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Mets Morning News: Stroman likely to reject the qualifying offer, Indians intend to trade Lindor

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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

People involved in the sale of the Mets to Steve Cohen hope the deal will officially close today. The Wilpons’ time as majority owners of the Mets is down to its final hours.

How can the Mets improve their roster at catcher and in center field?

Marcus Stroman is reportedly leaning towards rejecting the qualifying offer.

Jim Bowden discussed 13 moves that can help the Mets become contenders in one offseason for the Athletic.

Sandy Alderson has had an unusual journey with the Mets.

The pursuit of a trade for Francisco Lindor could be the first clash between Steve Cohen and the Yankees.

What advice can Steve Cohen take from his predecessor’s time as owners?

Joe Torre loves the passion of incoming Mets owner Steve Cohen.

Several of the Mets’ best prospects gained valuable time at the Mets alternate site this season.

Around the National League East

Bob Nightengale argued that it’s time for the Cleveland and Atlanta baseball clubs to change their team names.

The Braves had four 2020 Silver Slugger award winners, with Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, and—wait for it—Travis d’Arnaud winning awards at their respective positions.

The Phillies acquired right-handed pitcher Rodolfo Sanchez from the Rays to complete the trade that sent Edgar Garcia to Tampa Bay.

Around Major League Baseball

The Indians have informed other clubs that they intend to trade Francisco Lindor.

Nelson Cruz was named the 2020 Marvin Miller Man of the Year.

D.J. LeMahieu won his second consecutive AL Silver Slugger.

MLB’s union is exploring the Orioles2020 pension designations.

It remains to be seen if the DH will return to the National League in 2021.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane made the case for extending Brandon Nimmo.

Chris McShane also went to work at finding starting pitchers for the Mets for 2021.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1971, Bubba Trammell was born. Trammell was a member of the 2000 Mets, and followed home runs from Todd Zeile and Jay Payton to hit the third consecutive home run of an inning on July 30, 2000.