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

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Meet the Mets

MLB.com proposed seven potential landing spots for Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, one of which was the Mets. In their trade, they envisioned New York sending Andres Gimenez and Jeff McNeil, along with prospects Pete Crow-Armstrong and Ryley Gilliam.

Joel Sherman recommended that the Mets stay away from Lindor.

Sandy Alderson spoke about the team’s intention to build their depth.

In an in-depth look at Alderson’s past tenure with the Mets and the reasons why he returned now that the Wilpons are gone, one confidant said there’s ‘unfinished business’. (Paywall Alert)

2020 breakout star and all-around angel Dominic Smith recently discussed his nonprofit Baseball Generations with the Daily News’ Bradford William Davis, and explained why the kids in LA need his time.

In their quest to fix their starting rotation, the Mets will reportedly consider all available free agent starter options.

The Mets are also kicking the tires on free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

George A. King III of the New York Post sees the possibility of the Yankees being forced into a Mets risk with catcher Gary Sanchez.

Since the sale became official, Steve Cohen has spoken with Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, and Smith.

In his latest evening of Twitter talk with the fans, Cohen confirmed that he spoke with Alonso, Smith, and Nimmo, and had jokes for days, such as this quip on putting a Ty Kelly “Sweet Potato Ty’s” stand in center and this one about getting Billy Joel to play at Citi Field.

Around the National League East

The Braves signed left-hander Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11 million deal.

The Marlins hiring Kim Ng, whom they introduced in a press conference yesterday, could be the start of something special in Miami.

Following the historic movie, Ng discussed the pressure of becoming Marlins GM.

Olivia Witherite shared why the Ng hire brings a glimmer of hope to so many fans, including herself. (Paywall Alert)

Tim Healey talked about Ng’s Long Island connection.

Michael Hill, former Marlins president of baseball operations, is a candidate for the Phillies’ president of baseball ops position.

The Good Phight examined whether replacing J.T. Realmuto with Sanchez behind the plate would be a good idea for Philadelphia.

Around Major League Baseball

The 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot has been released.

There are eight holdovers from the 2020 ballot: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent, Manny Ramirez, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, and Omar Vizquel.

Eligible players who did not make the ballot include Grady Sizemore, Adam LaRoche, Dan Uggla, Rafael Soriano, and Aaron Harang, among others.

The first-timers on this year’s ballot include Mark Buehrle, Torii Hunter, Tim Hudson, and former future Met Barry Zito.

The Yankees should avoid overbidding to acquire Lindor.

The Brewers are open to trade offers for closer Josh Hader.

Fangraphs explored what the trends in non-tender totals can tell us about how this upcoming offseason will unfold.

The Padres announced a two-year extension for pitcher Mike Clevinger, and quickly followed up that bit of good news by announcing he would have Tommy John Surgery.

The Astros have reached an agreement with the Sugar Land Skeeters ownership to make them their Triple-A affiliate.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The 2020-2021 AAOP finalists are here! Cast your votes now!

David Capobianco took a look back at Brodie Van Wagenen’s tenure as GM.

Allison McCague discussed the rumors that the Mets are interested in pitcher Jake Odorizzi.

On episode 88 of From Complex to Queens, the crew focused on the Mets’ shifting minor league affiliate situation.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2017, shareholders of the Syracuse Chiefs approved the sale of the team to the Mets, officially giving the Mets a Triple-A club in the State of New York.