Morning Briefing: Rumors Continue to Swirl Around Mets Core

Good morning Mets fans! Today the winter meetings continue in Las Vegas, and the Mets remain in the rumor mill under the direction of general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Latest Mets News

Brian Heyman reports that Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is happy with Van Wagenen’s recent statement that the Mets will not trade to fill one hole and create another. Heyman writes that Rosario looks forward to remaining a Met. Rosario has been mentioned in rumors about a J.T. Realmuto trade.

Latest MLB News

Jayston Stark of The Athletic won the BBWAA J.G. Taylor Spink Award and will be recognized at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s induction weekend next July.

Jessica Mendoza of ESPN will be featured more prominently across the network next baseball season. Mendoza will remain in the Sunday Night Baseball booth and make studio appearances.

Per Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Chicago White Sox acquired starting pitcher Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Right-handed pitching prospect Yordi Rosario and international slot money are going to Pittsburgh in the deal.

The Toronto Blue Jays announced the release of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The five-time all-star has not played since July 2017, and he is due $38 million from the Blue Jays over the next two years.

Jerry Crasnick reports free agent catcher Chris Herrmann has come to terms on a deal with the Oakland Athletics. Herrmann appeared in 36 games with Seattle last season, slashing .237/.322/.427 in 87 plate appearances.

Jim Bowden of The Athletic tweets that the Colorado Rockies are looking to fill first base through a trade. Bowden names Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Abreu, and Wil Myers as possible fits.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees plan to retain Gary Sanchez as their primary catcher. Sanchez struggled to a .186/.291/.406 line in 89 games this year.

Heyman reports that utility player Danny Santana agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.

Per Mark Feinsand of, the Texas Rangers acquired third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for utility player Drew Robinson.

Feinsand also notes that Texas has added recently-retired pitcher Brandon McCarthy to the front office as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.

Sherman reports that the Baltimore Orioles selected Brandon Hyde as their new manager. Hyde previously served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach.

Nick Groke of The Athletic reports the Diamondbacks hired Dave Magadan as their hitting coach.

Latest NL East News

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports released the terms of Patrick Corbin’s deal with the Washington Nationals. Corbin will receive a $2.5 million signing bonus and $12.5 million in 2019, and his salary will increase every season until he earns $35 million in 2024.

Latest on MMO

Michael Mayer covers Mickey Callaway’s session with the media on Tuesday night.

John Sheridan writes that Mets prospect Peter Alonso is ready to win the first base job for the big league club this spring.

Liam Quinn grades the 2018 performance of first baseman Dominic Smith. According to Quinn, Smith earned an Incomplete grade for his work this season.

This Day in Mets History

1975: The Mets acquire pitcher Mickey Lolich and outfielder Billy Baldwin from the Tigers. Lolich posted a 3.22 ERA in 192.2 innings in his lone season in New York.

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