Mets get creative with offerings in LUNGevity auction

Haircut from deGrom up for bid to raise funds for non-profit organization

Mets get creative with offerings in LUNGevity auction

SAN DIEGO -- Of the myriad offerings up for bidding in this year's Winter Meetings auction, one of the most unique comes from the Mets, who get an A+ for creativity.

The Mets have three packages available, one of which is a haircut given by National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom.

By all accounts, the only thing deGrom really knows about hair is that he has a lot of it. So, perhaps thankfully, the item is listed with a caveat -- "with professional guidance."

The package, which also includes sitting in on manager Terry Collins' pregame news conference, an on-field viewing of batting practice and four tickets to a game, has 12 bids, with the highest coming in at $775.

Proceeds from the Winter Meetings auction, presented by Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and the 30 clubs, will go toward the LUNGevity Foundation in memory of Baltimore Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow, who passed away from lung cancer in February at the age of 36.

The auction began on Sunday night and will continue until Thursday at 11 p.m. ET.

All 30 teams have contributed prizes that could only be compiled by a group of people who have special insider access to baseball's players and front offices.

In addition to the aforementioned haircut with deGrom, the Mets are offering a pitching lesson with former All-Star Dwight Gooden and the "Ultimate GM & Managerial Experience," through which the winner and three guests will watch a game at Citi Field with general manager Sandy Alderson and his staff in their private booth, listen in on Collins' pregame news conference and watch batting practice.

Gooden's private session is currently going for $980; the latter has drawn $2,075.

In the first two years since its inception, the Winter Meetings auction, benefiting Stand Up To Cancer, has raised approximately $250,000. The money raised this year will go toward cutting-edge lung cancer research with the potential to prolong and save millions of lives, through the efforts of LUNGevity.

Barlow, a non-smoker and marathon runner whose disease was discovered after she sought medical attention for a nagging cough that wouldn't go away, began working with LUNGevity approximately two months after she was diagnosed and continued to support the non-profit foundation for the remainder of her life.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.