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Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Mets have signed Austin Jackson.

Multiple others are reporting that it will be a major league contract. With Yoenis Cespedes (heels) and Juan Lagares (foot) done for the season and Jay Bruce (hip) still sidelined, the Mets are running short on outfield depth. Jackson has batted only .242/.309/.295 in 59 games this season.
Jul 27 - 11:11 AM

Angels claimed RHP Hansel Robles off waivers from the Mets and optioned him to Triple-A.

It's surprising Robles made it to the Angels, considering that he did have the option left and stashing him away in Triple-A wasn't a problem. A valuable reliever his first two years in the league, Robles has struggled to a 4.95 ERA in 76 1/3 innings since the start of 2017. He's struck out 83 in that span, but he's also walked 39 and given up 17 homers. The Angels needed some extra depth, and Robles can eat a lot of innings in middle relief when he's pitching well.
Jun 23 - 4:14 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Mets "will have a deal" with Jose Bautista.

It sounds like there are only a few minor details to sort out.'s Anthony DiComo was first to report that an agreement was close. Bautista batted just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances with the Braves and struggled defensively at third base, but he makes sense as immediate right-handed outfield depth for the Mets. There will be no fantasy upside here.
May 22 - 5:34 PM's Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets are working toward a deal with Jose Bautista.

DiComo notes, however, that the Mets are not the only team showing interest in Bautista, who was released by the Braves on Sunday after batting just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances. It sounds like the 37-year-old will have a new home by the end of the day Tuesday. He would likely play the corner outfield in New York after struggling defensively at third base in his short time with Atlanta.
May 22 - 4:59 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "showing interest" in Jose Bautista.

Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday after hitting just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances. The fit with the Mets makes some sense, as they're in need of outfield depth with Juan Lagares (toe) done for the season and Yoenis Cespedes (hip) also sidelined. Todd Frazier (hamstring) is also currently out, but his return doesn't appear to be far off and the Mets might not want Bautista to play any third base like the Braves did. It's possible Joey Bats might have to settle for another minor league contract.
May 21 - 5:43 PM

Newsday's Tim Healey reports that the Mets "touched base" with the Marlins on J.T. Realmuto over the offseason, but the two teams "have not spoken" this week.

Mike Puma of the New York Post reported earlier Friday that the two sides had discussions about the catcher, but evidently they haven't talked in a while and Healey said there's "no sign" the talks went anywhere. The Mets will go with Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton at catcher while Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) and Kevin Plawecki (hand) are sidelined.
Apr 13 - 2:33 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "have spoken to" the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto.

It's not clear whether the conversations took place over the offseason or recently with the Mets losing both Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) and Kevin Plawecki (hand) to injury. Either way, a trade here seems unlikely to come together, especially since Plawecki is expected back soon and Realmuto (back) is currently injured himself. The Mets are going with Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton at catcher for now.
Apr 13 - 12:53 PM

Matt Ehalt of The Daily Bergen Record reports that the Mets have discussed adding free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Holland, 32, is the last of the high-profile free agent pitchers still on the market. He turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer to open the offseason, and while a few teams have reportedly expressed interest in the reliever, there hasn't been much fire to the smoke. As Ehalt notes, it'd give the Mets one of the better bullpens right now with Jeurys Familia, A.J. Ramos and Jerry Blevins already in New York. This could be an interesting fit.
Mar 28 - 9:12 PM

The Mets are among the teams that have recently scouted free agent reliever Kevin Siegrist, according to the Bergen Record.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick recently reported about 20 scouts watched Siegrist throw in Florida on Thursday, so it's likely the Mets were represented at that session. A once-dominant reliever, the 28-year-old owned a 4.81 ERA in 39 1/3 innings last year. If he showed anything at the showcase, a team could do worse than taking a shot on the southpaw on a minor league deal.
Feb 17 - 7:05 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets and Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is for two years and $16 million and contains a club option for 2020, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Vargas, 35, made his first All-Star team last season after posting a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts, but he faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. Still, the depth is useful given all of the health questions in the Mets' rotation. He'll presumably serve as the team's fifth starter this season.
Feb 16 - 10:45 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets "still have solid interest" in free agent starter Jason Vargas.

Vargas has drawn very little attention on the open market this winter after struggling for much of the second half of the 2017 season. He still finished 18-11, with a 4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 134/58 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 total innings. The 35-year-old left-hander can probably be had on the cheap and would make a for a fine innings eater on most clubs. Now that the Yu Darvish domino has fallen, maybe things will pick up for these lower-tier starting pitchers.
Feb 15 - 10:32 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants will be in attendance at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday in Seattle.

Lincecum didn't pitch anywhere in 2017 after posting a 9.16 ERA across nine starts for the Angels in 2016, but he's gotten himself in better shape and is reportedly topping 90 mph on the radar gun in workouts. Several teams are expected to be at Lincecum's showcase later this week, with the Mets being one club that's been monitoring him, according to Heyman. Lincecum "is believed to relish the opportunity to return to his old stamping grounds" in San Francisco, Heyman says.
Feb 11 - 3:26 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have an agreement with Todd Frazier on a two-year, $17 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical. Frazier seemed likely to land a three-year deal when the offseason began, but the stagnant market obviously hurt him. The Mets will take it. A week away from his 32nd birthday, Frazier batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI for the White Sox and Yankees last season. He'll be the Mets' third baseman, which means Asdrubal Cabrera will slide over to second.
Feb 5 - 8:54 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Eduardo Nunez and Todd Frazier are the Mets' leading choices to bolster their infield.

Rosenthal notes that the Mets are a bit leery of Frazier's intentions, thinking he could be using them in order to leverage a better offer from the Yankees. Nunez is reportedly fully healthy and has been working out in the Dominican Republic. He could wind up being an intriguing fantasy commodity if he lands in the right situation.
Feb 3 - 10:08 AM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday that it is still unlikely the Mets will reunite with Bartolo Colon, even on a minor league deal.

Colon is a popular guy in Queens and the Mets were said to be in discussions with the 44-year-old right-hander earlier this offseason, but that door has apparently closed. Colon registered an unsightly 6.48 ERA in 143 innings (28 starts) last season between the Braves and Twins. He turns 45 years old in May.
Feb 1 - 11:53 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that while the Mets continue to talk to the Pirates about Josh Harrison, a free agent addition is more likely.

In other words, not much has changed here. The Mets have been linked to Harrison for quite some time, but they are reluctant to give up talent from what is already a thin farm system. Brandon Nimmo has been mentioned as a trade possibility, but the Mets are lacking in outfield depth. The Mets are believed to considering a free agent pool consisting of Todd Frazier, Neil Walker, and Eduardo Nunez, but Puma writes that we might not see movement on that front until "the bigger names are off the board."
Jan 29 - 9:04 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears the Mets "still view Todd Frazier as a possibility."

Puma notes in the same report that Mike Moustakas does not seem to be a fit for the Mets, even with his price presumably dropping here in late January. Frazier has been tied to several different teams this winter -- some who view him as a first baseman, some who like him at third base, and some who could shift him between both spots. The 31-year-old free agent batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 games last season for the White Sox and Yankees.
Jan 23 - 4:23 PM

According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the Mets haven't been in touch with Bartolo Colon recently.

This comes after Ervin Santana said Saturday that Colon told him the Mets were interested in a reunion. Ackert's sources didn't rule out the possibility, but it's not something they are actively talking about and it doesn't appear to be a priority. While the 44-year-old Colon was a fan favorite during his time in Queens, he's coming off an ugly 6.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2017. If he intends on continuing his career, he'll likely have to earn his way there with a minor league deal.
Jan 22 - 3:10 PM

Ervin Santana said Saturday that he was told last week by Bartolo Colon that the Mets are interested in signing Colon.

Colon, who turns 45 in May, is interested in continuing his career but only wants to do so with the Mets. The veteran right-hander is aiming to get six more wins to supplant Dennis Martinez as the winningest pitcher from Latin America. Mike Puma of the New York Post reported last month that the Mets had "minimal" interest in Colon even on a minor league contract, but perhaps they'll wind up taking a shot on him for some much-needed depth. Colon held an ugly 6.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2017.
Jan 21 - 2:33 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "aren't enthusiastic" about moving Brandon Nimmo in a deal for Josh Harrison.

On Tuesday, news broke that the Mets wouldn't move Nimmo in a deal for Andrew McCutchen, who was traded to the Giants on Monday. The 30-year-old Harrison hit 16 homers for the Pirates with 12 stolen bases while registering a .771 OPS and playing four positions for Pittsburgh. He also recently mentioned that he'd prefer to play on a different club if the Pirates aren't going to contend in the next two years. New York lists Nimmo at the top of their centerfield depth chart right now, and with Michael Conforto out until May with a shoulder injury, it makes sense that they want to keep the 24-year-old outfielder without getting someone who can play center in return.
Jan 17 - 5:52 PM

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