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

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Meet the Mets

Down in the Mets instructional league, their strong trio of shortstop prospects are turning heads.

Speaking of shortstops, Toby Hyde took a look at the organization's best minor league shortstops. Amed Rosario is a big lottery ticket for them.

Which teams look like the best trade partners for the Mets this winter?

Around the Playoffs

NO BASEBALL! AHHHHHHH WHAT DO WE DO NOW?!

Grant Brisbee looks for a defense of Mike Matheny.

Around the Majors

Dave Hudgens has a new job, as the Astros has hired the former Mets hitting coach in the same role.

Longtime Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is officially retiring after a stint with the Yankees this year.

Ike Davis could be on the move again this winter as the Pirates are likely to commit to Pedro Alvarez at first base.

The Rangers will further utilize analytics with new manager Jeff Banister.

Joe McEwing is out as a candidate for the Twins manager job.

With Andrew Friedman in Los Angeles now, the Rays made some promotions yesterday.

The leading candidate to become the Dodgers GM under Friedman is former Diamondbacks and Padres exec Josh Byrnes. Don Mattingly is sticking around as manager, says Friedman.

Yesterday At AA

It's AAOP time! Hooray! Submit an AAOP and try to win some swag in our yearly contest.

Matthew Callan's look at the 1999 Mets reaches the NLCS against the Braves.

The Piazzas have all been handed out so here's how you voted in our community vote.

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.