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

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Meet the Mets

Dominic Smith’s stellar performance In 2020 earned him 13th place in this years MVP voting.

What does Marcus Stroman’s return to the Mets mean for the team in 2021?

The Mets reportedly secretly interviewed Tony La Russa for their vacant managerial position before hiring Carlos Beltran last offseason.

Both the Mets and Yankees are reportedly interested in signing Yadier Molina for 2021.

Noah Syndergaard had a big day yesterday, throwing off a mound as part of his rehab from Tommy John Surgery and having a conversation with Steve Cohen over twitter.

Longtime Mets executive David Newman will be back with the Mets. He will be the teams Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing, Content & Communications Officer moving forward. He had previously been with the organization in an advisory role.

What will happen to Mets catching prospect Francisco Alvarez if the Mets land J.T. Realmuto?

Around the National League East

Freddie Freeman was named the National League MVP for the 2020 season. Jose Abreu was named the MVP of the American League.

The Phillies are reportedly among the top landing spots for Francisco Lindor.

Around Major League Baseball

How have the recent Qualifying Offer decisions affected the pitching market?

The White Sox have issued a statement regarding Tony La Russa’s legal troubles.

Royals GM Dayton Moore insists his team will not be limited financially in 2021.

The Angels new GM, Perry Minasian, has had quite the career in baseball.

The Padres are reportedly nearing a two year deal with Mike Clevinger.

Yesterday at Amazin Avenue

Brian Salvatore, Allison McCague, and Linda Surovich discussed Marcus Stroman accepting the qualifying offer on this weeks first installment of APOTO (The Show), a collaboration between APOTO and Amazin Avenue (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1958, New York Mayor Robert Wagner announced a plan to establish a third major baseball league, as proposed by attorney William A. Shea. That plan failed to get off the ground, but later led to the creation of the New York Mets.