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Report: Mets to meet again with Ben Zobrist’s representatives this week

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After meeting with free agent super utility man Ben Zobrist on Wednesday, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets will meet again with Zobrist’s representatives this week. Carig adds that the Mets are among six teams still in the mix.

Zobrist, 34, hit a combined .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs, 56 RBI, and 76 runs scored in 535 plate appearances between the Athletics and the Royals last season. The A’s sent him to Kansas City ahead of the trade deadline in July, getting Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea in return.

In other free agency news, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that Mets assistant GM John Ricco said the club is “unlikely” to re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Mike Tirico to host NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show ‘Lunch Talk Live’

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NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show, Lunch Talk Live, debuts this Monday, April 6, at Noon ET on NBCSN, featuring host Mike Tirico joined by special guests, including current and former athletes, NBC Sports’ lineup of on-air commentators, and other prominent voices and figures within sports and media.

Lunch Talk Live focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

“In these challenging times, we are all missing sports and the people who make sports memories,” said Tirico. “Hopefully, we can bring a midday connection with some of them to help fill the void.”

Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer & President of Production, said, “We’re excited to bring viewers fresh programming every day with unique, topical conversations from prominent individuals in all corners of sports. This will be a daily lunch date to share sports and stories we miss during these unique times.”

The hour-long show will air weekdays at Noon ET on NBCSN and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select content and interviews will additionally be hosted on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Tirico will host Lunch Talk Live episodes remotely, beginning this Monday.