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Mets Morning News: Offseason grades are in; will the Mets pass or be forced to withdraw?

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

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Meet the Mets

Jay Jaffe graded the Mets offseason and he doesn't think they've done enough to compete in 2015.

Wilmer Flores is doing all that he can to improve and take the shortstop job by the horns.

What will the Mets Opening Day roster look like? Rising Apple gives their best projection to this point.

A number of ex-Mets have found new homes in the NL East, including a man with an awesome lightning bolt t-shirt.

Around the NL East

What are some of the advantages to the Phillies keeping Jonathan Papelbon? Well, getting to see his stupid face a lot. Oh wait, you said advantages?

Ex-Mets catcher John Buck signed a minor league deal with the Braves.

Nationals coach Mark Weidemaier spoke about defensive positioning and how the Nats use it.

The Marlins are looking to avoid everlasting mediocrity.

Around the Majors

MLB is barring Yoan Moncada, among other Cuban ballplayers, from signing a contract, though that may change in the coming weeks.

Is Bud Selig Hall of Fame worthy? His candidacy may not be cut and dry. Selig's successor Rob Manfred has an idea to ban shifts but there's a problem with that.

Who are some of the best bets for offensive breakouts in 2015? Eno Sarris uses fastballs to predict them and the Mets have a player on the list.

How can teams get the most out of analytics? Bill Petti wrote about it at The Hardball Times.

Yesterday At AA

The Braves outfield looks quite bad after they dealt Jason Heyward and Justin Upton away.

Amazin' Avenue Audio episode 101 features live questions (on tape delay, of course). JeffZaun is ready to take yaw cawlls, okay? Back afta dis.

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