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Mets Morning News: Ohtani signs with the Dodgers

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According to reporting from Mike Puma, the Mets never made a formal offer to Shohei Ohtani.

And Mets owner Steve Cohen confirmed that Ohtani’s agent “never reached out to me personally.”

Ohtani signing with the Dodgers could make JD Martinez a more realistic target for Mets at the DH spot, speculates John Harper.

Francisco Alvarez is reportedly open to a long-term contract extension.

Around the National League East

The Braves traded catcher Max Stassi (who they recently acquired themselves) and cash considerations to the White Sox for a player to be named later.

At the winter meetings, agent Scott Boras confirmed reports that his client Bryce Harper is interested in an extension with the Phillies.

Around Major League Baseball

In a monumental turn of events, Shohei Ohtani signed with the Dodgers yesterday to a record-breaking ten-year, $700 million deal. He announced the deal himself on Instagram, but the Dodgers are being careful to not even acknowledge the deal, as it is not yet official. The majority of Ohtani’s salary is deferred, allowing the Dodgers to maintain the payroll flexibility to stay competitive.

Is the Ohtani deal worth it? “It’ll pay for itself within six or seven years,” said one MLB evaluator to Sam Blum and Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. “He’s literally just a money factory. Even just on advertising alone. All the eyeballs from Japan. He’s like Michael Jordan to them. He’s like Taylor Swift.”

ESPN’s Jeff Passan also broke down the value of the deal on Twitter, taking into account the deferrals in the contract.

Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated wrote about the utter chaos that was the rumors and plane-tracking surrounding Ohtani’s free agency on Friday before the news of his deal finally broke yesterday.

Chad Jennings and Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic discuss how Ohtani signing with the Dodgers impacts the other teams who were trying to land him and where they go from here.

With Ohtani now off the board, Mark Feinsand takes a look at which players may be the next to sign. Unsurprisingly, Yoshinobu Yamamoto is on the short list.

David Adler of MLB.com breaks down the largest free-agent contracts in MLB history. Of course, Shohei Ohtani’s deal with the Dodgers is now atop that list.

Ohtani’s $700 million deal is good for the game and demonstrates that maybe baseball isn’t broken after all, writes Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Star Japanese flamethrower Roki Sasaki has abruptly asked to be posted, but as he is still under contract with the Marines, it is unlikely to happen.

The Orioles came into the offseason wanting to add a number 1 starter, but may be lowering those expectations.

This Date in Mets History

December 10 is an active day for the Mets historically; they made three different trades on this date in different years—trading away Nolan Ryan in 1971, bringing Gary Carter to Queens in 1984, and the infamous J.J. Putz trade in 2008.