Mets end quiet week in Nashville

December, 6, 2012

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At this point, the Mets' wish list appears to include resolving R.A. Dickey's situation, signing Miguel Olivo and adding a righty-hitting outfielder such as Cody Ross.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mets, as they maintained would be the case, did not select a player for themselves in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning, which wrapped up the winter meetings. (They did select left-hander Kyle Lobstein, but he is headed to the Tigers in a prearranged deal for modest cash.)

Other than formally introducing David Wright, who gave a hearty endorsement of the plan going forward, the Mets (like the Yankees) overall had a quiet week.

The same work remains to be done as when they arrived:

• Resolve the R.A. Dickey situation.

• Find a righty-hitting catching complement for Josh Thole.

• Add two righty-hitting outfielders.

• Retool the bullpen leading into Frank Francisco.

Mets insiders continue to portray it more likely that Dickey stays than goes in a trade -- with or without a contract extension beyond 2013.

The Los Angeles Dodgers could be a wild card, though. If they lose out on Zack Greinke to the Texas Rangers and miss out on Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin or free-agent Anibal Sanchez, too, they likely would engage the Mets about Dickey. (L.A. wants to add two frontline pitchers -- preferably hard throwers.)

Miguel Olivo appears the top free-agent target for the Mets at catcher. Sandy Alderson said a trade was unlikely to materialize. The GM added that the Mets may be forced to go with Anthony Recker, who was a waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs.

Scott Hairston and the Mets still could work out a deal. The remaining free agents that fit the Mets' profile appear to include Cody Ross, Jeff Baker, Matt Diaz, Reed Johnson and Austin Kearns.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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