Morning Briefing: Conforto’s Opening Day Status Questionable

Today is the start of the Winter Meetings. If you are a fan of rumors and trades, then this is your type of event. Unless you’re a Mets fan, because Sandy Alderson basically said the Mets won’t be making any big splashes.

Alan Trammell and Jack Morris both made the Hall-of-Fame yesterday. Trammell was very well deserving as a good hitter, but one of the better defensive shortstops of his era. Morris is another story. Morris posted a 105 ERA+ and graded out as a borderline starting pitcher throughout his career. I find it hard to believe he made it in before Mike Mussina.

This is someone who belongs in the “Hall-of-Good” as some fans like to call it.

Latest Mets News

Sandy Alderson spoke to reporters yesterday and to sum it up quickly, the Mets are looking for value in the bullpen market. He added they want to get a first baseman who can compete with Dominic Smith but not someone who will prevent him from winning the job.

Alderson added that he doesn’t believe that Michael Conforto will be ready for Opening Day, but he left the possibility open.

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes about the winter meetings.

Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com writes about two Mets targets with Indians’ ties.

Latest MLB News

The Chicago Cubs signed Brandon Morrow yesterday and the St. Louis Cardinals inked Luke Gregerson.

The New York Yankees have a press conference tomorrow to introduce their new slugger, Giancarlo Stanton.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested on domestic dispute charges, according to Evan Drellich of NBC Boston.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Yankees will hire Josh Bard as their bench coach. Phil Nevin will also be assigned third base coach duties.

Latest NL East News

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post writes about the Nationals’ activity in the winter meetings.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald wrote about what will be next for the Marlins.

Atlanta Braves great, Dale Murphy, was passed up on the Hall-of-Fame.

Todd Zolecki writes about what big name players could go to Philadelphia.

Latest on MMO

Joe D. gives his winter meetings preview.

John Jackson writes his offseason plan.

This Day in Mets History

1962: Mets trade Felix Mantilla to the Red Sox for Tracy Stallard, Pumpsie Green, Al Moran.

1974: Mets trade Ted Martinez for Mike Vail and Jack Heidermann.

1981: Mets trade Doug Flynn and Danny Boitano for Jim Kern.

1981: Mets trade Frank Taveras for Steve Ratzer.

1986: The Mets trade Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson, and Shawn Abner for Kevin McReynolds, Gene Walter, and Adam Ging.

Birthdays: Derek Bell turns 49, Jay Bell turns 52.

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests. I study computer science at Stony Brook