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Mets Morning News: Late Autumn Meetings

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Winter Meetings Manager Availabiliy

Meet the Mets

At the Winter Meetings, the Mets’ focus is primarily going to be on improving their pitching and defense, but things can always surprise you.

In that realm, the Mets reportedly have interest in Japanese free agent Jung Hoo Lee.

If nothing else happens, at least Carlos Mendoza will be talking to the media in Nashville at 4:00 this afternoon.

One thing that won’t happen in Nashville is Yamamoto signing with the Mets, or anybody really.

That’s because Yamamoto will be coming to the States to meet with teams next week, including the Mets.

Around the National League East

Five years after being part of one Seattle salary dump trade, Jarred Kelenic was part of another as the Mariners sent him, Marco Gonzales, and Evan White to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips.

Please do not forget that the only reason Jim Leyland has a World Series ring is the existence of the 1997 Marlins.

Around Major League Baseball

World Series Champion manager Jim Leyland was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Non-Players Veterans Committee while Lou Piniella was the closest runner-up, falling one vote short.

There’s a good chance that Shohei Ohtani has his new team by this time next week. Of course, maybe he doesn’t, who’s to say.

What we do know is that multiple teams have already offered him contracts over $500M in value.

Jackson Chourio and the Brewers finalized a contract that can be anywhere from eight to ten years and $82M to $142.5M in total.

The Brewers are also in talks to bring starter Wade Miley back into their rotation.

As the Blue Jays continue to talk about acquiring Juan Soto, Alek Manoah’s name allegedly keeps coming up.

With their late season push, the Angels were able to accomplish something that teams spend years dreaming about: getting under the luxury tax threshold.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2011 the Marlins signed Jose Reyes and in 2019 the Phillies signed Zack Wheeler! Sorry, that’s not very fun.