The New York Mets agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with reliever Anthony Swarzak, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

The news was first reported by Newsday.

"We're looking for somebody who can pitch at the back end, somebody who has a demonstrated track record recently and somebody that fits and has known Mickey in some capacity in the past,'' Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said without confirming the deal.

Swarzak, acquired at the trade deadline from the rebuilding Chicago White Sox, bolstered the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen down the stretch as the they made a push for a National League wild-card spot. He finished 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA and two saves in 70 relief appearances combined with Milwaukee and the White Sox.

The 32-year-old right-hander spent the first five seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins after his second-round selection in the 2004 amateur draft. He also has pitched for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.

New York also is looking to add offense, either from first base, second or the outfield. Alderson is willing to wait.


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Matt HarveyPeter G. Aiken/USA TODAY SportsThe Mets reportedly had talked to at least two teams about trading former ace Matt Harvey for a reliever.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday at the winter meetings that he is inclined to keep Matt Harvey rather than trade the right-hander.

The Mets reportedly had talked to at least two teams about trading the former ace for a reliever.

Alderson said Tuesday that new Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland told him that they want Harvey on the roster in 2018.

"The most important thing I am weighing are the opinions of Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland, and they don't want to lose him," Alderson said. "Everything else today is moot."

Alderson wouldn't promise, however, that Harvey wouldn't be traded, telling reporters, "No one is untouchable."

Harvey, who was suspended three games last season after failing to show up for a game in May, is eligible for arbitration this winter and then free agency in the fall of 2018.

Harvey, 28, was 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA in 18 starts last season after returning from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome that cut his 2016 season short. He made only 17 starts that season, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA.

He was an All-Star in 2013, when he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He also pitched well in 2015, finishing 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA.

Harvey made two starts in the 2015 World Series after missing the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery.


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COEBURN, Va. -- Tracy Stallard, the pitcher who gave up Roger Maris' record 61st home run in 1961, has died. He was 80.

The Sturgill Funeral Home in Coeburn, Virginia, said Monday that Stallard died Wednesday at the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.

He was on the mound for Boston in 1961 when Maris broke the single-season record that Babe Ruth had held since 1927. The record stayed until 1998.

Stallard went 30-57 with a 4.17 career ERA while pitching for the Red Sox (1960-62), New York Mets (1963-64) and St. Louis Cardinals (1965-66).

His funeral was Sunday at the Sturgill Funeral Home.


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The New York Mets have talked to at least two teams about trading right-hander Matt Harvey this offseason, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

According to the report, the Mets are looking to move Harvey for a reliever.

On Sunday, the first night of the annual MLB winter meetings, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that no player in the organization is untouchable.

Harvey, who was suspended three games last season after failing to show up for a game in May, is eligible for arbitration this winter and then free agency in the fall of 2018.

Harvey, 28, was 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA in 18 starts last season after returning from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome that cut his 2016 season short. He made only 17 starts that season, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA.

He was an All-Star in 2013 when he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He also pitched well in 2015, finishing 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA.

Harvey made two starts in the 2015 World Series after missing the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery.


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Jeff Chiu/AP PhotoGiants GM Bobby Evans is among the execs who will now have to ramp up their pursuit of deals this winter.

Clubs like the Giants, Cardinals and Cubs have to move on to other key areas for improvement. What positions and players will they prioritize now?

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard says the weight has not been lifted from his shoulders, just his lat muscle.

The New York Mets ace tore the latissimus dorsi behind his right arm on April 30 after bulking up during the previous winter. He altered his workouts this offseason under the supervision of Eric Cressey, a performance coach who assisted Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer, and Shane Rye, co-founder of Cressey's company.

"I'm still lifting heavy but in a more smart way," Syndergaard said Thursday, dressed as an elf at the Mets' annual holiday party for children. "Last year was not the necessarily the most smart thing I was supposed to be doing in terms of exercises and choice. ... I did a lot of pull-ups, and that's primarily a lat exercise, and this year I haven't done one pull-up yet. So it's different. It's still taxing workouts, but my body never felt better."

A 25-year-old right-hander, Syndergaard averaged a career-high 99.6 mph with his fastball this year. But the muscle injury limited him to seven starts and 30 1/3 innings. He made just two appearances for the Mets in his return from the injury, throwing five pitches over an inning against Washington on Sept. 23 and 26 pitches over two innings at Philadelphia on the final day of New York's sorry season.

"I'm extremely confident, just the way I finished the season that last start against the Phillies," Syndergaard said. "I don't think I've ever felt that way before, and I feel like my pitches, my repertoire, even increased even more in terms of like velocity and just straight power."


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Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon SportswireNew York is reportedly eyeing the veteran first baseman, who is coming off a productive season as a part-time player.

The Mets are reportedly eyeing the veteran first baseman, who is coming off a productive season as a part-time player.

Rumor Central: Mets, Tigers have discussed Ian Kinsler?

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AP Photo/Carlos OsorioIan Kinsler has a .275/.328/.436 slash line over four seasons with the Detroit Tigers.

New York and Detroit have reportedly had preliminary talks regarding a deal that would send Ian Kinsler to Queens.

Wally Backman's quest to return to Major League Baseball will take a pit stop in the independent Atlantic League this season.

The New Britain Bees announced Thursday that Backman has been hired as the club's second manager.

"Wally Backman is a proven winner," Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. "His ability to instill a winning atmosphere and put an entertaining club on the field are two significant factors in bringing him aboard. We look forward to a successful 2018 season working with Wally and hope everyone joins us in welcoming him to the Central Connecticut community."

Backman, 58, managed in the Mexican Baseball League last season but was fired by the Monclova Acereros after just 42 games.

He resigned as a manager of the New York Mets Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas in 2016 after clashing with the front office and told Newsday in January that a friend in the commissioner's office told him Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was sabotaging his efforts to get another job in the majors.

"There's been a bad roadblock, and I know where it's coming from. In the last phone call I had with Sandy [in September], he said, 'I will do anything I can to help you.' But he is not an honest man. People are telling me, 'Sandy has it in for you. You're being blackballed,'" he told the newspaper then.


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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have filled out their coaching staff, adding Gary DiSarcina, Dave Eiland and Ruben Amaro Jr. to the team.

The Mets made the announcement Wednesday.

DiSarcina will become the bench coach for new manager Mickey Callaway. DiSarcina was Boston's bench coach last season.

Eiland was hired as the pitching coach. He held the same position for World Series champion teams in Kansas City in 2015 and the New York Yankees in 2009.

Amaro will become the first base coach and outfield instructor. He was the first base coach in Boston for the past two years. He previously was the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pat Roessler was promoted from assistant hitting coach to hitting coach and Glenn Sherlock will be back as the third base coach and catching instructor.

Ricky Bones returns as the bullpen coach and Tom Slater was hired as the assistant hitting coach. Slater coached in the Yankees' minor league system the past nine years.


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Rumor Central: Mets open to pursuing Shohei Otani?

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Toru Takahashi/AP PhotoKnown as the "Babe Ruth of Japan," Shohei Otani will attract plenty of suitors this offseason.

Limits on a possible signing bonus reportedly could prompt the Mets to pursue Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani.

Rumor Central: Could Jay Bruce return to Queens?

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Ron Schwane/Getty ImagesJay Bruce hit a combined 36 homers with 101 RBI for the Mets and Indians this season.

The Mets reportedly are open to a reunion with Jay Bruce if he would be willing to be used in the outfield and at first base.

Rumor Central: Bryan Shaw high on Mets' wish list?

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Ken Blaze/USA TODAY SportsBryan Shaw has been a durable reliever for the Indians, leading the AL in appearances three times in the last four seasons.

Bryan Shaw's past ties with new manager Mickey Callaway reportedly could make him a preferred option for the New York Mets.

Rumor Central: Another year for Bartolo Colon?

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Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesBartolo Colon had a career-worst 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last season, but still wants to pitch.

Bartolo Colon is 44 years old and posted a career-worst 6.48 ERA last season but reportedly has no plans to retire.

It was an injury-ravaged 2017 season for the New York Mets, who suffered a 17-game decline and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. They have their work cut out for them as free agency officially kicks off and the building of the 2018 team begins.

What's their biggest need? Which one move would you like to see them make before spring training? Would any of Keith Law's Top 50 free agentsInsider look good in a Mets uniform? Weigh in on New York's offseason below and check out the other 29 teams here.

Keep track of the latest signings, acquisitions and rumored moves for every team from now through the start of spring training on ESPN.com. 


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WINS LEADER
Jacob deGrom
WINS ERA SO IP
15 3.53 239 201
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Cabrera .280
HRJ. Bruce 29
RBIJ. Bruce 75
RJ. Reyes 75
OPSA. Cabrera .785
ERAJ. deGrom 3.53
SOJ. deGrom 239