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Mets Morning News: Mets add pitcher (not the one you’re thinking of)

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

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Mets Morning News

While everyone is waiting on updates on Yoshinobu Yamamoto following his dinner with Steve Cohen, the Mets made a minor move by acquiring reliever Yohan Ramirez from the White Sox in exchange for the often-popular cash considerations.

Yamamoto is now accepting offers, and the Mets are expected to enter their bid in the next couple of days, with a decision expected by Christmas.

According to Andy Martino, the Mets made an initial offer before flying to Japan to meet with Yamamoto, but will “financially aggressive” in their pursuit of the Japanese right-hander.

Laura Albanese shared an anecdote about Buck Showalter carrying around three types of baseballs and Max Scherzer doing a blind test, where he could, without fail, identify the balls from MLB, KBO, and NPO. Similarly, Senga wouldn’t touch the NPO ball so as to not hinder his adaptation to MLB.

Around the National League East

The Phillies are expected to be ‘aggressive’ in their efforts to sign Yamamoto. Even Bryce Harper is pitching in.

After failing to trade him, the Braves have released Matt Carpenter and his bad contract.

C.J. Nitkowski has joined the Braves’ booth as primary analyst.

Around Major League Baseball

Jeff Passan explored how Yamamoto became baseball’s most coveted free agent. He also made it clear that any $300 million offers mentioned up until this point are not accurate, as teams were asked not to discuss terms yet. That changes now, as teams are expected to begin exchanging terms with Yamamoto.

The staff at MLB dot com ranked Yamamoto’s destinations based on which club needs the right-hander the most.

Here’s some information on the allocation of the 2023 MLB pre-arbitration bonus pool.

Thomas Harrigan and Brian Murphy looked at the best free agents left on the market.

The Pirates have inked left-hander Martín Pérez to a one-year deal.

The Giants have signed catcher Tom Murphy to a two-year deal worth $8 million. The veteran will serve as the backup backstop to Patrick Bailey.

The Cubs are interested in signing ex-Phillie Rhys Hoskins.

The Orioles finalized a 30-year deal to remain at Camden Yards.

Baltimore picked up Jonathan Heasley from the Royals in exchange for rookie-ball pitcher Cesar Espinal.

In need of another cute MLB pupper? Say no more. Jung Hoo Lee has you covered with his doggy, Kao.

Ex-Yankees hitting coach Dillon Lawson is joining the Red Sox as their hitting coordinator. He will mostly work with upper-level minor-leaguers.

Nitkowski, who just joined Atlanta’s booth, explained why he is stepping away from his TV duties with the Rangers after seven years.

Amazon is reportedly in talks to invest in the bankrupt RSN operator Diamond Sports Group.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos graded the the team’s Luis Severino signing.

The crew reviewed their 2023 predictions on Episode 255 of From Complex to Queens.

This Date in Mets History

Mets fans got their first good look at Kodai Senga, as the team held an introductory press conference for the right-hander on this date last year.