New York Mets Amazin' News, 12/13/17: Jay Bruce, Ian Kinsler Updates
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Progress on the Jay Bruce and Ian Kinsler fronts, Mickey Callaway’s elimination of the closer role, and more from Wednesday.

On the heels of their first free agent signing this winter—reliever Anthony Swarzak—the New York Mets made headway on another front after meeting with Jay Bruce’s agent.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, the Mets have yet to make an offer but remain sufficiently interested. The team is looking to address their other needs before making a move.

Back in November, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported that Bruce was seeking a five-year deal worth as much as $18 million per season. The Mets are reportedly intent on only bringing the right fielder back on a three-year contract.

Bruce is also believed to be drawing interest from the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies, and Seattle Mariners.

Positive Health News (For Once)

Despite the fact that general manager Sandy Alderson doesn’t know whether to expect Michael Conforto to be ready for Opening Day,‘s Abbey Mastracco tweeted that the Mets’ young star will begin swinging a bat in two weeks.

Who’s On Second?

Detroit’s Ian Kinsler seems to still be the Mets’ top priority at second base. The Mets are one of 1-teams on Kinsler’s no-trade list, according to SNY’s Andy Martino, but neither side sees it as a dealbreaker if they were to reach an agreement. The 12-year veteran and four-time All-Star is due $11 million this upcoming season.

Is The Dark Knight On The Move?

Despite trade rumors swirling around him, Matt Harvey may very well remain a Met in 2018. New manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland have both expressed their opinions on the matter and are heavily in favor of keeping Harvey on the staff, according to Puma.

No Closer? No Problem!

Callaway remains uncommitted to a specific closer and hinted at a different approach for the club in the late innings. Per Puma, he plans to use his best bullpen arms in the highest leverage situations. While  Anderson called Callaway’s plan “an interesting possibility,” he suggested that it was far from being set in stone.

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