Morning Briefing: Mark Vientos, Francisco Álvarez in Port St. Lucie

Good morning, Mets fans!

We are only a couple days away from the pitchers and catchers report date on Feb. 12, but plenty of Mets have already shown up in Port St. Lucie. On Thursday, Mark Vientos and Francisco Álvarez were in camp and talked to SNY about the 2024 season.

Álvarez talked about his excitement to catch star closer Edwin Díaz.

Now, onto the morning briefing!

Latest MLB News

The New York Mets have unveiled the player development staff for the 2024 season. Andy Green, a former Mets player and ex-manager of the San Diego Padres, is set to manage and guide player development in his comeback to the organization. Here’s the full list of player development staff, along with staff for minor league operations and performance and the Dominican Republic.

Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Tampa Bay Rays have given contract extensions to baseball operations president Erik Neander and manager Kevin Cash.

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Livan Soto off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

Commissioner Rob Manfred aims to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming package, featuring at least half of the Major League Baseball teams, by 2025, writes Evan Drelich from The Athletic. The feasibility of this plan remains uncertain and could hinge significantly on the outcome of the Diamond Sports Group bankruptcy case.

Tenchy Rodriguez of Zdigital announces that former Mets outfielder Carlos Gomez has been named a special assistant to MLBPA President Tony Clark.

According to Robert Murray of FanSided, right-hander Luis Perdomo has signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. The agreement also includes an invitation to participate in major league spring training.

The Red Sox have signed former Mets prospect Michael Fulmer, per Michael Mayer of MMO.

Latest on MMO

Elliot Teichman profiles Mets non-roster invitee Eric Orze.

Ari Berkowitz writes about the bullpen options that will be in place that will potentially lead up to Mets closer Edwin Diaz

On This Date in Mets History

Birthdays: Danny Muno (35), Todd Pratt (57), Doug Linton (59), Mookie Wilson (68)