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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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.