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Mets Morning News: Dodgers win Game 3, Mets continue to wait on Steve Cohen

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

MLB: World Series-Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

While the sale of the Mets to Steve Cohen is expected to go through without a hitch, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is apparently conducting an “evaluation” of the proceedings.

While many are hoping Cohen will approve a flashy and expensive free agent signing or two, there are other under-the-radar options that his front office could consider pursuing.

One thing that the Cohen-led Mets need to try to do is avoid the kind of mistakes in player evaluations that led them to release Justin Turner years ago.

The Mets made a minor transaction yesterday, signing former Pirates minor leaguer Mitchell Tolman to a minor league deal.

Around the National League East

After coming so close to winning the pennant, the Braves now have some questions to answer heading into the offseason.

The Phillies are joining several teams in making cuts to their scouting departments to save money.

Nationals prospect Josh Boone is looking to follow in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, grandfather, father, and uncle in making the major leagues.

Fish Stripes reviewed the 2020 season of reliever Nick Vincent, who found a spot on the roster following the team’s COVID outbreak.

Around Major League Baseball

The Dodgers have built a 2-1 series lead against the Rays and are two wins away from their first World Series title since 1988 after winning Game Three 6-2 on the back of a strong Walker Buehler start.

The league has continued to avoid any recent positive COVID cases amongst its personnel.

Despite that good news, there is still a pandemic going on, and the league’s decision to close the roof for Game Three was thus pretty reckless.

In his continued efforts to make bad and unnecessary changes, Rob Manfred signaled that the league continues to consider efforts to limit infield shifts.

While Mookie Betts has continued to perform like the generational talent he is, most still agree that Mike Trout remains the single best MLB player.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post pondered whether the success of the Rays might result in teams spending less money on relief pitching in the offseason.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore provided a poll asking fans to identify the greatest area of need for the Mets heading into 2020.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets secured their sole win in the 2000 Subway Series on this date in 2000.