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Mets Morning News: Murph hangs ‘em up

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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

Former Met Daniel Murphy is calling it a career after twelve seasons in the big leagues.

Not having the designated hitter in 2021 would create some obstacles for the Mets to overcome.

Steven Matz reflected on his time with the Mets, his poor 2020, and his recent trade to the Blue Jays.

The fractured relationship between Trevor Bauer and his former pitching coach Mickey Callaway—who now serves in the same role with the Angels—may have taken one potential competitor for the pitcher’s services out of the running and thus made it more likely for the Mets to sign him.

In the second most noteworthy Twitter departure of 2021, Mets owner Steve Cohen has apparently deleted his account on the platform.

Around the National League East

The Phillies have signed former top prospect Matt Moore to a one-year, $3 million deal after a successful 2020 season for the lefty pitcher in Japan.

The Braves also made a pitching signing yesterday, inking Carl Edwards Jr. to a minor league deal.

While most of the other NL East teams have made big moves this offseason and may still make more, the Marlins are largely going into spring training with what they have as they try to balance winning now with winning in the future.

Around Major League Baseball

The Cardinals pulled off the biggest blockbuster trade of the offseason since the Francisco Lindor deal, as the team acquired star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Rockies.

Ken Griffey Jr. is joining the Commissioner’s office as a special adviser with a focus on youth baseball initiatives.

Longtime Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is heading to Chicago after signing a one-year deal with the Cubs.

Cleveland may be adding another Rosario to their roster with the addition of outfielder Eddie Rosario.

While the Marlins hiring of Kim Ng was a watershed moment for the game, the league still must contend with the striking lack of diversity amongst its top front office officials.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

David Capobianco reviewed the many years that Steven Matz spent as a member of the Mets organization.

This Date in Mets History

Davey Johnson, who recently battled COVID in the hospital, is celebrating a birthday today.