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Meet the Mets

It was an eventful day for the newest Met, Trevor May—or DJ Hey Beef as he is also known in some circles—who had his introductory press conference with the media yesterday.

May cited the “buzz” around Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets as a reason he signed with the team.

The Mets are reportedly in active talks to sign free agent catcher James McCann, as an alternative to signing J.T. Realmuto. It is looking likely that McCann will eventually be signed by someone for a four-year deal.

Former Met Wilson Ramos reached ten years of service time in 2020, which is quite an accomplishment for anyone, let alone a catcher.

What did we learn from the Mets’ decisions to tender contracts to Steven Matz and Robert Gsellman?

Around the National League East

The Nationals’ interest in Kris Bryant may have been overblown.

The Phillies botched their rebuild, and it should serve as a cautionary tale about tanking.

Improving the bullpen is Kim Ng’s top priority heading into her first season as Marlins GM.

Around Major League Baseball

The recent flood of non-tenders from around Major League Baseball will in all likelihood lower free agent prices for many players.

The fact that no agreement has been reached for the universal DH has significantly hurt the free agent market for OF/DH/1B sluggers.

Major League Baseball is finalizing their picks for the 120 minor league teams that will make up the affiliated minor league system in 2021.

The Staten Island Yankees have announced that they are ceasing operations and suing both the Yankees and Major League Baseball to “hold them accountable for false promises” after being informed that they will no longer be an affiliate of the Yankees.

Domingo Santana has agreed to a contract with the Yakult Swallows of the NPB.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore and Chris McShane discussed the Mets tender/non-tender decisions on the latest installment of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

Lukas Vlahos graded the Trevor May signing.

Chris McShane discussed how the Mets’ bullpen will look following the Trevor May signing.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1998, the Mets traded outfielder Butch Huskey to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Leslie Brea.