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Mets Morning News: Mets still unlikely to trade young pitching, interested in Soria, and deGrom wins Wilson award for defense

Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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Assistant general manager John Ricco stated that the Mets are unlikely to trade any of their young pitching. Zack Wheeler was included in that group, as he rehabs from Tommy John Surgery.

The Mets are interested in relief pitcher Joakim Soriareported Jon Heyman. Read more about Soria in Chris McShane's free agent profile on him.

Jacob deGrom was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for the pitcher a position, a separate award from the Gold Glove.

The Mets are reportedly not in the market for a leadoff hitter, as they are pleased with the job that Curtis Granderson did in the role. This could preclude them from Denard Span and Dexter Fowler, who figure to be at the top of the center fielder/leadoff hitter market.

The Mets have expressed interest in playing games in Cuba next season. Major League Baseball is planning exhibition games there, conditional on whether they are able to secure permission.

Around The NL East

At Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington discussed various columns that have speculated on the future of Bryce Harper with the Nationals. Harper will become a free agent after the 2018 season.

Andrelton Simmons did not win the Gold Glove for National League shortstops. However, like deGrom, he won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award. The Braves also re-signed catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal.

The Marlins are looking to receive a number two starter in exchange for center fielder Marcell Ozuna. This comes after Ozuna was demoted to Triple-A for a significant time period during the 2015 season.

The Phillies are not actively looking to trade closer Ken Giles. However, if the right deal were to come around, they would consider it.

Around MLB

The Twins and Yankees made a trade. Minnesota shipped outfielder Aaron Hicks to New York in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy.

That was not the only trade the Yankees made, as they struck a deal with the Padres as well. Infielder Jose Pirela was sent to San Diego for pitcher Ron Herrera.

The Reds are reportedly listening to offers on just about everyone, including star closer Aroldis Chapman.

Diamondbacks hitting coach Turner Ward has left the team after declining to sign a contract offer. He has served in that role for the past three years.

Yesterday at AA

Our free agent profile series continued. Steve Schreiber discussed reliever Darren O'Day, who is coming off of successful seasons with the Rangers and Orioles. And Chris McShane wrote about Johan Santana, who remains determined to return to the majors in 2016.

This Date in Mets History

In 1975, Tom Seaver was awarded the Cy Young. It was the third time he was honored as the league's best pitcher.