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Mets Morning News: Second half begins with a victory in San d'Iego

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

Denis Poroy

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Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia have elevated the quality and velocity of the Mets bullpen. Mejia also is going to try to elevate the Mets soothsaying as he predicts the team will make the playoffs this year.

Sandy Alderson says that while he hasn't talked to other teams much yet, the Mets could be buyers at the trade deadline on July 31st. Alderson says he'll monitor the club and market over the next 10 days and even pulled out a Tug McGraw quote. The team has plenty of room to improve in the second half, says Mark Simon. Daniel Murphy may be on the trade block but he says he'd be amenable to a contract extension with the Mets.

Jon Niese tossed a bullpen session yesterday and is set to make his return on Monday against the Mariners.

Lefty pitching prospect Steve Matz is getting closer to the big leagues and may be ready very soon. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard is closer to the majors in terms of level but he's spent the year in Vegas learning how to pitch. Toby Hyde looked at who's hot and who's not in the Mets system.

First rounder Michael Conforto is set to make his debut today with the Cyclones as the DH. Speaking of the Cyclones, the Daily News has a piece on their vice president Steve Cohen.

A 105-year old woman will throw out the first pitch prior to Sunday's game. That is awesome!

Yesterday At AA

Matthew Callan's look back at the 1999 Mets gets to the Mercury Mets game. Hooray!

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets series with the Padres.

Around the NL East

The Braves defeated the Phillies 6-4 last night, while the Nationals fell to the Brewers 4-2, and the Marlins were fried by the Giants 9-1. Dan Uggla has gotten the boot from Atlanta despite being owed lots of money.

Around the Majors

The Angels acquired reliever Huston Street from the Padres in exchange for four minor leaguers including 2B prospect Taylor Lindsey. Seems like the Padres got a pretty great return for their closer.

The Astros failed to sign #1 overall draft pick Brady Aiken after the team tried to save money due to an elbow issue discovered in a physical. They'll get the #2 pick in next year's draft but there's a lot more to this story than that, as they also failed to sign 5th rounder Jacob Nix.

CC Sabathia's season is over as he'll get his knee cleaned up.

What has happened to the MLB cleanup man this year?

Baseball America released their prospect hot sheet for the week and only one Mets prospect made it: Noah Syndergaard under the "not so hot" section.

Tom Emanski was a household name in youth baseball coaching thanks to the iconic tv commercials used to sell his tapes. Then, he disappeared. Where'd he go?

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