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The Mets will hope to have the Yoenis Cespedes situation resolved by this year’s Winter Meetings. Cespedes re-signed with the Mets on January 26 last offseason.
Noah Syndergaard won’t require surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. Sandy Alderson described the injury as “insignificant” to team physicians.
Alderson also confirmed the team’s interest in re-signing Cespedes. Nick Stellini of FanGraphs stated the case for the Mets to retain Cespedes.
Former Mets starter Dillon Gee has cleared waivers and entered the free agent market.
The Mets are said to have interest in Jose Bautista.
Curtis Granderson’s “Grand Giving” initiative was featured in a video for The Players’ Tribune.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo sung the praises of Yoenis Cespedes. Joel Sherman of the Post speculated Rizzo’s comments could be a strategic ploy aimed at driving up Cespedes’ asking price.
Regardless of where Cespedes signs over the offseason, Michael Conforto is likely to receive time at first base and center field in 2017.
Around the NL East
Max Scherzer is interested in pitching for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.
Ender Inciarte won his first Gold Glove award. Mets fans remember his center field prowess all too well.
Dylan Goldman of Fish Stripes previewed the Marlins’ offense in 2017.
The Phillies extended a qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.
Around Major League Baseball
MLB.com’s Hot Stove is in full-effect. Most recently, the Giants were said to have interest in free agent infielder Justin Turner.
Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus released his list of the Atlanta Braves’ Top 10 prospects.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs outlined the Angels’ path to contention in 2017.
Free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion “loves Boston,” and may seek to replace David Ortiz in the team’s batting order.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1967, the Mets acquired outfielder Art Shamsky from the Cincinnati Reds. Shamsky would hit 42 home runs over the course of four years in Flushing.