Morning Briefing: Mets Add A 2018 All-Star

Good morning Mets fans! Brodie Van Wagenen was active yesterday as he added some bullpen depth in the morning by signing Luis Avilan to a minor league deal and added some infield depth in the evening by agreeing to a two-year, $20 million deal with Jed Lowrie.

Latest Mets News

The New York Yankees hired Chris Pang away from the Mets according to Andy Martino of SNY. Pang was one of only three full-time analysts who worked under Sandy Alderson.

Peter Alonso talked on MLB Network’s Hot Stove about his experience at the Rookie Career Development Program.

Tim Tebow got engaged to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

Former Mets hitting coach Rick Down passed away yesterday at the age of 68.

The Mets collected 480 pints of blood during their blood drive on Wednesday.

Latest MLB News

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will again attend spring training with the Yankees according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

The San Francisco Giants’ home ballpark will be named Oracle Park instead of AT&T Park as announced by the team.

Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan will be leaving his position at 101 ESPN to continue his fight against brain cancer as announced by the “The Turn.”

Zach Kram of The Ringer made a case as to why no team should worry about overpaying Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.

Latest NL East News

The Atlanta Braves won the grievance filed by Carter Stewart and will keep the ninth pick in the 2019 MLB Draft per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

The Washington Nationals and Brian Dozier agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal according to Passan of ESPN.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Rich Coutinho introduced his new podcast that will be coming soon to MMO.

Matt Musico wrote about three trends to watch with Michael Conforto in 2019.

Barry Duchan wrote about Jim Hickman who he considered to be an under-appreciated player during his five years with the Mets from 1962-1966.

Jack Ramsey looked back on five of the best Mets minor league pitching performances of 2018.

This Day in Mets History

2012: The Mets officially re-signed Scott Hairston for $1.1 million after agreeing to a deal with him six days prior.

Birthdays: Jermaine Allensworth turns 47, Rey Ordonez turns 48, Dan Norman turns 64 and Jim McAndrew turns 75. Danny Napoleon was also born on this day in 1942.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.