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Mets Morning News: Mets "elect" not to pursue Cuddyer, others who were given qualifying offers

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

Doug Pensinger

Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom was voted by fellow players as Rookie of the Year. You're one step closer to the real thing, Jacob!

Mike Vorkunov discusses potential free agent targets for the Mets, in wake of the Michael Cuddyer qualifying offer.

Kristie Ackert writes that the Mets plans have changed, but they'll look for help in many places, including Cuban defector Yoan Moncanda.

Mike Bates previewed the offseason, as it pertains to the National League.

Robert Brender got to ask Brandon Nimmo a few questions on his time in the Arizona Fall League.

Sandy Alderson is seemingly very high on Matt Reynolds, as he continues to play well in the Arizona Fall League.

In honor of Election Day, Greg Prince wrote up a Mets-friendly election guide.

Around the NL East

Scott Gelman writes that the Marlins will try to lock up Giancarlo Stanton by the Winter Meetings.

Jose Fernandez will be back in either late June or early July.

A.J. Burnett is headed to free agency, after turning down his option with the Phillies.

John Stolnis takes a look at who the Phillies are targeting in free agency, and the list is not exactly jaw-dropping.

Scott Coleman ponders the Braves' rotation situation, going into 2015.

The Nationals have added some some new members to their front office.

Around the Majors

The Yankees are reportedly not going to pursue several big-name free agents who were given qualifying offers.

Joe Maddon fever is already hitting Chicago in a strange way.

The Indians have extended Terry Francona through 2015.

Carson Cistulli at Fangraphs takes a look at the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game in a  unique way.

Over at Grantland, Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts give a wonderful look into Rob Manfred's rise to power.

Reports are circulating, suggesting that Alex Rodriguez paid his cousin Yuri Soucart $1 million to keep quiet about his PED usage.

Yesterday at AA

Jeffrey Paternostro continues his series on the best prospects he saw in person.

Joseph Wolkin took a look at Kirk Nieuwenhuis' 2014 season.

Colby Conetta reviewed Jose Valverde's appropriately short stint with the Mets.

Steve Sypa gave us some insight into Jose Fernandez - not the Marlins pitcher, but the Cuban second baseman.

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