Morning Briefing: No Choo for you?


FIRST PITCH: Such a big deal has been made about the Mets’ draft position, and specifically whether the organization’s pick will be “protected.”

Well, it turns out, it is unlikely to matter.

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Bidding for Shin-Soo Choo may go beyond the Mets' comfort level in terms of years.

That is because the Mets are not expected to vigorously pursue the free agents with draft-pick compensation attached -- whether the pick is protected or not, according to a team insider.

The lone exception is Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

And the Mets (73-86) are not believed to be willing to give more than a Michael Bourn-type contract -- four years.

So if agent Scott Boras can get a longer deal for the 31-year-old Choo out of the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati or another suitor -- and he likely can -- Choo figures to wind up somewhere other than Queens in 2014.

For the record: The Mets’ loss Thursday now has them in the 12th slot in the draft. The top 10 picks are protected. Four teams have a 72-87 record, so the final order can substantially change by the end of the season.

Carlos Torres (4-5, 3.36 ERA) opposes Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 4.23) at 7:10 tonight at Citi Field.

Friday’s news reports:

David Wright was drilled in the helmet by an 86 mph changeup from Johnny Hellweg and departed Thursday’s game in the third inning, but the captain subsequently passed a concussion test. Read more in the Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• Before the game, Wright had said he is “all in for this organization” in terms of believing their plan for success. Read more in the Daily News and Star-Ledger.

Dillon Gee fell one inning shy of 200 for the season as the Mets lost to the Brewers, 4-2. Read more in the Post.

Eric Young Jr. pulled even with Milwaukee’s Jean Segura for the NL stolen-base lead.

• After uncertainty about whether Daisuke Matsuzaka might instead start the season finale, Jonathon Niese said he will take the ball on the final day.

• Seven of nine scouts surveyed told ESPNNewYork.com that if they were the Mets, they would want Lucas Duda over Ike Davis as their 2014 first baseman.

Matt Harvey’s jersey was the No. 2 seller in MLB during the second half of the season, trailing only Mariano Rivera’s No. 42. Wright checked in at 13th in MLB, one slot behind Derek Jeter. See the full top 20 here.

• Tim Rohan in the Times writes about the Mets’ fantasy football league, which has 23 participants and 12 teams.

• Seventeen-year-old Amed Rosario, who signed with the Mets for $1.75 million last year, was named the Appalachian League’s top prospect by Baseball America. 2013 first-round Dominic Smith was named the fourth-best prospect in the Gulf Coast League. Smith will be among the prospects at Citi Field today as the Mets present their annual Sterling Awards to the top performers at each level of the minor-league system.

Cesar Puello completed a 50-game suspension related to Biogenesis and PEDs and was returned to the 40-man roster. The Mets shifted Harvey to the 60-day DL to open the roster spot.

Juan Lagares became a father on Thursday with the birth of Juan Lagares Jr. in New York.

• GQ ranked the Mets as the 12th-worst franchise of all time.

• Commissioner Bud Selig, 79, announced his intention to retire on Jan. 24, 2015.

• Ex-Mets Carlos Gomez served a one-game suspension Thursday, writes the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing believes this is the time of year when you throw out "The Book" and cut individual players' quests some slack. … John Delcos at Mets Report applauds Sandy Alderson prioritizing finishing strong over draft-pick position.

BIRTHDAYS: Jon Rauch turns 35. … Jason Phillips, who became a bullpen catcher for the Seattle Mariners after his playing career, is 37.


YOU’RE UP: Do you believe the Mets should go beyond four years for Shin-Soo Choo?