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Mets Morning News: Wilpon named MLB finance committee chair, Long ready to move on from Yankees

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

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Meet the Mets

New commissioner Rob Manfred changed much of Major League Baseball's executive council. Mets owner Fred Wilpon was one of those removed but was given the chairmanship of the league's finance committee. At times like these, we turn to GOB Bluth.

John Harper has a long column about hitting coach Kevin Long's arrival with the Mets after he was fired by the Yankees following that team's second straight season missing the playoffs.

With a combination of power and speed, the Mets' outfield could thrive, writes Anthony DiComo over at And believe it or not, Michael Cuddyer is 13-for-16 in stolen base attempts over the last couple of seasons.

Ken Davidoff considers the shortstop and starting pitching markets this winter and the needs of New York's pair of teams, wondering if the Yankees have effectively been cheaper than the Mets.

Jacob deGrom, last year's National League Rookie of the Year, feels good about the upcoming season and spoke with Kevin Kernan about that and his relationship with his father.

Jared Diamond takes a look at all of the shortstops who the Mets did not acquire but other teams did. This sounds like it would be a good topic for a baseball podcast.

Curtis Granderson's Grand Kids foundation sponsored an essay contest at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn about honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop remembers Evan Gattis, the latest Braves player to be traded away as the team rebuilds, fondly.

Around Major League Baseball

The Toronto Blue Jays might be interested in James Shields since his price seems to be dropping, per Ken Rosenthal. Of course, if the Mets had the ability to take on payroll, bringing him to Queens would bolster an already strong rotation and give the team more pieces from which to deal for a shortstop.

The Times takes a look at Shields and Max Scherzer, both of whom are very good and very much still free agents. Also in the Times, baseball games are too long, you guys, and some folks like the idea of installing pitch clocks. I, for one, am with Cliff Corcoran on this one.