Morning Briefing: Mets Make Their First Move of the Winter Meetings

Good morning Mets fans! Early this morning, Brodie Van Wagenen completed his first move of the Winter Meetings as he reached an agreement on a three year, $30 million deal to bring Jeurys Familia back to Queens, pending a physical. Hopefully this is a big start to a busy final day of the 2018 Winter meetings!

Latest Mets News

The MLB Rule 5 Draft is this afternoon at 12 PM, so let’s take a look back at MMO’s own Michel Mayer’s piece where he discusses five potential picks for the Mets.

Speaking of the Rule 5 Draft, MMN’s Jacob Resnick will be covering the draft live on Twitter.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Mets could still be in on J.T. Realmuto and that the price may still be too high.

Jon Heyman of Fancred says the Mets looked into Andrew McCutchen before he signed a three year $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies but his price was too steep.

The Binghammon Rumble Ponies announced that their new manager for the 2019 season is Kevin Boles.

The Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and Tampa Bay Rays all jumped back into the sweepstakes for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Latest MLB News

The Chicago White Sox are showing interest in New York native Adam Ottavino.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Los Angeles Angels have signed Justin Bour to a deal.

Passan also reported that the Tampa Bay rays have signed Charlie Morton to a two-year, $30 million deal. Morton had a 3.1 WAR in 2018 according to Fangraphs.

The Cincinatti Reds announced that they have traded Tanner Rainey for Tanner Roark.

Heyman also reports that the Detroit Tigers have signed Jordy Mercer.

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Reds have interest in acquiring Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Texas Rangers and Lance Lynn have agreed to a three-year deal worth $30 million.

Adam Kaufman of WBZ News Radio suggests that the Boston Red Sox could be looking to move Jackie Bradley Jr.

Latest NL East News

Heyman also reports that the Phillies might be interested in Mike Moustakas if they trade away Maikel Franco.

Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reports that the Atlanta Braves have shown interest in acquiring Nick Castellanos from the Tigers.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Washington Nationals might look into acquiring Anibal Sanchez as a replacement for Roark.

Latest on MMO

John Azzato says Realmuto is not the answer behind the plate for the Mets.

John Sheridan discusses the Mets farm system.

Logan Barer talks about the liklihood of the Mets landing Yasiel Puig.

This Day in Mets History

Birthdays: Doug Saunders (49), Ron Taylor (81), J.C. Martin (82), Joe Christopher (83)

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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