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Mets Morning News: Thor is the Norse god of pitching prospects

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

MLB Pipeline released their top 100 prospects list last night and Noah Syndergaard leads the pack for the Mets, checking in at #10. The Mets had 5 players make the list in total.

The Mets announced their Double-A and Triple-A coaching staffs for 2015, completing their full season affiliates.

Las Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola is cherishing his return to coaching after a health scare last season.

Paul DePodesta is really excited about the Mets crop of MLB ready prospects who'll spend most or part of the year at Triple-A Las Vegas. He also says that they have a second wave, headlined by Amed Rosario and Marcos Molina.

Omar Quintanilla won't be a part of that MLB ready depth, as he's headed back to the Rockies on a minor league deal.

Around the NL East

Former Mets and Nationals manager Davey Johnson turned 72 yesterday. Happy birthday, Davey!

A trade between the Rockies and Braves yesterday likely knocked out the Dillon Gee market and deprived us of one of Gary Cohen's favorite names to say in one fell swoop: the Braves dealt David Hale and tongue-twister Gus Schlosser to the Rockies for a pair of minor league catchers.

The Phillies inked Chad Billingsley to a one-year deal. Not a bad deal for them if he's healthy.

Marlins prospects Tyler Kolek and JT Realmuto landed on Keith Law's top 100 prospect list. Otherwise, the fish ended up at 24th in his farm rankings.

Around the Majors

Here's an interesting idea: should relief pitchers be forced to face multiple batters in order to eliminate one batter specialists and make the game move quicker? Of all of the suggestions made to speed up baseball, this one doesn't seem bad to me.

Yoan Moncada cleared a big government hurdle which should help him sign with a non-Mets team soon. Jorge Arangure visited Cuba and wrote about his experiences there meeting with a local sports fan.

MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospect list is once again led by Byron Buxton.

Yasiel Puig had some funny things to say about his teammate Juan Uribe and about the Dodgers top rivals.

The Red Sox have added Alexi Ogando on a one year deal, while the Yankees snagged veteran starter Scott Baker.

Yesterday At AA

Our Mets Spring Training Countdown is down to 19 days!

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