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Mets Call Up Top Prospect Jeff McNeil From Triple-A

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The 2018 season has been nothing short of a disaster for the New York Mets, so the only thing their fans really have to look forward to over the next couple of months is the development of young players in the organization. On Tuesday, the Mets finally called up left-handed hitting utility infielder Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas.

McNeil, 26, has been one of the hottest hitters in the Mets’ farm system this season. He started the year in Double-A Binghamton, where he batted .327 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs in 57 games. McNeil was then promoted to Triple-A, where he was hitting .368 with five homers and 28 RBIs before getting called up on Tuesday.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was one of the first to report that McNeil was finally getting promoted.

The Mets have a few different options for how they can use McNeil. He mainly played second base in Las Vegas and Binghamton, but also made starts at third base, shortstop and even left field. Asdrubal Cabrera has been the starting second baseman for the Mets this season, but there is a chance they could deal him before the July 31 trade deadline, as he has been one of their best hitters this year.

Although McNeil will be available during the Mets’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, manager Mickey Callaway did not put him in the lineup.

Mets fans will definitely want to see McNeil get a lot of playing time over the next two months. At 40-57, the team clearly isn’t going anywhere this season. The best thing Callaway can do right now is play his young guys and see what they can do so that the Mets have a better idea of what they have for 2019.

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Phillies Sign Aaron Nola to Contract Extension

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a long-term contract extension with right hander Aaron Nola.

The new deal is four-years and $45 million and includes a club option as well as a $2 million signing bonus.

Nola, 25, pitched to the tune of a 2.37 ERA last season.

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Bryce Harper Not Interest in Short Team Deal

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When it comes to the market for free agent superstar Bryce Harper, teams won’t be able to bring him in on a short-term, lucrative contract.

Harper isn’t interested.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Harper is not “even considering” a short-term deal, even as the market for he and Manny Machado continues to stay in a holding pattern.

There has been chatter that neither superstar will fetch the $300 million deals that they had been seeking.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nigtengale, the San Francisco Giants have plans on offering “a lucrative short-term deal” but did not want “to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.”

Harper has been linked to a number of teams, so it’s unclear where he will land, and he still could return to the Washington Nationals.

However, I think that the New York Yankees, despite their public comments otherwise, may come in during the final minutes to scoop up Harper.

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Mets’ Jacob deGrom Puts Deadline on Contract Talks

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New York Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom is putting pressure on the organization when it comes to hammering out a new deal.

deGrom is set to hit free agency following the 2020 season and the 30-year old wants to lock in a new, long-term contract, and isn’t waiting around too long to get it.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, deGrom and his reps have informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season and have set a deadline to complete a deal by Opening Day.

The clock is ticking.

Per the report, deGrom seeks a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the club long term.

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