Good morning Mets fans! Did you enjoy the Manny Machado/Bryce Harper free agent saga? Well now you do not have to hear about either of their free agent suitors as the second domino has fallen and Harper now has a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper stays in the National League East and barring a trade, will stay in Philadelphia for 13 years as his $330 million contract will contain no opt-outs. The New York Mets surely have the work cut out for them as they face the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, and Phillies for a total of 57 games in 2019.
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The Mets edged out the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 3-2 on Thursday. Pete Alonso continued his strong spring with two more hits and two more RBIs.
The Mets will start off March by playing the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm. EST.
Mayer and Jacob Resnick of MMN reported that the Mets are bringing back Rafael Perez and Luis Marquez who were two former members of their international operations staff. Perez will reclaim his position as the Director, International Operations and Marquez will be the new Director, International Scouting.
Mets minor league performance coach Michael Main tweeted about an opening in the Mets minor league performance department for their Dominican Academy and DSL teams.
Michael Conforto spoke to the media about the Harper signing and downplayed its effect on the Mets as a team since he was already in the division.
“He was in the division last year,” said Conforto per Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com. “I don’t really see anything changing. I mean it’s a tough division. It was tough before he was coming back and it’s going to be tougher now, but we’re worried about what we got here.”
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The San Francisco Giants reportedly offered Harper a 12-year, $310 million deal according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. However, due to California’s high taxes, they would have had to offered north of $330 million over that time period for the deal to be more valuable for Harper.
Blake Swihart played in the Boston Red Sox’s Thursday game, one day removed from his brother’s death.
“We did our normal routine, I bet that’s what he wants for how different his life is — he wants it to be as normal as possible,” said Alex Cora in regards to how Swihart is coping with the loss, per Mike Nabors of MLB.com.
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Harper will make $10 million in 2019 (with a $20 million signing bonus), $26 million per year from 2020-2028 and $22 million per year from 2029-2031 as reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated argued that Harper’s deal with the Phillies is probably not what he expected when he entered into free agency.
Jayson Stark of The Athletic wrote about the late Jose Fernandez who would have been a free agent this season and whom Scott Boras believed he would have negotiated an 11-year, $400 million contract for.
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Matt Musico tackled the question of “how important is a strong April for the Mets?” by taking a look at the Mets’ record in March/April over the last 19 seasons and their overall records at the ends of those seasons.
Piersall then did a piece on Jason Vargas‘ day on the mound. The southpaw allowed a homer on the second pitch of the game, but followed that up by retiring six of his next seven batters faced, while punching out three of them.
This Day in Mets History
1999: The 1969 Mets-themed “Everybody Loves Raymond” episode “Big Shots” (Season 3, Episode 19) aired. The episode involved Ray and Robert Barone getting kicked out of a Hall-of-Fame event honoring the 1969 Mets team.