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Mets Morning News: Mets add to front office in the nick of time

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets added to their front office and brought in two more into their growing analytics department.

One of their newest hires used to work for Baseball Prospectus for twelve years before coming over to the team.

Fangraphs put together the 2019 ZiPS projections for the Mets.

Around the National League East

The Braves could be waiting out the market for reliever Craig Kimbrel.

The trade talk surrounding J.T. Realmuto is heating up with four teams interested in acquiring the catcher.

The Padres will be meeting with Bryce Harper who also has four teams vying for his services.

Around Major League Baseball

With so many players still unsigned this late in the offseason, it is becoming increasingly obvious that winning isn’t everything to the teams and players are noticing.

Signing this late could have a negative impact on the players and the way they prepare for the upcoming season which happened to Neil Walker last year.

Now that teams are treating the luxury tax like a salary cap, the MLBPA will need to come up with a new system to combat the owners’ attempt to drive down salaries.

The Rockies and Nolan Arenado agreed to a record-breaking deal of $26 million which is the most an arbitration eligible player has ever received.

The Astros have reportedly signed Wade Miley to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million.

The Padres have been linked to a lot of the players on the market and could have an edge in signing Harper.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Number two on Steve Sypa’s prospect list was Andres Gimenez.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, the Mets gave Johan Santana a six-year deal worth $137.5 million, which at the time was the largest in team history.