Good Morning Mets Fans, and happy Daylights Savings! As we set back our clocks, the off-season continues to march forward as it took another big step yesterday in our journey to pitchers and catchers reporting!
Free agency officially opened on Saturday, and players and teams can now negotiate with each other. The Mets should hopefully be one of the most active teams in baseball this off-season, as they face the most important off-season the franchise has seen in quite some time.
Some teams have already started wheeling and dealing, such as the Dodgers signing Clayton Kershaw and David Freese to extensions. Many teams have also begun trimming their 40-Man rosters down under the limit, making them available to spend in the market.
The Mets recently trimmed their roster down to 38, as elaborated on by our own Timothy Ryder.
Former Met Chris Woodward Named Next Manager of Texas Rangers
Former Met Chris Woodward, most recently the Dodgers third base coach, was named the next manager of the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
Woodward played for the Mets from 2004 to 2005, hitting .246/.310/.347, playing as a utility infielder for the two seasons. Woodward has a twelve year career, of which is best known for his work with the Blue Jays, where he spent seven years.
He hit .239/.296/.365 over the twelve years, where he played shortstop, third base, and second base for a plethora of teams.
He joined the Dodgers staff for the 2016 season, and has a bevy of playoff experience under his belt. Hes been a part of two National League Championship teams, and one that fell short to the team of destiny in the 2016 Chicago Cubs, keeping them from another National League crown. Woodward is signed for three years with a team option for a fourth year.
Yankees Will NOT Be In On Former MVP Bryce Harper
According to former Mets General Manager Steve Phillips, who is now with MLB Network Radio, the Yankees will not be pursuing Bryce Harper, who is set to make his long-awaited debut on the free agency market.
After years and years of speculation that Harper was bound to year the pinstripes in the Bronx, it will be the Yankees who don’t go after him, and will reportedly try and re-sign Brett Gardner.
While choosing Gardener over Harper may seem strange, it would likely cost the Yankees a fortune, and with pay days within the coming years for Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez to go along with the massive contracts of Giancarlo Stanton, Aroldis Chapman, and Jacoby Ellsbury, locking onto Harper financially for at least the next ten years would not make a lot of sense.
The cheaper option of a platoon of Gardener and Aaron Hicks allows the Yankees to put money towards their rotation and Manny Machado, which seems to be a match made in Heaven on both sides.
Updates on Familiar Faces
According to John Meoli of the Baltimore Sun, just two days after outfighting the lefty, the Baltimore Orioles have re-signed Sean Gilmartin. Gilmartin appeared in just twelve games, and posted a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings for Baltimore last season. He spent the previous three years with the Mets, and posted a 4.14 ERA over 78 innings.