New York Mets' reliever Jenrry Mejia was permanently banned from Major League Baseball after testing positive for steroids for a third time. Mejia, who had previously drawn two suspensions during 2015, becomes the first player ever to be suspended for life as a result of failing steroid tests.
New York Mets' pitcher Jacob deGrom is open to a long term extension with the team, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports. deGrom, who will turn 28 during the season, noted that his age compared to the other starters has made him more willing to discuss a long term deal.
On Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves signed former New York Mets reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training; Torres was designated for assignment earlier in the month after pitching to a 5-6 record and a 4.68 ERA in the 2015 season.
New York Mets' utility man Wilmer Flores wants to be a Met for life, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports. Flores earned the respect of Mets' fans after he cried on the field last season upon learning he had supposedly been traded.
Major League Baseball and the Player's Association are making significant progress towards a rule outlawing a takeout slide on middle infielders, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. The issue should be an important one for the New York Mets, who saw shortstop Ruben Tejada's season end in the playoffs on a dirty slide from Los Angeles Dodgers' second baseman Chase Utley.
The New York Mets signed outfielder Roger Bernadina to a minor league deal, MetsBlog.com reports. Bernadina, who has spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, will be invited to spring training to compete for a backup outfield position.
On Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a 2-year, $12.25 million deal with New York Mets relief pitcher Tyler Clippard; Clippard spent three months with the Mets after he was acquired from the Oakland A's at the trade deadline this past July.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays have both expressed interest in New York Mets free agent reliever Tyler Clippard; the Mets have been reported with interest in a reunion with Clippard as well.
Several members of the New York Mets weighed in on the Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Four out of five Mets' surveyed picked the Panthers to win, although they also indicated they would like to see Peyton Manning find a way to win.
The Cleveland Indians have reportedly made a 1-year, $3 million offer to New York Mets infielder Juan Uribe; as of right now, they are the only team to make a major league offer to the 36-year-old veteran infielder who was traded to the Mets last summer.