Morning Briefing: Callaway Impresses In Opening Spring Presser

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ORG XMIT: FLVR113

Good morning Mets fans! Today is the first open workout for Mets fans in Port St. Lucie. Gates at First Data Field open at 9:30 a.m.

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Yesterday on Barstool Radio Mickey Callaway commented on the talent of his pitching staff. “We’re going to have one of the best starting staffs in all of baseball and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve never seen talent like this in one spot.”

Callaway also met with the media for the first time since reporting to Spring Training. Callaway was very insightful, very thoughtful, and is making it very easy to fall in love with him! Check out the full conference here, and check out MMO’s Rob Piersall’s takeaways here.

One of my biggest takeaways came when Mickey said if the team does not succeed it is on him, “The front office has given us the players. The coaching staff is the best in the big leagues.”

One point Callaway has stressed a whole lot is being prepared. He will be holding a team meeting this morning in the weight room to impress on his players the importance of being prepared and having routines that allow for success.

Though he will not interfere with his rehab program, Callaway said he is going to rely on the captain, David Wright, to help establish clubhouse culture.

According to Anthony Dicomo of, the Mets are keeping tabs on the free agent starters, but they aren’t likely to land a deal anytime soon. Mid-market types such as Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb aren’t currently on their radar at their current price.

Dicomo has said that the Mets are taking a look at Todd Frazier, Brandon Nimmoand Juan Lagares as leadoff options. Lagares is expected to receive most of the playing time with Michael Conforto sidelined, and the Mets like what Nimmo offers off the bench.

With the Mets likely only carrying four outfielders on their opening day roster, Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores will take some reps in the outfield this spring.

Phillip Evans will also be trying out a new position this spring, as the Mets have asked him if he’d be willing to take reps behind the plate. Evans recently caught a bullpen session thrown by Chris Flexen and will continue to work with Glenn Sherlock.

Mike Puma of the New York Post has said that the Mets were only willing to offer a minor league contract to recently signed reliever Bud Norris.

Puma also notes that the Mets have shown interest in reuniting with Matt den Dekker as their Triple-A centerfielder.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting the crosstown rival New York Yankees could attempt to swing a trade for Asdrubal Cabrera.

Latest MLB News

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are bringing back veteran second baseman Chase Utley on a two-year deal.

Craig Mish of SiriusXM has confirmed that JD Martinez is not at the free agent camp in Bradenton.

Also on Martinez, Heyman has said the Diamondbacks are exploring creative ways to keep the slugging outfielder in Arizona.

The Yankees and Mike Moustakas have been in contact, though an agreement is considered a long shot due to the luxury threshold and draft picks.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune, Padres pitcher Jose Torres is facing domestic violence charges.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today, has said the Giants are in serious talks with lefty Tony Watson. Other teams that have been connected to Watson include the Phillies and Red Sox amongst others.

Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal has said that there have been changes made at the MLBPA as Greg Bouris, the union’s director of communications and chief spokesman, leaves after 19 years.

Kevin Gausman and the Orioles have agreed to a deal worth $5.6 million with $150k in incentives to avoid arbitration.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has reported that former Athletics ace Jarrod Parker has announced his retirement.

Latest NL East News

According to Talking Chop, Mike Moustakas is an unlikely option for the Braves.

Derek Jeter continues to ruin the fun for Marlins fans, as The Big Lead says Jeter will be taking away the Mid-game Sea Creature race.

According to the Good Phight, the Phillies will be bringing back their 1973-1988 road powder blue jerseys as an alternate jersey on select Thursday home games in 2018.

Latest on MMO

Joe D writes about how the Mets Could Potentially Have Four 30-Homer Hitters In 2018.

Rob Piersall discusses the slim possibility of an Asdrubal Cabrera trade to the Yankees as well as the likely fate of Rafael Montero this spring.

Rob also takes a look at Reyes and Flores taking reps in the outfield as well as Todd Frazier hitting leadoff.

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