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Mets Morning News: Rest in peace, Ron Hodges

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Meet the Mets

Long-time former Mets catcher Ron Hodges passed away at the age of 74.

The Athletic’s Tim Britton laid out a potential offseason strategy for the Mets.’s John Harper examined the pros and cons to pursuing Dylan Cease from the White Sox.

Around the National League East

After the various moves made by the Braves thus far this offseason, how much payroll space do they have for any additional moves?

Could free agent Rhys Hoskins make his way from the Phillies to the division-rival Nationals this offseason?

The Phillies could also look to add a former division rival player, as former Marlins slugger Jorge Soler could make sense for Philadelphia.

Around Major League Baseball

The Athletic celebrated Black Friday by trying to identify one free agent deal each team could make.

It continues to be a challenge to determine what kind of contract makes sense for a unicorn player like Shohei Ohtani.

Former Met and Richard Staff enemy Noah Syndergaard is drawing interest from numerous teams despite his struggles in recent years.

Talks between free agent starter Kenta Maeda and the Twins have reportedly intensified in recent days.

As we wait for more free agent action, let’s remember some past free agent signings which offered immediate dividends for the teams who made the deals.

This Date in Mets History

Kaz Matsui returned to Japan after a disappointing stint in Major League Baseball on this date in 2010.