Day three of the Winter Meetings is underway, and there’s increasing buzz that the Mets may be close to dealing Ike Davis.
In addition, the Mets have been linked to several relievers, and it wouldn’t be surprising if some of them were inked soon.
Anything that’s Mets related will be noted here, with the newest items at the top:
5:26 PM – The Mets have signed Bartolo Colon to a two year deal worth $20 million. Read Rising Apple’s reaction here.
5:03 PM – The latest on Ike: According to Tom Haudricourt, Brewers GM Doug Melvin wants “a first baseman who can play first.” Adam Rubin is reporting that the teams who are in on Ike are Milwaukee, Tampa Bay, and Pittsburgh. Rubin notes that the Mets are holding firm with their demands, so there’s a “standoff” going on at the moment.
3:41 PM – Per all of the club’s beat writers, Scott Boras noted a few minutes ago that he met with Jeff Wilpon today. Boras woudn’t divulge the particulars of the meeting.
2:59 PM – According to Clark Spencer, the Marlins have traded Logan Morrison to Seattle. Adam Rubin stated earlier that Morrison was the Brewers’ top choice to fill their first base void. It was also reported that they’re speaking with free agent James Loney.
2:47 PM – Multiple writers are reporting that the Brewers are now turning their attention to free agent first baseman James Loney. This could be entirely true, or it could be a ploy by Milwaukee to get the Mets to lower their asking price for Ike Davis.
2:34 PM – Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Corey Hart will sign with Seattle. This is huge news for the Mets, who are currently engaging Milwaukee (who had hoped to retain Hart) in trade discussions for Ike Davis.
1:39 PM – Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that Corey Hart is “torn” between re-signing with the Brewers and signing with another team (Nightengale speculates the other team may be Seattle). If Hart lands elsewhere, it would be a positive development for the Mets. This has been your latest installment of “As the Ike Turns.”
12:49 PM – According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN, the Yankees have interest in Johan Santana. If I was Johan, I wouldn’t even consider pitching in the little league park the Yankees call home. However, money talks.
11:46 AM – Joel Sherman just tweeted the following:
Told MLB projections have #Redsox within few hundred thousand of $189M luxury tax threshold. Wonder if that chills anything they want to do
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11, 2013
This could potentially impact Boston’s pursuit of Stephen Drew. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
11:36 AM – Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Diamondbacks “still could trade” for a starting pitcher. Rosenthal says there’s interest in Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. The Mets need a shortstop in the worst way, and should really be on the phone with Arizona as I’m typing this. I would consider dealing Dillon Gee (and a prospect) in an effort to land one of Arizona’s shortstops. The Mets could then turn to the free agent market for a starting pitcher.
11:23 AM – The Ike Davis situation is heating up. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, there’s some buzz that the Rays “could be up to something soon.” In addition, Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that Corey Hart returning to the Brewers isn’t a “slam dunk.” If Hart signs elsewhere, It’ll be a good thing for the Mets and their efforts to create a market for and deal Ike.