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Mets Morning News: Mets sign Alejandro De Aza, Wilpons come under fire

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

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Meet the Mets

Following rumors that the Mets had Alejandro De Aza on their radar, among a host of other left-hand hitting outfielders, the team signed De Aza to a one-year, $5.75 million contract.

In the wake of Howard Megdal's article about the organization's financial issues, De Aza's signing sparked discussion on the team's limited payroll. Ken Rosenthal, in particular, held Mets ownership to scrutiny in a column for Fox Sports.

Mike Vaccaro of the Post added fuel to the fire in a column discreetly titled "World Series berth doesn’t give Mets a penny-pinching pass."

Ted Berg took a measured approach in his USA Today column, noting "Having financial flexibility helps clubs patch holes and cover mistakes...but it just doesn’t guarantee success at all."

Joe Giglio of explored the possibility of the Mets retaining Yoenis Cespedes through a one-year deal.

The Mets have interest in re-signing Tyler Clippard, preferably on a one-year deal.

Around the Majors

Mike Puma of the Post looked into some potential landing spots for free agent Daniel Murphy.

Mike Leake reportedly signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals. Acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, Leake posted a 4.07 ERA in nine starts for the Giants. While Leake's price tag may seem a tad steep, Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs rationalized the signing from St. Louis' perspective.

Freddy Sanchez formally announced his retirement after going more than three years without appearing in a major league game.

The Indians released Chris Johnson with $17 million remaining on the third baseman's contract.

The Marlins apparently have no intention of moving ace starter Jose Fernandez, as the team raised his asking price even further.

Former Met Jordany Valdespin inked a minor league deal with the Tigers. Valdespin had a tenuous run in the Mets' organization, which we discussed after his non-tender in December 2013.

Yesterday at AA

Rich Resch took a look at the financial details of Alejandro De Aza's contract.

Fox Sports 1's documentary "Tears of Joy: 2015 New York Mets" will air this Sunday at 6:00 PM.

We reflected on Bartolo Colon's eventful 2015 season with the Mets.

Matt Varvaro examined Jeff Kent's case for a spot in Cooperstown.

Jeffrey Paternostro and the Amazin' Avenue staff aired grievances and discussed the Mets' state of affairs on the year's final episode of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, the Mets acquired Mike Hampton from the Astros in exchange for Octavio Dotel, Roger Cedeno, and a prospect. Happy birthday to Tim Harkness, Jerry Koosman, Tim Leary, Jerry Manuel, Rick White, the aforementioned Jordany Valdespin, and Amazin' Avenue fan favorite Josh Satin! Satin spent the 2015 season in Triple-A Louisville.