- The New York Mets are kicking the tires on potentially trading for a center fielder per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Mets have a handful of other issues to seemingly sort through before they can get to that though. They still have to move one of veteran outfielders Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce as their outfield has become a bit too crowded since Yoenis Cespedes re-signed. The Mets reportedly would rather move Bruce but Granderson apparently has more trade value. The Mets also need bullpen help in the wake of the domestic violence allegations against closer Jeurys Familia. The Mets are supposed to have a center fielder in Juan Lagares but he hasn’t been able to do much in recent years and has also struggled to stay healthy. The Mets have reportedly reached out to the Pittsburgh Pirates about Andrew McCutchen but there is no reported traction towards a deal right now. They’ve also talked with the Kansas City Royals about center fielder Lorenzo Cain but are reportedly not keen on trading for a one-year rental. The Royals also have Jarrod Dyson but the Mets aren’t in love with him apparently. Other theoretical options such as Charlie Blackmon and Billy Hamilton make sense on paper but don’t make sense in practicality as the Mets don’t match up well with the Colorado Rockies in terms of trade partners and Hamilton doesn’t represent the on-base threat the Mets are looking for at the top of their lineup. The Mets will face a challenge in trading for a center fielder as the price may cost them a young arm or even a top prospect such as Amed Rosario.
- The San Francisco Giants agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran Jimmy Rollins per Rosenthal. Rollins signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago White Sox last year and broke camp with them but couldn’t produce consistently at the plate and was cut from the team to make way for rookie phenom Tim Anderson. Rollins will most likely be used as a bench piece if he makes the team out of Spring Training.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-hander Daniel Hudson to a two-year $11MM pact per Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. It’s a hefty commitment given the rough year he had in 2015 as he compiled a 5.22 ERA across 60.1 innings of work with the Arizona Diamondbacks but most of his troubles came from one month of seemingly bad luck as he was sharper down the stretch.