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Mets Morning News: Should Matz stay or should he go?

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Meet the Mets

It remains an open question whether or not Steven Matz can be a part of the Mets’ starting rotation in 2021.

In his effort to rebound from his dismal 2020 season, Matz spent some time in Port St. Lucie recently working with former pitching coach Phil Regan.

Matz is one of a few Mets pitchers who could potentially be non-tendered soon.

Around the National League East

The Phillies informed their employees this week that more than eighty of them would be let go by the end of the year.

The Nationals accumulated some excellent homegrown talent through a number of wise draft decisions over the years, but they also had some notable misses.

The non-tender deadline is next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., and the Braves have some tough choices that they need to make by that time.

The Marlins are hoping that some of their young starting pitchers will soon make the kind of strides that Pablo Lopez made for them in 2020.

Around Major League Baseball

In celebration of Black Friday, The Athletic contemplated one deal for a free agent that each MLB team would like to complete soon.

While many teams may be looking to cut salary in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some teams who will probably be looking to spend.

While most of the attention is firmly on the biggest names in free agency, there are quite a few players on the market who could prove to be bargains for the teams who sign them.

Looking ahead to next offseason, there are currently a number of Hall of Fame-caliber pitchers who are set to reach free agency at that point.

With voting for the 2021 Hall of Fame induction underway, it’s worth contemplating just how exclusive induction into the Hall should be.

In what no doubt wins the prize for strangest headline of the day, Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is suing a San Diego strip club after getting stabbed in the lower back outside the establishment last month.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Thomas Henderson argued that the Mets can show that they’re ready to be serious spenders this offseason by eating the contracts of some of the less than stellar relievers currently on their roster.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets made their first official trade in franchise history on this date in 1961, acquiring outfielder Frank Thomas from the Milwaukee Braves.