The big dominoes have yet to fall, but with MLB winter meetings less than a week away, we might finally see more hot stove movement.
This is the first offseason we could categorize as somewhat normal since 2019. Winter meetings were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and last year they were canceled because of the lockout. As a result, the offseason has once again taken on a marathon-like pace. There have been a few big signings but the biggest free agents are still unsigned, including Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom and outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
But that could change with the winter meetings set to resume Sunday in San Diego. All of baseball will convene next week so if nothing else, there will likely be more clarity around his situation and more clarity around the Mets’ roster renovation as a whole.
Where do the Mets stand a week away from baseball’s biggest offseason event? Let’s unpack some rumors, assess the team’s current state and take a look at what still needs to be done this winter.
THE 40-MAN ROSTER
The Mets currently have 33 players on the 40-man roster and the breakdown is as follows: 17 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders, three outfielders and two designated hitters. The club could add up to four more starting pitchers, a couple of relief pitchers and another outfielder. There will be roster moves made after the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held on the final day of winter meetings. A few of the relief pitchers the Mets recently acquired have options and trades are always a possibility at the winter meetings.
The Mets have interest in Japanese righty Kodai Senga and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and even the Yankees have been linked to deGrom. What does it all mean?
Not much. It means the Mets are looking into contingency plans if deGrom opts to sign with another team. After the club locked down closer Edwin Diaz, the front office turned their attention to deGrom. He is the focal point of the offseason and until the team knows whether or not he will return to the Mets and for how long, it’s tough to move forward.
Verlander, who will be 40 in February, is expected to sign a short-term deal with a high AAV, much like the one his former Detroit Tigers teammate Max Scherzer signed with the Mets last season. But someone like lefty Carlos Rodon will require a longer-term commitment.