Mets narrow Winter Meetings focus to dealing OF

Cespedes signing frees front office to pursue trade for Bruce or Granderson

Mets narrow Winter Meetings focus to dealing OF

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Mets' signing of Yoenis Cespedes last week may have rejiggered their offseason plan, but it shouldn't make their presence at the Winter Meetings any less intriguing. Rather than spend all their time entertaining Cespedes' agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets will simply pivot to the next item on their agenda: a trade of Jay Bruce.

MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson arrived in town on Sunday afternoon, and he'll spend his time here canvassing the market for Bruce. Though the Mets have spent the past week fielding offers on Curtis Granderson as well, trying to rebalance their roster with Cespedes on board, team officials have made no secret that they prefer to deal Bruce.

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The team also plans to address other issues at the Meetings, including a bullpen that could use another arm or two prior to Spring Training. The Mets will shop around the free-agent and trade markets, seeking to accomplish that goal.

Manager Terry Collins will be in National Harbor as well, ready to discuss the Cespedes signing, the outfield alignment and perhaps his own future. Collins has already said this offseason that 2017 could be his last year at the helm, meaning he may be attending his final Winter Meetings.

MLB.com will be there for all of it, from Alderson's first comments on Sunday evening to the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. Keep refreshing those browsers and Twitter feeds for all the latest from National Harbor.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.