The rumor mill is in full swing as the second day of the Winter Meetings is underway. The Mets have been active throughout the day, as rumors of new acquisitions and potential targets have circulated throughout the Twitterverse. Here at Mets 101, we will catch you up on all the latest in this special edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's get started with:
The Mets kicked off their day by showing off their newest acquisition, outfielder Curtis Granderson, at a press conference in Orlando. Granderson showed off his new number 3 jersey and fielded questions from reporters. Granderson was genuinely excited to join the Mets and fired up the team's fans by saying he had heard that "true New Yorkers are Mets fans." Granderson indicated in several interviews that he would like to play center field, but he is prepared to play in either outfield corner if asked by manager Terry Collins.
Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis Are Being Actively Shopped:
Various reports from Twitter indicate that the Mets are actively seeking a deal for Daniel Murphy or Ike Davis at the meetings. No deal appears to be imminent, but Murphy has gotten interest from a number of teams. The Baltimore Orioles gave the Mets a call on Murphy and the Mets requested top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, among others, for Murphy according to MLB Network's Jim Duquette. The Orioles rejected the deal, so there is nothing there for now. The Mets have also reached out to the Seattle Mariners to gauge their interest in dealing second baseman Dustin Ackley, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Ackley may be available in a deal after the Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a 10 year deal last Friday.
The Mets remain in play for former Red Sox' shortstop Stephen Drew, Matt Cerrone of Mets Blog reports on Twitter. The Mets, Twins, and Red Sox appear to be the three likely destinations for Drew, whose market has been quiet due to the Red Sox' qualifying offer and agent Scott Boras' negotiating history. The Mets are not in on trade talks for Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The Mets have, however, reached out to the agents of shortstop Cesar Izturis, David Lennon of Newsday reports. If the Mets bring in Izturis, he would serve as a backup to Ruben Tejada. Assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi told SNY's Kevin Burkhart on Mets Hot Stove last night that Tejada is still an option to play shortstop, and has shown commitment to improving his conditioning this offseason by attending a team run fitness camp.
The Starting Pitching Market:
The Mets have been in on several pitchers throughout the day. After meeting with the agents for Bartolo Colon yesterday, it appears as if the price is going to exceed what they are willing to pay for a starter. The Mets are also reportedly out on Bronson Arroyo according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The Mets are still open to a reunion with Johan Santana, who has drawn interest from as many as seven teams. Besides Santana, other starters on the Mets board according to Heyman include Colon, Paul Maholm, Bruce Chen, and John Lannan.
Relief Pitching is a Big Concern:
One surprising development to come out of the meetings is the amount of concern the Mets have towards their set up men. The Mets have reached out to a number of free agents with closing experience, including Chris Perez and Mitchell Boggs. The Mets are clearly concerned about Bobby Parnell's recovery from neck surgery, and want to provide themselves veteran insurance in the pen. Nothing appears imminent on that front either.
Stay tuned to Mets 101 as we keep you covered on all the news surrounding the New York Mets at the Winter Meetings over the next several days!
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