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Mets Morning News: Arbitration settlements, remembrances of Buddy Harrelson

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Meet the Mets

The Mets agreed to terms with six of their seven arbitration-eligible players on one-year contracts, avoiding actually going to arbitration with them. The only player with whom they didn’t avoid arbitration is reliever Phil Bickford.

Ron Darling reacted to the loss of Bud Harrelson.

The Mets rounded up reactions to Harrelson’s passing from his former teammates, coaches, and those who knew him.

Mike Vaccaro wrote a column about Harrelson.

Tim Britton wrote up Harrelson, too.

And no remembrance of a Mets legend would be complete without an excellent piece from Greg Prince.

A list of bold predictions over at ESPN includes one that David Stearns will choose to trade Pete Alonso.

Around the National League East

The Marlins settled with most of their arbitration-eligible players, but they’ll go to hearings with Luis Arraez, Jazz Chisholm, and Tanner Scott.

And the Marlins have hired Rachel Balkovec, who was the first woman to be a full-time manager for an affiliated team in the Yankees’ system over the past two years, as their director of player development.

The Braves settled with their arbitration-eligible players and won’t go to hearings with any of them.

The Phillies settled with most of their arbitration-eligible players, but they’re set to go to a hearing with Alec Bohm.

And the Nationals avoided arbitration with several players.

Nationals prospect Dylan Crews, who was taken with the second overall pick in the draft in 2023, had a successful first year as a professional.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees have signed Marcus Stroman to a two-year, $37 million contract and avoided arbitration with Juan Soto by agreeing to a record-setting $31 million salary.

The Yankees also signed pitcher Luke Weaver.

The Brewers and Corbin Burnes, who is set to hit free agency after this season, agreed to a $15.6 million deal to avoid arbitration.

Brent Suter, a reliever who might have been able to help a Mets bullpen that very much needs help, signed with the Reds.

The Cubs and Dodgers made a trade.

Here’s an update on Major League Baseball’s efforts to sort through the bankruptcy mess that’s affecting the broadcasts of eleven of its teams’ games.

Three teams have expressed interest in Joey Votto.

Ken Rosenthal writes about the risk of signing young players to long-term deals in light of the accusations against Wander Franco.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

We continued counting down our top prospects for 2024 with Matt Rudick, an outfielder who ranks 18th.

This Date in Mets History

Rickey Henderson, who played for the Mets for a season and change, won election to the Hall of Fame on this date in 2009.