Here are five Mets things to watch for at the winter meetings at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas through early Thursday afternoon:
1. Realmuto’s world. The Mets are one of a reported dozen-plus teams to have expressed interest in catcher J.T. Realmuto, whom the Marlins are shopping. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has said he is hesitant to part with a core major-league player — Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Amed Rosario — which would be the start of the cost in a theoretical trade. Still, with Van Wagenen in charge and willing to get creative, it’s hard to rule anything out.
2. Davey Johnson’s Hall of Fame fate. The former Mets manager — who steered the club to its 1986 World Series championship — is up for the Hall of Fame via the Today’s Game ballot, which also includes late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. In addition to a 13-year major-league career as a player during which he was a four-time All-Star, Johnson managed in the majors for 17 seasons, compiling a 1,372-1,071 record. The Today’s Game ballot results will be announced Sunday.
3. An evolving front-office structure. The Mets made another significant addition to their front office this past week, hiring Brooklyn native and former Red Sox executive Jared Banner as executive director of player development. With all of the new voices surrounding a new GM, what’s the power dynamic like? Which of those voices will emerge as most critical in Van Wagenen’s decision-making? In addition to adding a pair of assistant GMs (Allard Baird and Adam Guttridge, making three with John Ricco), Van Wagenen’s inner circle includes three former GMs: Baird, Omar Minaya and Ruben Amaro Jr.
4. Say hey to Sandy. Former Mets GM Sandy Alderson will be at the winter meetings chatting with teams about his next job, according to SNY. Alderson stepped away from his Mets duties in June because of cancer but reportedly is healthy now and ready to get back in the game. His contract with the Mets expired Oct. 31.
5. What’s the deal with deGrom? Mets decision-makers have been open about their desire to keep ace Jacob deGrom around for a long time, but that hasn’t manifested itself in meaningful contract negotiations. Will those start at the winter meetings? Probably not in a serious way — check back in January, when the more urgent moves are done — but deGrom’s agent and Van Wagenen’s former colleague, Jeff Berry of CAA, will be on site (along with pretty much every other agent in the game).