Morning Briefing: Winter Meetings Just Around the Corner

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Good morning, Mets fans! The offseason continued to evolve on Thursday. Let’s take a look at what’s happening around the league. The winter meetings start on Monday in Las Vegas.

Latest Mets News

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post expressed doubt that the Mets would sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado this offseason.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com answered fan inquiries in his latest Q&A session.

Latest MLB News

The Red Sox re-signed right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year, $68 million deal, as per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Super agent Scott Boras denounced the widespread use of advanced stats in the valuation — and eventual signing — of free agents as an “analytic catastrophe” with Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News spoke with a statistician who “believes he’s identified how MLB’s juiced balls affected pitch quality in 2016-17”.

Michael S. Schmidt and David Waldstein of the New York Times outlined allegations against agents Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES of assisting in the covering-up of MLB clients’ performance-enhancing drug use.

Latest NL East News

David O’Brien of The Athletic detailed the Braves’ search for help on the mound and in the outfield this offseason.

Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia opined that with the cost of starting pitching in free agency being so inflated, the Phillies’ best course of action would be to trade for a frontline starter.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post spoke with longtime Nationals corner infielder Ryan Zimmerman about his desire to finish his career in DC.

Latest on MMO

In his first article for MMO, former Met Ty Kelly shared the first chapter of his story as a professional ballplayer.

John Edwards took a stance against trading for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Matt Musico compared Mets offseason moves of years past in comparison to Brodie Van Wagenen’s first move as general manager, acquiring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners.

Tim Ryder opined on what 2019 might hold for 2018 breakout rookie Jeff McNeil.

This Date in Mets History

1984 – The Mets acquire infielder Howard Johnson from the Tigers in exchange for right-hander Walt Terrell. Johnson would go on to play nine seasons in Queens, slashing .251/.341/.459 with 192 home runs and 629 RBI.

1988 – The Mets send 1986 World Series champion Wally Backman to the Minnesota Twins for three minor-leaguers (Jeff Bumgarner, Steve Gasser, Toby Nivens).

2001 – The Yankees traded David Justice to the Mets in exchange for grand-slam single hero Robin Ventura, the first trade between the two teams since 1992 (Frank Tanana headed to the Bronx for a minor league pitcher, Kenny Greer).

Birthdays

Hometown hero and savior of Johan Santana‘s no-hitter in 2012 Mike Baxter turns 34.

Mets power hitting prospect Peter Alonso turns 24 today.

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