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Mets Morning News: Washington goes for broke with Scherzer signing

Your Martin Luther King Day dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

In case you missed the Queens Baseball Convention, here's a cool video recap of the event.

Speaking of the Queens Baseball Convention, Greg Prince writes about how he got Ed Charles to show up and accept the Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award.

On this date in Mets history: In 1972, Yogi Berra was elected into the Hall of Fame. Also we've got double-barrel action in the birthday bullpen with Jon Matlack and Anthony Young.

Around the National League East

The Nationals have agreed to terms with Max Scherzer on a seven-year deal that is expected to be worth around $180 million. The right-handed free agent will give Washington quite an intimidating rotation this season.

Meanwhile, Washington's bullpen is in flux now that Tyler Clippard has been traded to Oakland.

After Ian Desmond was reportedly close to being moved to Queens, the Nationals are now telling teams that the shortstop is off the market. Unless the deal is really sweet.

Around the Majors

One of the themes of this offseason has been teams balancing win-now moves with those that help maintain future success.

Due to ongoing renovations, the bleachers at Wrigley Field will not be ready for Opening Night. That puts season ticket holders in a bit of a bind.

Athletics Nation tries to make sense of Oakland's latest round of wheeling and dealing. has GIFs of the 10 longest home runs of 2014.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Dan Lewis uncovered a Mets internal memo that says a lot about the team's shortstop search.