Morning Briefing: Mets Host Clinic For Special Olympics Athletes

Good morning Mets fans, yesterday for the third year in a row, the Mets held the Spring Clinic for Champions. Dominic Smith, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, and Paul Sewald, amongst other Mets players, coaches, and front office members conducted a baseball clinic for Special Olympic athletes and their families in the Treasure Coast area.

Latest Mets News

The Mets officially announced the signing of Jason Vargas to a two-year, $16 million contract. In a corresponding move, T.J. Rivera has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

According to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, Vargas was the No. 1 choice for the team to pursue. He also credited the Wilpon’s for getting involved and making the commitment to sign the pitcher.

Vargas said, “Ultimately it came together pretty quickly. There was some dialogue earlier that my agent might have had. The offseason was very strange for everybody, but [I’m] happy with the situation I’m in now.”

Mickey Callaway said Vargas will help deepen the Mets bullpen since starter may have to shift now, and any starter used as a reliever would be more of a muti-innings guy.

Check out MMO’s Rob Piersall’s piece on the Vargas signing here, as well as the introductory press conference here.

Alderson added after the addition of Vargas, that puts the Mets pretty much where they want to be and he would be “surprised if not shocked” if they signed anymore players.

The general manager also fielded questions on minor league outfielder Tim Tebow, who recently reported to camp. Alderson said he has modest expectations for Tebow, saying “I think he will play in the major leagues, that is my guess, that is my hope. After a year and a half, that’s a modest expectation.”

Callaway also commented on Tebow, saying “Tim Tebow is here because he could potentially help us at the major league level at some point. He wouldn’t be here otherwise.”

When asked about Alderson’s comments, Tebow said “My goal isn’t about what’s going to happen one day. My goal is to focus on this day my outfield work, my training sessions, my getting to know all the new coaches and working as hard as I can.”

Check out the full press conference here – it is definitely worth the 10 minutes – and check out another one of Rob’s pieces on Alderson’s remarks on Tebow here.

According to Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com, Noah Syndergaard, Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, AJ Ramos, and Anthony Swarzak all threw their first live BP sessions yesterday. Watch live video of the Syndergaard session here via Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.

On returning to the Mets, Jose Reyes told Matt Ehalt of NJ.com, “this is where I want to be from the beginning. I told you guys last year I hopefully want to finish my career in this uniform.”

Latest MLB News

The Angels made a pair of veteran signings yesterday, adding Chris Young on a one year deal, and Chris Carter on a minor league deal.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, now that Eric Hosmer has signed with the Padres, the Royals plan on going into a rebuild, standing pat and not pursuing any marquee free agents.

David Lennon of Newsday reports that Brian Cashman says service time won’t be a factor in Opening Day decision for Gleyber Torres.

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio that he has had, and will continue to have conversations with both free agents Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gonzalez.

Joey Votto told Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, about his goals this offseason. “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at it apparently, we did all the testing and I am fatter.”

Latest NL East News

J. Scott Butherus of MLB.com says Gabe Kapler is already leaving his mark on the Phillies with his new coaching style.

Talking Chop says the Braves are trying to work out a deal for reliever Peter Moylan.

Latest on MMO

Tim Ryder provides his ideas on the Mets 2018 Opening Day 25-man roster.

Should the Mets be done spending after the Jason Vargas signing? Check out Jack Hendon’s answer here.

Dilip Sridhar provides some candidates for a “Brandon Morrow” type of addition to the Mets bullpen.

Rob Piersall writes about how the Mets will try to get Juan Lagares and his new hitting approach some extra swings this spring.

This Day in Mets History

1991: Mets sign Edgardo Alfonzo.

2007: Mets sign Sandy Alomar.

Tim Burke turns 58, Alvaro Espinoza turns 55, Miguel Batista turns 46.

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