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C Anthony Recker is a strong bet to remain the team's backup catcher in 2014, manager Terry Collins said. Alderson said at season's end that he may look to invest in a veteran backup to mentor starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud, but the Mets were satisfied with Recker's work behind the plate and anticipate having him back.

RHP Jeremy Hefner, who the Mets non-tendered Dec. 2, reportedly agreed to return to the organization. Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery in August and will miss most, if not all, of the 2014 season. But he will be able to use the Mets' facilities in Florida as he rehabs from surgery.

OF Juan Lagares suffered a minor knee injury in winter ball but is expected to be back to 100 percent well before spring training. At the time of his injury in early December, Lagares was hitting .342 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 114 at-bats for his Dominican winter ball team.

OF Curtis Granderson said he has no plans to adjust his swing now that he has left hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium for pitcher-friendly Citi Field. But Granderson did say changes may come gradually, as he adjusts to life without a short porch in right field.

1B Ike Davis drew considerable interest at the winter meetings, with the Brewers, Rays and Pirates headlining the rumor mill. GM Sandy Alderson made no secret of the fact that he would like to trade Davis or 1B Lucas Duda for young, controllable pitching, and said he planned to continue conversations with teams after the meetings ended.

RHP Bobby Parnell is scheduled for a mid-December check-up by the doctor who operated on a herniated disk in his neck in September. The Mets hope that Parnell will be cleared to begin baseball activities for the first time since July.

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