Morning Briefing: Mets Unlikely to Enter Young Star Bidding War

Good morning Mets fans! Let’s wrap up what was a very busy Wednesday.

Latest Mets News

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on WFAN that the Mets have not made an offer to Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. When probed by Mike Francesa, Van Wagenen said the Mets would have to get “really creative” to fit either of them into current payroll projections.

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that Chili Davis will become the Mets next hitting coach.

Brodie Van Wagenen says he plans on Peter Alonso being the opening day first baseman, according to David Lennon of Newsday.

Jeff Wilpon says Yoenis Cespedes is expected to return to the Mets during the second half of the 2019 season, per Anthony DiComio of MLB.com

According to Heyman, the Marlins are looking at Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Amed Rosario as possible options for J.T. Realmuto.

Latest MLB News

The Diamondbacks have traded Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Nightengale also reports that the Cardinals plan on moving Matt Carpenter to third base and are likely out of running for Bryce harper and Manny Machado.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Cardinals may also be interested in acquiring Robbie Ray from the Diamondbacks, who has two years left before free agency.

Chris Owings is now a Royal after signing a one-year deal worth $3 million, with incentives according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.

According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Mariners are already discussing Carlos Santana with multiple teams.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Robinson Chirinos‘ deal with the Astros is worth $5.75 million for one-year.

Latest NL East News

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves will slot Josh Donaldson second in the lineup, between Ronald Acuna Jr and Freddie Freeman.

Latest on MMO

Tim Ryder details the Mets plans to use Jeff McNeil in the outfield in 2019.

Josh Finkelstein discusses the future of the Mets bullpen with Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman.

John Sheridan says the Mets should not trade Nimmo.

Sheridan also discuses one catcher the Mets should go after, Realmuto.

Jack Ramsey shares five non-tendered players that could potentially help the Mets.

Rich Coutinho implies Murphy’s Law. If Brodie Van Wagenen can do it, he will.

Juan Lagares plays in his first Winter League game and Christopher Soto writes about it.

This Day in Mets History

1966: Mets traded Dennis Ribant and Gary Kolb to the Pirates for Don Cardwell and Don Bosch.

1989: The Mets trade Randy Myers and Kip Gross to the Reds. They acquire Don Brown and John Franco.

1991: Mets dealt Gregg Jefferies, Kevin McReynolds and Keith Miller to the Royals for Bret Saberhagen and Bill Pecota.

2006: Mets acquired Ambiorix Burgos from the Royals for Brian Bannister.

2011: Angel Pagan is traded to the Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.

Birthdays: Larry Bowa (73), Luis Rosado (63), Terry McDaniel (52), Kevin Appier (51)

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Richard is a long time Mets fan from Queens who has been writing about sports and entertainment for nearly a decade. He spent two years writing for Rising Apple and is working towards a Bachelor's in Journalism. He also writes for Call to the Pen. @zanderlex