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Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Mets have agreed to a two-year deal with Jed Lowrie.

The exact financial terms aren't known and the deal is pending a physical, but Passan reports that the deal is for at least $20 million, with Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports saying that it's "precisely" that amount. An interesting -- and a bit surprising -- pickup for the Mets, who recently acquired fellow second baseman Robinson Cano from the Mariners. It's likely one of the two will be changing positions now, although Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets plan to play Lowrie everyday at various positions; possibly even first base until Peter Alonso is "ready." The 34-year-old is coming off a career season that saw him hit 23 homers and drive in 99 runs with a .267/.353/.448 line for the playoff-bound Athletics.
Jan 10 - 5:49 PM

Still in need of a backup shortstop, the Mets have talked to reps for Asdrubal Cabrera, Freddy Galvis and Alcides Escobar.

Cabrera is familiar with the Mets, but he's probably holding out for a starting job at second or third somewhere, and Galvis still seems likely to be some team's primary shortstop next year. Escobar or Adeiny Hechavarria might fit into the Mets' budget better.
Jan 7 - 3:40 PM

The Mets are considering signing free agent Josh Tomlin, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Tomlin has some familiarity with Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who coached Tomlin when the pair were in Cleveland. Rosenthal says the Mets would like to add a pitcher on a non-roster deal, something Tomlin might have to settle for after he owned an abysmal 6.14 ERA in 70 1/3 innings for the Tribe last season.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 5 - 7:23 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports free agent Derek Holland is under consideration by the Mets.

The Mets are looking for rotation depth, Rosenthal says, and are thinking about the 32-year-old southpaw, who posted a 3.57 ERA and 169/67 K/BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings this past season. Holland has also drawn interest from the Reds, Giants and Rangers, Rosenthal notes.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 5 - 7:20 PM

According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, the Mets had offered Yasmani Grandal a four-year contract worth $60 million before eventually signing Wilson Ramos.

Grandal still finds himself looking for employment after rejecting the Mets' offer, bit it at least gives some insight into what type of contract he's looking for. He may very well have to wait until the J.T. Realmuto saga plays out, as he'll become an attractive consolation prize to any team that is unable to land the Marlins' backstop.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 08:13:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the possibility of the Mets trading for Mike Minor is "not so likely right now."

This comes after Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Thursday that the Mets and Phillies had the most interest in prying Minor away from the Rangers. The Mets are one of the 10 teams on Minor's no-trade list, which obviously complicates things.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 04:18:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears that the possibility of the Mets signing A.J. Pollock is "not so likely right now."

The Mets have been in the market for center field help, but they might not go after a big-ticket item like Pollock after already adding Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos to their lineup. Pollock is reportedly looking for a contract similar to the five-year, $80 million deal Lorenzo Cain signed last winter, although it seems unlikely that he'll get that.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 04:13:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets and Phillies have shown the heaviest interest in a potential trade for Mike Minor.

We've heard earlier reports of the Phillies showing interest in Minor, but this is the first we've heard of the Mets. New York could use the southpaw as a starter or out of the bullpen, as Rosenthal notes, but the Mets are one of the 10 teams on Minor's no-trade clause list. The Phillies are not, which makes a trade to them less complicated. It certainly doesn't preclude New York from making a deal for the left-hander, however. He's owed just $19 million over the next two seasons.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 10:45:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that last week the Mets discussed the idea of free agent Mike Moustakas to bolster their infield.

This was before the Mets signed Wilson Ramos, so it's unclear how things might have changed in regard to budget and roster priority. The club still needs depth for the outfield, but securing some corner-infield insurance makes some sense. Todd Frazier could always slide over to first base if Peter Alonso isn't quite ready or struggles in his first stint in the majors, but there's probably a better fit for Moustakas elsewhere. The 30-year-old batted .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI over 152 games last season for the Royals and Brewers.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 02:40:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Wilson Ramos' contract with the Mets includes a $10 million club option for a third season.

Ramos will receive a $2 million signing bonus and will earn $6.25 million in 2019 and $9.25 million in 2020, with $500,000 more available in incentives. The buyout for the option is $1.5 million, so Ramos is guaranteed at least $19 million over two years and the deal could be worth as much as $28 million over three years. Ramos will officially sign with the Mets and be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.
Mon, Dec 17, 2018 04:46:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with Wilson Ramos.

Piecing this together, Daniel Alvarez Montes was the first to report that the Mets had reached an agreement with the catcher, Ken Rosenthal added that it was a two-year deal and Heyman closed it out by adding the financial details. The contract is still pending a physical, so it's likely that it will not be finalized and made official until Monday.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 04:55:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the agreement between the Mets and Wilson Ramos is on a two-year contract.

We still haven't heard any financial details on the contract, but Rosenthal does confirm earlier reports by Daniel Alvarez Montez of ElExtraBase that there is an agreement in place. With Ramos now in the fold, the Mets are no longer interested in acquiring J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins. The Angels and Dodgers were both interested in Ramos as well and will now have to look elsewhere.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 04:50:00 PM

Daniel Alvarez Montes of ElExtraBase reports that the Mets have a deal in place with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos.

The financial terms of the deal remain unknown at this time, and the deal is still pending a physical. The Mets have been aggressively searching for an upgrade behind the plate this offseason, talking to the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto and looking into Yasmani Grandal on the free agent market. Ultimately, they land Ramos, which allows them to hang on to their prospects while still adding another very formidable bat to the lineup. Ramos slashed a mighty impressive .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI in 111 games between the Rays and Phillies in 2018.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 04:39:00 PM

According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets continue to show interest in free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal.

The Mets are on the hunt for a major upgrade behind the plate and have talked to the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto, but they continue to explore Grandal as well, who is the best catcher available on the free agent market. The White Sox have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Grandal, though their signing of James McCann on Friday could lessen their interest.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 08:50:00 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Mets have discussed a possible Nicholas Castellanos trade with the Tigers.

There's no indication at this point that the talks have advanced past the preliminary stage, but it's no surprise at this point to see Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets connected to another player on the trade block. Fenech notes that the asking price for Castellanos is "high" even though he's only under contract for one more year. The Mets could use a center fielder much more than a corner outfielder, so it remains to be seen whether talks for Castellanos gain any traction.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 04:54:00 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the J.T. Realmuto trade market is "essentially down to six teams: Reds, Mets, Rays, Braves, Dodgers, and Padres."

There was an expectation that Realmuto would be traded at some point during this week's Winter Meetings, but that's not going to happen as teams are packing up and heading out of Las Vegas. The Marlins are still sifting through offers and trying to get multiple young players in return for the 27-year-old catcher. Realmuto batted .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games this past season with Miami. He is under control through 2020.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 01:48:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets have signed Jeurys Familia to a three-year, $30 million deal.

The free agent relief market is finally rolling. Familia had interest from several teams, but he'll head back to a familiar spot and operate as a setup man under new Mets closer Edwin Diaz. Familia, 29, put up a 3.13 ERA with 83 strikeouts over 72 innings this past year between Queens and Oakland.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 08:42:00 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post clarifies that the Mets did not have an in-person meeting with Adam Jones this week.

It's a correction of a previous report. Puma notes that the Mets do have interest in Jones and there has been "communication between the two sides," but it seems to be just one of many avenues the team is exploring. Jones hit .281/.313/.419 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI over 145 games with the Orioles in 2018. The 33-year-old outfielder may have to settle for a one-year contract this winter.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 06:43:00 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets had an in-person meeting with free agent Adam Jones this week in Las Vegas.

Puma writes that Jones is "among the right-handed bat options they are considering" for their outfield. The Mets seem to have a lot of different things in the works at the moment, so it's difficult to gauge exactly how serious they are about adding Jones. The 33-year-old slashed .281/.313/.419 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI over 145 games with the Orioles in 2018.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 01:48:00 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are looking harder at catching alternatives after failing to make progress on a J.T. Realmuto trade.

Amed Rosario appears to be a dealbreaker for a Realmuto trade between the Marlins and Mets. The Mets could move on to either Yasmani Grandal or Wilson Ramos.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 11:44:00 AM


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