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Mets Morning News: The Mets will play twice on Sunday night in 2016

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets will have two scheduled games on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" in 2016. The first April 3 against the Royals, and the second is May 29 against the Dodgers.

Howard Megdal updated us on the Mets' finances, and it doesn't look like much has changed since the last set of details emerged about the Wilpons' debt.

Joel Sherman tried to estimate how much the Mets starting pitchers would get on the open market.

ESPN's Mark Simon tried to come up with some realistic expectations for David Wright in 2016, and talked to some scouts who had differing opinions.

Jay Jaffe wrote that former Mets closer Billy Wagner might not be getting a fair shake from Hall of Fame voters, given his credentials.

Owen Watson at Fangraphs noted that even though Bartolo Colon is one of the worst hitting pitchers ever, he's gotten better over the past two years!

Terence Moore wrote on that as Bartolo Colon ages, he becomes even more enjoyable to watch.

Around the Majors

There was a fantastic piece in The Economist about the United States and Cuba's relationship when it comes to exporting Cuban players, and the decline of Cuban baseball.

After Jason Heyward made comments saying that the Cubs had a better young core than the Cardinals, Mike Matheny had a chance to respond.

The Red Sox announced that Wade Boggs' number 26 will be retired at a ceremony in May.

Our friends at Federal Baseball went over the Nationals' options for rounding out their 2016 rotation.

Dave Cameron took another look at opt-out clauses, and still thinks that teams are better off not offering them.

The Pirates have acquired pitcher Kyle Lobstein from the Detroit Tigers, for cash considerations, to compete for a rotation spot

Yesterday at AA

We continued our Season Review series, as Chris McShane reviewed Jeurys Familia, and Jordan Rabinowitz looked at Kevin Plawecki.

Matt Varvaro posted his Mind Boggler for the week. This time it's on opposing no-hitters.

Matt Varvaro also looked at Carlos Delgado's Hall of Fame case, now that he is on the ballot.

The Mets are looking at a number of different center field options, including Alejandro De Aza.

This Date in Mets History

December 22 is definitely one of the more boring days in Mets history, but at least they signed Endy Chavez on this day!

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