Report: Terry Ryan "has no interest" in being Mets' GM

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who’s typically pretty tapped into the Twins, reports that former Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan “has no interest in going to New York as the Mets’ general manager.”
However, he adds that Ryan “will take a look” if a GM job for a “Midwest” team opens up. Ryan stepped down as Twins general manager in September of 2007 and indicated that he was tired of the day-to-day grind of the job that involved so many other things beyond his preferred focus on simply evaluating players.
He’s remained with the Twins in a high-level role, often scouting minor leaguers and advising current general manager Bill Smith, which is why it’s somewhat surprising to hear that he’d be interested in becoming a GM again regardless of the locale.
Teams would certainly be smart to pursue him, though.

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”