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Mets Morning News: As winter meetings close, Mets say more deals to come

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

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Meet the Mets

Even after adding a pair of veteran infielders to the club on Wednesday, the Mets are still looking to improve in other areas. Center field is next on the to-do list.

The acquisitions of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera were met with mostly positive reviews from the press.

With a new shortstop on board, questions are arising about the roles of Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada in 2016.

So far this offseason, the Mets have done more to address the potential absence of David Wright than the probable absence of Yoenis Cespedes.

The Rule 5 Draft occurred yesterday morning, and the Mets lost Triple-A right-hander Matt Bowman to St. Louis.

During an appearance at a New York City department store, Jacob deGrom said that he's probably not going to cut his hair over the winter.

Around the National League East

The Nationals opened up a spot for Trea Turner in their starting lineup when they dealt Yunel Escobar to Anaheim for right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Michael Brady.

Meanwhile, the Braves traded their young backstop Christian Bethancourt to San Diego in exchange for right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly and catcher Ricardo Rodriguez.

The Phillies picked first in the Rule 5 Draft and selected outfielder Tyler Goeddel off of Tampa Bay's roster.

Miami left the winter meetings without trading Jose Fernandez or Marcell Ozuna. The asking price for both players remains high.

Around the majors

MLB.com has the full results of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

Jason Heyward hasn't decided on a landing spot just yet, but Jon Paul Morosi knows who the three finalists are.

Depending on which reporter you want to believe, Baltimore is either close to re-signing Chris Davis or looking for someone to fill his shoes.

Left-handed relief pitcher Tony Sipp is returning to the Astros on a three-year deal.

Eno Sarris of FanGraphs asked a bunch of managers about how their jobs have changed over the years.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Chris McShane helped us get to know Cabrera a little better and provided an update on New York's payroll situation.

This date in Mets history

Bernie Madoff was arrested, and his crimes against investors continue to haunt the Mets to this day.