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Mets Morning News: Does Ben Zobrist fit into New York's offseason plans?

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

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Three years removed from the R.A. Dickey trade, the Mets may be close to bringing another knuckleballer to the big leagues.

Even though the crosstown Yankees have a need at second base, free agent infielder Ben Zobrist is still more likely to end up in Queens, according to the Post.

CBS lists Daniel Murphy as its top third baseman on the free agent market. No wonder he turned down that qualifying offer.

Mike Vorkunov sums up New York's options for replacing Murphy in the middle of the infield.

The Mets may have lost the World Series to the Royals, but New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at least did a solid job at paying off his bet with his Kansas City counterpart.

Around the National League East

A recent Ken Rosenthal reports suggests that the Braves are willing to trade away anyone who is owed money, which includes star first baseman Freddie Freeman.

The Nationals already have three potential starting outfielders for 2016, but the team could still look to improve in that area via free agency.

Around the majors

Tonight we'll find out the who wins the Rookie of the Year Awards for each league.

Over the past four years, Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo has raised $1 million to fight pediatric cancer.

Former big league general manager Dan O'Dowd thinks that a pair of rumored Mets targets could be free agent bargains.

After trading for San Diego closer Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox are reportedly done making big trades. That's not good for the Mets, who may have been willing to deal for Jackie Bradley Jr.

This date in Mets history

In 1961, the team unveiled its logo, which has undergone only minor changes through the years.