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Mets Morning News: Owners to vote today on Steven Cohen’s purchase of the Mets

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Meet the Mets

MLB owners are set to vote on Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets at 1:30 PM EDT today. The Yankees will reportedly be among the teams voting yes.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has clarified that he is doing his legal due diligence regarding the sale. He is expected to sign off on the lease transfer today if Cohen is approved by MLB.

The Athletic remembered the Subway Series for its 20th anniversary.

The Mets have had several players nominated for this year’s All-MLB Team: Michael Conforto, Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, and Dominic Smith.

The Mets are excited for their minor leaguers to finally play this year, as instructs are in full swing. They are also holding a second instructional camp at their complex in the Dominican Republic.

Former Mets special assistant to the general manager J.P. Ricciardi, who has worked under Sandy Alderson in the past, is among the candidates for the Angels’ general manager position.

Around the National League East

The Nationals have reportedly trimmed their baseball ops staff in order to cut costs.

The Marlins have outrighted Josh A. Smith, Pat Venditte, and Mike Moran.

The Braves will reportedly decline Darren O’Day’s $3.5 million option for the 2020 season.

Around Major League Baseball

Rays manager Kevin Cash has shared his thoughts on the decision to pull Blake Snell from Game 6 of the World Series, and he feels the decision was not a mistake.

Tony La Russa has been named the new manager of the Chicago White Sox.

The Indians have placed reliever Brad Hand on waivers with the intention of declining his $10 million club option if he goes unclaimed.

Dick Monfort, owner of the Rockies, warned season ticket holders in a letter yesterday that “there will be nothing normal about this offseason” due to the new economic reality of the industry.

The Tigers are reportedly closing in on hiring A.J. Hinch to be their next manager, although the agreement has not yet been reached.

The Angels have contacted Cubs VP of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz for their top baseball ops job. Kantrovitz has opted not to pursue the opportunity.

The Yankees have exercised Zack Britton’s option, keeping him under team control for next season.

The Astros have placed Roberto Osuna on outright waivers.

MLB has proposed converting the Short-A New York Penn League into a summer wood bat collegiate league under its minor league contraction plan.

Spring training might be staggered in 2021 to keep the number of people present at team’s complexes low. Players in the majors and high minors would report first, and players in the lower minors would report after they leave.

Yasiel Puig is reportedly being sued for sexual battery.

Sports Illustrated discussed what it was like to celebrate a World Series title amid a pandemic.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Rob Wolf profiled left-handed pitcher Mickey Lolich on the latest episode of UnforMETable.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1969, Tom Seaver won his first Cy Young Award.