Morning Briefing: Rays Make a Series of Moves

Let the games begin! The Mets begin playing Spring Training games on Friday and I for one cannot wait. However, some teams are still trying to solidify their rosters.

The Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday traded pitcher Jake Odorizzi to the Minnesota Twins and acquired C.J. Cron from the Los Angeles Angels. They also designated for assignment All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson to make space on the 40-man roster.

Latest Mets News

David Wright spent quite some time speaking to reporters about his future on Saturday. He said he wants to play but also realizes the obstacles.

Regarding his situation, Wright said, “When it’s all said and done, you don’t want to say I wish I had done this or I wish I had done that.” He also said he doesn’t blame the Mets for signing Todd Frazier one bit.

Zack Wheeler clarified his comments from yesterday surrounding new Mets acquisition Jason Vargas. He said, “Anybody who comes and helps out or team is always a plus.”

Latest MLB News

The big news is Eric Hosmer agreed to an eight-year deal with the San Diego Padres. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune was the first with the news. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report says the deal is worth $144 million.

Chase Utley is officially a Los Angeles Dodger once again.

The Indians signed Rajai Davis. He was last seen in an Indians uniform homering off Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

TR Sullivan says the Rangers will not sign Seung-hwan Oh. Uh-oh to say the least.

Latest NL East News

Mark Zuckerman of MASN noted his observations from Nationals spring training.

Eric Campbell is a non-roster invitee to the Marlins camp according to MLB.com.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes about what he is seeing at Braves camp.

The Phillies signed Fernando Abad according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.

Latest on MMO

Joe D. reveals the first set of Topps baseball cards.

Rob Piersall updates us on the progress of Justin Dunn.

This Day in Mets History

2009: The last remaining piece of Shea Stadium is torn down.

Birthdays: Shawn Estes turns 45, John Valentin turns 51, Kevin Tapani turns 54, Jeff McKnight turns 55, Jerry Morales turns 69, Bob Miller turns 79.

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests.