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Mets Morning News: Sandy started the Hot Stove, but will the Wilpons pay for gas?

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Rob Carr

Meet the Mets

Today is the first day the Mets can sign free agents from other teams. It can only go up from here, right guys?

The Mets finalized their deal with WOR radio, meaning that they'll be broadcasting on a station named WOR for the second time in their history.

Sandy Alderson said that losing a draft pick wouldn't preclude the team from signing a big-name free agent.

Mike Puma does suggest, however, that Sandy Alderson may look to sign second-tier free agents instead of spending freely.

The Mets apparently aren't interested in Mark Trumbo, which seems likely having the similar Lucas Duda on the roster.

Kevin Kernan of the Post suggests that the Mets should look at chemistry and character when assembling their team. I'd prefer they look at WIN METHOD and have written a letter to the editor of the Post explaining my stance.

Bronson Arroyo's agent said that he would be interested if the Mets came calling. He would certainly be a good fit for a back-of-the-rotation starter.

JD Sussman at Bullpen Banter suggests that the Mets should take a hard look at the Red Sox model, but at the end of the day, need to improve from within.

Around the Majors

Thirteen free agents received qualifying offers yesterday, meaning many of them might have been removed from the Mets' radar.

Jhonny Peralta, a name the Mets will certainly be looking at, did not receive a qualifying offer.

MLB will be testing its new replay system in the Arizona Fall League, between November 5 and 9. The games will all be broadcast on MLB Network.

The 2013 Player's Choice Awards were announced yesterday, and featured Miguel Cabrera winning Player of the Year.

The Tigers named Brad Ausmus their manager, replacing the retired Jim Leyland.

Alex Rodriguez reportedly failed a stimulant test in 2006. HardballTalk reports that it was just one incident in a series of incidents.

Yesterday At AA

Steve Sypa told us about Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Yoshio Itoi

Jeff Kopman profiled Joe Nathan in our series on free agents.

Roll out the red carpet for our 2013 Amazin' Avenue Offseason Plan finalists! Please cast you vote for one of the great write-ups so that they can get that Omir Santos baseball they rightfully deserve.

On this date in Mets history, Darryl Strawberry signed a huge deal with the Dodgers to make him the second-highest paid player in baseball.

Lastly, yesterday was our previous year's Mets Morning News writers' last day on this gig. Help me to extend a special thank you to Jeffrey Pasternostro, Stephen Schmidt, and Steve Schreiber—who for some reason signed on for another year—for the great work they did in giving us our Mets fix!

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