Morning Briefing: Mets Didn’t (Or Couldn’t) Lose Yesterday!

Good morning Mets fans!

The Mets were off yesterday, but begin their series in Toronto tonight.

Corey Oswalt (0-1, 9.82 ERA) will start against Marcus Stroman (1-5, 6.02 ERA). The game starts at 7:07 p.m. and will air on SNY.

Latest Mets News

The Mets opened their wallets on international free agents. They signed international Francisco Alvarez to a franchise-record $2.7 million bonus. Alvarez is the No. 9 international prospect according to Baseball America.

The Mets signed seven international free agents altogether. Freddy Valdez, the No. 29 international prospect, signed for a $1.4 million bonus.

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that Zack Wheeler may not be around to help the Mets return to the playoffs in the future. Wheeler has been named in trade rumblings leading up to the trade deadline.

Latest MLB News

The Toronto Blue Jays have been scouting the Milwaukee Brewers’ Farm system, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Boston Red Sox have been in contact with the Miami Marlins about bullpen arms Kyle Barraclough, Adam Conley, and Drew Steckenrider, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

Alex Bregman and Paul Goldschmidt were named the American League and National League Players of the Month. Chris Sale and Jon Lester were named the American League and National League Pitchers of the month.

Danny Salazar is out for the season after having shoulder surgery, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Salazar has not pitched this season.

Jon Morosi confirmed Nick Cafardo’s report that the Astros have shown interest in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias.

Latest NL East News

The Atlanta Braves made several roster moves, including adding Michael Reed and Evan Phillips to the roster.

Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer reached 1,000 strikeouts with the Nationals, becoming the 11th player to achieve 1,000 strikeouts with two different teams.

The Phillies agreed to a $1.6 million deal with Starlyn Castillo, the No. 8 international prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Latest on MMO

Tim Ryder writes that moving Seth Lugo back to the bullpen makes sense for the Mets. Lugo pitched 19 innings as a starting pitcher, racking up a 4.26 ERA.

Rob Piersall writes about the good value that outfielder Jose Bautista has brought to the Mets.

Jack Hendon writes about Brandon Nimmo’s recent struggles at the plate.

This Day in Mets History

2000: Gregory Sweeney, a 26-year-old Brooklyn man, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment at Shea Stadium. Sweeney threw a baseball back onto the field after Braves reliever John Rocker tossed the ball into the stands. Rocker was exonerated of all charges a few days later.

Birthdays:

Moises Alou is 52 today.

LGM!

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