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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.

Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.