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Meet the Mets

There are a couple of Mets tidbits in this FanGraphs article by David Laurita. First, the author praises the Mets for passing on Daniel Murphy and trading for Neil Walker. Then, he tells us about some pinch-hitting advice that Michael Cuddyer gave Michael Conforto last summer.

Greg Prince did his best to divvy up New York's postseason monetary prize. has some highlights of Mets prospect Wuilmer Becerra, who is hitting quite well in winter ball.

Fox Sports's one-hour special on the 2015 Mets debuted last night. It's replaying this morning at 10 a.m. in case you missed it.

Around the National League East

An Al Jazeera report linked both Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard to performance enhancing drugs. The two sluggers share a lawyer, who has denied the allegations.

In news that is more fun for Nationals fans, both Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were amazing during the 2015 season, and both guys will be back in 2016.

Former Braves coach Bobby Dews died on Sunday. He worked in the Atlanta organization for an incredible 37 years.

Around the majors

Former All-Star outfielder Dave "Hendu" Henderson passed away on Sunday at age 57. He is best remembered for his heroics in the 1986 ALCS that helped the Red Sox advance to face the Mets in the World Series.

Longtime St. Louis baseball scribe Joe Strauss also passed away over the weekend.

Edgar Martinez is hoping that his Hall of Fame case gets a boost from the excitement surrounding fellow designated hitter David Ortiz's final season.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Nathan Gismot bravely continued his #MetsTwitter research.

This date in Mets history

Benny Agbayani turns 44 years old today.