Morning Briefing: Alonso Eyes Big League First Baseman Job

Good morning Mets fans! The Mets had another quiet offseason day on Thursday. They signed a couple of minor leaguers while they saw one of their division rivals snag an All-Star reliever.

Latest Mets News

Tim Britton of The Athletic gave a plan for how Mickey Callaway and the Mets front office can resolve to be better in 2019.

Jay Horwitz shared his “Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast” where he sat down with John Franco and discussed his career, baseball after the Sept. 11 attacks, Tug McGraw and the pranks Franco played on Horwitz.

The Mets are looking for people to join their “Social Media Fan Board” for the 2019 season.

The Mets signed relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero and outfielder Rymer Liriano to minor league deals with invites to spring training.

Regardless of whether or not Brodie Van Wagenen names Peter Alonso the Opening Day first baseman, he wants to earn the job as he made known in an interview on MLB Network Radio.

“I want to force someone’s hand,” Alonso said in the interview. “I want to be the guy.”

Latest MLB News

Cliff Corcoran of The Athletic wrote about what it takes for a new advanced stat to go mainstream. His article was in response to Baseball Prospectus’ introduction of Deserved Runs Created Plus (DRC+) a month ago.

The New York Daily News let go its sports editor Eric Barrow according to Keith J. Kelly of the New York Post. Barrow, who has been with the paper for 15 years, will not be replaced.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com gave a look at where the top-10 remaining free agents stand.

There were less minor league pitchers who hit 100 MPH in 2018 than there were in last three seasons according to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America.

Latest NL East News

Justin Terranova of the New York Post wrote about how murky the Bryce Harper free agency pursuit is now with the Washington Nationals reportedly back in the picture.

Nothing has changed since the Winter Meetings in regards to the Atlanta Braves’ negotiations with the Miami Marlins for J.T. Realmuto according to David O’Brien of The Athletic.

David Robertson agreed to a two-year, $23 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies according to Feinsand of MLB.com. The deal includes a $12 million club option or $2 million buyout for 2021.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Matt Musico dug into the numbers to see how many times in the last decade that the Mets had a top MLB offense.

Jack Hendon graded Jason Vargas‘ 2018 campaign.

Mojo Hill warned that the Mets should be wary of signing Justin Wilson.

Michael Mayer called on the Mets to sign a starting outfielder after Omar Minaya mentioned on MLB Network Radio that anything that Yoenis Cespedes gives the Mets in 2019 would be a plus.

Josh Finkelstein suggested that the Mets add a starting pitcher since relying on all the current starters to stay completely healthy all year with their track records of health would be unwise.

Jacob Resnick examined some Mets minor leaguers who broke out in 2018 and took a look at some that may break out in 2019.

This Day in Mets History

2006: The Mets traded right-hander Jae Weong Seo and left-handed reliever Tim Hamulack for right-handed relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.

Birthdays: Daryl Boston turns 56, Paul Gibson turns 59 and Bart Shirley turns 79.

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