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Good morning, Mets fans! Let’s take a look at what’s happening around the league on this frigid Monday morning.

Latest Mets News

Anthony DiComo of took questions from the fan base in his latest Mets inbox segment.

Latest MLB News

Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist spoke with Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic about his potential lame-duck status in Chicago, acknowledging he’s “one of the pawns,” adding “I don’t have a no-trade clause at this point, so I could be traded.”

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports reports that free agent infielder Josh Harrison is drawing interest from a number of teams, including the Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Phillies and Rays.

Chris Cotillo of notes that the Red Sox have been in “active discussions” with free agent relievers, naming right-hander Shawn Kelley as having been “in contact,” as well as listing Brad Brach, Greg Holland, AJ Ramos, Justin Wilson and Oliver Perez as possible targets.

Latest NL East News

David O’Brien of The Athletic notes that “[the] Braves’ [Alex Anthopoulos] said there were probably three outfielders available via free agency or trades who are fits for what [the] team wants,” naming Nick Markakis and A.J. Pollock as potential targets.

Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Braves pitchers Darren O’Day and Mike Soroka “feel healthy” as Spring Training approaches.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia opines that Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak, the first overall draft pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, could be “poised for a big leap” this season.

Latest on MMO

John Flanigan tries to determine how Mets third baseman Todd Frazier fits into the team’s plans this season.

Tim Ryder relayed Seth Lugo‘s excitement for the team’s revamped bullpen and opined that another relief addition could still be on Brodie Van Wagenen’s offseason docket.

This Date in Mets History

2006 – The Mets send starting pitcher Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handers Jorge Julio and John Maine.

2002 – The Mets trade Benny Agbayani and Todd Zeile, cornerstones of the team’s 2000 NL pennant-winning team, to the Rockies in exchange for Alex Ochoa, Craig House and Ross Gload, then sent Lenny Harris, Glendon Rusch, and Ochoa to the Brewers for Jeromy Burnitz, Jeff D’Amico, Lou Collier and Mark Sweeney.

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