Morning Briefing: Hot Stove Getting Warmer

Good morning Mets fans! The MLB non-tender deadline is tonight at 8 p.m. and will likely add some more players to free agency.

The Mets have nine arbitration eligible players and all are expected to be tendered a contract.

Latest Mets News 

Jon Heyman on the Fan Rag Sports Network reports that the Mets are looking at five potential trade candidates at second base.

He also reports in the same article that the Mets have internally debated making a run for Eric Hosmer, but are unlikely to actually sign him.

He also writes that the Mets have interest in bringing the recently fired Adam Fisher back into the fold.

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets and Jay Bruce have expressed mutual interest in a reunion.

Latest MLB News 

Toronto Blue Jays former player Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet for sexual misconduct.

Neil Best writes that a tentative date of September 2018 has been set for Craig Carton’s trial.

Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors has the latest on the Shohei Otani sweepstakes.

Derrick Goold reports that Matt Holliday made a strong sales pitch to Giancarlo Stanton to join the St. Louis Cardinals.

Seattle Mariners hitting coach, Edgar Martinez, released a statement on Mariners DH Nelson Cruz winning the award in the former’s honor.

The Los Angeles Angels acquired Jim Johnson from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league pitcher Justin Kelly and an undisclosed amount of international pool money. Angels GM Billy Eppler admitted this is with the hopes of enhancing their efforts to sign Otani.

Latest NL East news 

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post debates what role Erick Fedde will have on the 2018 Nationals.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network has the latest on a potential deal they would consider with the San Francisco Giants. He also writes that while not guaranteed by Stanton’s camp yet, team officials are optimistic that he would waive his no-trade clause in this scenario.

Jon Heyman reports that Matt Adams “won’t be with the Braves” in the for long with the upcoming arbitration deadline.

Tim Malcolm of Phillies Nation wonders what the Phillies should do with Maikel Franco.

Latest on MMO

Mets Minors reports that Jose Leger is leaving the Mets organization to work for the St. Louis Cardinals. Leger had been the Columbia Fireflies manager the past two seasons.

Matt Mancuso does an MMO Free Agent Profile for RP Bryan Shaw.

Mathew Brownstein conducts an MMO Exclusive Interview with former MLB reliever Mike Stanton.

Michael Mayer discusses potential non-tender candidates that could interest the Mets.

This Day in Mets History

1977: The Mets sign free-agent IF/OF Elliott Maddox.

Birthdays: George Foster turns 69, Dan Warthen turns 65, Dan Schatzeder turns 63, Tom Filer turns 61, Herm Winningham turns 56, Julio Machado turns 52, and Greg McMichael turns 51.

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I am a sophomore at SUNY Cortland majoring in Sport Management. I have been a big Mets fan since 2007 and David Wright has and always will be my favorite player. Also, I do a podcast with one of my friends called Mets on Campus which you can find on theredbeat.com. Follow me on Twitter @JoshFinkMets