Meet the Mets
The Mets officially introduced their new outfielder Curtis Granderson yesterday at the winter meetings. He'll wear #3 with the Mets and, according to Terry Collins, will hit fourth in the team's lineup behind David Wright. Mark Simon wonders if that's the best place for Granderson to hit. Chris McShane analyzed Granderson's career up to this point.
At the press conference, Jeff Wilpon said that Matt Harvey's injury has changed the team's plan because now they have to spend budget room on a starting pitcher. The hope is that some of Harvey's lost innings will be eaten up by Zack Wheeler, who Terry Collins suggested could throw 200 innings in 2014.
Jeremy Hefner is back with the Mets, as the starting pitcher is said to have agreed to a minor league deal with the club. Hefner will miss most of 2014 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and this move allows the team to save both a 40-man roster spot and a year of Hefner's service time.
Ike Davis is still a New York Met but despite a flooded first base market, that may not be the case for long. Reports say that if the Brewers do not re-sign Corey Hart in the next few days, they plan to turn their attention to Davis. However, Jim Duquette reported last night that the Brewers are out of the running after they wouldn't part with a controllable pitcher like Tyler Thornburg.
Among the Mets rumors yesterday, the Mets have shown interest in Mariners' second baseman Dustin Ackley. There was a rumor that the team was making a push on pitcher Bronson Arroyo but that was later debunked. The team is still interested in a possible reunion with Johan Santana but he won't pitch for free. And finally, the Mets met with the agent that represents Santana along with pitcher Freddy Garcia and infielder Cesar Izturis, two other players the Mets have interest in.
Justin Turner was apparently non-tendered due to a lack of grission. This is preposterous! The Pie Man gig is the grissioniest of all of the jobs on a Major League Baseball team!
Toby Hyde writes that the Sand Gnats are set to propose a new ballpark in Savannah.
Around the Majors
The big news around the majors yesterday was the three way trade between the Diamondbacks, Angels, and White Sox that saw Mark Trumbo head to Arizona. The Angels received pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, while the White Sox get outfielder Adam Eaton.
At Beyond The Box Score, Jake Dal Porto argues that Michael Morse is a bargain waiting to happen.
Fangraphs has added Spray Charts to all of their player pages. Hooray!
Jay Jaffe wrote about Barry Bonds' Hall of Fame candidacy as part of his JAWS and the 2014 Hall Of Fame Ballot series.
Mark Prior has officially retired from the game. How sad that he could never make it back to the majors after all of those injuries.
Yesterday At AA
Rob Castellano reviewed the Brooklyn Cyclones' 2013 season, a somewhat disappointing one for the typically dominant A-ball affiliate.
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