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Mets Morning News: The Binghamton Mets are staying in Binghamton

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

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Meet the Mets

The Binghamton Mets have officially been sold, and will stay in Binghamton. The club's new owner, John Hughes of Evans Street Baseball, told reporters that the team plans to play at NYSEG Stadium for the foreseeable future.

Steven Matz spent some time with ill kids at a local hospital. As an aside, it looks like he may be joining the long hair club too.

Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs notes that Daniel Murphy is in a unique club of hitters whose contact rate went up, while pulling the ball more, and it showed itself in the playoffs.

Wuilmer Becerra continues to hit the ball well in Venezuelan Winter League. The 21-year-old outfielder has hit .361 in his first eighteen games.

Alyson Footer at noted that Billy Wagner's Hall of Fame case is built on more than just saves.

Around the Majors

The Yankees have acquired All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds for a rather underwhelming package of minor leaguers. As Joel Sherman notes, Chapman was seen as a tough player to trade due to recent domestic abuse allegations against him.

According to Theo Epstein, the Cubs signed Jason Heyward thinking that he would develop as a power hitter.

Nathaniel Grow of Fangraphs provided an update on several court cases which Major League Baseball is involved in.

The source who linked Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, and others to a pharmacy that was allegedly distributing HGH has recanted, saying that he lied.

Yesterday at AA

Nathan Gismot wrote about frustrations and reasonable expectations when we talk about the Mets, and how we express them.

Chris McShane looked back on Erik Goeddel's 2015 season.

Jeremy Binckes talked about Jeremy Hefner's departure from the Mets.

This week's Mind Boggler looks to see if you can name all of the members of the Mets Hall of Fame.

This Date in Mets History

On December 29, 2009, the Mets announced that they had signed Jason Bay to a four-year deal with a vesting option, which would turn out to be one of the most disastrous signings in team history.

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