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Mets Morning News: Hockey’s back, but we’re dreaming about baseball

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets signed free agent 1B/DH Jose Martinez to a split contract worth $1 million.

With the Martinez signing, Buster Olney believes the team is taking an educated guess that the universal DH will be around in 2021.

The Mets have had an ugly history with trades centering on middle infielders, but Tim Britton believes that Francisco Lindor will be different. (Paywall Alert)

There hasn’t been a lot of George Springer news since the Lindor trade, but while Sandy Alderson said the team is “still engaged, in a loose sense” with the center fielder, Joel Sherman thinks the team might not sign him without a guarantee of a universal DH.

MLB Network ranked Brandon Nimmo the fifth best center fielder in MLB. Potential future Met Springer is ranked at third.

Count Trevor May, one of the newest Mets, as one of the people who hopes Springer is on the way.

In a CBS Sports roundtable, the crew discusses whether the Mets are now the team to beat in the NL East.

Around the National League East

The Phillies have signed reliever Archer Bradley to a one-year, $6 million deal.

The Philadelphia Inquirer named three free agents who could return to the Phillies and have a big impact with the team in 2021.

The arbitration process could be complicated for three Nationals players.

Around Major League Baseball

Today is arb day in MLB, where teams and players exchange arbitration figures.

Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri wrote about all the questions the league will have to answer before the start of the upcoming MLB season.

MLB.com listed seven big-name starting pitchers who are still waiting to be signed.

Jayson Stark shared a radical idea for the Designated Hitter that involves the DH being lost when a starting pitcher is removed. (Paywall Alert)

Former Cubs President Theo Epstein has been hired by Major League Baseball as a consultant to ‘on-field matters’.

The Corey Kluber bidding is heating up, and a decision is expected by this weekend, according to Buster Olney.

The Giants have signed Alex Wood to a one-year deal.

The Yankees and D.J. LeMahieu are finalizing a contract, according to Jon Morosi. The deal is expected to be completed today.

Yadier Molina suggested that he could retire this offseason, and it’s hard to see any Mets fan missing him.

Roberto Alomar now owns of a Puerto Rican winter league team, which is part of his plan to develop more talent in his homeland.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos covered the Martinez signing.

Kory Powell discussed all the good Carrasco does off the field to go along with the good performances on the field.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1963, the New York City Council voted by a 20-2 count to name the team’s new stadium after William A. Shea. Starting in 1964, Shea Stadium would serve as the home for the Mets for 44 years.