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Mets Morning News: Arizona trade speculation, baseball finally returns tomorrow

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

Hannah Foslien

Meet the Mets

Could the Mets dangle one of their pitchers to the Diamondbacks in exchange for a shortstop? Arizona needs pitching, and the Mets need someone at short.

David Wright feels that expectations will be much higher in 2015 than they were in 2014.

Here's a list of Mets that need to be better next season if the team is to make it to the postseason.

What was Tom Seaver's secret to staying in shape when he played? Reader's Digest Condensed books.

Around the Majors

The Giants' NLCS rotation is set, and it should be no surprise what it looks like. Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright could be in jeopardy of missing the series if his elbow doesn't heal up.

While the Yankees may be pulling out of the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes, the Padres held another workout with him yesterday.

After the Dodgers' NLDS loss to the Cardinals, it looks like Ned Colletti might be on his way out, while Don Mattingly appears safe.

The Royals will attempt to ink James Shields to a new contract at the end of the season.

While Josh Beckett is set to retire, he'll be known for his postseason exploits that directly—and indirectly—affected Red Sox fans.

Like underdogs? Enjoy the MLB's "villians"? There's a LCS for you.

Around the NL East

The Marlins might be moving starter Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen next year.

It's going to be a tough NLCS for Phillies fans to watch as they'll be seeing the hated Cardinals and Giants going at it.

Yesterday at AA

Here's a profile of Japanese pitching star Kenta Maeda.

The podcast puts a final bow on the 2014 season.

We hand out our first Piazza of the 2014 offseason, beginning with best rookie.

And here's a look back at Jeurys Familia's rookie season with the Mets.