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Mets Morning News: Ben Zobrist is Mets' top target going into Winter Meetings, Darren O'Day re-ups with O's

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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

Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings officially begin tomorrow and run through Thursday. With that, there's no shortage of previews. Marc Carig looks at five key questions.

You might have heard that the Mets are interested in Ben Zobrist. Their offseason hinges on Zobrist's decision, says the Post. Zobrist might not be a superstar in the traditional sense, but he's highly-coveted this winter.

Also in the Post, Joel Sherman looks at the free agent market for five free agent hitters.

It's much easier for the Mets to sell free agents on the idea of playing for the team after a World Series appearance.

John Harper writes that the Mets must strike while they have several great, affordable pitchers on the team. He's not wrong.

Bob Geren packed it up and split for the coast. La-La Land. LA. But the Mets aren't rushing to name their new bench coach.

In light of the Hall of Fame ballot, the Times catches up with former Mets closer Billy Wagner, who among other things is proud that Alex Rodriguez had to take steroids to compete with him.

Richard Justice writes that Sandy Alderson's tenacity will help him in his fight with cancer.

In case you hadn't heard yet, Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing is writing a book about the 2015 Mets. Before reading a word of it, we can guarantee it's going to be good.

Around the National League East

Federal Baseball takes a look at whether or not the Nationals will find trade partners for Drew Storen or Jonathan Papelbon.

Fish Stripes recommends the Marlins sign Kenta Maeda.

The Good Phight takes a look at the contracts being signed by top-tier pitchers this offseason and says several teams were foolish to pass on Cole Hamels when the Phillies had him on the block.

Around Major League Baseball

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Darren O'Day to a four-year, $31 million contract. He would have looked good in a Mets uniform, but at least he didn't sign with the Nationals.

The A's signed relief pitcher Ryan Madson, who had a great year for the Royals after missing three full seasons with injuries, to a three-year, $22 million deal.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Ben Zobrist has gotten the bulk of the attention lately, but the Mets are interested in Gerardo Parra and Denard Span.

This date in Mets history

The Mets acquired John Franco on this date in 1989.