Stanton, Jeter and everyone else: MLB winners and losers

One enormous news conference. A few trades of note. A flurry of contracts for setup men. So much more work to be done. Yet the Winter Meetings still projected a big-event feel, which is what occurs when you hold the industry’s biggest get-together of the year. The offseason has miles

The only holiday carols New York fans need this season

Wait … it’s that time of year again? Holy cow, it’s that time of year again. Time for mistletoe, egg nog, a warm fire, and few ditties to commemorate the season A-one, and a-two and … “It’s the Most Mets-iest Time of the Year” (“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of

Mets add depth at catcher with Nationals castoff

The Mets, still in search of a second baseman and an outfielder/first baseman, added some catching depth Friday, signing Jose Lobaton to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. The 33-year-old Nationals castoff played 51 games for Washington last season as Matt Wieters’ backup

Two payroll-worthy steps that would give Mets needed edge

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In light of the Mets and their 29 competitors departing Disney World on Thursday, how about you pause wishing upon a star and we’ll figure out how the Mets can mount a respectable 2018 season within their apparent payroll limitations? The latest step occurred

Plotting Mets’ next moves, starting with an Indians veteran

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On to the second question. The Mets’ priorities heading into the Winter Meetings this week had bullpen atop the list, followed by second base and outfield/first base bat. Team officials departed the Swan and Dolphin resort in the Disney complex on Thursday with Anthony

Michael Conforto lowers Mets fans’ Opening Day expectations

Michael Conforto doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day, and that likely won’t change for a while as he continues his rehab from the dislocated shoulder that ended his season in August. “As a competitor and a guy that wants to be out there with my teammates,

Mets miss out on potential solution at second base

One of the Mets’ top choices to play second base in 2018 came off the board Wednesday when Ian Kinsler was traded to the Angels. The Mets have other options, including the Indians’ Jason Kipnis. But they did like Kinsler’s above-average defense and pop for a second baseman. The 35-year-old,

Yankees accidentally helped Todd Frazier’s market value

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When the Yankees acquired Todd Frazier in July, they made him the third baseman over Chase Headley because they thought he was the better overall fielder. But within that, the Yanks believed Frazier would be far better within their shifting. Often until two strikes

What new Mets regime sees in Matt Harvey for last ride

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — At what mile marker of a marathon are you finishing no matter what? Aches. Cramps. Heck, maybe even broken bones. Twenty miles? Twenty-two? Twenty-three? This is where the Mets are with Matt Harvey. They have come so far and through so much with him that

Mets sign breakout reliever Anthony Swarzak

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Mets won’t be leaving the Winter Meetings empty handed. After missing on relievers Bryan Shaw and Tommy Hunter, general manager Sandy Alderson netted a power right arm for his bullpen, landing Anthony Swarzak on a two-year deal worth $14 million, an industry source

Mets will have to convince Ian Kinsler to accept trade

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Mets’ first choice at second base may be Ian Kinsler, but all that matters if a trade can be completed with the Tigers is if Kinsler has mutual feelings. Kinsler has a 10-team no-trade clause and he has a ton of leverage because

Mickey Callaway’s bold plan to shake up Mets bullpen

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mickey Callaway is ready to usher out the era of the big-time closer. In a different approach that isn’t so radical based on the manner in which bullpens have evolved in recent years, the new Mets manager outlined a plan Tuesday to remove the

Mets are back in on Matt Harvey’s chance at redemption

The Mets believe in a Matt Harvey revival. General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday the Mets are hanging onto Harvey because new manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland want him on their staff, The Post’s Mike Puma reported. Harvey’s name was floated in several trade discussions Monday, the

Mickey Callaway checking in on veteran slugger for Mets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mike Napoli has almost always left a positive impression as a leader wherever he has been, so it probably is no surprise that new Mets manager Mickey Callaway has been in contact with the veteran slugger to at least get a feel for

Noah Syndergaard announces he’s “single’ again

Noah Syndergaard’s future may not include a certain blond bombshell. On Monday, the Mets ace took to Twitter to seemingly update his relationship status. “Baseball is my significant other. #focus #LGM,” Syndergaard tweeted, alongside a screenshot of a status dropdown box with “single” highlighted, via Mets blog The 7 Line. Syndergaard has

There’s one position that could get Mets to make a big move

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Second base is important, but the Mets’ priority is the bullpen. A day after indicating he may wait out the market in his attempt to land a free-agent reliever, general manager Sandy Alderson sounded more optimistic he could leave these Winter Meetings with another

Mets should have seen this Matt Harvey disinterest coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Mets’ best opportunity to sell low on Matt Harvey came on Dec. 1, when they could have washed their hands of him and bid him farewell for the low, low cost of zero dollars. They passed, tendering him a contract and thereby committing

Mets talked Matt Harvey trade, with ex-top prospect floated

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Matt Harvey’s name has surfaced in several Mets trade discussions recently, but team officials fully expect the beleaguered right-hander to remain with the club. On Monday, the Rangers were among the teams that discussed Harvey with general manager Sandy Alderson, with injury-prone infielder Jurickson

Mets already know what they need most at winter meetings

The highlight of the Mets’ offseason so far is Giancarlo Stanton’s departure from the NL East. But even that transaction came with a hitch: Though the Mets are finished facing the feared slugger 19 times a season with the Marlins, Stanton now becomes a nemesis across town with the

Why Brandon Nimmo’s Mets didn’t go after Giancarlo Stanton

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There were 250 million-plus reasons the Mets never considered trading for Giancarlo Stanton, a fact general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged Sunday but not without an attempt at humor. “With Brandon Nimmo in right field, we just didn’t feel we had a need there,” Alderson

Sandy Alderson confirms Mets fans’ worst fears

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — This was a bad weekend for Mets fans. First, the Yankees reminded everyone they were the Yankees by landing Giancarlo Stanton. And then, if there were any doubt that the Mets are still the Mets, Sandy Alderson corroborated that at the outset of the

Mets need to break open piggy bank and make offseason splash

Sometimes, you end up looking smart by waiting for the masses to clear the aisles and shopping in peace. Though the professional sports world naturally creates a frenzied customer base, history shows that deliberation can get you places, too. For the Mets, however, this offseason does not call for coyness

Yankees moves put Starlin Castro on Mets’ radar

Starlin Castro’s inclusion by the Yankees in the trade to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton could have implications for the Mets. According to an industry source, Mets officials plan to speak with the Marlins about Castro this week at the Winter Meetings in an effort to fill the team’s

Noah Syndergaard: Matt Harvey and I will bounce back

The Mets are hoping the addition of new manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland can help a once fearsome rotation return to dominance. Both have been in contact with the team’s pitchers and Eiland has given them throwing programs and an idea of what to expect in

Jerry Blevins knows the Mets’ offseason move he wants to see

Sandy Alderson isn’t alone in his desire for the Mets to get some help in the bullpen. “It’s pretty obvious we have a need for another big arm back there, especially with some of the limits we’re gonna have on our starting pitching coming through injury or lower innings

Mets make decisions on Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler

Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler had disappointing seasons, but the Mets are set to tender contracts to both pitchers before Friday’s 8 p.m. deadline. Harvey is projected to receive $5.9 million after a disappointing season in which he went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA. But general manager Sandy Alderson

How Tim Tebow is juggling baseball workouts and TV job

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow’s goal going forward is simple: Play ball! Professional baseball, to be more specific. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback said Friday that he spends three-to-five days each week training for baseball, getting himself ready for Year 2 of his pro career in the

A familiar face could be Mets’ best addition at second base

Neil Walker was traded from the Mets for a chance to play meaningful games over the final two months of last season, but now team officials are wondering if he might consider a reunion. The free-agent infielder remains high on the Mets’ list of possibilities to fill their opening

Mets take small first step toward getting some bullpen help

The Mets have acknowledged a need to build their bullpen beyond Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins, and though that has yet to begin in earnest, they added some potential depth Friday. Matt Purke, a 27-year-old lefty, was signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to

Mets are joining MLB health revolution with key new addition

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mets hired a new manager last month and constructed a new coaching staff around him, but maybe their biggest offseason change that doesn’t involve the roster is yet to come. In this era of analytics, the Mets will more closely monitor statistics of a different