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Mets Morning News: Red Sox looking to trade Hanley Ramirez, Tigers in talks with Jordan Zimmermann

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

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Meet the Mets

Do last year's free agent deals, including the one the Mets signed with Michael Cuddyer, explain why there's been so little free agent activity thus far this offseason?

Speaking of free agents, Maria Guardado looks at whether or not the Mets should sign right-handed relief pitcher Joakim Soria.

Around Major League Baseball

The Tigers are in serious talks with potentially-former Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, one of several very good starting pitchers on the market at the moment.

The Red Sox are now looking to trade Hanley Ramirez, whose 2015 season was the worst single season of his major league career. Ramirez is guaranteed a $22 million salary in each of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons. The soon-to-be 32-year-old also has a $22 million vesting option for 2019 if he makes 1,050 plate appearances in 2017-18 and passes a physical after the '18 season, per Cot's.

Mike Petriello breaks down just how great Aroldis Chapman is.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Steve Sypa's excellent series of international free agent profiles continued with Jae-Gyun Hwang.

This date in Mets history

On this date in 1960, Howard Johnson was born.