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Mets Morning News: Keon Keeping On

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Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Brewers in exchange for Bobby Wahl, Adam Hill, and Felix Valerio. Here are the reactions to the deal from Newsday, The Bergen Record, the New York Post, and MLB.com.

With the Broxton trade complete, the Mets appear to be done adding pieces to the outfield.

The Mets also signed Hector Santiago to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Around the National League East

With a reunion with the Red Sox unlikely, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic pegs the National League East as the likeliest destination for the top closer on the market, Craig Kimbrel. Of the four teams in the NL East trying to compete, the Mets are the only team with a high-end closer at this stage and acquiring Kimbrel may give another team an edge in a tightly packed division.

Howie Kendrick had an injury riddled season with the Nationals in 2018. They are hoping they can get production from a healthy Kendrick this season.

The Nationals’ top three starters all staying healthy is also essential to their success in 2019.

Anticipating that Manny Machado or Bryce Harper could get a ten-year deal, possibly with the Phillies, The Good Phight looks back on other players that spent a decade or more in Philadelphia.

If the Phillies miss out on Machado and Harper, there’s always Nolan Arenado next offseason.

Talking Chop discusses potential Braves/Rangers swaps, feeling the teams are a good fit to make a deal.

David Levin makes the case that keeping J.T. Realmuto in Miami may not be such a bad outcome after all for the Marlins.

Around Major League Baseball

Joel Sherman uses the strangely structured contract Yusei Kikuchi signed with the Mariners for inspiration for creative ways for teams to sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.

Jon Tayler of Sports Illustrated isn’t so quick to blame Machado and Harper for the frozen free agent market. This is just the new normal, he argues, and the second-tier players are the ones who could potentially suffer the most.

The Yankees signed reliever Zach Britton to a three-year, $39 million contract.

Even with Britton now in pinstripes, the Yankees don’t appear to be done with the bullpen. They are still interested in free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

This is all as the Yankees await word on Manny Machado, who reportedly still favors New York. But no team is believed to have offered Machado a $300 million contract as of yet; all offers are in the $200-$250 million range.

The Tigers don’t feel any pressure to move Nick Castellanos.

Matt Kelly takes a look at which teams are the best fit for free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock.

The market is reportedly heating up on Brian Dozier, who could potentially be a bounce back candidate for 2019.

The luxury tax threshold is not dictating the Cubs’ offseason moves, insists Theo Epstein in a chat with 670 The Score yesterday morning.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane covered the Keon Broxton trade.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2010, Roberto Alomar fell just short of getting into the Hall of Fame. Other former Mets Robin Ventura, Kevin Appier, David Segui, and Todd Zeile each fell off the ballot.