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Mike Vaccaro of The New York Post wrote about Fred Wilpon’s legacy—one that will be forever tainted by Bernie Madoff.
Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News laid out the Wilpon tenure in the form of a timeline.
Names, such as Rays special assistant Bobby Heck and A’s assistant GM Billy Owens, are beginning to emerge as candidates for front office positions under the new Steve Cohen regime.
“The Mets are going to play and play big this winter,” said one veteran agent to The New York Post. Steve Cohen taking over the team makes the Mets potential “heavyweights” in the free agent market.
The Mets have extended a qualifying offer to Marcus Stroman. He is expected to decline and enter free agency, which would net the Mets a compensatory draft pick.
Tim Healey of Newsday takes a look at the Mets’ starting rotation outlook, which changes depending on whether Stroman accepts or rejects the Mets’ qualifying offer.
Brad Brach exercised his player option for 2021 and will remain a Met.
Dellin Betances is expected to exercise his player option as well.
The Mets should bring back Luis Rojas as manager, writes David Lennon of Newsday.
After two positive COVID-19 tests, the Mets had to shut down their instructional camp.
Around the National League East
“I’ll tell you this is about as miserable a time in baseball as I have ever [seen] by far,” Phillies president Andy MacPhail said Friday afternoon during a Zoom call with reporters. “And it’s not about me. It’s just a miserable process.” He didn’t exactly give Phillies fans much hope for an exciting offseason.
Around Major League Baseball
With coronavirus not going anywhere any time soon, there is talk around the game of delaying the impending labor negotiations in order to prioritize playing baseball safely in 2021. The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire after the 2021 season.
Commissioner Rob Manfred is open to the idea of a neutral site World Series in future seasons.
Free agency begins at 5:00pm today. But owners are already citing budget uncertainty due to the pandemic—a harbinger of a depressed free agent market.
Tomoyuki Sugano, one of the best pitchers in Japan, is likely to be posted this winter and become available to MLB teams, along with a couple of other decorated Japanese arms.
Nick Castellanos has not exercised the opt-out clause in his contract and thus will remain with the Reds for at least one more season.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane covered the news that Brad Brach had exercised his player option.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets traded Gary Gentry and Danny Frisella for Felix Millan and George Stone on this date in 1972.