Meet the Mets
It was a busy day for the Mets as they settled with six players, including Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, and Jacob deGrom, to avoid arbitration proceedings. Wilmer Flores was the lone holdout.
2016 Mets draft pick Gary Cornish has been suspended for fifty games by MLB for using amphetamines.
Tim Tebow is likely to see some time in spring training games despite not being invited to major league spring training.
Fangraphs doesn’t think the Mets have enough bullpen depth and strongly suggests they re-sign Jerry Blevins or trade for Oakland’s Liam Hendriks.
Around the NL East
The Braves are looking to move their spring training home to Palm Beach County in Florida.
The Braves also completed a trade with the Dodgers for infielder Micah Johnson.
The Phillies reached a settlement with Jeanmar Gomez but look to be headed to arbitration with Cesar Hernandez.
The Marlins reached agreements with all of their arbitration-eligible players except for David Phelps.
The Nationals settled for a hefty $13,625,000 with Bryce Harper to avoid arbitration.
Wil Myers signed a six-year $80 million extension with the Padres.
The Diamondbacks signed Chris Ianetta to a one-year deal.
Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration with the Cubs, settling for a cool $15.64 million.
Yangervis Solarte signed a two-year deal with the Padres. Solarte tragically lost his wife to cancer back in September.
In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today sports that’s well-worth reading and delves into both his baseball and football careers, Bo Jackson says that, knowing what he knows now about CTE, he would never have played football.
Derek Jeter has received permission from the City of Tampa, FL to build a taller-than-code 8-foot fence around his property because tourists and paparazzi won’t leave him alone.
Yesterday at AA
Nicholas Brosnan covered Josh Edgin’s settlement.
Ryan Almodovar handled Travis d’Arnaud’s deal.
David Capobianco had the coverage on Jeurys Familia’s deal.
There was a new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets signed Masato Yoshii on this date back in 1998. It also happens to be former-Met Mike Pelfrey’s birthday.