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Mets Morning News: Brace yourself; the trade rumors are coming

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

Jim McIsaac

Meet the Mets

Juan Lagares has been named baseball's top defensive center fielder by The Fielding Bible Awards. Congrats, Juan!

In addition, eight Mets were nominated for's GIBBY awards. Winners will be announced on December 6.

With the World Series over, Hot Stove season is underway. Could Texas outfielder Alex Rios be on the Mets' radar?

Andy Martino wonders if Kansas City hero Alex Gordon could ever be a Met.

The Mets are reportedly moving last year's Michigan "fat camp" to Port St. Lucie this winter. From a weather perspective, that makes a lot of sense.

Around the NL East

The Nationals picked up the option for Denard Span, but turned it down for Adam LaRoche and Rafael Soriano.

The Good Phight wonders if the Philadelphia front office is ready to change its ways.

Talking Chop has an interview with left-handed swingman Alex Wood.

Reed Johnson is now a free agent, which means he'll have to torment the Mets in some other capacity in 2015.

Around the Majors

Grant Brisbee power ranks this offfseason's free agent crop.

Mike Bates analyzes the Royals' chances to return to the World Series in 2015.

There are some managers that are not happy about Joe Maddon going after a Cubs job that is still technically held by Rick Renteria.

It seems like just yesterday I was reading about the incredible skill of Kevin Youkilis in Moneyball. Now comes news that the 10-year veteran is retiring from baseball.

Check out the rest of the Fielding Bible Award winners here.

Raul Ibanez may be coming home to New York as a coach for the Yankees.

Yesterday at AA

Jeffrey Paternostro began to count down the top 25 Mets prospects he saw during the 2014 season.

Scot Cohen broke down the 2014 season of Vic Black, while I took on the campaign of Eric Young Jr.

On this date in 1973, Tom Seaver won his second Cy Young Award and became the first pitcher to ever win it with fewer than 20 wins on his resume.