The Mets offseason hasn’t been filled with a lot of activity, but SNY’s Ted Berg notes that the hot stove season has been off to a slow start throughout baseball.
New York has been linked to two shortstops – Jack Wilson‘s agent Page Odle told New York Post reporter Mark Hale that the Mets have expressed interest in his client, though there’s been no offer submission. Meanwhile, there’s a Sanspo article that I can’t read that mentions the Mets in connection with Seibu Lions shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, according to Yakyu Baka.
Wilson still has a decent glove, but his bat will probably make us remember Alex Cora if he ends up signing with the Mets. Nakajima is a bigger mystery with a significant potential upside. On the other hand, the Mets have not had a lot of luck with signing players from Japan… remember Kazuo Matsui? (Interesting note: Nakajima succeeded Matsui as Seibu’s shortstop when Matsui signed with the Mets.)
Finally, New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino notes that a certain faction in the Mets’ hierarchy is unhappy with Ronny Paulino and might look to make a change this winter. If they plan to do so, they should show a bit more urgency – catching is thin throughout baseball and that’s the one position that’s seen some early free agent signings.
In other news, Topps signed former Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. to an autograph deal to sign baseball cards for its 2012 products, Beckett Media reports. Griffey had been strongly identified with Upper Deck, having served as a spokesman for the company.