Morning Briefing: It’s All About the Money

Good morning Mets fans! On Tuesday, Jeff Wilpon talked about the current state of the Mets payroll and said that money doesn’t necessarily translate into wins.

Latest Mets News

According to Matt Ehalt of North Jersey.com, Wilpon said, “I get where the fan perception is. We have a plan and because we believe in Sandy and the baseball department, we’re going to stick with that plan.”

Ehalt breaks down Wilpon’s full quotes on the payroll situation here.

Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com has reported that the Mets and Jacob deGrom had preliminary talks this winter about a contract extension. However, talks never gained much traction and the sides mutually agreed to do an arbitration settlement.

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, Sandy Alderson and members of the Mets front office will speak to season ticket holders sometime today. Puma noted that Jeff Wilpon will not be in attendance.

Puma also said that the Mets expect to bring 1-2 non-roster starting pitchers into camp.

As far as said third base goes, Puma heard the Mets still view Todd Frazier as a possibility. Mike Moustakas on the other hand, seems to be out of the question.

The Mets named Jim Cavallini the director of performance and sports science. Cavallini most recently worked with the Army at Fort Bragg. Brian Chicklo was also promoted to the role of head trainer.

Latest MLB News

On the eve of the 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame election announcement, MLB Network announces it will premiere Mr. Padre on Tuesday, Jan. 30, marking a new installment of the acclaimed MLB Network Presents documentary series. This latest chapter profiles one of the top-10 Hall of Fame vote-getters of all time, Tony Gwynn.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks have signed veteran pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor league deals with a spring training invite.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com has reported that Alex Rodriguez will be joining the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball booth next season along side Matt Vasgersian.

According to the MLB Daily Dish, Minnesota Twins three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is retiring.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation has reported that once Houston Astros top prospect Jon Singleton has been suspended 100 games for a third positive test for a drug abuse.

Latest NL East News

Talking Chop discusses Ronald Acuna and the four Braves prospects in Keith Law’s Top 50.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com discusses baseball’s top second base prospect, Scott Kingery of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have put together an offer and have shown strong interest in Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

 Latest on MMO

On this weeks edition of Talkin’ Mets, Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated joins Mike Silva to discuss the Hall of Fame and his ballot.

Josh Finkelstein discusses Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon’s comments from today’s beat writers lunch.

The MMO Prospect Countdown continues as Teddy Klein breaks down Prospects 8-6.

This Day in Mets History

1980: the Payson family sells the New York Mets to a group headed by Nelson Doubleday and Long Island businessman Fred Wilpon.

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