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Mets Morning News: Piazza looks for his chance on crowded Hall of Fame ballot

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

It was announced yesterday that Mike Piazza will return to the Hall of Fame ballot with some stiff competition. Some names on the list include Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz.

The Mets have announced their official report dates, with pitchers and catchers being called on February 19. That means only 85 days until your 2015 New York Mets!

Matt Turner says that the Mets shouldn't consider Xander Boegarts.

Toby Hyde reviewed the Mets 40-man roster additions.

In honor of Odell Beckham's great grab on Sunday night, has brought us some of the best baseball/football catches of all time.

Around the NL East

The Phillies may be shopping Cole Hamels aggressively, as the Angels and Red Sox are said to be interested.

Former Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel has reportedly been getting some coaching offers, but is enjoying retirement too much to take them.

Mets fans' favorite general manager Ruben Amaro was the subject of some excellent trolling.

The Marlins could be in on some pitching as they look to continue spending.

Around the Majors

The Red Sox had some day yesterday, as they grabbed Hanley Ramirez and later Pablo Sandoval.

Sandoval told the press that he felt "disrespected" by the Giants.

Eno Sarris takes a look at the value of signing Pablo Sandoval.

The Mariners have signed Kyle Seager to a huge extension.

The Dodgers traded within the division, as they picked up Juan Nicasio from the Rockies.

Craig Calcaterra breaks down the postseason earnings of the playoff teams.

The Hardball Times took a look at the concept of pitch sequencing, and it's meaning in advanced metrics.

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