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Mets Morning News: Winter Meetings are coming

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

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Meet the Mets

Brodie Van Wagenen certainly says all the right things but it is not the fans that need convincing.

So far this offseason, Van Wagenen has done a good job of getting the Mets back on track.

The Mets are still linked to J.T. Realmuto who would certainly be an upgrade if they were able to acquire him.

The catcher comes at a steep price and there are quite a few young players on the team the GM would rather not part with.

The new general manager has not ruled out Tim Tebow seeing major league at-bats next season.

While the Mets might be going hard after Realmuto, it seems they are less likely to sign either of the two premier free agents on the market.

Robinson Cano is on the older side for a baseball player, so what kind of production can the Mets expect out of him?

New closer Edwin Diaz had a Mets connection long before they traded for him.

Anthony DiComo answered some burning questions including what the Mets’ plans are for Jeff McNeil.

Baseball Prospectus released it’s rankings of Mets prospects for 2019.

Should Davey Johnson be in Cooperstown?

Around the National League East

The Marlins have rounded out their coaching staff for 2019.

The Good Phight thinks the NL East is in the midst of a terrifying arms race.

Trevor Rosenthal is happy that both he and Patrick Corbin are part of the Washington Nationals. Grant Brisbee weighed in with his thoughts on the Corbin signing.

Around Major League Baseball

Athletic writer Jayson Stark wonders what would happen if baseball banned the shift (paywall alert).

Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs thinks banning the shift isn’t the solution because there is no problem.

The Diamondbacks traded Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals in return for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, and prospect Andy Young.

The Red Sox are close to signing Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year deal reportedly worth $17 million per year.

The Royals signed utilityman Chris Owings to a one-year contract for $3 million.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis took a look at where the Mets’ payroll stands after their trade with the Mariners.

Once the deal was official, the media reaction to the trade was mixed.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1989, the Mets acquired local kid John Franco from the Reds to be their closer.