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Mets Morning News: The Wilgones

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

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Meet the Mets

It was just another ordinary day in Metsland when a former-Met signed with a division rival but then EVERYTHING CHANGED.

After Tiki Barber hinted at what was to come a day earlier, it was announced that Fred and Jeff Wilpon will no longer be majority owners of the team in five years.

The sale reportedly stems from a rift between the Wilpons and the Katz family who had no interest in working with the younger Wilpon should he assume control in the future.

Billionaire Steve Cohen will be the new majority owner and could be the type of owner befitting a New York team.

Even though the Wilpons will officially be owners for the next five years, Cohen could start exerting his influence a lot sooner than that.

The new owner already has close ties to people in the organization which could be a reason why the Wilpons are comfortable selling to him.

While everything is pointing in the right direction, it remains to be seen if the current owners will go quietly into the good night who are still maintaining control of SNY.

The timeline of the Wilpons’ history of the team isn’t pretty.

The holiday cheer was plentiful and it wasn’t just because of news of the sale. The team held their annual Kids Holiday Party with Santa Nimmo and Elf J.D. Davis.

Davis said he is excited to play for former teammate Carlos Beltran but he also said he wasn’t aware of any cheating that was going on with the Astros.

With the Braves and Phillies both improving their teams for next season, will the Mets respond to keep pace?

Around the National League East

The Braves reportedly signed Cole Hamels to a one-year deal worth $18 million. Josh Donaldson was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year.

The Marlins will be bringing in the fences at Marlins Park in an effort to boost the Miami offense at home.

Zack Wheeler traded in the beautiful orange and blue in favor of garish red and signed a five-year deal with the Phillies for $118 million. Wheeler instantly upgrades the Philadelphia rotation that struggled last season.

Both Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon are being linked to other teams not named the Washington Nationals.

Around Major League Baseball

The Angels acquired pitcher Dylan Bundy from the Orioles in exchange for prospects.

With teams missing out on Wheeler, they could now turn to Madison Bumgarner who could be the next pitcher to sign.

With opioids becoming a greater concern in baseball, players who test positive for them will enter treatment instead of being suspended.

The Angels will be buying both their parking lot and their stadium from the city of Anaheim with the intention of keeping the team in the city.

Indians’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year after battling leukemia.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vas Drimalitis is trying to find the Mets some relief.

Brian Salvatore wrote about Wheeler departing for Philly.

Jack McLoone covered the biggest news of the day.

A Pod of Their Own guest Jen Ramos was involved in a tragic car accident and a GoFundMe was started to help pay for their medical care. They are an invaluable member of the baseball community and our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Cliff Floyd!