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.
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 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.
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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