Meet the Mets
The Mets held a virtual introductory press conference for Francisco Lindor yesterday. While there was no jersey unveiling or photo shoot, and no GM or owner present, the excitement was still through the roof as everyone got their first glimpse at Mr. Smile in a Mets cap.
Unsurprisingly, Steve Cohen has already reached out to the newest Met.
Lindor spoke about living day-to-day but isn’t opposed to signing long-term.
Whatever happens with the contract situation, Mr. Smile wants it resolved before the season starts. Otherwise, he would then wait until after the season.
In essence, this will serve as a deadline for both sides to work something out.
Lindor is ready to ‘join the ride’.
Like all of us, Francisco is excited for a good slice of pizza.
Remember Carmelo, the young fan who was thrilled to see his favorite player traded to the Mets? Well, Lindor spoke with his young fan via video call after his presser.
Bob Nightengale can see why the Mets were all smiles after yesterday’s presser.
In this wonderful new reality where money isn’t a hindrance for the Mets, Lindor’s contract isn’t a problem.
Tim Britton explored what kind of extension would make sense for both sides. (Paywall Alert)
Dave Lennon sees Lindor and the Mets as a couple that’s meant for each other.
Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing zoomed in on Mr. Smile in his latest post.
SNY’s Danny Abriano believes the Lindor trade makes D.J. LeMahieu a better fit than George Springer.
As a reminder, the team will introduce Carlos Carrasco today at 1:00pm.
Carrasco received some high praise from ex-Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who was one of his former pitching coaches.
Mike Axisa of CBS Sports sized up the NL landscape as the Mets (and Padres) have joined the Dodgers and Braves as the top tier teams.
Anthony DiComo examined the best single-game performances by Mets’ hitters.
Around the National League East
Starting this summer, a BetMGM sportsbook will be open at Nationals Park, which will include betting windows, electronic betting kiosks, food, and drink.
The Nationals talked with the Reds about a potential trade for third baseman Eugenio Suarez. However, it appears pretty unlikely since they made their top pitching prospects unavailable, according to Jon Heyman.
The Kyle Schwarber signing puts a spotlight on Victor Robles’ defense.
The Braves remain focused on adding a left fielder rather than a third baseman. It appears Austin Riley will begin 2021 at the hot corner.
The Phillies finalized Joe Girardi’s coaching staff for the season.
Philadelphia is interested in signing veteran starter Anibal Sanchez.
Around Major League Baseball
Rob Manfred is telling teams to prepare for spring training in February and a regular 162-game schedule this season.
MLB’s fan plan for 2021 does not include a requirement for a negative COVID-19 test or any sort of mandate for vaccines, according to a memo sent to clubs. Individual teams can decide whether they want to require that.
MLB expansion is on hold, despite the financial incentives. Ken Rosenthal explained why it is on hold. (Paywall Alert)
It’s mostly been a cold stove this offseason, but here are four developments that could heat things up.
The White Sox have agreed to terms with free agent closer Liam Hendricks to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year.
The terms of the contract are unique. Hendricks will make $39 million over the first three years. Then, the fourth year option and the buyout are both worth $15 million, so Hendricks will make $54 million regardless (and either pitch a fourth year or be bought out).
With their new closer, here’s how Chicago’s pen stacks up.
The Blue Jays, who are determined to be in on every free agent, have been engaged in talks with LeMahieu, and their interest is ‘very real’.
Toronto is also exploring the trade market, as they have their sights set on Kris Bryant.
Mashahiro Tanaka has been talking to several teams not named the Yankees, but there is some concern over his physical.
Is Trevor Bauer’s case for the richest AAV deal in MLB legitimate? (No, the answer is no. There, saved you a click).
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Brian Salvatore recapped the Lindor introductory press conference.
Lukas Vlahos gave the team the highest possible marks for the trade that netted them Lindor and Carrasco.
Steve Sypa, Lukas Vlahos, Kenneth Lavin, and Thomas Henderson revealed their individual lists for the team’s Top 25 Prospects.
On Episode 96 of From Complex to Queens, the crew paused on talking about the prospect list to discuss the Mets’ blockbuster trade and how it affects the minor league system.
This Date in Mets History
Rickey Henderson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 2009.