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Mets Morning News: MLB payrolls plummeted $2.5 billion in 2020

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

Division Series - San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Two Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Ken Davidoff told the story of how James McCann remade his career and how that ultimately landed him a contact with the Mets.

Joel Sherman of the Post thinks that perhaps Sandy Alderson made a “Freudian slip” when he indicated that a “third or fourth starter” is the Mets’ priority over trading for a third baseman—does it mean the Mets are out on Trevor Bauer?

Robinson Cano will play in the Dominican Winter League, according to reports.

Around the National League East

The Nationals are interested in J.T. Realmuto.

Baseball Prospectus published the top ten prospects in the Miami Marlins system.

Around Major League Baseball

According to an AP report, MLB payrolls dropped from $4.22 billion in 2019 to $1.75 billion in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Padres have signed former Met Nabil Crismatt.

Tigers pitcher Alex Faedo will undergo UCL reconstructive surgery, according to a statement from Al Avila.

The Padres are among the teams interested in trading for Sonny Gray.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Thomas Henderson argued that even though the Mets have already locked up James McCann as their starting catcher, they should still sign somebody else to back him up rather than simply handing the job to Tomas Nido.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to franchise icon and yes “star player,” David Wright.