2012 Winter Meetings: Mets Rumor Central


3:06 PM: Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal tweeted that Dickey’s agent, Bo McKinnis, said the two sides are still negotiating dollars when it comes to an extension for the Cy Young winner, but also wouldn’t be surprised if he gets dealt.

The Red Sox haven’t yet engaged other teams in talks about their surplus of catchers.

2:40 PM: Manny Parra, the left-handed reliever recently non-tendered by Milwaukee, is on the Mets’ radar, according to Joel Sherman.

1:51 PM: The Mariners are reportedly close to a deal with free agent Jason Bay.

1:48 PM:  The Mets are willing to offer free agent Ryan Ludwick a two-year deal, worth $6-$7 million annually. However, the Reds still remain favorites to re-sign the outfielder.

1:44 PM: MetsBlog reports New York has shown interest in recently non-tendered southpaw starter John Lannan. Their interest could increase if Alderson ends up dealing part of the current rotation. The Amazins inquired about him once he fell out of favor in D.C., but felt the $5 million salary that was attached to him as too expensive.

June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

1:00 PM: The Mets are still pushing hard to try and make a deal with the Royals for top prospect Wil Myers, according to Adam Rubin. Whether these talks include Dickey or Jonathon Niese remains to be seen.

11:36 AM: The Nationals have signed free agent Dan Haren to a one-year/$13 million.

11:30 AM: Alderson has checked in with multiple teams about potentially available relievers. He’s talked to the Indians regarding Vinnie Pestano, the Rays about Joel Peralta (asking price too high), and the Royals (who haven’t been very forthcoming).

11:00 AM: MLB Trade Rumors reports there are six teams pursuing free agent starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, including the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Royals, who have also inquired about Dickey.

10:52 AM: Andy Martino tweeted Dickey and Niese aren’t the only pitchers the Mets are entering in trade talks to get outfield help, as minor league pitchers Logan Verrett and Darin Gorski are rumored to be available.

9:02 AM: An insider has told ESPN New Yorkit wouldn’t be surprising if Dickey remains a Met, unless the team gets an offer they can’t refuse. However, they’re looking for players to help them in 2014, not necessarily for this upcoming season. The source also reported he’s not sure the Mets will be able to agree to an extension with the knuckler because there seems to be some disconnect between Dickey’s representation and the organization as to what he’s seeking in a contract.

8:52 AM: It’s looking more likely that Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be the Opening Day center fielder.

8:43 AM: Jordany Valdespin hasn’t played for Licey in the Dominican Winter League for two weeks because the team suspended him for insubordination, reports Adam Rubin. Due to his behavioral problems, Rubin speculates that New York could look to trade the second baseman, if a potential suitor can overlook his maturity issues. Rubin says a good landing spot could be with the Padres, where former Mets GM Omar Minaya is currently employed.

David Wright took the physical needed to complete his 8-year/$138 million extension with the Mets, and is expected to appear in Nashville Wednesday for a formal announcement. Meanwhile, the Amazins are also talking to Adam Greenberg, who R.A. Dickey struck out in his only at-bat during a one-day contract with the Marlins. It’s rumored New York is discussing a minor league deal, and Greenberg has also met with the Marlins.

7:21 AM:  According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets reliever Bobby Parnell is “virtually untouchable” this winter. Michael Baron of MetsBlog said New York will likely wait out the market for bullpen arms, leaning toward using more internal options, such as Jenrry Mejia (who will be starting in Spring Training), Jeurys Familia, and others.

Rubin also reports that both Scott Hairston and the Mets are optimistic about the outfielder re-joining the organization for 2013. He’s drawn some interest from other teams, but mostly as a pinch hitter. With the Amazins, there is a possibility his role would be bigger than that.

7:18 AM: The Mariners are looking for an outfield bat, and they have an interest in Josh Hamilton (who doesn’t?). However, they also have some interest in Brennan Boesch, who could be moved now that the Tigers have inked Torii Hunter to a two-year deal.

Mike Salk of 710 ESPN mentioned on Twitter that Jason Bay could be an option for Seattle. The outfielder was pursued by the organization before he signed a four-year/$66 million deal with the Mets prior to the 2010 season.

7:15 AM:The Diamondbacks have been shopping Justin Upton for most of the winter, but Jon Morosi says Arizona is having conversations with just as many teams about Jason Kubel. The Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, and Mariners are rumored to have interest, as his poor defensive skills make him a fit for the American League.

The Mets and Dbacks have engaged in preliminary talks for R.A. Dickey, but the two sides didn’t get very far because of Alderson’s high asking price.

7:10 AM: Rising Apple will once again be providing Mets-related news and rumors as we hear about them from the Winter Meetings down in Nashville. To get a rundown of what happened yesterday, check out what Danny Abriano heard as the Hot Stove began burning.