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Mets Morning News: Zack Wheeler thinks the Mets could, in fact, be Royals. Take THAT, Lorde

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

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Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler is so pumped for the 2015 season that he thinks the Mets could be the 2015 version of the Royals who made it all the way to the World Series last year. Wheeler says he's working on keeping his pitch counts down.

Matt Harvey's first bullpen session was "spot-on", as the ace threw under the watchful eye of Guy Conti in Port St. Lucie.

In watching Harvey's recovery, Jacob deGrom recalls his own recovery from Tommy John surgery and sees similarities between the two.

Rob Manfred weighed in on the Mets payroll issues, essentially taking a page from the Bud Selig playbook.

Dilson Herrera's future looks promising for fantasy players, though that probably won't begin in 2015.

Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show and he's a big Mets fan. Any chance he's going to buy the Mets (please please please!!!!)?

Around the NL East

Adding James Shields would've definitely aided a Marlins playoff push.

Danny Espinosa is giving up switch hitting this year.

The Braves have added former closers Matt Capps and Jose Veras on minor league deals.

Ruben Amaro expects Cole Hamels to be at Phillies spring training, though the GM is still said to be shopping his ace.

Around the Majors

A big offseason would be complete if the Padres brought back their brown uniforms.

Should the Giants piggyback their starters in 2015? It could work well for them.

Where do the Mets fit among the top 10 rotations in MLB? Smack dab in the middle.

Ike Davis' Valley Fever nightmare has continued.

Yesterday At AA

We continued our AA top prospects list with #16-20.

Rob Manfred believes the Mets can expand payroll if they want to.

Mets pitching prospect Gabriel Ynoa is getting rave reviews.

Minor league Tim Peterson was suspended 80 games for a positive PED test.

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