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Mets Morning News: Bye bye, Brodie

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Meet the Mets

After securing the votes to proceed with his purchase of the Mets last week, Steve Cohen officially closed the deal and became the owner of the Mets.

Cohen wasted no time in cleaning house, as general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and several other officials in the Mets front office—including Omar Minaya and Allard Baird—were let go.

Van Wagenen released a statement expressing gratitude for his time with the organization and pride in his supposed accomplishments with them.

The front office purge could be a sign of what’s to come with Cohen and former GM/new team president Sandy Alderson in charge.

Cohen and Alderson are both expected to hold a Zoom press conference with the media on Tuesday.

A few key front office officials managed to hang onto their jobs, including longtime executive John Ricco and draft gurus Tommy Tanous and Marc Tramuta.

There are a number of flashy names that Cohen and Alderson could turn to to fill the now-vacated front office roles.

Cohen’s biggest challenge as the new owner will be ending the organizational dysfunction that has defined the Mets for decades.

While Cohen will hopefully be able to use his riches to bolster the roster, it shouldn’t be overlooked that the teams’ offense is already pretty good.

John Harper from SNY.tv offered some predictions for what the Mets would do this offseason.

Around the National League East

There are a number of free agents who could fill some of the current holes on the Phillies’ roster.

Federal Baseball looked back on their predictions for the Nationals heading into the 2020 season.

Talking Chop continued to provide season reviews for players on the Braves roster, this time focusing on Johan Camargo and William Contreras.

Marlins fans are hoping that their team will be unusually active this offseason.

Around Major League Baseball

All things considered, the 2020 season was a success for Major League Baseball, but it will be hard to replicate that success in 2021 with the pandemic still wreaking havoc and the current collective bargaining agreement expiring.

After AJ Hinch got a new managerial job immediately after his year-long suspension for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal expired, Alex Cora followed suit by immediately regaining his old job as the manager of the Red Sox.

Major League Baseball, Justin Turner, and the Los Angeles Dodgers released three shoulder-shrug statements regarding Turner taking part in the DodgersWorld Series celebration following his COVID diagnosis.

The potential damage of Turner’s reckless actions was also revealed yesterday, as it was reported that the Dodgers have five positive COVID cases within their organization.

ESPN offered predictions for the different moves that all thirty MLB teams could make this winter.

2020’s lost minor league season makes it hard for prospect evaluators, but Jim Callis of MLB.com still attempted to predict who the top ten MLB prospects will be a year from now.

This Date in Mets History

Rick Reed, who would prove to be a valuable member of the late 1990/early 2000s Mets teams, signed with the franchise on this date in 1995.