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Mets Morning News: The stove remains cold for the Mets

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

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Meet the Mets

Steve Cohen is just as anxious to see the Mets make a big splash as the fans. He’s just like us!

While he waits for a move to be made on the field, Cohen and his wife Alexandra donated $500,000 to the Queens-based River Fund New York off the field. The organization works to feed impoverished families.

Anthony DiComo listed the best players in Mets history by uniform number.

Ever wondered whether Steven Matz or Brad Brach knew more about pop culture icons? Well, this video from SNY has you covered.

Have you had your heart broken by the Mets? Well, join the club, which also includes Julian Casablancas, frontman for The Strokes.

Around the National League East

NJ.com explored seven potential pitchers that the Phillies could sign this winter.

With the Mets signing McCann, the Phillies and Nationals remain two potential landing spots for prize free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Realmuto remains a priority for the new regime in Philadelphia.

Around Major League Baseball

Following their trade with the Rays, the Padres continued their flurry of moves, reportedly inking South Korean infielder Ha-Seong Kim to a contract.

But they weren’t done there. Sources are reporting that San Diego is set to acquire Yu Darvish, the pitcher who served up Pete Alonso’s record-breaking 42nd home run in 2019, along with catcher Victor Caratini from the Cubs in a seven-player trade that will further bolster their already-improved rotation.

In return, Chicago will get right-hander Zach Davies along with prospects Reginald Preciado, Owen Caissie, Ismael Mena, and Yeison Santana.

The Cubs will also absorb some of Darvish’ salary.

The Padres’ top-5 farm system allowed them to make their two most recent trades, something Steve Cohen acknowledged on Twitter and something he understands his team needs to work on replenishing.

Keith Law analyzed the final Darvish trade. (Paywall Alert)

Sports Illustrated’s Nick Selbe graded the Blake Snell trade.

With Snell off the market following the trade to San Diego, Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is attracting trade interest, according to Jon Heyman.

In response to the Snell trade, the Defector discussed how the Rays can’t help themselves. (Paywall Alert)

Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated talked about how the Rays are smart, but that doesn’t make them a fun team.

Mark Feinsand examined how the trade could impact the market as well as the 2021 races.

The Rangers inked Charlie Culberson to a minor league deal.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez shared his feelings on being benched last season, and talked about his future with the club.

The MLB.com staff pinpointed one player on each team that’s poised to break out in 2021.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Linda Surovich argued that the Mets should be deal for Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.

On Episode 94 of From Complex to Queens, the crew teased their sleeper picks in preparation for the 2021 Mets Top 25 Prospects List.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2009, the Mets inked outfielder Jason Bay to a four-year deal in a move that now ranks as one of the worst free agent pick-ups in franchise history.