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Mets: Winter Meetings recap Day 3

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: New York Mets fans gather outside of the stadium prior to game three of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets at Citi Field on October 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: New York Mets fans gather outside of the stadium prior to game three of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets at Citi Field on October 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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The Mets have made their move!

And it wasn’t as terrible as we all thought it would be! The Mets signed reliever Anthony Swarzak yesterday to a two-year $14 million dollar deal. Despite playing the waiting game, this is actually a great signing by the team.  Swarzak has been on the upswing since he became a full-time relief pitcher. He finished last season with a 2.48 ERA. Though he bounced around from several teams all year, it was only because he was such a hot commodity at the trade deadline. What’s important to note, is that he remained consistent throughout the season.

This was definitely the best case scenario for the Mets, considering they missed out on Bryan Shaw and Tommy Hunter. Now with their relief pitcher in the bag, the club plans to focus on picking up a second baseman before the week is out. The good news is that Ian Kinsler appears to be off the market:

Why is this good? Well, for one, the temptation to sign him for the Mets is off the table. We’ve removed at least one element for this team to make a bad decision. Which means hopefully, the Mets can trade for someone like Cesar Hernandez, Josh Harrison, or Jason Kipnis instead.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, it looks like the Mets were trying to throw in Rafael Montero as part of a Kinsler deal. Which, to no one’s surprise, was unwanted:

"The club has a variety of other options still in play, Carig explains, adding that the organization was discussing righty Rafael Montero in talks regarding Kinsler."

Next: Mets sign Anthony Swarzak

Hernandez would be the ideal second base pick up for the Mets. And I think if they walked away from the meetings with him or one of the others mentioned above, this could be considered a week that was at the very least mildly successful.

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