Amed Rosario signed autographs, posed for pictures and handed out ticket vouchers to fans who donated at the Mets’ holiday food drive inside the team store Tuesday at Citi Field.
But what about a future appearance at the Marlins’ team store?
Miami has been talking to teams about catcher J.T. Realmuto at the winter meetings in Las Vegas and Rosario’s name has been swirling in the rumor mill. Yet, when asked Monday about trading the 23-year-old shortstop, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said he didn’t want to fill one hole by creating another.
Rosario took that as good news. He wants to remain a Met.
"I’m very happy about the comments that have come out about me not being traded,” Rosario said through an interpreter at the event benefiting the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen in Hempstead. “I definitely feel like I’m part of the Mets family and that I’m staying here.”
Still, the Mets’ top-rated prospect is shortstop Andres Gimenez, who finished 2018 in Double-A. But Rosario made strides last season, his first full one with the Mets. He’s looking forward not just to staying but to playing with a new double-play partner, former Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
The trade with Seattle for the 36-year-old eight-time All-Star became official last week. Cano made a call after he got the news — to Rosario.
“He was excited about the move to New York,” Rosario said. “…He’s going to show me a couple things to make me a better player and a better person for the Mets…Anybody that knows baseball knows Cano is a superstar. So there’s a lot to learn from him.”
Both are from the Dominican Republic. They first met there when Cano was with the Yankees and Rosario was about 14 or 15. It was at a field in San Pedro de Macoris, Cano’s home city.
“Being so young and having to be around a superstar major-league baseball player, especially for the Yankees, it was a phenomenal experience,” Rosario said. “So when I’m playing with him, it’s going to be a great experience as well.”
Rosario batted .256 with 26 doubles, eight triples, nine homers, 51 RBIs and 24 steals across 154 games last season. He said the experience will help keep his trajectory headed in the right direction.
“It’s going to help me out next year to be a better player and feel more comfortable on the field,” Rosario said.
The Mets won only 77 games but owned the NL East’s best record starting from July 1. The GM is busy chasing more upgrades. Rosario said, “If everybody’s healthy, everybody works together, the team has a chance to contend and will make the best of it.”