clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Mets Morning News: Mets reunite with Blevins, party with Santa Matz

New, comments

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

New York is looking forward to seeing more of Jerry Blevins this season. The team re-signed the left-handed reliever for $4 million. Last year, Blevins made just seven appearances before fracturing his throwing arm and landing on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, another member of the 2015 bullpen is still a free agent. Could Tyler Clippard's perpetually large workloads be hurting his market value?

While playing Santa Claus at the Mets' Citi Field holiday party, Steven Matz said he's looking forward to moving out of his parents' house. Terry Collins said he'd like to see the young lefty make 28 starts in 2016.

Also at the holiday party, the Mets formerly introduced new second baseman Neil Walker. He'll wear No. 20 for the orange and blue this season.

The Mets might have some money to spend thanks to the surprise retirement of Michael Cuddyer, but it doesn't look like they're going to use it to ink Yoenis Cespedes.

Perhaps a more modest acquisition like right-hander reliever Matt Albers is in New York's plans.

Likely relegated to the bench in 2016, Wilmer Flores could play several different positions during the upcoming campaign, including first base.

Around the National League East

The Nationals are looking to add a second baseman, and one guy under consideration is Kelly Johnson. A trade for Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips could also be in the works.

The Good Phight thinks it might be smart for the Phillies to use a six-man rotation in 2016.

Jose Fernandez declined to comment when asked if he wants to remain with the Marlins.

The Braves and Mets are two of the 12 teams not on the no-trade clause for Jonathan Papelbon.

Around the majors

One day after Major League Baseball rejected his reinstatement appeal, Pete Rose held a press conference in Las Vegas and said he wants to be friends with baseball.

Korean first baseman Dae Ho Lee has received multiple offers from MLB teams.

Former Rockies southpaw Jeff Francis is retiring from baseball.

Grant Brisbee wonders where free agent outfielder Justin Upton will end up.

Can Bryce Harper become the first baseball player to sign a $500 million contract?

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Matt Varvaro made a Hall of Fame case for Keith Hernandez.

This date in Mets history

The Mets traded away R.A. Dickey and traded for Tom Seaver.