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Offishial news, 12/14/20: Mets trending up; “Indians” on the way out

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And as always, plenty of Marlins-related links entering the new week.

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Mets making moves

Over the last three seasons combined, the Marlins have been the weakest link in the National League East (.394 winning percentage). But the Mets have been the division’s laughing stock, insisting that they are ready to contend for the postseason yet failing to do so, hindered by a series of their own transactional and tactical mistakes.

During a painfully slow 2020-21 winter across Major League Baseball, the Mets are among a small number of teams actually addressing their deficiencies. This past week, they officially made Jared Porter their new general manager and reportedly won the bidding war for catcher James McCann with a four-year, $40-plus million deal and hired Dave Jauss as bench coach. And they aren’t done yet—every significant free agent with the exception of J.T. Realmuto is still a plausible target.

It is still premature to forecast how 2021 will play out, but unless the Marlins make some tangible improvements to their roster, they are in serious danger of being leapfrogged by New York in the NL East hierarchy.

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