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Mets Morning News: Sale to Cohen on ‘life support’, Red Sox trade Betts

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

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Meet the Mets

On what at first seemed to be a quiet Tuesday afternoon, rumors began swirling that the Mets $2.6 billion sale to Steve Cohen was falling through.

The New York Post described the deal as “on life support” and Mike Puma is reporting that an originally planned Opening Day gala hosted by Cohen announcing the sale now appears highly unlikely.

Howard Megdal of Forbes looks at some unanswered questions behind the sale.

With these reports coming out, the Mets did not deny it, and said in a statement that “the parties are subject to confidentiality obligations”.

Ken Davidoff answers some questions surrounding the Steve Cohen rumors.

Deesha Thosar writes that while Steve Cohen may not end up buying the Mets, he’s already living the Mets.

Many fans took to social media amidst the rumors to show their displeasure with the news.

After a rocky 2019 campaign, Edwin Diaz is projected to be the Mets closer as of now.

Around the National League East

The late Roy Halladay will have his number retired by the Phillies on May 29th, which is the 10th anniversary of Halladay’s perfect game.

The Nationals are hoping more depth leads to an improved bullpen in 2020.

Infielder Sean Rodriguez and the Marlins agreed to a minor league deal.

Yonder Alonso is heading to Atlanta after signing a minor league contract with the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Mookie Betts and David Price are heading to Los Angeles in a three-team deal involving the Dodgers, Twins, and Red Sox. As part of the deal, Kenta Maeda will head to Minnesota.

Also on Tuesday night, Joc Pederson was sent to the Angels in exchange for Luis Rengifo.

Former Met Wilmer Flores will make sure to wear some flowers in his hair as he is heading to the Giants on a multiyear deal.

Greg Bird signed with the Texas Rangers with an invite to spring training.

Donnie Hart and the A’s agreed to a minor league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training.

Illegal sign stealing could date back to the Yankees in 2015.

Former pitcher Mike Dunn announced his retirement.

Shakeia Taylor, a nominee for the SABR Analytics Research Award, sat down with Sheryl Ring of Beyond the Box Score.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague writes that the Mets last move this offseason should be signing Russell Martin.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1903, Joan Payson, the first owner of the New York Mets, was born.