Mets' fans want to see someone other than Wilmer Flores or Ruben Tejada at shortstop on Opening Day, their options are dwindling. Sandy Alderson indicated earlier in the week that the Mets aren't planning on pursuing Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang due to concerns about his ability to make the transition to Major League Baseball. With Kang out of the picture, there are very few alternatives for the Mets on the open market. In spite of that, the Mets are still considering both Stephen Drew and Everth Cabrera, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

While the Mets are considering both players, they don't appear committed to a major investment for either. Carig is reporting that at this point the Mets are interested in both players if they are willing to accept a more team friendly one year contract. Given the state of the market, the Mets are still willing to wait until January to see if the market dries up for any of these players. The Mets are also among the teams rumored to be interested in free agent Asdrubal Cabrera, but concerns about his ability to play a good defensive shortstop put them at the back of the pack there. In addition, the Mets would like to acquire either Chris Taylor or Brad Miller from Seattle, but those talks have gone nowhere so far.

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New York Mets May Hold Matt Harvey Back for Home Opener

December 17th, 2014 at 9:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

Matt Harvey has been aiming for an Opening Day appearance in 2015 ever since he was ruled out for the season in September. The New York Mets may make Harvey wait just a little longer to make his regular season return. In an interview with Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, manager Terry Collins indicated that the Mets may hold Harvey back just over a week at the start of the regular season. The new plan may still appeal to Harvey, as the Mets are looking at lining up Harvey to pitch in the Mets' home opener on April 11th against the Washington Nationals.

The Mets are still planning on limiting Harvey's innings by shutting him down for a few weeks in the summer, but this delayed start will also help. Harvey is a competitor who wants to be available for the Mets in October, so he probably won't have a huge problem if that's what the team decides to do. Starting the home opener also offers a huge spotlight for Harvey, who will get to return at Citi Field instead of in Washington, D.C. Collins expects the Mets to be in October, so he is planning on Harvey anchoring the Mets' dynamic young pitching staff.

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Sandy Alderson Offers Insight into New York Mets’ Plans at Holiday Party

December 16th, 2014 at 9:00 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets held their annual holiday party today at Citi Field. The holiday party seems like a mundane event, but the Mets find ways to make it news worthy nearly every year. The choice of who plays Santa Claus is always interesting, since the spot seems to be a curse since 2004 (check out this blog post from Anthony DiComo). The biggest story to come out of the holiday party in recent memory came in 2012, when R.A. Dickey complained to reporters about his lack of progress in extension talks with the Mets shortly after his Cy Young Award winning season. The Mets weren't thrilled about that, and within two weeks Dickey was dealt to Toronto in the trade that netted Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.

While Jenrry Mejia may want to get a rabbit's foot for the holidays after agreeing to play Santa, the biggest story of the holiday party came from Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson. Alderson discussed the Mets' plans going forward in the offseason with reporters at the party, and while it wasn't as explosive as Dickey's chat two years ago he did reveal some interesting facts about the Mets' plans going forward. Here's a quick synopsis of what Alderson had to say (check out MetsBlog.com for full stories on each bullet point):

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