Good morning Mets fans! Yesterday a number of teams made a slew of roster moves in order to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft.
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After a 21-year career that included five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, and four All-star selections, third baseman Adrián Beltré has retired. Beltré played in 2,933 games for the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers, collecting 3,166 hits and 477 home runs while spending the majority of his career at the hot corner.
The Los Angeles Dodgers added Yadier Alvarez, Matt Beaty, Edwin Ríos, Keibert Ruiz and Josh Sborz to their 40-man roster. Zac Rosscup, Tim Locastro, and former Met Erik Goeddel were designated for assignment. Tom Koehler was given his unconditional release.
Ken Rosenthal of the Athletics reports the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have engaged in trade discussions surrounding Jean Segura, Mike Leake, and Wil Myers. Rosenthal notes that a trade is not close and both Leake and Segura have no-trade clauses.
The Cleveland Indians rolled out their full lineup of 2019 uniforms, introducing red uniforms as the new home alternate. The block C logo is on all caps, and the All-Star Game patch takes the place of Chief Wahoo on the sleeves.
Amazon made a bid for the YES Network, the home of the New York Yankees.
Scott Boeck of USA Today reports that Blue Jays prospect Griffin Conine has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Conine, the son of Jeff Conine, spent most of the 2018 season with the single-A Vancouver Canadians.
Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated details the toll that higher velocities are taking on high school pitchers.
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The Miami Marlins added seven players to the 40-man roster and designated three for assignment as they continue to shake up their roster with young players. Dillon Peters, Braxton Lee, and Ben Meyer were designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
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Rob Piersall notes that four Mets prospects would likely be kept off the 40-man roster and exposed to the Rule 5 Draft.
Matt Musico opines that the Mets should not deal starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Musico writes that such a trade would require the Mets to spend on a free agent starting pitcher to replace Syndergaard if the team wants to win in 2019.
This Day in Mets History
1970: Mets’ outfielder Tommy Agee wins the Gold Glove, becoming the first non-pitcher to do so in each league.
1972: Left-handed pitcher Jon Matlack wins the National League Rooke of the Year award after pitching to a 2.32 ERA with the Mets.
1983: Outfielder Darryl Strawberry takes home the National League Rookie of the Year award after slashing .257/.336/.512 in 122 games with the Mets.