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Mets add outfielder in Mayberry Jr.

The Mets have reportedly signed outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to a Major League contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSPorts.com.

Mayberry was non-tendered by the Blue Jays earlier this month, making him a free agent. The Phillies traded him to Toronto at the non-waiver Trade Deadline in August. In 78 games between the Phils and Jays, Mayberry hit .212 with seven home runs and 10 doubles.

A first-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Mayberry has a lifetime .208 average over six Major League seasons. He can play all three outfield positions, as well as first base.

–Austin Laymance

Rockies among the teams interested in Gee

The Rockies are the latest team to be mentioned as a potential landing spot for Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers, Padres, Twins, Giants, and Royals have all also been linked to Gee.

It’s no secret that Colorado is in pursuit of some much-needed pitching help after its staff suffered numerous injuries this past season en route to compiling a Major League-worst 4.84 ERA. Aside from left-handers Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek, the Rockies starting rotation is currently filled with question marks.

Former staff ace Jhoulys Chacin (rotator cuff fraying) has an uncertain future, while right-handers Jordan Lyles and Christian Bergman both suffered broken left hands in freak incidents last season. Making matters worse, right-handed prospect Eddie Butler suffered a rotator cuff strain in his big league debut and 2013 first-round pick Jon Gray was hampered by right biceps tendinitis throughout his first full professional season.

The 28-year-old Gee posted a 4.00 ERA over 137 1/3 innings in 22 starts this past season for the Mets, but would come with two more years of arbitration eligibility.

– Paul Casella

Drew garnering broad interest

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.

Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.

– Paul Casella

Twins interested in right-hander Kendrick

The Twins brass in attendance at this week’s Winter Meetings reportedly held a meeting about potentially pursuing free agent starter Kyle Kendrick, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

Kendrick has posted identical 10-13 records over each of the last two years with the Phillies, while posting a 4.70 ERA in 2013 and a 4.61 mark this past season. He has a 4.42 ERA overall during his eight-year career, which has been spent entirely in Philadelphia to this point.

The Twins are known to be in the market for starting pitching this offseason after their starters racked up an American League-worst 5.06 ERA this past season.

Minnesota has also been linked to a number of other starters this offseason, both on the free agent market and via potential trades. The Twins have been reported to have varying levels of interest in free agents Ryan VogelsongEdinson Volquez, Justin Masterson and Brett Anderson, as well as Francisco Liriano, who ultimately re-signed with the Pirates. They’ve also popped up as a candidate to acquire the Mets’ Dillon Gee via trade.

– Paul Casella

Mets remain interested in Breslow

The Mets reportedly remain in contact with free agent reliever Craig Breslow, according to FOX Sports colleagues Jon Morosi and Ken Rosnethal.

Breslow, 34, has garnered interest from a number of teams already this offseason, despite a disappointing 2014 campaign. Although the southpaw posted an unsightly 5.96 ERA over 60 appearances with the Red Sox this past season, he had racked up a collective 2.82 ERA over the previous six seasons, including a 1.81 mark in 61 outings in 2013.

Acquiring another left-handed reliever is a known priority for the Mets, but they figure to have plenty of competition when it comes to Breslow. The Orioles are among the other teams known to be interested in Breslow, but that list is likely to grow as the offseason progresses.

– Paul Casella

Mets offering up starting pitching

With depth in the starting rotation and weaknesses to address elsewhere on the roster, it makes sense that the Mets could pursue a trade this offseason. In fact, the club is “actively” looking to deal a veteran starter, according to the New York Post.

New York can offer right-handers Bartolo Colon or Dillon Gee or lefty Jon Niese, with Matt Harvey set to rejoin a staff that also features Zack Wheeler and National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom.

Colon is due to make $11 million in his age-42 season but threw 202 1/3 innings in 2014, with a 4.09 ERA. Gee will be 29 this year and in his second season of arbitration after posting a 4.00 ERA over 22 starts, missing some time due to injury. Niese, 28, made 30 starts with a 3.40 ERA in ‘14 and is signed for $16 million over the next two years, with options of $10 million and $11 million for ‘17 and ‘18.

There currently are higher-end pitching options available on the free-agent market or potentially available through trade, so the Mets might have to wait — perhaps into Spring Training — to find a return they like.

– Andrew Simon

Mets sign outfielder Castellanos to Minor League deal

The Mets have signed outfielder Alex Castellanos to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league Spring Training, the club announced Tuesday.

Castellanos, 28, was in the Padres organization last year and spent the season with Triple-A El Paso, hitting .275 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 113 games. A 10th-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Castellanos made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2012 and appeared in 24 games with the club over two seasons.

Castellanos is the second outfielder to join the Mets in as many days. On Monday, New York signed veteran Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal. Cuddyer is a two-time All-Star and was the 2013 National League batting champion when he hit .331 with the Rockies.

–Austin Laymance

Tulo, like most trades, “unlikely” for Mets

Ever since the New York Post reported last weekend that the Mets “want in on” a potential Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez trade, the baseball world has become awash with rumors. Most have centered around the Rockies sending Tulowitzki to the Mets for a package of Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki and multiple other young players.

If it seemed improbable, that’s because it is. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted as much Monday without referring to Tulowitzki by name, calling it “unlikely” that he acquires anyone — including a superstar shortstop — prior to Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline.

“If I had to make a guess, I would say nothing will happen,” Alderson said. “But you never know what’s going to transpire in the next three days or so. Clubs that may be having conversations elsewhere circle back based on what they think their options might be. I’d say we have an opportunity to do a thing or two, but we’re not inclined to at this point. It’s speculation, but I wouldn’t bet on something happening before the deadline.”

Tulowitzki created more tabloid drama Sunday when he showed up at Yankee Stadium, in advance of a doctor’s appointment in Philadelphia, to watch Derek Jeter play one last time in person. But returning to New York as a player remains unlikely.

In addition to the Mets’ hesitance, Rockies owner Dick Monfort has been adamantly against trading Tulowitzki for some time. Then there is the matter of money; Tulowitzki is owed $100 million over the next five years of a deal that runs through 2019, meaning the Mets would need to increase their payroll significantly to support the salaries of him, David Wright ($20 million in 2015) and Curtis Granderson ($16 million).

–Anthony DiComo

Rockies Tulowitzki does not have no-trade clause; talks are intriguing if not imminent (Also, a look at many possible Rockies deals)

Tulo turn

Contrary to what has been repeated in many reports, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki does not have a no-trade clause — at least not at this point — in his contract.

Going strictly by the contract language (and consulting with sources with direct knowledge of the contract), if traded, Tulowitzki would receive a $2 million bonus from the club he would land with, and only then would a no-trade provision go into effect. That is in addition to the five years and $104 million, plus incentives and escalators, left on his deal.

Now, from the standpoint that Tulowitzki is one of the game’s most-respected players and someone who has been through thick and a lot of thin with the Rockies, it stands to reason that if such a decision were made the club would at least listen to Tulowitzki’s preferences — especially if there were places he didn’t want to go. However, he does not have that right within his contract, and he is not a 10-and-5 player (10 years in the Majors with the last five with the team).

All that said, the chances are low that Tulowitzki would be dealt by next Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. Tulowitzki has said all along he doesn’t expect a deadline deal, and the more likely scenario is he would meet with his family and club officials after the season and get an idea of the team’s direction before deciding whether to press for a trade. Sources around the Majors say Rockies owner Dick Monfort’s position with them is the same as it is publicly — he is not seeking a deadline deal, and there is no guarantee he wants to make a deal even after the season.

Tulowitzki’s being on the 15-day disabled list with a hip flexor strain also complicates the chance of a deal now.

By the way, Major League sources say the Rockies aren’t anywhere close to dealing outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, a sublime talent who has dealt with injuries the last two years.

Given that, current trade rumors are to be seen as laying the groundwork for talks after the season.

Those talks could become really interesting. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote today that the Mets are interested in being players if the Rockies ever decided to deal Tulo or CarGo. Sherman names pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, plus outfielder Brandon Nimmo and infielder Dilson Herrera as players the Rockies like. Given the Rockies’ perpetual need and desire for young pitching, the names Syndergaard and Matz would make it hard for club officials to dismiss if talks were to become serious.

Of course, anything the Mets do is related to the Yankees. Sherman points out that Tulo’s love for Derek Jeter, the Yankees shortstop who must be replaced, and the fact the Rockies like the Yankees’ top pitching prospect, righty Luis Severino. And the Cardinals have been rumored as a possible trading partner since last winter.

In other developments:

–The same article by Sherman points out that the Rockies have had interest in Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and notes the Rockies have pieces the Yankees want – lefty starters Jorge De La Rosa and Brett Anderson, and catcher Wilin Rosario, who could preserve his bat and mitigate his defensive issues by being a designated hitter or playing another position. But we are told that the Rockies aren’t looking to deal Rosario before Thursday’s deadline.

But expect Rosario to be an offseason topic of conversation. The Rockies have been sticking with him, believing his power hitting can make up for defense that has been a work in progress ever since he was promoted from Double-A in 2011. However, the Rockies may be forced to re-think.

The pitching staff will continue to be young. Left-hander Tyler Matzek and right-handers such as Eddie Butler and Jon Gray (Matzek and Butler debuted this year, and Gray is on the radar) will be in the rotation sooner than later. Righties Jhoulys Chacin and Jordan Lyles have been around, but are in their 20s.

It might be time for a veteran catcher, or one with frontline all-around ability who is special at calling games, to trim the learning curve for the pitchers. Two examples come to mind: 1) Late in his career, Pudge Rodriguez went to the Marlins and later to the Tigers, teams that didn’t have recent histories of winning. He made a major difference to those young staffs, and the result was a World Series win wit the Marlins and a World Series appearance with the Tigers. 2) It’s hard to quantify but easy to appreciate the impact Russell Martin had last year with the Pirates, who ended a 20-year postseason drought with pitchers who needed help reaching their potential.

–The Rockies are in a quandary when it comes to dealing their own pitching. They want young pitching under club control, but what if the best bargaining chips are their own desirable pitchers.

The Rockies are listening to trade offers, but the price they’ve set with the Orioles shows that they’ll take only the cream of another team’s crop. But even if they receive pitchers with bright futures, is there any guarantee they’re going to have the present that De La Rosa has?

De La Rosa has been by far the Rockies’ best pitcher at Coors Field, and whether he qualifies as the best pitcher in club history is a growing debate. Dude is 42-14 at Coors Field. And he likes pitching there. After seeing top prospects — lefty Drew Pomeranz, now with the Athletics, is a clear example — flame out at Coors, who’s to say anyone else’s prospects are going to make it?

Maybe the Rockies take the plunge. Or maybe they are better off retaining De La Rosa, who is in the final year of his contract. The $11 million qualifying offer the Rockies would need to make to preserve the right to compensation in case3 he left is $3 million more than he is making. That could give them another year with De La Rosa, or it could be the basis for a longer-term deal for a pitcher who wants to be here.

–Everyone says the Rockies need starting pitching. Heck, the Rockies say it. That being the case, it’s puzzling to see lefty Brett Anderson’s name in possible trade reports, although teams would be sensible to check on his availability.

Anderson missed 16 starts with a broken left index finger, and injuries have been an issue throughout his career. But let’s look at his two starts since coming off the disabled list: 1) Clearly rusty and still with little experience at Coors Field, he gave up five runs in the first inning against the Twins at home in the final game before the All-Star break. But he got through six with just one additional run. 2) At Pittsburgh, lacking his best stuff, Anderson pitched with savvy and professionalism and held a lineup for a contending club to one run in seven innings.

Once again, do you trade this top-end ability for guys whose best may or may not arrive at all or may or may not arrive at Coors Field?

Of course, there is a money issue. Anderson has a $12 million club option for 2015, or a $1.5 million buyout. If the Rockies believe that they’re a good team that has been ruined by injuries, it stands to reason that they pay the money and hope to be healthy next season.

–Well, we’ve laid out how the Rockies are leaning against dealing Tulo and CarGo, are likely to wait until after the season to address the catching situation, and have plenty of reasons not to deal De La Rosa or Anderson. So where do they get the young pitching they crave?

They’ll listen when teams discuss outfielder Drew Stubbs. The Mariners are the hot rumor. They’ll also listen to offers for righty pitcher LaTroy Hawkins. But there will be debate about how much a team is willing to give up for Stubbs, whose home/road splits and low on-base percentage history are concerning, and Hawkins, who is fit and effective but also 41.

Still, being in a pennant race makes giving up valuable pitching prospects sound like a better idea. So we’ll see. If Stubbs or Hawkins don’t bring offers of top-level prospects, the Rockies still must listen. This year’s injuries exposed a startling lack of starting depth, and they have to get it from somewhere.

– Thomas Harding

Colon: “I don’t know anything about” trade rumors

Bartolo Colon did his best to avoid the subject of trade rumors after his win over the Mariners on Wednesday, calling them a “decision for upper management.”

“I can’t control that stuff,” Colon said.

What Colon can control is making himself attractive to contenders, should the Mets fall out of realistic contention and decide to deal him. After posting a 5.88 ERA over his previous four starts, Colon rebounded by taking a perfect game into the seventh against the Mariners. He finished with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

ESPN Deportes reported earlier this week that the Giants have expressed interest in the 41-year-old right-hander.

–Anthony DiComo

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