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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are fully planning to go with Travis d'Arnaud as the primary catcher in 2017 and don't foresee going the external route. That's the case even with a new crop of free agents such as Welington Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are confident they will be able to trade an outfielder before the winter meetings conclude since they do not have much else to work on this week. Their preference is to trade Jay Bruce over Curtis Granderson, but Granderson has been drawing more interest. Ideally, the Mets would return a reliever in the trade, but prospects may be the return instead.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Market for relievers won't really start moving until Chapman, Jansen, Melancon start to move, but 13 teams have checked in on Brad Ziegler

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

As mentioned in the column early last week, the Braves will not include Dansby Swanson in any trade, including for Chris Sale.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Before adding players for '17, Red Sox up to ~$188 million for competitive balance tax. Breakdown: ~$136M committed to Price, Hanley, Porcello, Sandoval, Pedroia, Kimbrel, Buchholz, Young; ~$24M, based on MLBTR projections, for arb-eligible Kelly, Pomeranz, Abad, Ross, Bogaerts, Bradley, Holt, Leon, Workman; ~$10M for pre-arbs on 40-man (Betts, E-Rod, Benintendi, Shaw, etc.); ~$13 million for benefits; at least $5 million for in-season moves.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With Carlos Beltran off board, Red Sox could turn to another short-term free-agent option (Matt Holliday? Mike Napoli?). If they prefer a left-handed hitter, it's worth watching if they engage Mets on either Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Rich Hill and the Dodgers have not yet completed their agreement according to sources involved in the negotiations, but the deal "will get done" and they expect an announcement sometime on Sunday.