Meet the Mets
The Mets and Travis d’Arnaud avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.515 million deal. The Mets expect d’Arnaud will be ready by spring training, but there is still a chance he could be traded before then.
Mike Vaccaro wrote a fun little Christmas song about Brodie Van Wagenen to the tune of “O Christmas Tree,” along with some other New York sports-themed carols.
Speaking of Brodie Van Wagenen, his declaration that the Mets are the favorites in the NL East puts a lot of pressure on Mickey Callaway, writes Bill Madden.
Jay Horwitz seems happy in his new role with the Mets.
Around the National League East
Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington breaks down how the Nationals rotation shakes out with Anibal Sanchez in Tanner Roark’s place.
With a few suitors, including the Mets, now off the table for J.T. Realmuto, Mike Axisa of CBS sports ranks all of the potential landing spots for Realmuto, judging the Dodgers to be the best fit.
Around Major League Baseball
The A’s signed Mike Fiers to a two-year deal.
Craig Kimbrel’s market has been slow to develop due to his high asking price, which he has recently lowered slightly, according to reports.
The A.J. Pollock market has also been rather sluggish, with teams—including the Mets—balking at his ask for a six-year deal and choosing to upgrade elsewhere for the time being.
Already having made one blockbuster trade, could the Dodgers be after Corey Kluber next?
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
David Capobianco made the argument that Billy Wagner deserves more support for the Hall of Fame.