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Mets Morning News: Kirk Nieuwenuis claimed, Johnny Monell outrighted

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Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been claimed by the Brewers off of waivers. During the 2015 season, Nieuwenhuis was traded by the Mets to the Angels but was then claimed by the Mets on waivers and spent the remainder of the season with the team.

After clearing waivers, Johnny Monell has been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. In several stints with the Mets this past season, Monell hit just .167/.231/.208.

Former Mets prospect Cesar Puello has signed a deal with the Yankees. Puello was released by the Mets in August.

Mets minor leaguer Jose Martinez was suspended 60 games after testing positive for Stanozolol. The 21-year-old converted from playing shortstop to pitching in 2014.

Around the NL East

The Nationals are still in the market for a second baseman. Howie Kendrick and Daniel Murphy are on their radar.

The Braves signed pitcher Alexi Ogando to a minor league contract. Ogando served as a reliever for the Red Sox in 2015, and posted a 3.99 ERA.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez continues to draw interest in trade discussions. Teams are reportedly concerned as to what Fernandez's innings limit will be in 2016.

Around MLB

Former Met Jordany Valdespin signed a minor league deal with the Tigers. Valdespin spent the past two season in the Marlins organization, splitting time between Triple-A and the major league club.

The Pirates signed John Jaso to a two-year deal worth $8 million. Jaso will likely serve as the left-handed side of a platoon with Michael Morse at first base.

Alex Gordon informed the Royals that based on their current offer, they have "no chance" at re-signing him. Their offer is reportedly four years and $50 million.

After acquiring him in trade with the Yankees, the Cubs have released shortstop Brendan Ryan. Known more for his glove than his bat, Ryan is a career .234 hitter.

Yesterday at AA

We profiled newly acquired Mets outfielder Alejandro De Aza, who is expected to fill the left-handed half of a center field platoon with Juan Lagares.

Matt Varvaro made the Hall of Fame case for former Mets third baseman Robin Ventura, who spent three years with the the team and hit .260/.360/.468 in that time.

Greg Karam reviewed Logan Verrett's season.

Yesterday at AA

Two Mets players with unexceptional tenures with the team have birthdays today. Matt Ginter turns 38, while Frank Taveras turns 66.