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Mets Morning News: Mets make another depth signing

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets signed outfielder Trayce Thompson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

According to Andy Martino, the Mets are one of the top teams in the running to sign Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

The Yankees are also interested in Yamamoto, and with both teams now big spenders, the bidding war between the two organizations might just be the start of what is to come when big free agents become available.

Manager Carlos Mendoza is excited to be reunited with pitcher José Quintana after they were in the Yankees system together fifteen years ago.

Mark Vientos is pleased with the progress he has made this offseason working on his defense with Francisco Lindor.

Vientos is one of the team’s internal options at third now that Ronny Mauricio will miss significant time with his ACL tear.

Former Met Tommy Hunter officially announced his retirement from baseball after 16 seasons in the majors.

Around the National League East

After acquiring David Fletcher from the Angels the Braves outrighted him to Triple-A.

The Marlins are still looking to add a shortstop with Isiah Kiner-Falefa being an option to fill the vacancy.

The Phillies remain interested in signing Yamamoto even after they re-signed Aaron Nola.

The Nationals signed third baseman Nick Senzel to a one-year deal.

Around Major League Baseball

It is reported that Shohei Ohtani can opt out of his massive deal if either Mark Walter or Andrew Friedman lose their jobs within the organization.

Ohtani’s new jersey sales set a record after 48 hours of its initial release.

The Dodgers remain in hot pursuit of starting pitching with both Yamamoto and Tyler Glasnow on their radar.

Major League Baseball will be debuting Spring Breakout next season where the rosters of two teams will be filled with each team’s top prospects and they will square off against each other.

The Cubs signed catcher Jorge Alfaro to a minor league deal.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos handed out a grade for the Joey Wendle signing.

This Date in Mets History

Exactly ten years ago, the Mets signed Bartolo Colón to a two-year deal.