Meet the Mets
Both Steve Cohen and David Stearns recently flew to Japan to meet with Yoshinobu Yamamoto in an effort to showcase the Mets while the star gets ready to make his decision.
If the organization loses out on the ace they will have to pivot and find pitching elsewhere.
Scott Boras said Pete Alonso is open to signing an extension with the organization while Stearns again threw his support behind the first baseman.
Edwin Díaz says he is fully healthy and will be ready to go when spring training begins.
The Mets selected Justin Slaten from the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft only to immediately trade him to the Red Sox in exchange for prospect Ryan Ammons.
Around the National League East
The Braves reportedly signed utilityman Leury Garcia to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
According to Jon Heyman the Marlins are listening to offers on their starting pitching.
The Nationals selected shortstop Nasim Nuñez from the Marlins during the Rule 5 Draft.
Around Major League Baseball
With the biggest move of the offseason so far, the Yankees acquired slugger Juan Soto and Trent Grisham from the Padres in exchange for Michael King, Jhony Brito, Randy Vasquez, Drew Thorpe, and Kyle Higashioka.
The Orioles signed reliever Craig Kimbrel to a one-year deal to replace their injured closer.
Shohei Ohtani’s big decision is expected to come this weekend which could finally ignite the free agent market.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1984, the Mets acquired Howard Johnson from the Tigers in exchange for Walt Terrell.