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Mets Morning News: Brad Back

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets made another move yesterday, as they re-signed reliever Brad Brach to a one-year, $850,000 contrat with a $1.25 million club option for 2021. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the club designated Chris Flexen for assignment.

The Brach signing adds some depth to the bullpen, but more work needs to be done to shore up that area of the team.

Relive the highs and the lows (okay, there are really only lows) of the Wilpon’s tenure as owners.

The Winter Meetings begin on Monday. What will the Mets be looking to accomplish there?

The best may very well be yet to come for Marcus Stroman in his Mets career.

Around the National League East

World Series hero and MLB veteran Howie Kendrick will be back with the Nationals in 2020, as he and the team reached an agreement on a one-year, $6.25 million deal.

In what is sure to be terrifying news for the Mets and other NL East teams, the Phillies are planning on pursuing Anthony Rendon even though signing him would push them over the $208 million luxury tax number.

With the Zack Wheeler signing, Joe Girardi has himself a new starting pitcher to look forward to managing on his roster, and he’s quite happy about it.

The Marlins designated right-handed reliever Tayron Guerrero this week, and he has now been claimed off waivers by the White Sox.

Around Major League Baseball

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders discussed his attempt to help put a stop to Major League Baseball’s tentative plan to eliminate 42 minor league franchises.

As we approach the start of the Winter Meetings, all eyes will be on Scott Boras, who represents arguably the three most highly coveted free agents (Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg).

With this decade very nearly behind us, the question becomes which players will be the baseball superstars of the Roaring 2020s. listed both the wish list of each team heading into the Winter Meetings and the biggest Winter Meetings trades of all time.

One option to fill the Mets’ backup catcher hole is officially off the market, as the Twins have signed Alex Avila to a one-year, $4.25 million contract.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore discussed all the latest news surrounding the Mets—including the ownership change and Zack Wheeler’s departure—on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

The Mets have seen a number of fan favorite players leave the franchise on this date over various years, as today marks the anniversaries of the following players signing with or being traded to new teams: Wally Backman (1988), Keith Hernandez (1989), John Olerud (1999), Robin Ventura (2001), and Jose Reyes (2011). On a happier note, today also marks the anniversary of the trade in which the Mets acquired Howard Johnson from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Walt Terrell.