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Mets Morning News: Mets showing interest in Ben Zobrist, unlikely to sign Darren O'Day

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Rumors regarding Ben Zobrist's free agency continue. A new report suggests the Mets are "very interested" in the versatile veteran. Read more about Ben Zobrist in Jordan Rabinowitz's free agent profile on him.

In other free agent news, reliever Darren O'Day is reportedly seeking a four-year deal in the range of $28 million and $36 million. The Mets are unlikely to meet this asking price. Read Steve Schreiber's free agent profile of O'Day here.

Despite rejecting the qualifying offer, there is a chance Daniel Murphy could return to the team. The Mets are expected to make a "legitimate bid" for his services.

Various publications have come out with salary projections for arbitration eligible players. A group of Pace Law School students pegged Lucas Duda to earn $6.7 million in 2016. While the same group predicted Jeurys Familia would earn $3.85 million. MLB Trade Rumors, on the other hand, believes Familia will get a smaller raise, reaching $3.3 million in 2016.

Around the NL East

The Braves may look to trade from their young pitching in order to bolster their team. Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran could both be on the trading block.

The Nationals outrighted relief pitcher David Carpenter off of the 40-man roster, and in response, he elected free agency. He appeared in just six innings in 2015 before having his season ended due to shoulder issues.

The Phillies signed five players to minor league deals for the 2016 season. Four out of the five have appeared in the majors in their careers.

Around MLB

The Brewers and Tigers struck a deal yesterday. Reliever Francisco Rodriguez was sent to Detroit in exchange for 20-year-old second baseman Javier Betancourt and a player to be named later. The Tigers will pay the entirety of Rodriguez's remaining salary.

Jake Arrieta beat out Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke for the National League Cy Young  award. While on the American League side, Dallas Keuchel was the recipient of the honor.

Bronson Arroyo has discussed with the Reds a return to Cincinnati. He spent eight seasons with the Reds before signing with the Diamondbacks. He missed all of 2015 while recovering from Tommy John Surgery.

The Athletics are reportedly drawing interest on pitcher Jesse Chavez. He has spent time as a starter and reliever, while recording a 3.85 ERA over 360 innings with the team.

Andruw Jones is hoping to catch on with a major league club in 2016. He last played in the majors in 2012.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Schreiber reviewed Wilmer Flores' season. Flores finished the season hitting .263/.295/.408 with 16 home runs. All things considered, he was worth 1.9 WAR according to Fangraphs.

Lukas Vlahos did a free agent profile for reliever Antonio Bastardo. Bastardo had a 2.98 ERA in 2015, and had strong numbers against lefties.

This Date in Mets History

On this date, both Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden received Rookie of the Year honors, albeit 17 years apart. Seaver's award came in 1967, while Gooden received the honor in 1984.