Curtis Granderson will wear No. 3.
CBSSports.com "The Orioles and Mets are among the many teams with interest in free agent left-hander Johan Santana, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Santana, 34, did not pitch at all in 2013 after having surgery to repair a..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
New York Daily News "Sandy Alderson still has work to do. He's expected to make the acquisition of free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson official with a press conference at the winter meetings sometime this week, the Mets general manager said he is happy with that progress, but he's not finished making..." December 09
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Mets had meeting today with agent for Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65 in 30 starts, 190 IP for Oak in 2013).
#Mets have a 4-yr agreement with Curtis Granderson, the Post has learned
New York Post "The Mets are in no hurry to bid against themselves for Curtis Granderson’s services. With it unclear if there is another team willing to offer the free-agent outfielder three years, never mind four, the Mets were holding steady in negotiations on Thursday. On the table for Granderson was a..." December 06
Newsday "After three years of financial austerity under the watch of general manager Sandy Alderson, the Mets moved closer Wednesday to making a major free-agent splash of their own. Negotiations with outfielder Curtis Granderson have heated up, according to sources, with the Mets expressing some..." December 05
Source: #Mets “moving forward” on Granderson, have cooled on Nelson Cruz.
ESPN New York "Talks between the New York Mets and Curtis Granderson's representatives intensified late Tuesday, and a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com the organization is negotiating to land the free-agent outfielder on a three-year deal. A second source said late Tuesday night that..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Newark Star-Ledger "Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is still considering filing a grievance against the Mets for the timing of his promotion to the major leagues in September, according to a person with knowledge of Tejada’s thinking. The person requested anonymity because the discussions were to remain private. The..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
Newark Star-Ledger "With a midnight non-tender deadline looming, the Mets have notified shortstop Omar Quintanilla and reliever Scott Atchison that they will not be tendered a contract, both players informed The Star-Ledger via text message this afternoon. The two players are now free agents, leaving the Mets'..." December 02
Scott Atchison also has been non-tendered, I'm told. #mets
ESPN New York "Jordany Valdespin's troubled tenure with the Mets has ended. Valdespin has been non-tendered by the Mets, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. Scott Atchison and Omar Quintanilla were cut loose earlier in the day. Valdespin had plenty of flair, and his signature moment came with a pinch-hit homer..." December 02
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Sources: #Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met yesterday with free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.
ESPN.com "A Mets official downplayed the team's interest in Bronson Arroyo, now suggesting a meeting may or may not take place with the free-agent pitcher. The team insider characterized the Mets' actual interest in Arroyo as "not super high." ESPNNewYork.com, relying on a source familiar with the..." December 02
One name Mets will keep an eye for non-tender is ChiSox Tyler Flowers. Team execs have liked him in the past. Potential d'Arnaud backup.
ESPN New York "With Jhonny Peralta having signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and Stephen Drew likely beyond the Mets' spending appetite, the Mets are expressing interest in Rafael Furcal, the free-agent shortstop told Enrique Rojas at ESPNDeportes.com. "Many teams have shown interest," Furcal told Rojas in..." November 30
Hardball Talk "It was reported on Thanksgiving that the Twins were still pursuing Bronson Arroyo even after adding Ricky Nolasco and now Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the Mets are “heavily involved” in talks with the free agent right-hander. No deal is believed to be imminent, but Mets general..." November 30
New York Daily News "Shannon Forde, who has worked in the PR department for the New York Mets for almost half her life, whose life changed because cancer came crashing into it one summer day in 2012, will attend Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with her husband and her two children today. As she does, she will do..." November 28
Johan Santana now throwing up to 90 feet in FLA. Shoulder feels way better, Chris Leible of the Legacy Agency says. No set timeline for deal
Sportsnet.ca "Tim Byrdak may have celebrated his 40th birthday last month, but he’s not about to call it a career. The veteran left-handed reliever intends to pitch at the MLB level in 2014, according to his agent. Byrdak recovered from left shoulder surgery to pitch in eight games for the New York Mets in..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
ESPN New York "Ruben Tejada sounds more and more like he might survive the winter as the Mets’ No. 1 shortstop. With Jhonny Peralta having signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a four-year, $52 million deal that Sandy Alderson labeled surprising, the GM acknowledged the Mets do not have much in the way of..." November 26
Chris Young is officially a Met!! The former 2010 All-Star has double-digit HRs in each of the last 7 seasons. http://t.co/e5MT5ZeHVy
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
CBSSports.com "Not only did the Mets have internal discussions about embattled superstar Ryan Braun as previouslyreported, but they actually inquired about him with Milwaukee as well – if ever so briefly – before their suggestion was summarily rebuffed at the GM Meetings. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson,..." November 26
New York Post "The Mets hate talking about their budget nearly as much as they loathe, say, discussing the Vince Coleman years. You can understand. They have all the accouterments of a big-market team — rabid Northeast fan base, relatively new stadium, own TV network — yet they behave as, at best, a..." November 24
Chris Young agrees to mets deal pending physical. OF has some pop, good defender
#Mets sign RHP Miguel Socolovich to minor league contract with spring-training invite.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "As crazy as the Ryan Braun trade rumor involving the New York Mets seemed, I figured I'd check in this morning with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. After all, the Tigers did trade Prince Fielder yesterday to the Rangers despite nearly $170 million remaining on his contract. Melvin said..." November 21
ESPN.com "Ike Davis, who appears fairly likely to get dealt this winter, said he has no burning desire to bolt Flushing. "I just want a chance to play," Davis told MLB.com. "Honestly, I've loved my time with the Mets. I'm still a Met right now and I don't want to get traded. But that part of the game is..." November 21
Also hearing the Mets like Phil Hughes better than Bronson Arroyo at this point.
ESPN New York "Sandy Alderson revealed details Tuesday of a four-week fitness camp seven players from the Mets organization are attending this month near Ann Arbor, Mich. Alderson said the participants were Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith and three other..." November 20
New York Daily News "The dinner was good. It was the presentation that was a little overdone. With a long list of needs to rebuild the Mets, Sandy Alderson was willing to listen Monday night when Robinson Cano’s agents, including hip-hop impresario Jay Z, asked to make a presentation to the Mets general manager and..." November 20
MetsBlog.com "There is a better chance the Brewers trade OF Ryan Braun for Mets 1B Ike Davis than deal OF Norichika Aoki, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking. Milwaukee is trying to make room for OF prospect Khris Davis, and they’re also looking for a left-handed power bat at first base..." November 20
Sandy Alderson acknowledges meeting with Jay Z but portrays Cano signing as slim, noting his comment about $100M contracts stands. #mets
New York Post "Robinson Cano a Met? It sounds outlandish on the surface, but Cano put his best man on the job Monday night. Yes, it turns out Jay Z is as hands-on as promised. So hands-on he’s willing to shop his client across the RFK Bridge into Flushing. The hip-hop impresario joined Mets COO Jeff Wilpon,..." November 19
MLB Trade Rumors "Shaun Marcum's Mets career came to a close in July of this year, when he had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). Marcum's recovery is progressing well, agent Rex Gary tells MLBTR, and he'll be on his normal offseason throwing program in the coming months. The righty, 32 in December, is..." November 19
LaTroy Hawkins agrees to one year, 2.5 million deal with the #Rockies to be their closer
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Hardball Talk "As first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Royals have signed 24-year-old catcher Francisco Pena to a minor league contract. The Mets signed Pena out of the Dominican Republic when he was 16 years old for a hefty bonus of $750,000. The son of former major league All-Star Tony Pena." November 17
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15