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Meet the Mets

Omar Minaya will return to the organization in an ambassador role. He will reportedly make appearances on behalf of the organization and help with outreach to the Latino community.

According to Buster Olney, who cited ‘informed speculation’, the Mets and the Blue Jays could be the two likeliest landing spots for third baseman Kris Bryant.

The Mets have been linked to problematic pitcher Trevor Bauer. In an opinion piece for the Daily Hive, Ruth Kapelus eloquently outlined her reasons for not wanting her team, the Blue Jays to sign him. A lot of Mets fans, myself included, feel the same way.

John Harper noticed that the team’s interest in Bauer only really manifested itself after they missed out on George Springer, and he sees it as sending ‘mixed signals’ on spending.

Brett Baty was named the seventh best prospect among third baseman, according to MLB Pipeline. They will reveal their full 2021 Top 100 Prospects List on Friday, January 29.

Cleon Jones recalled his memories of Hank Aaron, whom he called a ‘big brother’.

Point72 has invested $750 million into Melvin Capital in exchange for an ownership stake.

Around the National League East

The Nats have four late-innings arms in their pen, which should give them enough bullpen arms in MASN’s estimation.

The Phillies are among the teams interested in Andrelton Simmons. The Reds and Blue Jays are also interested.

Despite rumors, the Marlins are not looking into Yasiel Puig. They are looking elsewhere for a corner outfielder.

The Marlins, along with the Cardinals, have become the first teams to commit to selling tickets to spring training games in 2021.

Around Major League Baseball

Cactus League executive director Bridget Binsbacher requested a delay to the start of spring training, citing the county’s high COVID-19 infection rate.

Bridget ensured everyone that, delay or no delay, they will be ready to host spring training games when the time comes.

The MLB Player’s Association responded to the Cactus League letter.

Ken Rosenthal opined that starting spring training in three weeks makes little sense, given where things are in the coronavirus pandemic. (Paywall Alert)

The MLBPA has rejected a proposal from the league that included Universal DH and expanded playoffs. The idea of expanding the playoffs, in their view, could reduce competition for talent.

The DH battle is just the latest in a game of chicken between MLB and MLBPA, writes Joel Sherman. Both sides want the DH, but it may or may not happen in 2021.

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced further details and enhancements to the Prospect Development Pipeline.

When it comes to MLB expansion, potential targets include Portland, Charlotte, Montreal, and Las Vegas. Eno Sarris looked at the data on these possibilities. (Paywall Alert)

The Yankees, in their continued quest for payroll flexibility, dealt reliever Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox along with prospect Frank German and $850,000. In return, New York will receive a player to be named later or Mets Legend cash considerations.

Part of the rationale behind the trade was the Yankees questioning whether Ottavino was cut out for New York.

The trade, which will save the Yankees around $9 million for tax purposes, could give the team more maneuverability to fill other holes on their roster.

Astros’ GM James Click discussed Carlos Correa’s desire to remain with the Astros for life, and said that extensions talks are ongoing between both sides.

The Dodgers remain optimistic that they can re-sign Justin Turner.

According to a report from Sankei Sports, Masahiro Tanaka is in negotiations to return to pitching in Japan. The Rakuten Eagles are expected to make a formal offer to the righty.

In Joel Sherman’s estimation, transparency adds value to the imperfect Hall of Fame voting.

ESPN told you everything you need to know on ballot reveal day.

FiveThirtyEight believes that we shouldn’t expect any player to be voted to the Hall of Fame this year.

Bob Nightengale shared his rationale for voting for LaTroy Hawkins for the Hall of Fame.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane explored some free agent relief options with Brad Hand off the board.

Steve Sypa covered the hiring of Kevin Howard as the Executive Director of Player Development.

The prospect list fun continued on Episode 98 of From Complex to Queens, with the crew discussing numbers 15-11 on the list.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2005, the Mets picked up first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz one day after missing out on Carlos Delgado.