Morning Briefing: Mets Birthdays Abound On Day One Of Winter

Good morning Mets fans! Today is the first day of winter and thus we are one season away from Opening Day.

Latest Mets News

Former Met and current Mets-killer Daniel Murphy has left the Mets’ division to sign a two-year, $24 million contract with the Colorado Rockies according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

John Delcos of Forbes considers the Mets to be an improved team, but not that much better than last year’s team.

Hannah Withiam of The Athletic wrote a piece about Steven Matz whose durability in 2018 was a step in the right direction.

Latest MLB News

Baseball Prospectus created a video that explains their new advanced hitting metric: Deserved Runs Created Plus (DRC+).

Eno Sarris of The Athletic tried answering the question of “How many good young players does a team really need in order to compete?”

The St. Louis Cardinals were closing in on a deal with Andrew Miller on Thursday night as first reported by Rosenthal.

Likewise, the Oakland Athletics were closing in on a deal for Joakim Soria according to Rosenthal.

A big brawl ensued in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s Venezuelan winter league game between La Guaira and Caracas.

Latest NL East News

The Washington Nationals signed Anibal Sanchez to a two-year, $19 million deal with an option for 2021.

Manny Machado met with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

Freddie Freeman and Charlie Culberson of the Atlanta Braves volunteered some of their time at a pet adoption center.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Ty Kelly wrote the third installment of his series: “My Baseball Life.”

Matt Musico wrote about the NL East race which is already looking like a good one due to the improvements made and the urgency to win by four out of the five teams.

Tim Ryder called on the Mets to aim higher than players like Adam Jones and Melky Cabrera.

Liam Quinn graded Noah Syndergaard‘s 2019 campaign.

John Sheridan emphasized the importance for the Mets to address the depth of the team.

Sheridan also wrote about Luis Carpio who may be poised for a breakout 2019 season.

This Day in Mets History

1998: The Mets signed Pat Mahomes to a two-year deal. Mahomes is the father of current Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

2005: The Mets signed Chad Bradford to a one-year deal. He pitched to the tune of a 2.90 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over the course of 70 appearances and 62 innings during the 2006 season.

Birthdays: John Mayberry Jr. turns 35, Taylor Teagarden turns 35, Philip Humber turns 36, Royce Ring turns 38, Dicky Gonzalez turns 40, Buddy Carlyle turns 41, LaTroy Hawkins turns 46, Roger McDowell turns 58, Dave Kingman turns 70 and Elliott Maddox turns 71.

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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.