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Meet the Mets

With his professional baseball career drawing to a close, former Met Kazuo Matsui reflects on his time in the big leagues.

Don’t expect a blockbuster crosstown trade for Noah Syndergaard. The Yankees are reportedly not in the mix.

In the spirit of Black Friday, Kristie Ackert reviews some places Brodie Van Wagenen could hunt for bargains.

The Mariners are reportedly listening to offers for their star young reliever, Edwin Diaz. The NL East is showing interest, with the Mets, Phillies, and Braves all cited as possible trade partners.

Around the National League East

Along with Diaz, the Phillies are also interested in acquiring Mariners shortstop Jean Segura—an option if Manny Machado does not end up in Philadelphia.

Still, the Phillies are primed to spend big, with stars aplenty available in upcoming free agency periods. And this could one day result in Bryce Harper and Mike Trout playing in the same outfield, envisions Jayson Stark.

The Marlins need to deal J.T. Realmuto now while his value is at its peak, argues ESPN’s Buster Olney.

MLB Trade Rumors published its offseason outlook for the Atlanta Braves.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post takes a look back at previous trades Mike Rizzo has made as an indicator of what might be in store for the Nationals this offseason.

Around Major League Baseball

A species named after Jose Bautista? You better believe it. Introducing Sicoderus bautistai, a newly discovered species of weevil hailing from Bautistia’s homeland, the Dominican Republic.

The Cardinals are interested in free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.

Former Met Erik Goeddel was released by the Dodgers, along with Zac Rosscup.

Shohei Ohtani looks back on his rookie year and says he has no regrets about undergoing Tommy John surgery in October.

Anthony Castrovince reviews five blockbuster trades worth making this winter. He lists a Noah Syndergaard deal among them—to the Reds for Rasiel Iglesias and Nick Senzel.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane listed all of the things we at Amazin’ Avenue are thankful for this year.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1961, there was a float for the New York Mets at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to welcome the brand new franchise to New York.