The dedication ceremony for Stony Brook's new baseball stadium yesterday culminated with big-league closer Joe Nathan throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. It's not a reach to envision that the next real pitch he throws will be in a Mets uniform.

"The Mets are a team on our radar for sure, but until we talk with them we can't be sure how well we fit," Nathan said Saturday in an exclusive interview with the Daily News. "I know what playing in New York is about and I know how passionate the fans are about the teams they like. ... I was a Met fan growing up and my friends from the area are giving me pressure to give them strong consideration."

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson identified resolving the Jose Reyes situation and strengthening the club's bullpen as the two top offseason priorities. With Reyes' free agency shaping up to unfold slowly, the Mets could start addressing the relief corps first.