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Mets Morning News: Winter meetings roll along

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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MLB: Winter Meetings Kyle Schwab-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Ahead of the announcement of the Hall of Fame’s winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, The Athletic profiled Gary Cohen and his ability to connect generations of Mets’ fans.

The Mets will hold their annual coat drive today from 10am to 7pm at the Citi Field team store.

The Mets landed the 19th overall pick in the 2024 MLB draft.

The Mets signed infielder Jose Iglesias to a minor league contract.

Around the National League East

Alex Anthopolous said Jared Kelenic is the only position player the Braves have pursued this offseason.

Around Major League Baseball

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts let the media know the team had a meeting with Shohei Ohtani in the last couple of days.

Buster Olney writes Ohtani is doing himself and baseball a disservice in keeping his free agency decision under wraps.

Meanwhile, Jon Heyman says Ohtani expressed interest in the Dodgers and Blue Jays in the clubhouse during the season.

Ken Rosenthal writes what baseball must do to liven up the winter meetings.

Erick Fedde agreed to a two-year deal with the White Sox over the Mets.

Gerry Fraley was awarded the BBWAA Career Excellence Award.

The Angels made it clear that Mike Trout will not be traded this offseason.

Kirby Yates and the Rangers agreed to a one-year deal.

Brian Cashman sounded confident in the Yankees’ pursuit of Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

The Yankees acquired Alex Verdugo from the Red Sox in a rare trade between the two teams.

Shota Imanaga has received multi-year offers from multiple teams nearing $100 million.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets traded for John Franco on this date in 1989.