Morning Briefing: Phillies “Clear-Cut Favorites” to Land Harper

Good morning, Mets fans! Let’s take a peek at what’s happening around the league with just 29 days until pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie.

Latest Mets News

Art Stapleton of The Record spoke with former SNY Mets broadcast personality Kevin Burkhardt about his journey from Bloomfield, New Jersey to being an NFL play-by-play analyst for FOX Sports.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News believes everyone should “hold off on anointing” Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen as “the man who made the Mets act like a big market team.”

Latest MLB News

Jane Lee of summarized Sunday’s meeting and negotiations between the Oakland A’s and reigning Heisman Trophy-winner and Athletics prospect Kyler Murray, who has until Monday to decide whether to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Mike Petriello of opined that 2019 could be a big year for Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

Latest NL East News

Todd Zolecki of reports that the Phillies “might be shifting their focus from Manny Machado to [Bryce Harper]” in light of how well their meeting went with Harper this weekend in Las Vegas.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports named the Phillies as “clear-cut favorites” to land the 26-year-old superstar free agent.

Mark Bowman of opened up his inbox, answering the fans’ questions about the Braves, including whether Atlanta should be in on centerfielder and rumored Mets target, A.J. Pollock.

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall thinks the Mets should consider signing left-handed reliever Greg Holland.

Pat Ragazzo believes Nick Markakis or Marwin Gonzalez could be safer bets for the Mets than A.J. Pollock if Brodie Van Wagenen chooses to add another outfielder.

Rob Piersall weighs whether the Mets should add another catcher, listing Martin Maldonado as a potential target.

This Date in Mets History

1970 – Mets general manager Johnny Murphy suffers a massive heart attack and dies just months after the Miracle Mets won their first World Series. Bob Scheffing replaced Murphy.


Dave Marshall turns 76; Ross Jones turns 59; Mike Pelfrey turns 35.

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