Good morning, Mets fans! We are just one day away from pitchers and catchers reporting back to Clover Park in Port Saint Lucie for the start of Spring Training! Yesterday was a busy day for trades and acquisitions across Major League Baseball. Check out everything that happened on Monday in our briefing below.
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Per Mike Puma of the New York Post, prior to his signing to return to Seattle, the Mets’ offer to James Paxton was $6 million. He received $8.5 million guaranteed from the Mariners. Incentives could take it to $10 million.
Per Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX, free-agent outfielder Kevin Pillar is in an agreement with the Mets on a one-year deal. Anthony DiComo and Jon Heyman were the first with the report. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Kevin Pillar gets a guaranteed $5 million for one year from the Mets, per source. As Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported, it can also be a two-year deal worth as much as $10 million.
Per the New York Mets, the Mets Foundation donated $15,000 to the Treasure Coast Food Bank in St. Lucie County to purchase food that Mets’ President Sandy Alderson and Brandon Nimmo helped distribute to families in need at Clover Park. A video posted by the Mets on Twitter recaps the food drive and the impact it had on the community.
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Bob Klapisch of NJ Advance Media discusses in an article how Zoom is changing (in a bad way) how you follow the Yankees.
Per Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, the Boston Red Sox were one of a few teams who watched reliever Chaz Roe throw a bullpen session over the weekend. Roe spent 17-20 with the Rays, so Bloom’s familiar. 3.45 ERA in 151 appearances with Tampa Bay.
Katherine Fitzgerald of USA Today discusses the Pedro Gomez Foundation helping Journalism students.
Per Mark J. Burns of the Sports Business Journal, Jomboy Media gets $1 Million funding from the likes of Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, filmmaker Eli Roth, Actors Patrick Shriver ad Sammy Lerner, media executive, Tal Shachar, and more, via Chris Smith of Forbes.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that per Jason Kipnis formerly of the Cubs, Kipnis announces that he has signed with the Atlanta Braves. Kipnis in a tweet stated, “Atlanta, here we come! Excited to join the Braves organization this season.”
Per Ken Rosenthal, Hirokazu Sawamura is in agreement on a deal with the Red Sox. Per sources, the deal is two years, $3 million with an option for a third year. The deal has potential to grow to three years, $7.65 million if Sawamura hits every performance bonus and escalator. There is also an option described as conditional and complex.
Per Ken Rosenthal, sources confirm that free-agent relief pitcher Justin Wilson is in agreement with the New York Yankees, pending a physical. Sweeney Murti of WFAN and Robert Murray were the first to report.
Per MLB Network, Spring Training Coverage will begin this week on MLB Network. It’s time for Baseball!
Per MLB Trade Rumors, the Minnesota Twins are set to Matt Shoemaker.
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Brian Devine breaks down the NL East Positional Rankings between McNeil vs Albies at Second Base.
Jack Ramsey looks at under the radar Mets’ bullpen candidates for 2021.
Rob Piersall discusses how the Mets can put the cherry on top of an already successful winter.
Rob Piersall discusses the Yankees signing southpaw and former Met, Justin Wilson
Jordan Brown breaks down the Mets’ one-year deal with outfielder Kevin Pillar.
On today’s episode of Locked On Mets, Ryan Finkelstein tries to make sense of the Mets signing Kevin Pillar after making a similar move to sign Albert Almora just last week. Ryan also talks about a piece he wrote for MMO, that will be published later today, which looks into a potential platoon at third base of J.D. Davis and Luis Guillorme.
On This Date in Mets History
2013: Mets remember the life and memory of Gary Carter, who passed away on this day in 2013.
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