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Mets Morning News: “Life goes on”

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NY Mets owner Steve Cohen at opening day ceremonies in 2023 Photo by Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Steve Cohen offered some comments on the team’s failure to sign Yoshinobu Yamamoto and where the club will look to go from here.

The Mets will likely turn their focus to short-term rotation fixes, offensive upgrades, and shoring up the bullpen.

While both New York teams were hoping to land Yamamoto, the Mets’ failure to secure the Japanese ace hurts them far more than the Yankees.

The Mets didn’t land their top target this offseason, but they will hope that the same philosophies which guided their pursuit of Yamamoto will serve them well in the future.

Our old friends at Baseball Prospectus provided their list of the top prospects in the Mets’ farm system heading into the 2024 season.

Around the National League East

The Braves have had a sneakily active offseason thus far.

Like the Mets, the Phillies are turning their focuses towards smaller pursuits after missing out on Yamamoto.

The Nationals have inked former Marlin Lewin Díaz to a minor league deal.

Around the Major League Baseball

The Dodgers have had a monster offseason, but that does not ensure they will win it all this year.

As we head into Christmas, who are the best free agents still available on the market?

The Angels and Giants are both pursuing reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell.

Several teams are sniffing around the Angels for a number of their players.

The Tigers have added Shelby Miller to their pitching staff on a one-year, $3 million deal with an option for a second year.

The Padres have added Victor Rodriguez to their coaching staff as the team’s hitting coach.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets swung a trade for Mike Hampton—whose departure a year later would provide the Mets the compensation draft pick they would use to select David Wright—on this date in 1999.