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Mets Morning News: Mets acquire prospect Khalil Lee in three-team trade, Citi opens as a vaccination site

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets acquired outfield prospect Khalil Lee from the Royals in a three-team trade with the Red Sox and Kansas City. In return they sent prospect Josh Winckowski and a player to be named later to Boston. Lee ranked eighth in the Royals system and the trade gives the Mets much needed outfield depth.

The team officially announced the Albert Almora Jr. signing and designated Corey Oswalt for assignment to clear room on the roster.

Ali Sanchez was also DFA-ed after Lee was acquired.

The team is keeping an eye on the starting pitching market which includes Jake Arrieta and James Paxton.

Governor Cuomo announced that fans can return to Knicks, Rangers, Sabres, Islanders, and Nets games which clears a path for fans returning to Citi Field when baseball resumes.

Citi Field officially opened as a COVID-19 mega vaccination site that will serve eligible Queens residents.

David Peterson appeared on SNY to discuss his 2020 season and what he learned from Jacob deGrom.

Around the National League East

Fangraphs’s projections for 2021 have the Braves finishing second in the National League East behind the Mets.

A GoFundMe aimed at helping those furloughed in the Marlins organization was abruptly taken down despite it not reaching it’s goal.

The Phillies signed reliever Brandon Kintzler to a minor league deal with the potential for $3 million if he makes the major league roster.

Victor Robles struggled both offensively and defensively last season and the Nationals will need him to step up if they want to return to contention.

Around Major League Baseball

The Red Sox sent outfielder Andrew Benintendi to the Royals in the three-team trade that brought Lee to the Mets.

Old friend Jed Lowrie is returning to Oakland after agreeing to a minor league deal with his former club.

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with Walker Buehler and signed him to a two-year deal worth $8 million.

The Rangers officially signed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to a one-year deal worth $2 million.

What went into creating Fangraphs’s playoff projections?

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1987, World Series hero Ray Knight signed a two-year deal with the Orioles which made him the first reigning World Series MVP to switch teams in the offseason.