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Mets are talking to A.J. Pollock, inquiring about J.T. Realmuto

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Earlier this week, at the press conference announcing the Robinson Cano trade, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said that this would not be the last move the Mets made as they approach what is looking like a win-now 2019 season. Today Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Mets have been in contact with the agents of outfielder A.J. Pollock. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have made contact with the Marlins regarding a possible trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Those would certainly be interesting next moves.

Pollock has been rumored to be seeking a five-year, $80 million deal, which is what Lorenzo Cain signed for last winter with the Brewers. Pollock certainly has some durability issues, but he has been a very productive all-around player when healthy, hitting .281/.338/.484 while playing excellent defense over the course of his seven-year career.

Realmuto, meanwhile, is generally considered the best catcher in the game, with several teams reportedly trying to take him off the Marlins’ hands. Given that New York gave up top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Mariners as part of the Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz trade, it’s hard to see the Mets having enough to get Realmuto, but it’s interesting to see Van Wagenen trying.

Smoke or fire? Either way, the Mets’ offseason has been a pretty interesting one so far.

Aaron Hicks would like to avoid Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees’ 2019 run ended in heartbreak on Saturday night when, despite a stunning ninth-inning comeback, they fell 6-4 to the Astros and officially lost their bid for the AL pennant. Now, facing a long offseason, there are a few decisions to be made.

One of those falls on the shoulders of outfielder Aaron Hicks, who told reporters that he “thinks he can continue playing without Tommy John surgery.” It’s unclear whose recommendation he’s basing that decision on, however, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch points out that Tommy John surgery was recommended during the slugger’s most recent meeting with Dr. Neal ELAttrache.

Hicks originally sustained a season-ending right flexor strain in early August and held several consultations with ElAttrache and the Yankees’ physician in the months that followed. He spent two and a half months on the 60-day injured list and finally returned to the Yankees’ roster during the ALCS, in which he went 2-for-13 with a base hit and a Game 5 three-run homer against the Astros.

Of course, a handful of strong performances doesn’t definitively prove that the outfielder is fully healed — or that he’ll be able to avoid aggravating the injury with further activity. Granted, Tommy John surgery isn’t a minor procedure; it’s one that requires up to a year of rest and rehabilitation before most players are cleared to throw again. Should Hicks wait to reverse his decision until he reports for spring training in 2020, though, it could push his return date out by another six months or so.