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Mets Morning News: Bringing Aaron into the Loup

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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

After being traded to Toronto last night, Steven Matz wrote a thank you to Mets fans and the organization on Twitter.

The Matz trade opens up space for another big signing or trade.

In other lefty news, the Mets and new bullpen addition Aaron Loup agreed to a $3 million contract for the upcoming season.

Joel Sherman pointed out that Loup has not given up a home run to a left handed batter since 2017.

Jon Heyman broke down the Mets contract offer to free agent pitcher Trevor Bauer.

The Mets will attend free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta’s throwing session on Friday.

Mets owner Steve Cohen finds himself involved in Melvin Capital’s shorting of GameStop.

Noah Syndergaard, Dom Smith, and Brandon Nimmo reminisced over their minor league days.

Around the National League East

To make space for new addition Anthony Bass, the Marlins designated pitcher Jordan Yamamoto for assignment.

The Nationals signed catcher Alex Avila to a one-year deal.

Talking Chop broke down the best-ever February trades for the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Masahiro Tanaka will return to Japan after signing a deal with his former club Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright agreed to a 1-year deal.

The Milwaukee Brewers promoted Sara Goodrum to a minor-league hitting coordinator position, making her the first woman in the history of baseball to occupy that role.

The Brewers also signed lefty pitcher Blaine Hardy to a minor-league deal.

The Cubs signed pitcher Kohl Stewart to a major-league deal.

The MLBPAA announced the appointment of three new vice-presidents: Edgar Martinez, Chipper Jones, and Barry Larkin.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian and Chris recap the Mets offseason on Amazin’ Avenue Audio.

This Date in Mets History

The GWRBI (game-winning runs batted in) stat was discontinued after nine seasons, robbing all-time GWRBI leader Keith Hernandez of a statistical milestone.