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Mets Morning News: Crosstown rivalry back on?

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

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Meet the Mets

Mets reliever Trevor May is a part-owner of one of the teams in the new Fan Controlled Football league (FCF), which “lets fans call the shots.” He talked about that experience and his online presence on Twitch and Twitter with Anthony Rieber of Newsday. He also discussed it with our own Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore on an episode of Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation, which you can check out here.

With both teams making big splashes this offseason, it feels like the rivalry between the Mets and the Yankees is “very much on again,” writes Mike Lupica of MLB.com.

Jon Morosi reported yesterday that the Mets, Blue Jays, and Astros have been the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Brad Hand in the past few days.

Around the National League East

The Phillies are interested in re-signing Didi Gregorious and with next year’s free agent class full of star shortstops, it benefits both the team and the player to give Gregorious a multi-year deal.

Federal Baseball takes a look at the Nationals’ deal with BetMGM and what it means for fans.

Fish Stripes theorizes about what a potential Wilson Contreras trade with the Cubs might look like.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB spring training is currently slated to start on time. It shouldn’t, writes Ken Davidoff of the Post.

After declining Martin Perez’s option, the Red Sox have worked out a deal to sign the lefty to a one-year contract with a club option.

Former A’s pitcher Dave Stewart has submitted a bid to purchase Oakland’s share of the Coliseum site, with the goal of revitalizing the area and potentially building a new stadium.

MLB.com lists one player for each team who that team should try to extend. Unsurprisingly, for the Mets, that player is Francisco Lindor.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2010, the Mets signed Willie Harris, whose great plays in notable games the Mets went on to lose may be a larger part of Mets history if the result had been different.