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Mets Morning News: Will the Mets wear sunglasses at night in 2014?

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets, along with several other teams, have expressed interest in free-agent Corey Hart, who missed the entire 2013 season. It's not clear if the Mets want him as a first basemen or as an outfielder.

The team has also been in negotiations with reliever LaTroy Hawkins on a possible return. However, Hawkins seems to be drawing a lot of interest from other teams.

In mildly disappointing news, reliever Greg Burke has spurned the Mets and instead signed with the Colorado Rockies on a minor-league deal. No word on whether he likes Denver's school system or not.

On the shortstop front, the Mets reportedly like Jhonny Peralta "a lot."

John Harper argues that the Mets should go after the mansion, not the condo.

Around the Majors

MLB announced their Silver Slugger award winners in the AL and NL. Notably, Pedro Alvarez of the .233/.296/.473 line, won at third base in the NL over David Wright, who hit .307/.390/.514.

Rockies owner Charlie Monfort was arrested on DUI charges.

The Cubs finally hired a new manager, picking former Major League infielder Rick Renteria as their guy. Renteria served as the San Diego Padres bench coach for the past three seasons and also managed Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Looking to solve their "too many infielders problem", the Texas Rangers may look to deal one of Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus, or Ian Kinsler.

After a season in which their starters collectively posted the worst ERA in baseball, the Minnesota Twins are going all out for starting pitching. They have shown preliminary interest in Bronson Arroyo, Phil Hughes, and Jason Vargas, as well as Scott Kazmir and Johan Santana.

Over at MLBTradeRumors, Jeff Todd examines every MLB team's future payroll commitments.

Yesterday At AA

Jeff Kopman, Chris Strohmaier, and Izzy Hechkoff wrote free agent profiles on Rajai Davis, Bronson Arroyo, and Roy Halladay respectively.

On this date in Mets history, the team signed journeyman pitcher Rick Reed. Reed would prove to be a vital cog in the Mets rotation over the next few seasons.

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