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Mets Morning News: Tender is the Night

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

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Meet the Mets

As expected, the New York Mets have tendered contracts to all eight of their eligible players: Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman.

Nimmo, the happiest man in baseball, will don the Santa Claus costume for a third consecutive year to spread some holiday cheer at Citi Field on December 4 at the team’s annual holiday party. J.D. Davis will serve as his elf.

On the night before the holiday party, Nimmo will appear at Citibank’s Union Square branch to benefit No Kid Hungry. He will be taking photos and signing autographs for fans from 4:00pm-5:30pm on Tuesday, December 3.

Bradford William Davis of the NY Daily News breaks down the Mets’ three paths forward at third base, even with Jeff McNeil being elite.

With rumors swirling that the Mets could be a potential trade partner to acquire Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers, Peter Botte of the NY Post looked at how trading for the closer would boost a position that ruined the team in 2019.

Botte’s colleague, Joel Sherman, disagreed, seeing Hader as a risk the Mets cannot take.

The Mets have spoken with Tony DeFrancesco about becoming Carlos Beltran’s first base coach. DeFrancesco is currently the managing the Syracuse Mets.

With the decade coming to a close, Anthony DiComo decided to take a fond look back at the ten best Mets games from the past ten years.

Mets360 put together a deep dive of Pete Alonso’s 2019 home run barrage.

Around the National League East

The Washington Nationals agreed to one-year deals with Wilmer Difo and Hunter Strickland.

Koda Glover announced his retirement from baseball after being non-tendered by the Nationals.

The Nationals also non-tendered Javy Guerra.

Stephen Strasburg has met with multiple teams so far, but the Nationals are not one of them.

The Atlanta Braves have non-tendered Charlie Culberson.

The Miami Marlins claimed first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who was recently DFA’d by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Marlins weren’t done there. Shortly thereafter, they acquired Jonathan Villar via trade from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league pitcher Easton Lucas.

To make way for their new additions, the Marlins DFA’d J.T. Riddle and Tayron Guerrero.

Infielder and Met tormentor Maikel Franco has been non-tendered by the Philadelphia Phillies, as has Cesar Hernandez.

Around Major League Baseball

Much like their Queens counterparts, the New York Yankees tendered contracts to all arbitration-eligible players.

Mike Moustakas signed a four year, $64 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He will become their second baseman.

The San Diego Padres acquired infielder Jurickson Profar in a deal with the Oakland Athletics. In return, the A’s received catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later.

The Athletics also non-tendered reliever Blake Treinen.

The San Francisco Giants, meanwhile, non-tendered Kevin Pillar.

The Giants are bringing back Wandy Peralta on a one year, $805,000 contract.

The Chicago Cubs cut ties with Addison Russell.

The Boston Red Sox traded catcher Sandy Leon to the Indians for minor league pitcher Adenys Bautista.

Former Met Kevin Plawecki was non-tendered by the Indians following the Leon trade.

The Red Sox have tendered outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. a contract for 2020.

The Chicago White Sox avoided arbitration with catcher James McCann and inked him to a one year, $5.4 million deal.

The Seattle Mariners tendered contracts to 31 players on their roster. Tim Beckham and Domingo Santana were not part of that group.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the market for a right fielder after non-tendering Steven Souza Jr.

In total, 40 arbitration-eligible were non-tendered this year. That represents an increase from the 27 players last year, which was an increase from the 19 in 2017.

Anthony DiComo put together a full list of the players who were non-tendered yesterday.

The Rays received Baseball America’s 2019 Organization of the Year Award.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added former Toronto Blue Jays scouting director Steve Sanders to GM Ben Cherington’s front office.

Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Senator Bernie Sanders to talk about the situation with Minor League Baseball.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Episode 36 of From Complex to Queens examined some players to keep an eye on in the lower levels of the farm system.

Chris McShane took another look at some free agent starting pitchers the Mets could look into signing.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets dealt Tug McGraw to the Phillies on this date in 1974. The trade came a little over 15 months after the reliever uttered, “Ya Gotta Believe”, which became an iconic rallying cry for the 1973 team and the franchise going forward. In the trade, the Mets received pitcher Mac Scarce, catcher John Stearns, and outfielder Del Unser.