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2018 Little League World Series

Meet the Mets

The Mets made a few roster moves, highlighted by a reunion with Jerry Blevins. Four of the signees received an invitation to spring training.

Deesha Thosar examined the remaining offseason needs for the Mets.

The Mets have the opportunity to win the offseason and set the pace in the National League East, writes Mike Puma.

New Mets bench coach Dave Jauss once worked on Felipe Alou’s staff with the West Palm Beach Expos and remembers two little boys running around the clubhouse. One of those little boys was Luis Rojas, the now-manager he will work with in 2021.

Jeff Passan shared some notes from around the league. In it, he seemed to imply that it’s currently down to the Mets and Blue Jays for free agent outfielder George Springer.

SNY asked if the Mets (and the Yankees) should make Reds ace Luis Castillo a top trade target this winter.

MLB counted down the top 15 games of the 2020 season, which included Pete Alonso’s dramatic walk-off home run against the Yankees.

Around the National League East

Kurt Streeter of The New York Times believes it is time for all Indigenous sports team names to go, including the Braves.

Talking Chop explored whether a reunion between Atlanta and Mark Melancon would make sense.

Matt Gelb thinks the Phillies should plot two different offseason paths centered around whether they end up with J.T. Realmuto. (Paywall Alert)

In a tough National League East division, the Marlins hope to make the most with the least.

Joe Frisaro of looked at how the Marlins became the Marlins.

After pitching for the Nationals in 2018 before going to Cleveland, Jefry Rodriguez is returning to Washington on a minor league deal in what could be a fresh start.

Howie Kendrick announced his retirement from baseball via Instagram.

Around Major League Baseball

A 162-game MLB season in 2021 seems impossible, and it’s likely the season could be pushed back a few weeks.

The Hot Stove has been rather cold so far, but here are seven trades that could heat things up.

With MLB’s long-overdue announcement that they are officially recognizing the Negro Leagues, Minnie Miñoso’s Hall of Fame case is getting a big boost. (Paywall Alert)

The formal move by MLB to recognize Negro League stats after all these years shows the ugliness and racism that has existed all along.

The Giants signed John Brebbia to a one-year contract worth $800,000.

The Cubs signed Matt Duffy to a minor league deal with a spring training invite.

It seems the Cubs are listening to offers for Yu Darvish.

The Astros can prove they’re serious about winning by re-signing Springer.

Former Met Walker Lockett could be heading to the Doosan Bears of the KBO.

Tony La Russa will serve one day in jail and have to do 20 hours of community service and pay a $1,383 fine for drunk driving. He will also be commuted to home detention.

The White Sox issued a statement following the news on their manager.

Lindsey Adler wrote about the new C.C. Sabathia documentary. (Paywall Alert)

Daniel Bard has been awarded the 2020 Tony Conigliaro Award.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Christian Romo discussed the potential conundrum the Mets could be facing with Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith if the NL does not adopt the DH in 2021.

Thomas Henderson recapped the recent signings.

On Episode 93 of From Complex to Queens, the crew discussed baseball in Cuba.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2005, the Mets signed free agent outfielder Endy Chavez. Ten months later, he would make one of the most stunning catches in franchise history.