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Meet the Mets

Billionaire Josh Harris, who owns the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA and the New Jersey Devils in the NHL, is exploring the possibility of buying the Mets. It appears Harris, along with David Blitzer, are serious about buying the team and turning the three teams into a “superregional sports network”.

Yesterday marked ten years since the Mets drafted Jacob deGrom in the ninth round.

Boomer Esiason floated a rumor that Matt Harvey reached out to the Mets about a return, and the team expressed interest as well. Hours later, Anthony DiComo squashed that rumor.

Tim Healey confirmed through a source that a reunion between The Dark Knight and the Mets is not in the cards.

DiComo shared his list of the best relievers in Mets history.

Howie Rose is hosting a pre-draft show with Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden, and Mike Pelfrey on the team’s Youtube page.

This week’s Mets Mailbag ponders whether Amed Rosario can become an All Star and explores how a shortened season affects deGrom’s Hall of Fame chances, among other things.

Chris Flexen, Drew Gagnon, and Aaron Altherr are excelling in the KBO.

Around the National League East

Once again, the Nationals are looking to build depth through the MLB Draft.

Ten years ago yesterday, Stephen Strasburg dazzled with 14 strikeouts in his debut.

Sean Doolittle tweeted his thoughts on MLB’s proposal. While he believes that baseball can help in times of crisis, he doesn’t want future players paying for the concessions current players make.

This mock draft has the Marlins picking left-hander Asa Lacy with the third pick in the MLB Draft.

The Phillies could be taking a true shortstop with their first-round pick.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB owners sent their latest proposal to the players, which called for 75% prorated salary (players have been adamant that they will not play for anything less than 100% prorated) during a 76-game schedule. The proposal includes no draft pick compensation for a team signing a player, as well as playoff pool money. The goal would be for the season to begin on July 10 and end by September 27.

The new proposal is just more of the same from the owners. In the end, players would still earn roughly 33% of the money they would have normally made in their contract.

Unsurprisingly, the MLBPA viewed the proposal as a “step backwards” and the consensus is that players would rather play 48 games with full pro rata.

Jack Flaherty responded to news of the offer on Twitter, saying “That’s cute” while Travis Shaw shared this gif of Judge Judy.

The proposal is worse than the previous ones because it shifts greater emphasis on risk sharing in the postseason. If the postseason did not happen, players would receive 50% pro rata, as opposed to 75%.

It continues a strange pattern of negotiation where every offer has been worse than the previous one.

Jeff Passan sees this latest development as more proof that a 48-game season is the likeliest option at this time. However, citing a high-ranking official, he reiterated that the belief is there will be baseball in 2020.

The playoffs would also expand to eight teams in each league. In a best-of-3 first round, the first seed would play the eighth seed, the second would play the seventh, etc.

There are still some health issues to figure out with any agreement to play. It appears MLB will allow immune compromised players to sit out while receiving full pay and service time, but it appears the league doesn’t agree for those with compromised family members.

As part of the proposal, players would be asked to sign an acknowledgement of risk waiver while playing games during the pandemic.

MLB and the MLBPA’s ability to compromise (if they are capable of compromising) will determine the 2020 season. (Paywall alert)

MLB is claiming that umpire Angel Hernandez eavesdropped last July on a league investigative call. (Paywall Alert)

The Yankees finally realized that posting a Nelson Mandela quote wasn’t enough for a response, so they shared a full statement in response to George Floyd’s death.

Cubs president Theo Epstein joined his Cubs colleagues in echoing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Episode 63 of From Complex to Queens focused on the upcoming MLB Draft!

Steve Sypa provided an update on the CPBL team and the KBO team that the From Complex to Queens team has been following this year.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, Bobby Valentine comically donned a fake mustache and returned to the Mets dugout in the bottom of the 12th inning, mere minutes after being ejected in the top half of the frame. New York went on to win in 14 on a Rey Ordonez walk-off single.