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Mets Morning News: David Stearns’ Manaea Goes To Mets

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

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Meet the Mets

Before the Mets signed Sean Manaea, he was being talked about as an under-the-radar potential steal of the offseason.

After signing Manaea, it’s clear that the Mets have officially taken a step back for 2024, but a small enough step that they will still be a playoff contender barring a complete implosion.

For a team planning on that kind of liminal season, Manaea is a pretty perfect fit on his $28M two-year deal.

The breakdown for Harrison Bader’s contract was revealed with the center fielder getting a $1.5M signing bonus and $50K if he wins the MVP.

Around the National League East

The Atlanta Braves are nothing if not firm believers in Chris Sale’s rebound.

Stone Garrett is looking to pick up where he left off with the Nationals after his 2023 season ended early due to a fractured leg.

Around Major League Baseball

The Dodgers and Teoscar Hernandez came to an agreement on a one-year deal for $23.5M with deferments, naturally.

The Mets made what is likely to be their final rotation addition, but the Yankees are still hard at work trying to find a shiny number two to pair with Gerrit Cole.

According to Bob Nightengale, Marcus Stroman told the Yankees he was interested in being that missing piece, but the team declined to make an offer.

Sure, the answer at the end of the year is probably going to be drastically different than the projections, but it’s always fun to guess who the Rookies of the Year will be.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2003, Gary Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame as a Montreal Expo, despite his best efforts.