Morning Briefing: Mets Welcome Cano and Diaz

Good morning Mets fans! Yesterday the Mets hosted a press conference for the newly acquired Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Latest Mets News

Former Mets pitcher Rafael Montero has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. Montero, a former top prospect, pitched to a 5.38 ERA over parts of four seasons with the Mets.

Kyle Glaser of Baseball America explores the blockbuster trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets, taking a deeper look at former Mets prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn.

Outfielder Brandon Nimmo served as Santa (in a blue Santa suit) at the Mets holiday party. Cano and Diaz joined pitcher Corey Oswalt as Nimmo’s elves for the event.

Latest MLB News

With Patrick Corbin removed from the free agent market, the New York Yankees are looking to Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ to fill a hole in their rotation, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports that the Houston Astros are finalizing a contract with free-agent catcher Robinson Chirinos. Chirinos has spent the last six seasons with Texas, and he owns a career .233/.324/.438 slash line.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said his team has accepted an invitation to the White House. Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, said: “I’m gonna represent 4 million people from back home the right way when we go there.”

Eno Sarris of the Athletic writes the Mariners are hurting their own rebuild by focusing on trimming money and contracts rather than receiving higher quality prospects.

Morosi reports the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks have engaged in trade talks about first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

The New York Yankees and San Diego Padres have discussed a trade including Sonny Gray. Gray, who was acquired by the Yankees during the 2017 season, struggled to a 4.90 ERA in his 2018 campaign.

Latest NL East News

Per Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins have not had significant trade discussions regarding J.T. Realmuto this winter.

Morosi tweets that the Colorado Rockies have contacted the Marlins about Realmuto. He notes that no significant progress toward a trade has been made.

Morosi reports the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians are not actively engaged in trade talks about starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Washington Nationals have signed starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to a 6-year, $140 million deal. Corbin posted a career year in 2018 with a 3.15 ERA in 200 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jeff Passan corrects his original report, noting that Magic Johnson did not visit with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas. It was initially reported that Johnson traveled to Las Vegas to recruit the 6-time all-star outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Latest on MMO

Rich Coutinho provides audio from Jeff Wilpon talking about the Robinson Cano trade and the Noah Syndergaard trade rumors.

Jack Ramsey writes about the Mets press conference welcoming Cano and Diaz.

Tommy Rothman writes that the Mets should replace Juan Lagares with Billy Hamilton. Hamilton was recently non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds.

Michael Mayer notes five things we learned from Jeff Wilpon on Tuesday.

John Sheridan details Mets trade target Franisco Cervelli.

John Azzato writes that new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is showing he will be bold in this position.

This Day in Mets History

1990: The Mets sign outfielder Vince Coleman to a four-year, $12 million deal. Coleman would struggle with injuries throughout his Mets tenure.

2002: The Mets sign starting pitcher Tom Glavine to a three-year, $35 million contract with an additional option year. Glavine went on to reach his 300th win with the Mets.

Birthdays: Cliff Floyd is 46.

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