Morning Briefing: MLB Proposes Return To A 15-Day Disabled List

Good morning Mets fans! Did you miss the 15-day disabled list? Apparently MLB has and is seeking a return to the 15 days in place of the current 10 days according to The Associated Press. In addition MLB is looking to increase the duration that an optioned player must spend in the minors. These potential moves are said to be sought out to reduce the use of relievers and increase the amount of offense.

Latest Mets News

Brodie Van Wagenen and Jeff Wilpon talked to reporters on Thursday and praised what was accomplished this offseason. Meanwhile they also ruled the Mets out from pursuing Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.

“I don’t know how many teams have two $30 million players, so I think that’s a bit of the answer,” Wilpon said in reference to adding another big free agent alongside Yoenis Cespedes.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic called the Mets out for their lack of interest in both Machado and Harper.

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post spoke with Travis d’Arnaud who is eager to come back and stay on the field in 2019.

Latest MLB News

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a deal with A.J. Pollock per Rosenthal of The Athletic. Buster Olney of ESPN stated that he already passed his physical and is set to make $55 million over four years. His deal also comes with an opt-out after three years if he gets a set number of plate appearances. Furthermore, it comes with a $10 million fifth-year player option, with a $5 million buyout.

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a deal with Brad Brach as also reported by Rosenthal. The deal is worth $4.35 million for one year with both a team and player option for 2020.

While the Cubs had a large focus on position players in the recent years, they’re starting to shift that philosophy and are focusing on developing some young arms as of late.

Mariano Rivera said on MLB Network Radio that he is going to work with some pitchers on the New York Yankees to help them focus on command instead of just pure velocity.

David Meter, Nick Castellanos‘ agent, made it clear that his client wants a trade sooner rather than later.

Latest NL East News

Dan Kolko and Bo Porter will replace Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight for the Washington Nationals’ pregame and postgame coverage on MASN according to Scott Allen of The Washington Post.

The Miami Marlins have ramped up talks with the Dodgers about trading J.T. Realmuto according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports.

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins commented to reporters on the lack of free agents finding homes for yet another offseason. Part of what he said was, “It’s tough to see some of the best athletes in our game aren’t sought after as such. I think it’s something like 100 free agents remain and we are less than a month from pitchers and catchers reporting. Some of those guys not being on the field is going to hurt the competition and the game.”

Latest on MMO/MMN

Mickey Jannis wrote the third installment of his series called: “A Knuckleballer’s Journey.”

Jack Hendon graded Brandon Nimmo‘s 2018 campaign.

Matt Musico broke down how Todd Frazier could bounce back in 2019.

Joseph Hill wrote about Eric Hanhold who is currently MMN’s 23rd-ranked Mets prospect.

This Day in Mets History

1996: The Mets traded Damon Buford to the Texas Rangers for Terrell Lowery.

2006: The Cubs purchased Angel Pagan‘s contract from the Mets.

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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.