Morning Briefing: Movement, But No Actual Moves

Good morning Mets fans! Some rumors continued to swirl yesterday, but no Major League signings occurred.

Latest Mets news

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?)

David Alder of reports on Noah Syndergaard‘s off-season.

Joe Giglio of believes that Johan Santana deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Latest NL East News

Todd Zolecki of 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 However, the suspension was later rescinded by the team.

Kevin Frandsen announced on Twitter that he will be announcing some road games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018.

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.

Darren Wolfson of Eye Witness News reports that Twins have shown interest in starting pitcher, Chris Tillman.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote about the concerning conditions that are hampering many free agents this offseason.

Jon Paul Morosi of 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.

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall discuses how Steven Matz is looking forward to a healthy 2018 season.

Dilip Sridhar analyzes one of the newest and more complex sabermetric statistics, xwOBA released their list of the Mets Minor Leaguers ranked 41st through 50th. Some noteworthy names include submariner Stephen Villines and defensive wizard Ali Sanchez.

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.

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