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Mets Morning News: Price signs landmark contract, Alderson honored as best exec

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

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Meet the Mets

Rumored to be the Mets' top target in free agency, Ben Zobrist's price tag continues to inflate. The versatile utilityman may get at least a 4-year, $60 million contract. Despite this development, the Mets seem unlikely to offer Zobrist a four-year deal.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was honored by Baseball America as the Major League Executive of the Year. J.P. Ricciardi, special assistant to the Mets GM, sung Alderson's praises to Baseball America. "In the world today, his ‘yes’ means yes and his ‘no’ means no. That’s one of the best things about him. He’s always in the forefront. He’s not afraid to take arrows. He’s just a great leader," Ricciardi said.

While the Mets appear likely to tender Jenrry Mejia a contract before Wednesday's deadline, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports that the front office is still mulling the decision. Mejia failed two PED tests during the 2015 season.

Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated examined Mike Piazza's candidacy on the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot.

Around the Majors

David Price signed a record seven-year, $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. Price will supplant Clayton Kershaw as baseball's highest-paid pitcher, as his $217 million deal narrowly tops Kershaw's seven-year, $215 million contract.

The Orioles acquired Mark Trumbo from the Mariners in exchange for Steve Clevenger and a player to be named later. Seattle traded for Trumbo in June last season, while Clevenger was a part of the infamous Jake Arrieta trade.

Zack Greinke will decide between signing with the Giants or Dodgers this week, according to Austin Laymance of Dodgers ownership partner Magic Johnson described signing Greinke as the team's "number one priority."

Barry Bonds "tentatively plans" on joining the Marlins' coaching staff. Bonds would join the organization as the co-hitting coach alongside Frank Menechino.

Yesterday at AA

Jeffrey Paternostro and Steve Sypa hosted Episode 161 of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

Chris McShane took a look at the Mets' eight arbitration-eligible players ahead of Wednesday's non-tender deadline.

In the latest edition of The Piazzas, James Kannengieser doled out the Worst Starting Pitcher award.

This Date in Mets History

In 1991, the Mets signed Bobby Bonilla to a five-year, $29 million deal. Happy birthday to Jay Kleven, and a (posthumous) happy birthday to Darryl Kile. A three-time All-Star, Kile pitched a no-hitter against the Mets in 1993.