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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.
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.
The Nationals’ top three starters all staying healthy is also essential to their success in 2019.
If the Phillies miss out on Machado and Harper, there’s always Nolan Arenado next offseason.
Around Major League Baseball
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.
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.
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.
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.