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Mets Morning News: Dwight Gooden turns 50, Matt Reynolds could be an option at short, Yoan Moncada is on the market

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Dwight Gooden turns 50 years old today, and he spoke to the Post about his struggles with addiction over the years and says that he never thought he would live to be 50.

As the Mets consider their options at shortstop—and there are plenty of options—Matt Reynolds could be ready to play short in the big leagues in 2015.

The Daily News looks at the history of David Wright and Michael Cuddyer's friendship. And Cuddyer did a Q&A with Steve Serby in the Post.

The Mets have a plan for Brandon Nimmo, who will likely begin the 2015 season in Triple-A Las Vegas.

Around Major League Baseball

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano broke a toe in the MLB-Japan series but figures to be perfectly healthy well in advance of spring training.

Yasmany Tomas, who has been rumored to be signing somewhere in the near future, could be baseball's next Cuban star.

The Diamondbacks recently acquired Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays in a trade, and Arizona GM Dave Stewart sees him as a number two or three starter.

Beyond the Box Score considers Pablo Sandoval's defensive future.

After the Cubs fired Rick Renteria as manager to hire Joe Maddon, Maddon has reached out to Renteria and hopes to be able to speak to him about what transpired.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

After signing Michael Cuddyer, should the Mets sign another one of the qualifying offer free agents this winter?

Yoan Moncada has been declared a free agent, and the Mets—like so many other teams—have at last some interest. Given the financial obligation and penalties required to sign him, he is probably not going to end up with the Mets.

Our free agent profile series continued with Rickie Weeks,  Zach Duke, and Billy Butler.

The Mets have a surplus of pitching. What should they do with Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and Bartolo Colon?

Asked for his thoughts on the Cuddyer signing by Marc Simon of ESPN New York, Jerry Seinfeld approves.