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Mets Morning News: “Anyway back to the Mets”

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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

Steve Cohen released an official statement regarding the deletion of his Twitter account, saying that he is taking a break “for now” in response to “personal threats” to his family amid the recent GameStop stock market drama.

Ken Davidoff of the Post wonders whether Cohen’s negative experiences on Twitter of late will impact the team’s willingness to take on Trevor Bauer’s baggage.

The Mets made their signing of Aaron Loup official yesterday.

The Mets signed Colby Morris to a minor league contract.

Around the National League East

The Phillies signed Didi Gregorious to a two-year, $28 million contract.

After signing Gregorious, the Phillies traded shortstop Kyle Holder, acquired via the Rule 5 draft, to the Reds.

Around Major League Baseball

New Senior Advisor to the Commissioner Ken Griffey Jr. may not be on board with all of MLB’s pace of play initiatives. “I think [the game is] perfect the way it is, that’s just me, but the fans right now want it quick so I think things are going to speed up a little bit,” Griffey Jr. said on MLB Network. “But for me, having a no time limit game is what it’s all about. It’s 27 outs and that’s the beauty of baseball. It’s not who got the ball, the time limit, you know, it’s 27 outs and no matter what happens in those 27 outs, it’s gotta be played.”

Ken Davidoff of the Post breaks down the biggest remaining storylines of the offseason.

Masahiro Tanaka “wanted to sign another contract with the Yankees,” but decided to take a “different road” in returning to Japan once he realized the Yankees had moved on.

The Astros have signed outfielder Steven Souza Jr.

The White Sox are bringing back Carlos Rodon on a one-year, $3 million deal.

Former MLB pitcher Scott Erickson has been charged with reckless driving in connection with a car crash that killed two boys in California.

This Date in Mets History

The late, great Ralph Kiner joined Bob Murphy and Lindsay Nelson as a Mets broadcaster on this date in 1962.