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Mets Morning News: Mets focused on trading Gee to start off winter meetings

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

On the first day of the winter meetings, word was that the Mets are "aggressively shopping" Dillon Gee, according to a number of insiders.

The Rangers were one of the teams talking with the Mets about Gee.

Sandy Alderson seems to be making it clear that the Mets aren't going to be big spenders this year.

The Mets don't appear to be interested in trading Bartolo Colon.

The Mets are reportedly interested in Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

Anthony DiComo says that trading Gee gives the Mets flexibility.

Terry Collins made it clear that Bobby Parnell would be the closer when he returns from his rehab.

Collins also failed to commit to Wilmer Flores at shortstop, saying that there will be a competition.

Terry also said that he understands its time for him to win games, or he'll be gone.

Mike Puma says that there's still a chance that Ruben Tejada can be the Mets starting shortstop.

The Mets are willing to move Noah Syndergaard, if it means getting a top hitting  prospect in return.

Jimmy Rollins may have been a Met, but he activated his no-trade clause.

The Mets will consider giving Matt Harvey some time on the disabled list during the middle of the season, in order to keep him well rested.

Gil Hodges was once again denied enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, as he only received three votes from the Golden Era Committee.

Around the NL East

The Braves have signed outfielder Dian Toscano, as another Cuban player comes to MLB.

The Mets weren't the only team talking with the Rangers, as the Braves were discussing Justin Upton with them.

The Phillies seem to be waiting the market out on Jon Lester, before deciding what to do with Cole Hamels.

Fish Stripes reviews a busy day for the Marlins at the winter meetings.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo explained what the Nationals are looking for at the winter meetings.

Pat Gillick stood up for his protege Ruben Amaro, Jr., by saying that he likes the job he's done.

Around the Majors

The White Sox pulled off a coup yesterday, by trading for Jeff Samardzija and winning the David Robertson sweepstakes.

Brandon Moss was traded to the Indians.

The Astros appear to be in on Chase Headley, who has said his decision will come by the end of the week.

Michael Silverman writes that low-balling Jon Lester early on hurt the Red Sox.

Lester will have made a decision by the end of the week, Buster Olney reports.

The Cubs have brought back starter Jason Hammel, who was traded to the A's last season.

Billy Beane admitted that the A's are in a small rebuild.

The Rays will begin searching for new stadium sites in Tampa Bay.

Madison Bumgarner was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa profiled new Braves addition Dian Toscano.

Nick Walsh thinks that Brandon Nimmo is fairly close to being MLB-ready.

Bryan Brandom looks at Starlin Castro's trade value.

Jeff Litt looked at some teams who may be interested in Jon Niese.

Steve Schreiber began a new series on Mets uniform numbers, beginning with Mookie Wilson.