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MLB Franchise Notes: Mets Hosting Inaugural Fan Fest In January

The Mets will "host their inaugural FanFest" at Citi Field on Jan. 25. Self-guided tours of the ballpark will "include stops" at the Mets' home clubhouse, broadcast booths and press conference room. Kids can "take swings in the visiting batting cages, interact with players, take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Met and play video games." SNY on-air talent from 12:00-2:00pm ET will "host Mets Hot Stove discussion panels, plus interviews with current players and Mets alumni." Tickets to the event "cost $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under." The fan fest will be "open exclusively for Mets season-ticket holders" from 9:00am-12:00pm, with the general public "able to attend" from noon-6:00pm (NEWSDAY, 11/26).

BIRDS IN FLIGHT: The Orioles on Dec. 14 will host their "first 'Winter Warm-Up' event at Camden Yards," though it is "not a replacement for FanFest." Team Exec VP & GM Mike Elias, Assistant GM/Analytics Sig Mejdal and manager Brandon Hyde are set to address fans at the event. The Orioles are "striving to engage with their fans in various ways throughout the offseason and into the 2020 campaign" (BALTIMORE SUN, 11/27).

BUSINESS AS USUAL: In L.A., Jorge Castillo cited a source as saying that Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman "still is not under contract" for next season. However, Friedman is "expected to finalize a deal sometime this offseason." He is "overseeing the Dodgers' baseball operations as usual and attended the general managers meetings earlier this month." Friedman's five-year contract "expired at the end of the season" (L.A. TIMES, 11/26).