Mets Morning News: Put it in the books! Howie and Josh are back for 2014

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

Sandy Alderson made an appearance on Mike Francesa's show and talked about the team as they're headed into spring training.

Great news, as Howie Rose and Josh Lewin are back as the Mets radio announcers. The pair will man the WOR radio booth.

SNY and WPIX announced the Mets spring training schedule and they will televise 14 spring games.

Toby Hyde went through some of his pre-spring training thoughts.

Jeremy Hefner is in camp rehabbing but unsure if he'll be able to pitch in the majors this season.

Travis d'Arnaud has great expectations for the team this year and thinks they're capable of "amazing things".

Adam Rubin has a rundown of all of the Mets uniform numbers this spring. Chris Young gets #1, Bartolo Colon #40, and Omar Quintanilla gets bumped down to #0.

Famous Mets fans Ty Burrell and Jon Stewart talked about the team on Stewart's show.

Around the Majors

At ESPN, Dan Szymborski tried to calculate contract offers for the remaining free agents who received qualifying offers.

Nolan Ryan has rejoined the Astros as an executive adviser. Speaking of the Astros, Roy Oswalt has announced his retirement.

A trio of former minor leaguers have filed a lawsuit against MLB over unfair labor practices in the minors.

Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs are set to join the Phillies' broadcast booth, though I'm sure Ruben Amaro made a run at them for the team's roster.

Marc Normandin says that the Pirates' rotation needs AJ Burnett.

Dave Cameron has a suggestion to improve the qualifying offer system.

Yesterday At AA

Rob Castellano went through the 16-20th best prospects in the Mets system.

We previewed Jon Niese and Ike Davis' 2014 seasons.

If you read an article or find a link that you think would be a great addition to a future edition of Mets Morning News, please forward it to our tips email address tips@grission.com and we'll try to add it in.

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