Morning Briefing: The Spring Training Invitations Have Been Sent

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Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets have invited 13 non-roster players to spring training. These 13 will join the eight veterans who were signed this offseason to minor league deals with invites to spring training.

Latest Mets News

Per Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, Jed Lowrie‘s contract will be broken up into a $5 million signing bonus, a $6 million 2019 salary, a $9 million 2020 salary, $500,000 in incentives for having 550 plate appearances and $500,000 if traded.

WCBS 880 officially announced the Mets radio team. Howie Rose and Wayne Randazzo will call the games, Ed Coleman will conduct pregame coverage, Randazzo will also conduct postgame coverage and Brad Heller will present sports coverage for the station in addition to serving as the pregame coverage fill-in.

John Harper of SNY wrote about how Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein did not want to fire Mets newly-hired hitting coach Chili Davis. It was the displeasure of players like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo among others that forced Epstein’s hand.

Latest MLB News

Travis Sawchik of FiveThirtyEight pumped the brakes on those who think the MLB should take action on shifts by presenting information on how hitters are starting to kill the shift on their own.

Tony Abbatine of Baseball America tackled the question of “When is too much hitting instruction dangerous?”

The New York Yankees agreed to a deal with Adam Ottavino per Jeff Passan of ESPN. The deal is for three years and worth $27 million according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports.

Latest NL East News

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald explained why the Miami Marlins have yet to spend on major league talent this offseason.

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated wrote that Bryce Harper could experience a career resurgence if he signs with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Atlanta Braves announced their 2019 promotional schedule.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Rich Coutinho offered some changes that he felt would be good for the game of baseball.

Marshall Field reacted to Brodie Van Wagenen’s comments at Lowrie’s introductory press conference on Wednesday.

Daniel Muras shared the results of the “2018 Mets Minors Pitchers of the Year” voting done by the MMN staff.

Roberto Correa wrote about the next five prospects (Nos. 40-36) on the “MMN 2019 Top 50 Prospects” list.

This Day in Mets History

2005: The Mets signed Roberto Hernandez. He went 8-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 67 appearances and 69 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

2014: The Mets signed John Lannan to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. He pitched to the tune of a 15.75 ERA in five games and four innings from Mar. 31 to Apr. 13.

2018: The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year, league minimum deal. The Mets later released him on June 11.

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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.