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Mets Morning News: Wheeler to pitch off a mound in January

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

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler announced that he will be getting back on the mound in early January, but made it clear that the only team he wants to pitch for is the Mets in 2016.

The Mets signed Jim Henderson to a minor league deal. The reliever has converted thirty-one saves since 2012.

Spring training will conclude with two exhibitions in Las Vegas against the Cubs, the Mets announced today. Those games will be played on March 31 and April 1.

Adam Rubin jotted down what he believes Sandy Alderson's plan for the winter meetings.

According to Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs, Jon Niese made some pretty terrific defensive plays in 2015.

Maria Guardado made note of five prospects who could end up with the 2016 Mets.

Around the Majors

According to reports, the Nationals will attempt to trade Yunel Escobar at the winter meetings.

Former Phillies star Cliff Lee is attempting to return to baseball in 2016, after he missed 2015 because of injury.

Nori Aoki is heading to the Mariners, as the former Giants outfield signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with an option for 2017.

Major League Baseball will tour Cuba between December 15 and 18. The goodwill trip is to be led by Dave Winfield and Joe Torre.

The Diamondbacks unveiled a whole crop of new uniforms, and they are definitely bucking some trends in baseball.

Dave Cameron wrote a good piece on risk assessment and mitigation in baseball, and how opt-outs aren't necessarily a good thing.

The Hiroshima Carp appear to be ready to post star pitcher Kenta Maeda.

New York sports radio legends Mike Francesa and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo synced up their shows on Thursday, where they announced that they would be doing an event together at Radio City Music Hall for charity.

Yesterday at AA

The Piazza for the Worst Position Player was unveiled, and there were a fair number of bad nominees to choose from.

Lukas Vlahos looked at new bullpen arm Jim Henderson.

This Date in Mets History

On December 4, 1998 well-liked Mets outfielder Butch Huskey was traded to the Seattle Mariners.

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