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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets traded Steven Matz to the Blue Jays in return for three prospects which could free up space for Trevor Bauer.

The prospects they got in return were ranked in the top 30 in Toronto’s system and give them depth in the system.

It was a busy day for the Mets who signed reliever Aaron Loup after missing out on Brad Hand.

They also named Zack Scott as their acting general manager. He was originally hired to be the assistant general manager to Jared Porter.

Former GM Brodie Van Wagenen has gotten a new job at Roc Nation Sports where he will serve as its chief operating officer and head of strategy and business development.

Noah Syndergaard will be starting a book club fans will be able to join as he hopes to promote literacy and encourage reading.

For fans worried about Steve Cohen’s involvement in the GameStop investment crisis, rest easy. He is still worth many, many billions.

With no one getting elected into the Hall of Fame this year, it is time to revisit Keith Hernandez’s case for Cooperstown.

Around the National League East

The funeral for Hank Aaron was held in Atlanta where he was remembered for his greatness both on and off the field.

Bringing back J.T. Realmuto was a good first step for the Phillies, but they will need to do more if they want to be true contenders next season.

Jon Lester is officially a National and wants to help deliver another championship to D.C.

Around Major League Baseball

The Angels are reportedly out on Bauer since he does not get along with Mickey Callaway who he worked with in Cleveland.

The Yankees signed reliever Darren O’Day to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

Despite wanting to be taken off the ballot, the BBWAA is urging the Hall of Fame to keep Curt Schilling on the ballot for his final year of eligibility.

The Giants signed Tommy La Stella for three years who remains one of the more unique hitters in the game.

Can any team truly win the offseason?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

It was an emotional episode of A Pod of Their Own where both Jared Porter and Trevor Bauer were discussed.

This Date in Mets History

With the third overall pick, the Mets drafted Ken Singleton on this date in 1967. He was eventually traded for Rusty Staub after playing 184 games in a Met uniform.