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9: 35 am: The Mets are “no longer overly optimistic” about signing Scherzer, despite having had dialog with agent Scott Boras, per Andy Martino of SNY (via Twitter). Gausman is their present heart of attention. Martino adds that Gausman would possibly maybe well possibly fabricate his signing resolution as early as nowadays.

8: 49 am: The Mets began their offseason in earnest the day earlier than nowadays, adding a trio of soon-to-be 33-365 days-veteran bats to the lineup. Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Price Canha speak sure bet to the starting of contemporary GM Billy Eppler’s tenure, as properly as defensive flexibility and honest-handed thump. The additions would possibly maybe well possibly also very properly be all they wish to solidify their lineup (along with Slice Plummer as a seemingly reserve outfielder), but they don’t take care of what is arguably the Mets’ excellent need: pitching.

With Noah Syndergaard in Los Angeles and the Steven Matz debacle within the rear-anticipate, pitching remains a precedence, writes The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Free agent Marcus Stroman suits the invoice, however the worm-killing righty has been vocal of slack, both about his hobby in returning to Unique York, and about the group’s apparent heart of attention on other palms, per Stroman himself (via Twitter).

Former Rockies’ honest-hander Jon Gray would possibly maybe well possibly also very properly be a style of other seemingly targets, per Joel Sherman of the Unique York Post (via Twitter). It’s unclear if Sherman is speculating on match or reporting crew hobby, but Gray is a favored title regardless, given his perceived upside as he leaves Colorado. Past Gray, Max Scherzer and Kevin Gausman are two of the tip palms on the market that the Mets would possibly maybe well possibly also very properly be eyeing. Either one would possibly maybe well possibly be an upgrade for the tip of the Mets rotation, which for the time being has talent, but quite loads of hurt uncertainty in Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, and Taijuan Walker.

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