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Mets Morning News: Matt Harvey speaks!

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

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Meet the Mets

Matt Harvey spoke to reporters yetserday; you can read about what he said and watch video of the interview here. Among other things, he made it clear that he was on board with the Mets' plans to limit his innings following his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Marty Noble writes about the Hall of Fame case for former Mets manager Gil Hodges. Noble believes his careers as a player and manager make him a worthy candidate.

Mark Simon continues his lists of great moments in Mets history with Part Two of best singles. The list is headed by a trio from the 1986 team. Can you guess who they are without clicking?

Anthony DiComo talked to Lucas Duda about his trip to Japan. Despite his recent success with the Mets and his god-like status in the Pacific Rim, Duda maintains his literally-nothing-can-get-me-excited demeanor.

Around the NL East

The Braves signed outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year deal worth $44 million. They also signed relief pitcher Jim Johnson to a one-year $1.6 million deal.

Nationals' center fielder Denard Span underwent surgery for a sports hernia.

The Marlins hope to sign a veteran starting pitcher who can hold onto a spot until Jose Fernandez can return. They reached out to Jake Peavy as a free agent option to fill that need, though there's apparently no truth to the rumor that they offered him a $300 million contract.

Around the Major Leagues

Torii Hunter signed a one-year deal to return to the Minnesota Twins. He also had some choice words for a reporter during a press conference.

The Josh Donaldson trade was reportedly sparked by an argument between Donaldson and A's general manager Billy Beane. The dispute was regarding Donaldson's desire for a day off.

The Padres agreed to a deal with shortstop Clint Barmes just a day after Everth Cabrera was not tendered a contract.

The Blue Jays were busy swinging a deal with the Mariners for outfielder Michael Saunders. In addition, they signed first baseman Justin Smoak.

Over at Awful Announcing, Joe Lucia discusses the trend of teenagers attempting to break into the ranks of baseball reporters via twitter. He points out that this trend has led to inaccurate reporting.

Yesterday at AA

Colby Conetta makes a case for the Mets to pursue shortstop Brad Miller through a trade with the Mariners. Miller would be a solid option at a cheaper price than other shortstops on the market.

This Date In Mets History

Fan favorite Butch Huskey was traded to Seattle on December 4, 1998. Former Met Carlos Gomez turns 29 today.