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

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Meet the Mets

While prize free agent pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano is likely to make his decision today on whether he will sign with an MLB team or return to Japan, the Mets are not expected to be players in the Sugano Sweepstakes.

Following the news, Steve Cohen got feisty on Twitter when fans confronted him on the team’s lack of interest in the pitcher.

Among other things, Cohen talked about caring more about making good decisions than being popular and wanting the moves to make sense.

While Sugano may not be calling Citi Field home in 2021, New York appears to be interested in left-handed reliever Brad Hand, according to Jon Heyman.

Anthony DiComo listed the best individual seasons by position in Mets’ history.

On the Fantasy Baseball Today podcast, Marcus Stroman discussed why he varies his delivery so often and which of his ex-teammates talked him into disrupting hitter’s timing.

Around the National League East

Mark Bowman put together the Braves’ all-time single-season team.

Will a new year give the Nationals’ renewed urgency to fill the holes in their roster?

Federal Baseball examined the best Nationals’ trades of the past ten years.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees appear to be interested in outfielder Yasiel Puig.

In addition to the Yankees, the Red Sox, Orioles, Marlins, and Astros have reportedly expressed interested in Puig.

Closer Liam Hendricks visited the Blue Jays’ complex yesterday.

Toronto has put in an ‘aggressive’ offer George Springer, although it appears to be ‘well under’ his $150 million asking price.

The Giants have signed catcher Curt Casali to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Corey Kluber will throw for MLB teams on January 13. The Red Sox are among the interested clubs.

Boston officially announced the hiring of Bianca Smith as a minor league coach, making her the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history.

Sandi Scully, the wife of long-time Dodgers announcer Vince Scully, passed away yesterday. Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten shared a statement from the organization.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa continued his countdown of the top 25 prospects in the Mets’ farm system. Up next: 20-16.

David Capobianco wrote about the team’s rumored interest in Hand.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, the Mets acquired outfielder Angel Pagan in a trade with the Cubs.