Meet the Mets
Zack Wheeler is feeling great and open to pitching out of the bullpen.
The Mets’ payroll currently stands at $150 million, but general manager Sandy Alderson expects that number to drop.
Just how is that $150 million being spent? Here is a breakdown of the players’ salaries.
One way to get payroll down is to trade one of the expensive outfielders, which could free up space to address needs elsewhere on the team.
Manager Terry Collins won’t commit to anything beyond 2017, but he is excited to try to get back to the World Series next season.
Hitting coach Kevin Long is a bit more optimistic about Tim Tebow than most scouts.
Around the NL East
The Braves are interested in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Despite the White Sox getting a nice return for Adam Eaton, the Phillies should not trade Odubel Herrera.
The big trade of the day was the Nationals acquiring outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox for some top prospects. Bryce Harper had a rather ambiguous reaction to the trade. Manager Dusty Baker weighed in on the team’s closer situation.
Around the Majors
Bill King won the Ford C. Frick award for excellence in broadcasting, the award for which Gary Cohen was also nominated.
The Mariners traded for pitcher Chris Heston from the Giants.
The White Sox have completely overhauled their farm system with two blockbuster trades.
Aroldis Chapman went back to the Yankees on a five-year deal.
Yesterday at AA
The Mets announced a new manager for the Rumble Ponies.
Steve Sypa continued his countdown of the Mets’ top prospects, and number six was Brandon Nimmo.
Lukas Vlahos looked back on Juan Lagares’s promising, though short, season.
Jason Mast discussed Josh Smoker’s rookie season.
Milo Taibi reported on the Mets discussing a trade with the Rangers that involved Jay Bruce.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets traded Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz for Sid Fernandez in 1983.