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Mets Morning News: Quoth the Wilpon, No stars are walking through the door

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On the same day that Ken Rosenthal suggested the Mets should be in on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper (paywall alert), Jeff Wilpon firmly reiterated that the Mets will not be going after Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

One of the given reasons was because of Yoenis Cespedes’s supposed return and his “30 million” dollar contract.

Another reason Wilpon and Brodie Van Wagenen gave for avoiding signing two superstars was the depth they have built this offseason.

The Mets, of course should be interested in these two (paywall alert), but none of the reasons they gave makes particular sense for a team that claims it wants to compete.

Both the Mets and the Tigers, who play in healthy markets, could afford to make big moves they just choose not to.

So since both Machado and Harper are out, what other moves could the Mets make this offseason?

Quality control coach Luis Rojas will visit Jeff McNeil to help him transition into an outfielder.

According to Van Wagenen, Peter Alonso will have the chance to be the Opening Day first baseman if he performs well in spring training.

Around the National League East

The Marlins could finally have a potential suitor for J.T. Realmuto.

If the Phillies land Bryce Harper, they will have to figure out what to do with the other pieces of their crowded outfield.

The Nationals had three prospects land on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list.

Around Major League Baseball

The Dodgers have reportedly signed A.J. Pollock to a four-year deal worth $55 million.

The Cubs signed reliever Brad Brach to a one-year deal which could be a shrewd pick up for Chicago.

The Adam Ottavino signing became official and he will be the first person in Yankees history to wear the number 0.

The Player’s Union expressed its concern over top free agents once again going unsigned deep into the offseason.

After reducing a DL stint to ten days, Major League Baseball is considering changing it back to the 15-day disabled list.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos took a look at the relief market and who could be a good fit for the Mets.

Thomas Szapucki came in at number eight on Steve Sypa’s prospect list.

This Date in Mets History

Shea Stadium legend Jane Jarvis passed away at the age of 94 on this date in 2010. She entertained fans on a nightly basis for 15 years as the organist from 1964-1979.