Mets Morning News: Mets interested in Peralta, but not a space program

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets made their first public overtures to a free agent, as they held a secret meeting that wasn't a secret with free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta at the GM meetings. While Peralta is a good fit for the Metropolitans, there are obstacles to be overcome, including the fact that he wants a hefty contract.

Agent Scott Boras weighed in on the Mets financial situation, comparing them to NASA: "They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts." Boras also said that the Mets' refusal to commit $100 million to another player only hurts themselves, and that Shin Soo Choo is the Michael Jordan of Korea.

Depending on who you ask, the Mets' interest in second-tier outfielders such as Curtis Granderson or Nelson Cruz is either "overstated" or in the case of Cruz, robust.

Ike Davis has almost certainly played his last game as a Met. Multiple teams have shown interest, including the Rays and Rockies.

In a moment of minor controversy, Jeff Wilpon intimated the Mets were close to making a move, only to have Sandy Alderson quickly rebuke him.

The Mets released their 2014 promotional schedule, which will feature concerts by Huey Lewis and the News, and Boyz II Men.

Around the Majors

The BBWAA, in spite of their barely functional website, handed out the Cy Young Awards yesterday. Max Scherzer took home the crown in the AL, while Clayton Kershaw won in the NL. Both winners were near unanimous, as Scherzer received 28 first-place votes, while Kershaw received 29. Matt Harvey finished fifth in the NL voting.

The Yankees showed some interest in reliever Brian Wilson, but a deal won't be reached because Brian Wilson refuses to shave his "beard," violating the Yankees ban on facial hair.

Not content with their current options at third base, the Yankees and Cardinals discussed a David Freese trade.

Billy Beane added to his growing collection of second basemen, as the Athletics signed Nick Punto to a one year, $2.75 million deal.

The Rockies' pursuit of free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz has come to a sudden halt.

Joe Posnanski of Hardball Talk tackled the idiotic notion that Joey Votto isn't aggressive enough at the plate.

At Fangraphs, Wendy Thurm examined the Braves' decision to build a new ballpark in Cobb County and its ramifications.

Yesterday At AA

Steve Sypa profiled former Cub/ginger Matt Murton, who is currently playing in Japan.

Rob Castellano examined the performance of various Mets in the different winter leagues, including Juan Lagares and Jeurys Familia.

Jeffrey Kopman outlined what he would do as Mets GM if given $50 million.

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