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Mets Morning News: As the leaves change color, the Mets still need a shortstop

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Mike Ehrmann

Meet the Mets

The Rookie of the Year award won't be announced until next Monday, but tonight Jacob deGrom could win the MLBPA Outstanding Rookie award. Juan Lagares will find out if he's won a Gold Glove on Tuesday.

Rising Apple says one free agent that the Mets should not pursue is Nationals rental Asdrubal Cabrera.

Metstradamus thinks that if the Mets are going to add payroll, they should roll the dice on Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas.

Around the NL East

The Braves are expected to make a $15.3 million qualifying offer to starting pitcher Ervin Santana. Like everyone else who gets one, Santana will probably decline.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill says that Jose Fernandez won't make his return from Tommy John surgery until June at the earliest.

The Phillies turned down team options on A.J. Burnett and Mike Adams. Burnett can still exercise a player option worth $12.75 million if he wishes to continue working in Philadelphia next year.

Around the Majors

The Brewers are shipping right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada to Toronto in exchange for Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind.

The agent of new Cubs manager Joe Maddon is adamant that his client opted out of his deal with the Rays before being contacted by Chicago.

19-year-old Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is scheduled to put his skills on display in Guatemala on November 12. The switch-hitting infielder is said to be have the tools necessary to eventually become a star in the majors.

Jed Lowrie is considered unlikely to get a qualifying offer from Oakland, and that makes the shortstop a more attractive free agent target for the Mets.

Eric Stephens has three takeaways from the AFL Fall Stars Game.

Yesterday at AA

On this date in 1973, Bud Harrelson was fined $250 for beating up Pete Rose in the NLCS that October.