Ben Zobrist visited with Mets on Wednesday, appears to be weighing finalists

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Ben Zobrist appears to be weighing the finalists for his services, as Anthony DiComo of reports that the free agent visited with the Mets on Wednesday and was given a tour around the suburbs of New York City with a contingent which included chief operating offer Jeff Wilpon.

Zobrist, who turns 35 in May, is reportedly looking for a four-year deal in the range of $60 million. There was a report earlier this week that the Mets weren’t willing to go a fourth year, but assistant general manager John Ricco indicates that they haven’t drawn such a line.

“I don’t know that there is hesitancy,” Ricco said. “We’re negotiating. We’re still discussing all of that. I don’t know that ‘hesitancy’ is the right word. We have to do a deal, ultimately, that makes sense for us in the short term and the long term. If there’s a fit there, in terms of what we’re comfortable with dollars-wise and years-wise for him, we’ll get the player.”

Zobrist batted .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI across 126 games this past season between the Athletics and Royals. He was a key contributor during Kansas City’s World Series victory, which the Mets saw up-close and personal. His versatility is a key selling point, but Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star recently wrote that he wants to play second base. That’s presumably where he’d slot in for the Mets.

It’s worth noting that Zobrist is not tied to draft pick compensation, as he was traded midseason and wasn’t eligible to receive a qualifying offer. The Nationals, Dodgers, and Giants are among the other teams who have been linked to him this winter.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.