The Mets enter the Winter Meetings with three needs, but don’t expect any to be met soon because of their approach of waiting out the process.
They are seeking a shortstop, a right-handed bat off the bench and left-handed reliever.
The Mets want an upgrade over shortstop Wilmer Flores, but for now aren’t biting on Stephen Drew, Asdrubal Cabrera or Jed Lowrie. They could have had any of the three if they wanted and their thinking is to wait this out to see if their asking price will drop.
Another possibility, Didi Gregorius, was acquired by the Yankees in a trade. The Mets aren’t inclined to deal to fill any of their needs unless a team takes either Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese or Dillon Gee. Because determining the free-agent market usually comes before trades, the problem facing the Mets in dealing their pitchers is teams needing pitching first want to see where Jon Lester, Max Scherzer or James Shields land.
So, for now, waiting appears to be the Mets’ course of action. No surprise there.