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Mets Morning News: Nationals play Grinch while Mets front office plays Scrooge

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Merry Christmas, everyone. It's going to be tough for Daniel Murphy to spread cheer to New York fans in 2016. Yesterday we received word that the second baseman had reached an agreement with the rival Nationals.

Meanwhile, it seems the Mets' front office is no longer pursuing Yoenis Cespedes, but the team may still add a right-handed hitting outfielder before the winter is through.

According to an NJ.com poll, 70 percent of Mets fans consider the club to be hot stove losers.

Noah Syndergaard reminded us of the joy of rooting for the Mets when he and his family posed in Bartolo Colon "Big Sexy" t-shirts.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop tries to figure out which position Hector Olivera will be playing on Opening Day.

The writers of The Good Phight made a holiday wish list and expressed their hopes for the coming baseball season.

Federal Baseball posted a Washington-based reaction to the Murphy signing.

ESPN's Dave Schoenfield wonders if the NL East can be anything more than a two-team race in 2016.

Around the majors

The Astros have come to terms with a young Cuban right-handed pitcher named Carlos Sierra.

MLB.com selects the perfect Christmas present for all 30 teams.

The Hardball Times shows how science can help us find the perfect way to hit a baseball.

FanGraphs analyzes the curious case of Hisashi Iwakuma, who was very close to signing with the Dodgers this offseason before eventually returning to Seattle.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Matt Varvaro made a Hall of Fame case for Carlos Beltran.

Chris McShane reviewed the 2015 season of Hansel Robles.

This date in Mets history

Former Mets southpaw Al Jackson turns 80 years old today (or is it tomorrow?).