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Mets Morning News: Byrd flies the coop with Buck, Niese does it all in shutout victory

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

Jim McIsaac

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Jon Niese tossed a shutout and clocked a 3-run double, as the Mets defeated the Phillies 5-0 last night.

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The Mets are set to send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the hill for his second start this evening and he'll oppose lefty Cole Hamels for the Phillies.

The big news on Tuesday was that the Mets dealt Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates for second base prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. There was plenty written about the deal, from Toby Hyde to John Sickels to Baseball America. In the Wall Street Journal, Jared Diamond says that maybe Sandy knew what he was doing at the July 31st trade deadline. Adam Rubin passed along some post trade tidbits. In order to fill the spots on the roster, the Mets promoted Matt den Dekker, Rob Carson, and Anthony Recker. Den Dekker will split time with Juan Lagares in center field.

Matt Harvey's injury is still a big deal around the internet. Ted Berg writes that Harvey got hurt because pitchers get hurt. Shocker. Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus and Jeff Zimmerman of FanGraphs both looked into indicators of potential injury. Will Carroll has a summary of everything you need to know about Harvey's injury and recovery. In the end, there was nothing the Mets could do, so we should probably all calm down about it. Remember, Harvey could easily come back and still be a stud. Of course, you know it's a sad situation when the abhorrent Phillies are feeling bad. Harvey had this to say about his elbow:

Terry Collins doesn't have a contract for next year and Sandy Alderson says that he will not be solely evaluated on wins and losses.

This slipped through the cracks but the Mets announced five players that they'll send to the Arizona Fall League.

Toby Hyde has a fantastic piece on the development of Brandon Nimmo this season, complete with quotes from his manager and people in the organization. To close out the first round pick segment of Morning News, Gavin Cecchini continues to polish his game in Brooklyn.

Yesterday At AA

Here are our Storystreams on the Byrd/Buck trade and Harvey's injury.

Steve Sypa wrote about some of the Mets most memorable September call-ups.

Greg Karam has our Daily Farm Report from yesterday.

Around the NL East

The Nationals opened their series with the Marlins with a 2-1 victory.

The Braves shut out the Indians, winning 2-0.

Around the Majors

At Grantland, Ben Lindbergh looks at Derek Jeter's declining defense and how it has cost the Yankees.

The Blue Jays will stick with manager John Gibbons despite the team's disappointing season.

The Rays have sent righty Jeremy Hellickson down to Single-A Charlotte to try to work out his issues.

With Byrd and Buck in the house, the Pirates may not be done as they're looking into Twins' first baseman Justin Morneau.

The Diamondbacks designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment. Before you even ask it, NO.

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