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Mets Morning News: Luxury tax record

Your Christmas Eve dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets must pay a record luxury tax of $101 million after running a tax payroll of $374.7 million last season. Eight teams in total owe a luxury tax penalty for the 2023 season, which is also a record number.

Around the National League East

Like many teams, the Phillies believed they were “extremely competitive” for Yoshinobu Yamamoto in the words of Dave Dombrowski. But now they must move on and are looking to get some rotation and bullpen depth and perhaps an outfielder as well.

Battery Power reviewed Ozzie Albies’ 2023 season.

Around Major League Baseball

The Padres signed lefty reliever and star NPB closer Yuki Matsui to a five-year, $28 million contract with opt-outs after the third and fourth years.

The Yankees chose not to match the Dodgers’ $325 million offer to Yoshinobu Yamamoto because they felt $300 million was a good offer and they also did not want a pitcher to have a larger deal that Gerrit Cole.

Now that Yamamoto is off the board, the market is heating up for lefty Blake Snell, with the Angels and Giants both reportedly interested in the free agent Cy Young Award winner.

Former Nationals pitcher Paolo Espino has agreed to a deal with the Blue Jays.

This Date in Mets History

On Christmas Eve in 2019, the Mets signed Dellin Betances to a one-year deal with a player option.