Jhonny Peralta appears to be the Mets' top free agent target, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes. The club "really likes" Peralta but they don't know if he intends to sign soon or later in the offseason.
The Mets' top priority is shortstop, but they're hardly alone in that, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Possible options for the Mets include Jhonny Peralta, Erick Aybar, Didi Gregorius, Rafael Furcal, and Jed Lowrie.
The Mets have talked to free agent Corey Hart, but Martino gets the sense that they either don't identify him as a top target or aren't that eager to get a deal done with him. Carig also hears from a source that the Mets aren't close to a deal with the Brewers first baseman. "We haven't discussed him in depth enough to say where we'd put him if we got him," the source said.
The Mets have plans to meet with Curtis Granderson's agent this week, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The outfielder is turning down the Yankees' $14.1MM qualifying offer.
The Mets have touched base with Marlon Byrd's representatives in the last few days, according to Carig. He could fetch a deal in the neighborhood of $16MM over two years.
The Mets aren't actively talking to Mike Pelfrey about a possible reunion, but they are open to it, a team official tells Adam Rubin. "I know he is on a long list of guys just like him," the team insider said. The Mets non-tendered the hurler after he earned $5.7MM in 2012.