Good morning Mets fans! Some rumors continued to swirl yesterday, but no Major League signings occurred.
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In his post for The Athletic, Jim Bowden expresses his doubt that the Mets will be finalists for both Jay Bruce and Lorenzo Cain, but he expects the team to sign at least one significant free agent. (Jose Reyes, anyone?)
Latest NL East News
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Maikel Franco was suspended by his Winter League team, the Cibao Giants. Photographs were later released showing him partying at 6 a.m., despite having a game later that day. However, the suspension was later rescinded by the team.
Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports reports that Nationals broadcaster, Ray Knight, had assault charges dropped against him yesterday. He was accused of fighting a 33-year-old two months ago, but they reached a settlement before trial.
Latest News From Around MLB
Yesterday, we learned about the tragic passing of Derby, the bat-dog for the Trenton Thunder for the past seven years. In his honor, the Trenton Thunder will celebrate Derby Day on January 26th, which would have been his 10th birthday.
Astros owner, Jim Crane, disclosed in an interview that the Astros are pursuing a top-of-the-line starter. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Gerrit Cole is their target and one name that has popped up in talks is outfielder Derek Fisher.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote about the concerning conditions that are hampering many free agents this offseason.
Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that talks are ongoing between the MLB and the MLBPA about a myriad of changes for the 2018 season, most notably the addition of a pitch clock.
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Dilip Sridhar analyzes one of the newest and more complex sabermetric statistics, xwOBA
This Date In Mets History
1979: The Mets select Rusty Tillman in the 10th round of the free-agent draft.
2001: The Mets sign Darren Bragg.