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Mets Morning News: Mets make more small moves, shift focus from some larger acquisitions

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Meet the Mets

The Mets made a couple waiver claims yesterday, adding Cooper Hummel and Tyler Heineman to their 40-man roster.

David Stearns also remains busy in handing out minor league contracts, as the team signed pitcher Kyle Crick to such a deal.

While it’s not a given that the Mets will miss out on making a franchise-altering acquisition like Shohei Ohtani or Juan Soto, all signs do seemingly point to the team turning their attention to other targets.

Anthony DiComo examined the Mets’ goals heading into the Winter Meetings.

The Luis Severino signing is now official after he passed a physical.

Around the National League East

Paul Snyder, a long-time Braves scout who played a major role in setting up the club’s success in the 90s, passed away at the age of 88.

Former Phillies and Giants manager Gabe Kapler is transitioning to a role in the Miami front office.

The Marlins are one of several teams who have shown an interest in veteran catcher Martin Maldonado.

The Nationals intend to hold an exhibition “Futures Game” between their big league players and prospects at the end of spring training next year.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB.com looked at one Winter Meetings goal for each team.

After years of strained fighting between the league and the players union, there is a relative peace between the two sides for the time being.

While the Yankees have been heavily connected to Juan Soto all offseason, momentum may be stalling on a potential deal for the All-Star outfielder.

Reporters can’t figure out the name of Shohei Ohtani’s dog, much less where he might wind up signing.

Michael Baumann of FanGraphs examined the curious case of free agent Mitch Garver.

Shane Bieber may wind up getting traded from the Guardians, and if he does he may be willing to sign an extension with his new team.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Grace Carbone hit us with the latest episode of Flushing is Burning.

Chris McShane looked at some of the top free agent rotation options on the market.

This Date in Mets History

December 2nd is Third Base Acquisition Day for the Mets, as they’ve acquired three separate notable third basemen on this date across the years.