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Mets Morning News: Mets tender contracts to Tejada, Mejia, all other eligible players

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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

Last night was the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. The Mets had eight such playersLucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Jenrry Mejia, Ruben Tejada, Carlos Torres, and Josh EdginEach one was tendered a contract.

The Mets are reportedly still keeping tabs on center fielder Dexter Fowler. The switch-hitting Fowler spent 2015 with the Cubs and hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 home runs.

Mets bench coach Bob Geren has left the team to take the same job with the Dodgers. Geren also interviewed for their managerial opening before accepting the position. He spent four seasons as the Mets' bench coach, beginning in 2012.

The Mets could stay within the organization to fill Geren's vacated spot, with Tim Teufel a possibility. If that happens, Binghamton Mets manager Pedro Lopez could move up to the major league staff.

Around the NL East

The Marlins and Mariners have reportedly discussed a deal involving outfielder Marcell Ozuna. However, the Marlins are said to want top starting pitching, which could work against their ability to get a deal done.

The Braves signed free-agent infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, with an additional $500,000 in incentives. It was also reported that the Braves were not likely to tender Mike Minor a contract.

The Phillies claimed outfielder Peter Bourjos off of waivers from the Cardinals. The 28-year-old hit just .200/.293/.333 in 2015.

The Nationals avoided arbitration by agreeing to deals with two of their players. Tyler Moore and Jose Lobaton signed one-year contracts worth $900,000 and $1.3875 million respectively.

Around MLB

The Cardinals finished in second in the bidding for David Price. Their offer was reportedly $30 million less than that of the Red Sox.

The Padres and Athletics completed a trade yesterday. San Diego sent first baseman Yonder Alonso and pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to Oakland in exchange for pitcher Drew Pomeranz and a minor leaguer.

The Mariners signed reliever Justin De Fratus to a one-year deal worth $750,000. De Fratus spent 2015 with the Phillies, where he pitched to a 5.51 ERA over 80 innings.

The Padres hired Mark McGwire as their new bench coach. He had served as the Dodgers' hitting coach for the past three seasons.

Some notable players who were not tendered contracts before last night's deadline include pitcher Henderson Alvarez, Steve Cishek, Al Alburquerque, and Neftali Feliz.

Yesterday at AA

We unveiled The Piazza for best starting pitcher. Jacob deGrom was the unanimous winner, with Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard coming in second and third respectively.

This Date in Mets History

In 1974, the Mets traded Tug McGraw and two others to the Phillies. In return, they received pitcher Mac Scarce, catcher John Stearns, and outfielder Del Unser.