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Mets Morning News: Mets showing interest in ex-Nats Fedde, Taylor

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The Mets have been showing interest in free agent outfielder Michael A. Taylor, who played a majority of his career with the rival Nationals.

New York is also showing interest in another ex-National, starter Erick Fedde. He is expected to sign with a club today, with the Mets and the White Sox being the finalists. The deal is expected to be in the two-year, $10 million range.

The Mets are looking for an outfielder in part because the club does not know what they can expect from Starling Marte in 2024.

The Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobo Yamamoto sweepstakes could hold the key to the team’s offseason blueprint, writes David Lennon.

Could Blake Snell also be on the team’s radar? Jon Heyman seems to think so, calling New York a ‘potential fallback’ for the NL Cy Young winner.

The Mets believe Luis Severino can still be a productive pitcher.

The Athletic shared some Mets Notes from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings.

David Stearns was just ‘hanging out’ at the Winter Meetings yesterday.

The Mets will not add a third baseman this winter, as Stearns revealed that the current third baseman is already on the Mets’ roster. This could include Brett Baty, Ronny Mauricio, Mark Vientos, or even the newly-signed Joey Wendle.

Carlos Mendoza wouldn’t quite commit to the team’s Designated Hitter being on their active roster.

Stearns also revealed that Jeff McNeil will spend “a lot of time at second base” given the current roster construction.

You can also expect the team to add “at least” one more starter, though Stearns would like more than that.

Tim Healey recapped everything Stearned spoke about.

Danny Abriano looked at five items that should be on the team’s shopping list at the Winter Meetings.

Edwin Díaz is fully healthy, according to Carlos Mendoza, but he wouldn’t commit to the closer having a ‘normal spring training’. The team intends to put a plan together that ‘makes sense’.

The Mets are interested in signing star KBO outfielder Jung Hoo Lee, who was officially posted yesterday.

The Mets announced their full coaching staff for the 2024 season.

Carlos Mendoza shared his thoughts on what John Gibbons brings to the team as their new bench coach.

Jay Horwitz revealed how Dwight Gooden is giving back this holiday season.

Around the National League East

The Braves acquired Marco Gonzalez from the Mariners (along with some former Mets prospect or something, I don’t know) but they are not expected to keep him. You will likely see his name in a deal in the coming days.

Jon Morosi also believes Atlanta shouldn’t be ‘overlooked’ in the Ohtani sweepstakes.

Atlanta is far from done after their recent trade, although Mark Bowman admits their interest in Cease is ‘overblown’ and they haven’t shown interest in Ohtani, contrary to Morosi’s report.

The Phillies have extended manager Rob Thompson through 2025.

Around Major League Baseball

Mark Feinsand compiled some key storylines for the Winter Meetings.

Buster Olney offered some updates from the Winter Meetings.

The Athletic’s MLB shared the results of their MLB agent survey.

Jon Morosi sees the Giants gaining momentum in the Yamamoto negotiations.

San Francisco could also be making progress with Ohtani, if an Instagram follow is to be believed.

Jim Bowden is hearing that the Yamamoto sweepstakes, which began at $200 million, can climb to as high as $300 million.

Ohtani and Yamamoto may not sign until after the Winter Meetings, which could force Juan Soto to wait for a trade, writes Jon Heyman.

The Yankees’ pressure meter is reaching an all-time high with the Juan Soto talks.

Buster Olney spoke to one player agent who seems to think Ohtani is going back to the Angels, but acknowledged only Ohtani truly seems to know where he will be going.

Not even the Angels’ wild late-season salary dump could convince MLB to change the rules.

Wade Miley is returning to Milwaukee, inking a one-year deal with the Brewers with a base salary of $7 million, with an option for 2025 worth $12 million. The deal includes a $1.5 million buyout, and incentives that could push the deal to $11 million.

Dave Roberts revealed that Mookie Betts will be the Dodgers’ everyday second baseman.

Los Angeles has also hired Chris Archer as a special assistant.

The Diamondbacks are open to adding a full-time DH, according to GM Mike Hazen.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris and Brian discussed the team’s first few signings of the offseason on Episode 147 of Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World Series.

Episode 253 of From Complex to Queens offered a preview of the Rule V Draft.

This Date in Mets History

On this date last year, the Mets shocked the baseball world by signing AL Cy Young Award Winner Justin Verlander.