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Mets Morning News: Zobrist's decision is coming soon, Hernandez to write a memoir

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

It was all about Ben Zobrist on the Mets' first official day at the winter meetings. Zobrist's camp is taking its time meeting with other teams, including the Nationals, but Mets Assistant GM John Ricco suggested that a decision would be made soon.

Ken Davidoff thinks that given the Mets' situation, now would be the perfect time to take a risk on Zobrist.

John Harper suggested that another reason it's important for the Mets to grab Zobrist is to keep him out of the Nationals' hands.

David Lennon thinks that the Mets may be overplaying their hand for Zobrist, by trying to work him into a position where he can't say no.

John Ricco suggested that the team probably won't be resigning Yoenis Cespedes. Ricco noted that Cespedes is looking for a deal that's bigger than the Mets are willing to pay.

John Ricco also noted that Josh Edgin is progressing through his rehab well.

Keith Hernandez will be penning a tell-all memoir about his life in Major League Baseball, and is scheduled for a 2017 release.

The Mets made their new sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola official on Monday with a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. You can pick up these cool Coke bottles starting January 1.

A former pitching coach in the Mets organization, Tom Signore, is unhappy with with the club, over vision loss sustained when he was hit with a foul ball in Las Vegas.

Around the Majors

After reports surfaced yesterday that Aroldis Chapman was headed to the Dodgers, the deal was put on hold when a background check found that he was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute on October 30.

Jonathan Papelbon has filed a grievance against the Nationals for unpaid wages from his four-game suspension, which was the result of him choking Bryce Harper in a dugout altercation.

Maikel Franco and Kris Bryant have also filed grievances against the Phillies and Cubs, respectively, for calling them up after the deadline which would've placed their free agency after 2019, not 2020.

The Baseball Hall of Fame's Pre-Integration Committee failed to elect anyone, after a lengthy balloting process.

The Red Sox continued to bolster their bullpen, by trading starting pitcher Wade Miley to the Mariners for Carson Smith and Roenis Elias.

Reports suggest that Cubs will make a serious play on free agent outfield Jason Heyward.

Yesterday at AA

The Mets are open to trading Jon Niese, if they find the right deal. They're also open to bringing back Jerry Blevins and Bartolo Colon, who are both free agents.

Matt Varvaro wants to see if you can name all of the pitcher home runs in Mets' history.

Steve Sypa previewed the Rule 5 draft from the Mets' perspective, beginning with the pitchers.

Matt Varvaro noted that it's been a wild five seasons for the Mets, who have come a long way.

The Mets appear to have some interest in Neil Walker.

It's time for Episode 162 of Amazin' Avenue Audio, where Jeffrey and company preview the winter meetings.

This Date in Mets History

On December 8, 1977, the Mets traded Jon Matlack in a four-way deal, and a year later they moved Jerry Koosman.

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