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MLB: New York Mets at San Francisco Giants Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

After Stephen Nogosek and Chris Mazza were designated by assignment for the Mets, the former pitcher cleared waivers while the latter was claimed by the Red Sox.

The Mets wished their fans a happy holiday season on Twitter in quite the unusual fashion.

Steve Cohen was always dead-set on owning the Mets, according to Reggie Jackson.

Wyoming native Brandon Nimmo opened up about the challenge of acclimating to New York.

While Yoenis Cespedes is seemingly very confident heading into the 2020 season, we should perhaps temper our expectations for him.

Ricky Meinhold—who has served as a scout in the Cardinals organization—will serve as the new minor league pitching coordinator for the Amazins.

The ZiPS projections for the 2020 Mets were released yesterday.

One person who is surprisingly optimistic about the prospects of the Mets’ bullpen: Former All Star closer Brad Lidge.

Nolan Arenado is apparently on the trade market for some reason, and he would look awfully good in a Mets uniform.

Around the National League East

The Nationals are reportedly offering four years to free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, though they have some competition with the Twins in that regard.

Juan Soto and Victor Robles will both be making a lot of money one day, and the Nationals are mindful of that fact.

Aaron Nola has some things he can improve upon after a less-than-stellar 2019 season (paywall alert).

Plenty of Phillies players should reach some meaningful milestones in the 2020 season.

The Braves and their fans are saying farewell to Julio Teheran, who has been a mainstay on their staff for several years.

Around Major League Baseball

Curtis Granderson continues to demonstrate his 80 grade human being skills with his efforts to change the narrative on baseball being a sport aimed primarily at boys.

Every Hot Stove season, baseball reporters are desperately trying to one-up each other on their ability to report on each and every transaction that occurs between teams. But is that really necessary?

The Astros re-signed catcher Martin Maldonado to a two-year, $7 million deal, taking one potential option for backup catcher off the board for the Mets.

An old Mets friend will be heading to Minnesota, as the Twins announced that they have signed reliever Tyler Clippard to a one-year, $2.75 million deal

Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler has announced his retirement. He will transition into the Padres’ front office as an adviser.

MLB.com reminisced about some of the statistical anomalies that occurred in the 2019 season for each team. Our very own two-time Cy Young award winner was responsible for the entry for the Mets.

This Date in Mets History

Mets fans have a reason to say a prayer today, as it is the anniversary of the date when the organization offered a minor league contract to future Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. RAmen.