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Mets Morning News: Mets aren't shopping Zack Wheeler, but teams might inquire

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

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler remains an attractive trade target for other organizations, but like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz, the Mets aren't actively looking to trade him. They'll listen if they're offered an amazing return, though, which makes sense.

Over at Newsday, David Lennon asks whether or not the qualifying offer system is working. Since its introduction in 2012, no player had accepted the qualifying offer until Colby Rasmus, Matt Wieters, and Brett Anderson did this year.

The Post speculates about the teams that will be the most active this winter, listing five teams, none of which are the Mets.

Mike Vorkunov writes about how the Mets can replace Daniel Murphy at second base and runs down a list of four teams that seem like potential fits for Murphy in free agency.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop looks at what, exactly, the Braves are planning at shortstop now that they have traded Andrelton Simmons.

Federal Baseball looks at what the Nationals will do with the leadoff spot, assuming Denard Span signs elsewhere this winter.

A couple of starting pitchers intrigue the Marlins: Colby Lewis and Tim Lincecum.

The Good Phight writes up new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak's week at the GM meetings, which served as something of a first impression for Phillies fans.

Around Major League Baseball

In case you missed it, MLB picked the Tampa Bay Rays to play a possible exhibition in Cuba. The Mets had expressed interest in participating in that potential event.

Relief pitcher Darren O'Day, one of the more appealing options on the relief pitching market this winter, appreciates the very little things about baseball.

At the Hardball Times, Stacey Gostulias takes a dive into a random box score from 1990, and it's a fun read.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

The Mets' offseason became clearer once Daniel Murphy officially declined his qualifying offer.

Amazin' Avenue Audio has a new episode for you, answering your emails.

Craig Kimbrel is the Red Sox' new closer.

Ian Desmond, who might make sense for the Mets at shortstop, turned down a QO from the Nationals.

This date in Mets history

On this date in 1988, Darryl Strawberry finished second in MVP voting to Kirk Gibson.