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Mets don't expect to sign a free agent early in offseason, have gotten calls about young pitchers

The Mets signed Michael Cuddyer quickly last year but don't expect an early signing again this year.

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The New York Mets struck early last offseason, signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal in the first week of free agency. But the pace might be different this offseason, according to assistant general manager John Ricco. The team still feels like it can improve, but there isn't the same pressure to fill a pressing need.

Even if the Mets aren't thinking they will sign a free agent early in the offseason, they have gotten calls about their young starting pitchers. And while some would argue that shortstop was a problem for the Mets in 2015, Sandy Alderson's front office doesn't really see that position as a hole going into 2016. Ricco mentioned that Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada were both good this year and that the team got to the World Series with them, saying the Mets wouldn't stand pat at every position on the diamond but also don't see shortstop as a hole.