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Mets Afternoon News: 40-man roster cleanup time begins

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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

The Mets cleared plenty of 40-man roster space yesterday, removing six players from their active roster. Two of those players were claimed on waivers by other teams.

Daisuke Matsuzaka has a four year offer from a team in Japan. Lucas Duda is also going to Japan but for a different reason.

The Mets and Jeff Wilpon filed paperwork in the lawsuit brought on by former employee Leigh Castergine.

ESPN writer Mark Simon talked about the Mets and sabermetrics at NJCU yesterday. He wants the Mets to acquire Jose Bautista, which if possible would be a fantastic acquisition.

Fake Teams asked how good can Jacob deGrom be?

Sandy Alderson weighed in on a number of Mets top prospects and what the expectations are for them next season.

Juan Lagares is soaring to new heights and could be a huge piece to winning Mets teams.

Around the Majors

The Cubs fired Rick Renteria and will announce the hiring of Joe Maddon on Monday. The Rays are considering filing tampering charges against the Cubs.

Word is that Paul Molitor will be the next manager of the Twins.

The Blue Jays claimed outfielder Andy Dirks off waivers from the Tigers.

Ruben Amaro has unveiled a "Phillies Way" handbook that the organization will follow. Insert your jokes below...

SB Nation has the 2014-15 MLB free agent rankings all set up.

Chip Hale spoke to Fangraphs about his new job as manager of the Diamondbacks.

With a need for starting pitching, the Angels might look to deal a middle infielder. Could the Mets look there?

Yesterday At AA

Jeffrey Paternostro's 25 best prospects continues with Luis Guillorme and Ivan Wilson, among others.

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