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Mets Morning News: The chase for Yamamoto is on

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Meet the Mets

New details have emerged regarding how Yoshinobu Yamamoto will approach choosing a team. He will begin meeting with teams via phone and Zoom this week, according to reporting from Andy Martino of SNY. He will use those meetings to narrow down the list of potential teams and will meet with the finalists at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, which are taking place December 4-7.

Abbey Mastracco of the New York Daily News breaks down the impending bidding war between the Mets and Yankees for Yamamoto’s services.

Former Mets writer Adam Rubin tweeted out his Hall of Fame ballot, which includes a vote for David Wright.

Around the National League East

In his most recent mailbag for The Athletic, Jim Bowden posits that Whit Merrifield would be a good fit for the Phillies.

Levi Walker Jr., who served as the Braves mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa for nearly 20 years, died Friday at the age of 80.

Around Major League Baseball

In his latest mailbag for The Athletic, Jim Bowden weighs in on various MLB hot stove topics, including Ohtani, what a Dylan Cease trade might look like, the Giants being “all-in” on the free agent market, where Cody Bellinger and Rhys Hoskins may end up, and more.

David Adler of reviews the best pitches on the free agent market right now.

Mark Feinsand and Jon Paul Morosi answered questions on the minds of fans regarding Shohei Ohtani’s free agency, including some dark horses to land the AL MVP.

The Rangers, Yankees, and Cardinals are all reportedly in on free agent pitcher Jordan Montgomery.

This Date in Mets History

Pete Rose just beat out Ron Hunt for the NL Rookie of the Year award on this date in 1963. Hunt would have been the first Met to win the award.