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Mets Morning News: You do not, under any circumstances, gotta Hand it to them

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

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Meet the Mets

It was reported yesterday that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Hand were close to finalizing a contract, but said report was later corrected to indicate that the two were merely in discussions with no agreement imminent.

The Mets have avoided salary arbitration with most of their players after reaching a string of agreements yesterday, with the one exception being J.D. Davis.

SNY.tv’s Andy Martino theorized that if the Mets are indeed pursuing George Springer, they could offer him a greater number of years in an attempt to keep his yearly salary down.

Pete Alonso is evidently feeling pretty confident heading into the 2021 season, if his most recent Instagram post is anything to go by.

Around the National League East

The Braves will be heading to arbitration hearings with Mike Soroka and Dansby Swanson.

The Nationals agreed to terms with Trea Turner, Juan Soto, and Josh Bell—their remaining three arbitration-eligible players.

The Marlins also reached deals with all of their arbitration-eligible players, and also made

The Phillies are making a real effort to hang on to one of their best players, having evidently made a 5-year, 9-figure offer to J.T. Realmuto.

Around Major League Baseball

The international signing period began yesterday, and it was highlighted by the White Sox signing Yoelqui Cespedes, Yoenis’s younger brother.

The Yankees had a productive day yesterday, as they re-signed DJ LeMahieu to a six-year, $90 million deal and signed Corey Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal.

While the majority of arbitration-eligible players reached deals with their respective teams prior to the deadline, Carlos Correa and the Astros could not come to an agreement and will thus be heading to a hearing.

While negotiations are still ongoing, it is possible that many of the rule changes we saw last season could carry over into the 2021 season as well.

The Rays are reportedly planning on opening the season with a limited amount of fans allowed in the ballpark.

After having missed out on a number of other high-profile players, the Blue Jays may be firmly turning their sights towards George Springer.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore chatted with new Mets reliever Trevor May in the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation.

This Date in Mets History

One year ago today, Carlos Beltran’s shockingly short tenure as Mets manager came to an end in the wake of his involvement with the Astros sign-stealing scandal.