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Mets Morning News: New York or Nowhere

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets have hired M. Scott Havens to serve as President of Business Operations. Havens previously served as the CEO of Bloomberg Media.

Havens will handle all business operations outside of the baseball operations, which will remain in David Stearns’ purview.

Steve Cohen has been interested in filling this particular role since Sandy Alderson transitioned to an advisory role.

Pete Alonso was spotted at last night’s New York Rangers game, and his shirt caught some attention as it read “New York or Nowhere”. Don’t read too much into it. Or do, it’s been a quiet offseason.

Jay Jaffe wrote about Billy Wagner’s 2024 Hall of Fame case.

Around the National League East

The Braves are among several teams talking with the White Sox about Dylan Cease.

Mark Bowman tried to predict Atlanta’s next surprise move.

Around Major League Baseball

Joel Sherman identified ten teams to keep an eye on as free agency picks up.

The 2024 MLB Draft order is taking shape ahead of next week’s lottery.

How quickly will Yoshinobu Yamamoto sign this winter? He must sign by January 4, 2024.

Will Sammon attempted to predict what kind of deal Yamamoto will receive.

Will ballpark be a big factor in where Shohei Ohtani lands?

The Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays are among the teams trying to sign Ohtani.

In a smaller move, the Dodgers re-signed Jason Hayward to a one-year deal worth $9 million.

The Cardinals have inked Sonny Gray to a three-year, $75 million deal.

Former Mets killer Paul DeJong has signed with Chicago’s American League squad on a one-year contract worth $1.75 million.

Jim Duquette told us to keep an eye on the Astros, who could be fielding trade offers for Alex Bregman this winter.

Former KBO MVP Jung Hoo Lee will be posted in early December. So will his brother-in-law, Woo-Suk Go.

Pitchers Shota Imanaga and Naoyuki Uwasawa will also be posted this morning.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane continued his exhaustive search for new relievers for the Mets.

It was a Thanksgiving-themed episode of From Complex to Queens.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets made the first trade in franchise history on this date in 1961, acquiring Frank Thomas from Milwaukee for a player to be named later and $125,000 in cash.