Meet the Mets
The Mets made a trade with the Pirates, sending Jon Niese to Pittsburgh in exchange for second baseman Neil Walker. Walker hit .269/.328/.427 in the 2015 season and will be a free agent after the 2016 season.
After trading Niese, the Mets are reportedly looking to bring back Bartolo Colon. Colon would likely occupy the fifth spot in the rotation until Zack Wheeler returns from elbow surgery, and then h would pitch in relief and make spot starts.
Around the NL East
The Yankees sent reliever Justin Wilson to the Tigers in exchange for minor leaguers Luis Cessa and Chad Green. Cessa was in the Mets system, before being involved in the deal that brought Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets.
Yesterday at AA
Before the trade for Walker, and the signing of Cabrera, Chris McShane examined where the Mets could look for second base help after missing out on Ben Zobrist.
Matt Varvaro wrote part two of the Mets' most extreme home runs of 2015.
This Date in Mets History
Three huge trades in Mets history have taken place on this date. In 1971, the Mets sent Nolan Ryan, Leroy Stanton, Francisco Estrada, and Don Rose to the Angels for Jim Fregosi. In 1984, the Mets acquired Gary Carter from the Expos in exchange for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham, and Floyd Youmans. And in 2008, the Mets were involved in a three team trade, receving JJ Putz, Shawn Green, and Jeremy Reed, while dealing Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Jason Vargas, Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera, and Maikel Cleto.