by John from Albany
SNY.TV: Mets sign RHP Jerad Eickhoff to minor-league deal: report. “The contract will reportedly pay him $1.25 million if he makes the big-league roster, with up to $750,000 in incentives also part of the deal. Jared Eickhoff spent five seasons with the Phillies from 2015-2019, where he compiled a 21-30 record with a 4.15 ERA, striking out 396 hitters over 440 innings.
Mets.com: Michael Conforto’s agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday that he wouldn’t anticipate contract talks to start until the two sides begin arbitration negotiations, which typically don’t happen until early January. ‘Normally, when you have a player who’s in arbitration, you kind of prepare for the obvious negotiation,’ Boras said. ‘If there’s anything that Sandy or [general manager] Jared [Porter] want to do, they kind of let us know later in the process, so that’s something I have to leave with them.’”
NY Post: Mets’ interest in Liam Hendriks hinges on bigger MLB free agency idea. “But team president Sandy Alderson and new general manager Jared Porter’s appetite for such an addition could be dictated by whether the Mets add one or two starters to the rotation and at what level. For instance, if the Mets were to add two starting pitchers, they could fill a five-man rotation and comfortably move Seth Lugo back to the bullpen.”
MLB Trade Rumors: Report: MLB Looking To Delay 2021 Season Until At Least May. “The league and the owners want players and all team personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving at spring camp, which doesn’t seem feasible by early-to-mid-February (the usual start date for Spring Training) given that coronavirus vaccines are still in the early stages of distribution.”
Scott Boras disputed MLB’s assertion that it lost money in this pandemic season today on his annual winter meeting chat, saying teams “lost profits” — not money. An MLB spokesman reasserted in response that “clubs lost $3B — $100M per team.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 16, 2020
New York Mets signed free agent Rusty Staub of the Texas Rangers on December 16, 1980.
New York Mets traded Charlie Puleo, Lloyd McClendon and Jason Felice to the Cincinnati Reds for Tom Seaver on December 16, 1982.
New York Mets signed free agent Rickey Henderson on December 16, 1998.
New York Mets signed free agent Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox on December 16, 2004.
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