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Mets Morning News: Mets interested in Liam Hendricks, draft and lose players in the Rule 5 draft.

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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

The Mets lost Dedniel Nunez, a 24 year old right-handed pitcher who spent 2019 between Single-A and Advanced-A, in this year’s Rule 5 Draft to the Giants. Nunez was the Mets’ 21st best prospect for 2020.

The Mets drafted five players and lost five players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Mets drafted outfielder Drew Ferguson, right-handed pitcher Justin Dillon, shortstop Drew Jackson, right-handed pitcher Jesus Reyes, and left-handed pitcher Jose Zorrilla, and lost shortstop Sebastian Espino, catcher Wilfred Astudillo, right-handed pitcher Ezequiel Zabaleta, and second baseman Mitchell Tolman.

Tim Tebow remains in the Mets organization, and is slated to begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse.

Anthony DiComo reviewed the Mets history in the rule 5 draft.

Phil Linz, a former Met and Yankee who played with Yogi Berra, passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

Around the National League East

The Phillies have hired Dave Dombrowski to be their new president of baseball operations. What does it mean for the Mets?

The Marlins selected right-handed pitcher Paul Campbell from the Rays in the Rule 5 Draft.

The Braves and Marcell Ozuna are a perfect fit hindered by an imperfect situation.

Around Major League Baseball

Eno Sarris discussed the top ten free agent fits of the 2021 offseason.

The Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Jose Soriano from the Angels with the first pick in this years rule 5 draft.

The Dodgers have promoted Janet Marie Smith to executive vice president.

The Rays traded Nate Lowe, Jake Guenther, and a player to be named later to the Rangers in exchange for Oselvis Basabe, Heriberto Hernandez, and Alexander Ovalles.

Should the Rays trade Blake Snell?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane discussed the Mets interest in Liam Hendricks.

Steve Sypa profiled the players the Mets lost in the rule 5 draft.

Steve Sypa also discussed the Mets minor league affiliates going forward.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, Bernie Madoff was arrested for securities fraud. The Wilpons had extensive business dealings with Madoff, and eventually had to pay $162 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that they either knew, or should have known, that Madoff’s operation was fraudulent.