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The Mets continue to build organizational depth, signing reliever Andre Scrubb to a minor league deal yesterday. Scrubb was drafted by the Dodgers and previously played for the Astros, making his major league debut with Houston in 2020; he also pitched for Team Great Britain in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
Tim Healey published his winter meetings preview in Newsday reassuring Mets fans that the Mets’ big moves are still coming.
Francisco Alvarez is hard at work in the gym this offseason.
Around the National League East
The Braves signed outfielder Luis Liberato to a minor league deal.
Around Major League Baseball
The Blue Jays have “intensified” talks with Juan Soto and are now believed to be the favorites to land him, according to reporting from Héctor Gómez.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes about the Rays’ mindset heading into the winter meetings.
Sam Blum, Andrew Baggarly, and Fabian Ardaya wrote a profile of Shohei Ohtani’s agent Nez Balelo in The Athletic.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, Shohei Ohtani is believed to be entering the “final stretch” of negotiations and is expected to meet with “a small group of teams” in Los Angeles this weekend.
The Dodgers are “very close” to re-signing reliever Joe Kelly, according to reports.
MLB.com reviewed one goal at the winter meetings for each team.
Mark Feinsand and Jon Paul Morosi answer some questions from fans ahead of the winter meetings, including which teams will be most active, which major free agent is most likely to sign during the meetings, and the latest on Ohtani and Soto.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets traded Tug McGraw and two others to the Phillies for pitcher Mac Scarce, catcher John Stearns, and outfielder Del Unser on this date in 1974.