Morning Briefing: Trade Deadline Eve

Good morning Mets fans! The Mets are off today, but they travel to National Park to take on their NL East rival on Tuesday night.

Yesterday, behind Zack Wheeler’s RBI double and seven scoreless innings, the Mets defeated the Pirates 1-0 to secure the series split.

Latest Mets News

As per Mike Puma of the New York Post, the New York Mets have been receiving “unsatisfactory offers” for their 28-year-old right-hander, Zack Wheeler.

As per Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Mets seem to be actively shopping both catcher Devin Mesoraco and outfielder Jose Bautista. New York is hopeful they will be able to deal both veterans.

Mesoraco told reporters yesterday that he would be “super excited to go to a team that is in playoff contention. No doubt about it.”

New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier started his second game for the St. Lucie Mets. He played just five innings due to a rain delay, and went 0-for-2 with two pop ups.

Mickey Callaway told reporters before the game yesterday that Michael Conforto sat because he has been dealing with a sore/swollen thumb for a couple of weeks.

Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review Journal discusses new 51s pitcher Bobby Wahl getting acclimated to his new organization.

As mentioned in a recent update by Helfand, outfielder Bryce Brentz is finally beginning his rehab and could join the 51s as soon as Wednesday when they travel to Omaha.

Additionally, Helfand reported that according to DeFrancesco, infielder Gavin Cecchini still hasn’t started doing baseball activity.

Cyclones RHP Jaison Vilera was stellar once again, tossing seven scoreless innings in Brooklyn’s win on Sunday.

Sam Lebowitz takes a look at Mets ninth round draft pick, RHP Bryce Montes De Oca.

Latest MLB News

Alex Cora told reporters that watching Boston Red Sox players ‘calmed me down‘ after his best friend’s son died in car crash.

The Baltimore Orioles have had talks to send Adam Jones elsewhere, but so far he does not want to waive his no-trade clause.

Jayson Stark of the Athletic gives us the story of Bruce Bochy’s 6,000 mile day trip to support a friend and hear “Hell’s Bells” one more time.

The Athletics announced that they’ve placed infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow laceration.

The Yankees have sent left-handed reliever Caleb Frare to the White Sox in exchange for $1.5MM in international bonus pool money,

The Yankees used some of that money to sign Osiel Rodriguez, the top international pitching prospect this year, for $600,000.

Latest NL East News

With Chipper Jones entering the Hall of Fame yesterday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal discusses the lost art of switch hitting.

The Atlanta Braves acquired reliever Brad Brach from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for 250K in international spending money.

Latest on MMO

Mojo Hill discusses Brandon Nimmo’s recent skid at the plate in which he is walking again, but needs to cut down on the strikeouts.

Josh Finkelstein talks about how Anthony Swarzak has started to get into a little bit of a groove of late.

This Day in Mets History

1966: In the fifth season of the franchise’s existence, the Mets experience their first winning month when they beat Chicago at Shea Stadium to go 18-14 in July.

1969: Mets manager Gil Hodges, walks past Nolan Ryan on the mound and continues into the Shea Stadium outfield, where he asks Cleon Jones to leave the game.

2004: Kris Benson and infielder Jeff Keppinger are obtained from the Pirates for infielder Ty Wigginton, pitcher Matt Peterson, and infielder Jose Bautista.

2004: Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato become Mets when Tampa Bay agrees to take New York’s top pitching prospect Scott Kazmir and minor league pitcher Jose Diaz.

Birthday’s: Casey Stengel, Ellis Valentine turns 65, Clint Hurdle turns 62, Todd Haney turns 54.


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