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Mets Morning News: The legend of the ratcoon is no more

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

MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

On the night of the now famous “ratcoon” incident, Francisco Lindor reportedly grabbed Jeff McNeil by the throat after McNeil repeatedly dismissed positioning assignments.

If is officially the offseason and the Mets should be busy in the upcoming months.

They now have some decisions to make with their free agents, namely Noah Syndergaard to who they can give the qualifying offer.

Former Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler is a new name that could be of some interest to the team as they try to fill out their front office.

Around the National League East

The Braves’ championship parade will take place in both Atlanta and Cobb County.

The Marlins outrighted outfielder Magneuris Sierra but he is eligible to elect free agency in the coming days.

The Phillies declined the team option on both Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera, but Herrera will remain under team control whereas McCutchen is now a free agent.

Quite a few familiar faces will be joining Washington’s coaching staff for the upcoming season.

Around Major League Baseball

Giants star Buster Posey will reportedly announce his retirement after over eleven seasons with the club.

With the 2021 season in the books, a potential lockout looms ever closer and both sides need to find a way to come to an agreement on a number of issues that plague the sport.

Mariners lefty Yusei Kikuchi elected free agency after declining his player option with Seattle.

The Reds traded catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Tigers in exchange for prospect Nick Quintana.

Carlos Correa is the top free agent this offseason, but there is plenty of talent available.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brandon Drury was a solid bench piece for the Mets this year.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Carlos Baerga!