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Mets Morning News: The Mets have discussed Brian Dozier

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

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Meet the Mets

Jon Heyman reported that the Mets are among the teams that have discussed signing former Twins and Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier.

Steven Markus of Newsday discussed the arbitration payout that Jacob deGrom is likely to receive, as the deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures approaches.

The Mets are hosting their annual Winter Blood Drive today at the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fans who donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to a select home game in 2019.

Jarrett Seidler, Wilson Karaman, Jeffrey Paternostro, and Darius Austin of Baseball Prospectus released their transaction analysis of the J.D. Davis trade yesterday.

Mike Axisa of CBS Sports discussed the Mets offseason and the amount of money the team has left to spend on the roster.

Around the National League East

Mike Petriello took a look at the Phillies improved defense and how it may affect the pitchers on their pitching staff differently in 2019.

The University of Missouri baseball program will retire Max Scherzer’s number on January 18.

Around Major League Baseball

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America discussed the Astros’ scouting and player development strategy of targeting players in the low-minors in trades.

Cliff Corcoran discussed the history of 10 year contracts given out to MLB players for the Athletic.

The Brewers have emerged as the favorite to land starter Madison Bumgarner, should the Giants decide to trade him. According to Jon Morosi, the Brewers would likely have to part with a young starting pitcher to complete the trade.

Jeff Sullivan took a deeper look at Jose Alvarado’s breakout 2018 season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz from the Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Caleb Sampen.

MLB Trade Rumors discussed the remaining landing spots for free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis wrote about the Mets annual Winter Blood Drive, which is scheduled to take place on today from 11:00am to 6:00pm in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field.

Vasilis Drimalitis also wrote about the Mets reported interest in Brian Dozier.

Steve Sypa continued to count down the Top 25 Mets Prospects of 2019.

This Date in Mets History

Carlos Beltran and the Mets agreed to a seven-year, $119 million contract on this date in 2005.