Morning Briefing: Let’s Make A Deal

Good morning Mets fans! Yesterday was filled with trade rumors between the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted before noon about there being “significant momentum” in a trade involving Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. The entire rest of the day was spent by reporters building off that information. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted after midnight that the two teams are likely to finalize the deal by today and that the Mets would send Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, Jarred Kelenic and Gerson Bautista to Seattle.

Latest Mets News

Baseball America released their Mets top-10 prospects list a week early due to all the trade talks swirling around the Mets organization.

Peter Alonso announced his engagement to his girlfriend Haley Renee.

The Mets signed Dilson Herrera to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. They originally acquired him along with Vic Black in a 2013 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that involved Marlon Byrd and John Buck. They then traded him and Max Wotell to the Cincinnati Reds in 2016 for Bruce.

The Mets’ 40-man roster sits at 38 after the Reds claimed Jordan Patterson from the Mets off waivers.

Latest MLB News

Jonathan Schoop may be non-tendered today and thus hit the free agent market according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Edinson Volquez‘s major league contract that he signed on Feb. 16 with the Texas Rangers was triggered when the Rangers added him to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20 according to Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News. The deal is for $2 million and will include $5 million in incentives.

John Sickels shared the news that Vox Media will be discontinuing Minor League Ball after 13 years.

Garrett Richards agreed to a $15.5 million deal with the San Diego Padres according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. The deal also includes $2.5 million in incentives.

Latest NL East News

The Atlanta Braves will shake up their broadcast team according to Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jeff Francoeur will replace Joe Simpson as lead analyst for the vast majority of Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast telecasts of games. Simpson will be shifted to radio for the games in which he won’t be on television.

The Miami-Dade County Commission said that plans to rename a street in honor of the late Jose Fernandez are “indefinitely on hold” according to Wells Dusenbury of the Sun Sentinel.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Tim Ryder interviewed San Diego Padres beat reporter Kevin Acee to talk about the Mets and Padres trade talks.

Martin Kester discussed the hype around Jeff McNeil and drew comparisons of him to Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner.

Michael Mayer wrote about the decisions the Mets need to make ahead of today’s non-tender deadline.

Mojo Hill graded Jacob Rhame‘s 2018 campaign.

John Sheridan covered the news about Frank Viola being hired as the pitching coach for the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League.

This Day in Mets History

2007: The Mets traded Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider.

2012: David Wright signed an eight-year $138 million contract, which was the richest contract given out in Mets franchise history

Birthdays: Matt Lawton turns 47, Juan Berenguer turns 64 and Craig Swan turns 68.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.