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Mets Morning News: Farewell Flexen, hello winter meetings

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Meet the Mets

The Mets are talking to free agent pitcher Rick Porcello.

Many Mets fans have been spending the past couple of days celebrating the imminent end of the Wilpon era. But don’t break out the champagne just yet, writes Sheryl Ring of Beyond the Box Score. Expecting Steve Cohen to save the Mets may leave you disappointed.

Tim Healey of Newsday gave us a primer on what we can expect—or not expect, as the case may be—out of Brodie Van Wagenen at the winter meetings.

Joel Sherman expounds upon the fact that he included more 2019 Mets on his All-MLB team ballot than Yankees, despite the difference in the final record of the two teams.

Chris Flexen—DFA’d by the Mets to make room on the 40-man roster for Brad Brachwill be pitching in Korea for the Doosan Bears this season.

The Mets signed Mexican righty Francisco Ríos to a minor league deal.

Around the National League East

Heading into this year’s winter meetings, the Marlins continue to look to the future, writes Peter Gammons for The Athletic.

To that end, Devan Fink of Fangraphs argues that the Marlins’ recent moves will make the team more interesting in 2020.

This week, the hosts of the Nationals Talk podcast chat about the Nationals’ second base situation and how much they may be willing to spend to fill that hole on their roster.

Around Major League Baseball

Anthony Castrovince of gives us his bold predictions for this year’s winter meetings.

The Royals signed Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year, $2 million deal.

The Rangers announced the dimensions for their new ballpark, set to open in March 2020.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets traded both Jerry Koosman and Jon Matlack on this date, exactly one year apart.