Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets, Major League Baseball, and Winter Meetings news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
The R.A. Dickey rumors continue to fly at the winter meetings as negotiations have stalled a bit. Sandy Alderson would genuinely like to hang onto Dickey but the righty is prepared for his fate, should a deal happen. The team still appears to be pushing hard for Kansas City outfielder Wil Myers in a deal. One Mets insider predicts that Dickey will be a Met next season. While all of this was going on, Dickey spent the afternoon filming an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
Rumor has it that the Mets had some interest in Ryan Ludwick on a two-year contract, though it seems like he may re-sign with the Reds soon. Ted Berg says that the Mets should be looking for the next Ryan Ludwick instead. The Mets were also targeting Cleveland Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano.
Tommy Lasorda is defending Mike Piazza's Hall of Fame bid, as he says there's no proof that the catcher used PED's.
Around the Majors
Other winter meetings news: The Reds are close to re-signing Ryan Ludwick, who the Mets supposedly had interest in. The Red Sox signed Shane Victorino to a 3-year, $39 million contract. The Marlins dealt recently acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Rays for minor league infielder Derek Dietrich. And finally, the Rockies acquired reliever Wilton Lopez for Alex White and another prospect.
Deadspin has a pretty interesting post about the growth of publicly funded stadiums throughout the country, complete with an animated graphic representation.
Yesterday At AA
The team is optimistic that Scott Hairston will re-sign, as opposed to walking away.
Butch Huskey heads to Seattle in the December 4th edition of This Date In Mets History.