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Mets Morning News: J.D. Martinez, Gio Urshela are on the Mets’ radar

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Meet the Mets

The Mets are one of the teams considering designated hitter J.D. Martinez.

The team also has some interest in third baseman Gio Urshela.

John Harper writes about the pros and cons of Lucas Giolito following reports of the Mets’ interest in him earlier this week.

Jay Jaffe wrote at length about Bartolo Colon’s Hall of Fame candidacy.

When it came to picking each team’s best individual single-game performance of 2023, Francisco Lindor’s 5-for-5 day against the Diamondbacks in July made this list.

Around the National League East

The Braves signed former Mets prospect Phillip Evans, who last made a major league appearance in 2021, to a minor league deal.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees, Dodgers, and Rangers are among the teams interested in adding relief pitcher Josh Hader.

The Red Sox are interested in relief pitcher Robert Stephenson and former Mets shortstop Amed Rosario.

Left-handed reliever Tim Hill signed a one-year deal with the White Sox.

Anthony Castrovince took an early stab at predicting the major award winners in 2024.

Joey Votto likened free agency to a scene in Gravity.

Here are The Athletic’s most memorable moments of the 2023 season.

Andrelton Simmons has retired.

Wander Franco did not respond to a summons in the Dominican Republic regarding his alleged relationships with minors.

This Date in Mets History

As you prepare for any new year festivities this weekend, you can get yourself warmed up by celebrating the anniversary of the Mets’ signing of Jason Bay today.