Morning Briefing: Nationals Interested In Arrieta?

Good morning, Mets fans! While the Chicago Cubs swooped in to sign Yu Darvish, the Washington Nationals have emerged as a suitor for Jake Arrieta. Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?

Latest Mets News 

The Mets first open-to-the-public workout will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Utility-man Matt Reynolds was traded Monday to the Washington Nationals for Sandy Alderson’s favorite player, cash considerations.

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal believes that Mets fans have the right to be among the sports’s angriest.

Mets prospect Colby Woodmansee has joined an online campaign in which he’ll donate $10 to the Alzheimer’s Foundation for every hit he tallies this Spring.

Anthony DiComo of tweets out the new uniform numbers this year.

Marc Craig of The Athletic describes how Carlos Beltran can make an impact in a team’s front office.

Mike Puma of The NY Post profiles A.J. Ramos‘s new roommate, Yankee slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Latest MLB News

According to Mark Feinsand of, Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers.

In one of the strangest baseball stories in recent weeks, former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested for transporting roughly 44 pounds of cocaine and/or heroin.

The biggest recruiter this offseason has hired away another writer. Lindsey Adler, who most recently wrote for Deadspin, will instead cover the Mets and Yankees for The Athletic.

The Toronto Blue Jays will retire Roy Halladay‘s No. 32 on Opening Day.

Bob Nightengale of the USA Today tweets that the Padres have agreed to terms with reliever Tom Wilhelmsen on a minor-league deal. Wilhelmsen will receive a Spring Training invite.

Nightengale also reports that the Indians have inked backstop Ryan Hanigan to a minor-league deal with an invitation to MajorLeague Spring Training.

Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that the Padres and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have consistently been in touch regarding a new deal. The Padres have reportedly offered the 28-year-old a seven-year deal worth $147 million, however his agent Scott Boras has been holding out for a longer deal.

Goose Gossage will no longer be welcome to Yankees Spring Training due to his recent insensitive comments.

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that lefty Fernando Abad is close to signing with an unknown team. (Hopefully, it’s the Mets).

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Mets enemy No. 1 Chase Utley is in talks to re-sign with Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets that the Cardinals have found their closer. Bud Norris, who quietly recorded 19 saves last year, was signed to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

The Blue Jays have inked Craig Breslow to a minor league deal. In a showcase last January, Breslow intrigued scouts by throwing with a new arm slot and was quickly signed to a deal with the Twins, but didn’t fare well during his Major League time in 2017.

Latest NL East News

According to Nightengale, catcher Eric Fryer has opted out of his minor league deal with the Phillies and has decided to retire. Fryer will finish his career with a .155/277/.197 slash-line over seven years. We wish the best to Eric in his post-playing career!

As if Marlins Park wasn’t boring enough already, WINZ Radio reports that the Marlins will cease their mid-inning mascot race.

Jon Morosi of reports that the Nationals have interest in Jake Arrieta as touched upon above.

Latest on MMO

Matt Mancuso wrote about the prospects that just missed MMN’s top-50 list.

Rob Piersall wonders if the Mets should sign Andrew Cashner or John Lackey.

Piersall also writes how Anthony Swarzak attributes his recent success to Mickey Callaway.

Piersall finally notes the important dates for Spring Training this year.

Tim Ryder is curious how Zack Wheeler‘s numbers could improve with a move to the bullpen.

On This Date in Mets History

David Cone re-signed with the Mets on this date in 2003.

One of the throw-ins in the R.A. Dickey, Mike Nickeas turns 35 today.

Brian Rose, who pitched 8.2 innings for the 2001 Mets, turns 41 today.

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