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Mets Afternoon News: Despite the snow, it's a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let's play two!

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets have named their A-ball coaching staffs for the year. Luis Rojas will move from Savannah up to manage St. Lucie, while Jose Leger moves up from Kingsport to manage the Sand Gnats. Previous St. Lucie manager Ryan Ellis will become the minor league hitting coordinator for the Mets' short season teams.

Ticket sales have jumped so far despite the Mets not doing much of anything in the offseason.

Zack Wheeler has the ability to reach ace level but throwing strike one will help get him there.

Matt Harvey's innings limit in 2015 may actually be higher than most have assumed.

What kind of impact will the new Citi Field dimensions have on the Mets going forward?

David Wright is very optimistic for this season and the Mets' future.

Toby Hyde reviewed the all of the Mets right handed pitching prospects

Around the NL East

Jonathan Papelbon may be on the way out of Philly, so what would the Phillies bullpen look like without him?

Evan Meek and Kila Ka'aihue signed minor league deals with the Nationals.

After adding Jonny Gomes, the 2015 Braves look like a case study of sabermetrics versus intangibles.

Ichiro Suzuki has signed with the Marlins, agreeing to a one year deal.

Around the Majors

Cubs legend Ernie Banks has passed away at the age of 83.

James Shields is still a free agent and apparently he prefers to pitch on the west coast.

Alex Rodriguez recently met with new commissioner Rob Manfred.

A's lefty Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his rotator cuff and is expected to miss Opening Day.

Ex-Mets, Yankees, and now Rangers reliever Gonzalez Germen was claimed by the Cubs on waivers.

Former big league lefty Ted Lilly was charged with felony insurance fraud and could face prison time.

Yesterday At AA

Why does Daniel Murphy struggle in high leverage situations?

Jayce Boyd is an under the radar prospect in the Mets organization.

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