Morning Briefing: Roster Starting to Take Shape

Starting this week, there will be regular season baseball until November. Soak it in.

Meanwhile, today is their final official Spring Training game and it will be against the Marlins at First Data Field. Steven Matz will get the ball for the Mets at 12:10 p.m. The game will be on WPIX.

Latest Mets News

The Mets sent down Zack Wheeler to Las Vegas. They plan on using Wheeler as a starter down. To go with that, Seth Lugo will be the Mets fifth starter until Jason Vargas returns according to Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com. With Wheeler sent down and Vargas starting on the DL, it would appear the final spots on the roster will go to Phillip Evans and Jacob Rhame with Robert Gsellman pitching out of the bullpen.

Dave Eiland told reporters following Wheeler’s demotion: “He had an opportunity to make this team, and to be blunt, he just didn’t get it done.” It’s on him. You can only do so much for players, then it’s on them. It’s not about the potential and their capability, it’s about the results.”

Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports that the Mets want to see from Wheeler while in Vegas.

Mickey Callaway says it is likely that Michael Conforto will be on the disabled list to start 2018.

Hansel Robles was surprised he was sent down, as detailed by Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Latest MLB News

The Chicago Tribune’s layoffs have a direct impact on the White Sox coverage.

The Indians will use Matt Belisle out of the bullpen and Carlos Torres has opted out of his contract with Cleveland.

The Brewers sent down Keon Broxton, Brett Phillips, and Junior Guerra. Guerra was their opening day starter in 2017.

Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News says the Rangers released Bartolo Colon, but are working on ways they can keep him.

The Phillies released Fransisco Rodriguez. “K-Rod” struggled this Spring in his comeback attempt.

The Red Sox extended Christian Vasquez’s contract for three more years. Vasquez is a great defender behind the plate.

The Red Sox dealt Deven Marrero to the Diamondbacks for cash considerations. They also got Michael Ohlman from the Rangers for cash.

The Atlanta Braves released Scott Kazmir.

Latest NL East News

The Nationals also trimmed their roster. They sent Tommy Milone and Edwin Jackson to the minors.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com says it will be likely that J.T. Realmuto begins the year on the disabled list.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes about Freddie Freeman‘s future with the team.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes some notes about the Phillies spring.

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall writes about the potential of Andres Gimenez.

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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. I study computer science at Stony Brook