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New Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said he’s comfortable going into spring training with the catchers the team already has in the organization. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo wrote such a stance gives the team leverage in negotiations to acquire another backstop, either in free agency or via trade.
The Mets are “showing strong interest” in 32-year-old Martin Maldonado, a source told the New York Post’s Mike Puma. The strong defensive backstop became the Astros’ primary catcher in 2018 after a midseason trade from the Angels.
The front office and Jacob deGrom have yet to exchange proposals for a contract extension for the likely Cy Young winner.
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Owners will reportedly vote unanimously to extend the contract of commissioner Rob Manfred through 2024.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Not only have the Mets checked in on Maldonado, they’ve reached out to the camp of two-time All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos.
Robert Wolff reviewed the slow-starting and injury-shortened 2018 campaign of Wilmer Flores.
Vasilis Drimalitis argued that the Mets should make a splash by signing superstar shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado.
This Date in Mets History
In 1967, the Mets traded Bob Johnson to the Reds for Art Shamsky, who’d prove to be an integral part of their run to the World Series title in 1969. The lefty hit .300 across 349 plate appearances in the 1969 regular season, then hit .368 in the postseason.