Mets hope bid for Zobrist materializes at Meetings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville's Opryland Hotel is well known in baseball circles for its maze-like hallways and long corridors, with landmarks here and there to guide the way. It is within these parameters that Mets officials will begin doing business on Monday morning, spending the next four days mapping out and re-mapping their offseason.
The Winter Meetings begin bright and early Monday in Nashville, and by the end of the week, the Mets hope to have some sort of resolution on top free-agent target Ben Zobrist. If they sign him, they'll move on to other areas (center field, bullpen). If they whiff, they'll look into second-base alternatives.
Everything right now hinges on Zobrist, for a Mets team that can't be sure about the shape of its offseason until he signs.
"The story hasn't changed much ... in terms of what the offseason plan is," assistant general manager John Ricco said. "I think we feel like we have a team, right now, that we have players for every position -- and players that we like. Now, the goal is to try to supplement that with players who can make us even better. We're looking for guys who are versatile, who can play multiple positions and complement what we have."
GM Sandy Alderson, who is undergoing chemotherapy, will not be in attendance for the Mets. But Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta will all be on hand, along with a host of other front-office aides. So will manager Terry Collins, with a new two-year deal in hand; he'll give his own State of the Mets address at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
MLB.com and MLB Network will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the entire 2015 Winter Meetings from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, with the Network launching 35 hours of live Winter Meetings coverage on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also catch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availabilities on MLB.com, as well as the announcement of the Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era Committee inductees on Monday at 11 a.m. ET and the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
So stay tuned to Mets.com for coverage all week, sound off in the comments section below and chime in all day, every day on Twitter. Zobrist or no, the next four days should go a long way toward determining the direction of New York's winter.