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Mets Morning News: deGrom dazzles, Duda hits a bomb, Bartolo trade rumors begin heating up

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

Otto Greule Jr

Meet the Mets

The Mets finally won a game last night in Seattle. Jacob deGrom was great yet again—and now has a 3.01 ERA and 3.10 FIP on the season—as the team won 3-1.

Choose your recapNew York Daily NewsESPN New YorkStar-LedgerNew York PostNew York TimesNewsday, or Amazin' Avenue.

Adam Rubin asks: Should Jacob deGrom be considered for the National League Rookie of the Year award? As he points out, there's no runaway candidate just yet, and it seems deGrom would have a case if he were to maintain his current level of production.

The first notable Mets trade rumors are here! Teams are asking about Bartolo Colon, which makes perfect sense. Regardless of their record over the next week-plus, it would not be a surprise if Sandy Alderson deals Colon.

Ruben Tejada was hit on the hand by a pitch last night, but the injury was not even enough to prompt the Mets to take x-rays.

Eric Young Jr. bumped into some fans, one of which was young, trying to catch a fly ball down the left field line last night, but he gave the kid a few gifts shortly thereafter.

Jared Diamond takes a look back at David Wright's decade with the Mets in a couple of pieces in the Journal.

Jason Parks takes a look at what he missed when evaluating Steven Matz, who he now considers one of the Mets' top prospects.

Speaking of Mets prospects, Toby Hyde writes that Dominic Smith is becoming a complete hitter with support from his family. And catching prospect Kevin Plawecki is getting some time off to deal with a case of vertigo.

The Blue Jays called up Aaron Sanchez, which prompted a couple of looks back at the Mets' decision to acquire Noah Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey trade. I'll agree with the Mets official who thinks Syndergaard is going to be fine.

The Times notes that the optimism that was abound as the first half took a hit with the Mets losing three of four games out of the break. They also wrote up Alex Torres, the Padres pitcher who wears the protective cap.

Around the National League East

The Braves dropped their game to the Marlins last night, which helped the Mets gain a little ground. The Phillies lost to the Giants, too, which is always nice.

Unfortunately, the Nationals won thanks to a three-run home run from Adam LaRoche.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees finally traded for Chase Headley yesterday in an attempt to get a little bit better this year.

Rob Neyer takes a look at the half-life of a pitching ace.

Baseball Prospectus takes a look at what the hell happened with the Astros' draft and failure to sign top pick Brady Aiken this year.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Episode 78: Live from Foley's hit the internet yesterday.

TRAIDs? We profiled Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon yesterday and covered Colon trade rumors, too.

Steve Sypa checked in with another great international free agent profile, this time on Rusney Castillo.

Here's your weekly installment of Mets quotes.

ESPN prospect guru Keith Law ranked the Mets' minor league system the fourth-best in baseball.

Aaron Yorke's uniform review series continued with another installment.

Scott Rice is set to have season-ending surgery today.

Brian P. Mangan says it's time to stop playing Ruben Tejada at shortstop and give Wilmer Flores, who has been raking in Triple-A since his demotion, the job.

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