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Mets Morning News: Goodbye, Johan Santana

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

Mike Stobe

Meet the Mets

Johan Santana is no longer a Met, as the team declined his $25 million option yesterday. Johan was mostly great when he was healthy, and his no-hitter will live in Mets' fans memories forever, but it's pretty sad that the Mets finished over .500 just once in his tenure. We'll miss you, Johan.

Baseball America released their top 10 Mets prospect list yesterday and, unsurprisingly, Noah Syndergaard sits at the top.

Dr. James Andrews spoke about Matt Harvey's Tommy John surgery.

Bronson Arroyo's agent says his client would definitely consider the Mets this offseason.

Toby Hyde wrote a little about outfield prospect Cory Vaughn's swing.

What exactly is going on with the Willets Point development project?

Around the Majors

The Oakland A's declined the options of Kurt Suzuki and Chris Young (the outfielder). With all of the options declined, 11 more players became free agents.

Derek Jeter and the Yankees agreed to a reworked contract for 2014.

The Cubs interviewed Brad Ausmus for their managerial opening.

The Nationals will have a defensive coach on their staff, announced new manager Matt Williams.

Peter Gammons hears from industry sources that the Dodgers might go after David Price and Masahiro Tanaka.

Joe Posnanski wonders what baseball would be like if the season were only 16 games long.

MLB will test instant replay in the Arizona Fall League this coming week and the games will be televised on MLB Network.

Yesterday At AA

Rob Castellano reviewed the 2013 Kingsport Mets.

We have free agent profiles for A.J. Burnett and Johan Santana.

James Kannengieser revealed the community Piazza awards.

Steve Sypa wrote about Cuban defector and International Free Agent pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.

Matthew Callan wrote about how people used to listen to baseball on records.

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