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Mets Morning News: Rick Porc-Hello

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Meet the Mets

In a move that shocked exactly no one, the Mets signed former Cy Young Rick Porcello to a one-year deal. They are perhaps banking on bounceback seasons from their two most recent acquisitions or at least Porcello’s durability (paywall alert).

Now that the team has a surplus in their starting rotation, could another pitcher be on the move?

Despite having two pitchers that struggled last season, GM Brodie Van Wagenen was surprisingly confident in his new rotation and the bullpen even though he made no real additions to that area.

Despite that proclamation, the team has checked in with the Texas Rangers about relief pitcher Jose Leclerc.

Starling Marte is not currently a top priority for the team and it is doubtful that a deal will get done to acquire the outfielder.

The GM’s final job this offseason is to not do anything crazy.

The Mets added one minor league player in the Rule 5 Draft but did not lose any prospects.

Day 4 of the Winter Meetings brought about more rumors and a few minor moves for the organization.

Around the National League East

With Anthony Rendon off the board, the market for Josh Donalson should now heat up.

The Marlins have reportedly signed reliever Yimi Garcia who had been non-tendered by the Dodgers.

The Nationals lost prospect Sterling Sharp to the Marlins in the Rule 5 Draft.

Around Major League Baseball

The Tigers signed catcher Austin Romine to a one-year deal worth $4.1 million.

The Yankees brought back Brett Gardner for another year with a contract worth $12.5 million.

All major league saseball players will undergo mandatory opioid testing starting next spring.

The Giants will be reconfiguring Oracle Park by moving the fences in and changing the location of the bullpen.

Despite the Home Run Committee filing its report on the home run surge of 2019, they do not have the final say about the baseball so this saga could remain ongoing.

Wrigley Field’s renovations have been put on hold because they have largely ignored the Americans With Disabilities Act and did not put in enough wheelchair accessible seating.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Jack McLoone wrote about the Mets possibly moving a pitcher after their two latest signings.

Vas Drimalitis covered the Porcello signing.

Kenneth Lavin and Lukas Vlahos chatted about Day 4 of the Winter Meetings.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets signed future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson on this date in 1998.