Day one of the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville and the talk of the day surrounding the New York Mets is the possible trade of the 2012 National League Cy-Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey.
Who are possible suitors for the 38-year-old knuckleballer?
According to MLB.com, the Rangers are definitely interested in talking more with the Mets at the Winter Meetings, though no player names were listed in their report. Another club reported to have contacted the Mets was the Boston Red Sox, Adam Rubin writes to his blog for ESPN New York:
“ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald reports that Red Sox GM Ben Cherington met with Sandy Alderson on Monday, and that the Mets have asked for top Red Sox prospects Jackie Bradley Jr. and shortstop Xander Bogaerts in a trade for R.A. Dickey. Boston is unlikely to part with either prospect, McDonald added.”
Meanwhile, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets have not asked for specific prospects:
It almost wouldn’t be another Winter Meetings if the Mets weren’t concerned about their catching situation, writes Mike Puma of the New York Post. According to Puma, options to help sure up the position are Toronto’s J.P Arencibia or Boston’s Jarrod Saltalmacchia; who would have to be acquired via trade:
“Near the top of general manager Sandy Alderson’s list as he arrived last night for the meetings is finding a catcher who, at the very least, can share time with the incumbent Thole next season, if not take the starting job outright.
The Mets’ best route to improvement at the position would be through a trade. That likely would entail trading Jon Niese or R.A. Dickey — the Mets consider their rotation an area of strength — and pursuing an option such as Toronto’s J.P. Arencibia or Boston’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia. …If the Mets were to venture into free-agent waters, the most likely scenario would involve signing a righty hitter, such as Miguel Olivo, who could platoon with Thole. The Mets are not inclined to chase veteran A.J. Pierzynski, who is likely beyond their financial grasp.
There is also the possibility of signing a non-tendered catcher, such as Jesus Flores. Shoppach hasn’t been ruled out for a return, but the organization would first like to see if it can do better at the position.”
With a glaring hole in the outfield, Joel Sherman reported the Mets are interested in 34-year-old outfielder, Ryan Ludwick:
Ludwick had a nice bounce back season in 2012, batting .275 with 26 home runs and a .877 OPS in 422 at-bats for the Cincinatti Reds.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Ceasar Izturis is potential match for the Mets as his agents are expected to meet with the club during the winter meetings:
“With the Mets in need of a backup infielder to replace free agent Ronny Cedeno, Cesar Izturis may be a match.
The 32-year-old Izturis, a switch-hitter, hit a combined .241 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 166 at-bats for the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers last season.”
Lastly, Mets manager Terry Collins arrived in Nashville this afternoon, and according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, stated the following to reporters:
“We need some right-handed bats. You’re going to face good left-handed pitching, and we need to get some right-handed bats in our lineup. …We all want to win now. I understand there are lots of circumstances that have to be considered. That’s why all my discussions this winter with [general manager] Sandy Alderson have been about, he’s going to do what’s right for the organization, what’s best for the organization and certainly that’s why the discussions are being carried on the way they are.”
On Ike Davis:
“Ike needs to play every day. You look at last year, I think he hit eight or nine of his homers against left-handed pitching, which means he can do some damage. To put up the numbers we think he’s capable of putting up, he needs to be an everyday guy.”
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