The Yankees and Mets play in baseball’s biggest market, but both are in the midst of quiet offseasons, as our Free Agent Tracker shows. The Bronx Bombers re-signed Freddy Garcia and extended C.C. Sabathia after exercising options on Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano. The Mets lost Jose Reyes to the Marlins, traded for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez and signed Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco. Here are the latest rumors from New York:
- The Mets continue to explore possibilities behind the plate and they had interest in Luis Martinez before the Padres sent him to the Rangers yesterday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Josh Thole, the Mets’ projected starter, will head to Dallas to work on his receiving with catching coordinator Bob Natal in the coming weeks, Puma writes. Mike Nickeas projects as the Mets' backup now that they non-tendered Ronny Paulino.
- Troy Renck of the Denver Post expects the Mets to hold onto David Wright until the July trade deadline (Twitter link).
- The Mets and Yankees are two of the teams that continue to seek a utility infielder, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. The Braves, Cubs and Giants are also interested in utility infielders and Jack Wilson, Ronny Cedeno, Craig Counsell and Aaron Miles are among the available free agents.