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Mets Morning News: More money, less problems? No, that's not how it goes

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

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets have already sold more season tickets than they did last year. That means more revenue, but does more revenue equal more payroll? Stay tuned.

Mets 360 has an alphabetical preview of the 2015 season. This is just another reason why Sandy Alderson should have traded for Boston's Xander Bogaerts.

The newest Free Shirt Friday entry looks a lot like a less cool version of the Faith and Fear in Flushing numbers shirt.

This date in Mets history: Mookie Wilson turns 59 years old today. Happy birthday, Mookie!

Around the National League East

Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa is giving up switch hitting and will bat exclusively from the right side in 2015.

It looks as though Dan Haren is sticking with Miami even though he previously said he would not pitch anywhere outside of the west coast.

Although it doesn't look like the Marlins are going to reel in James Shields, they have touched base regarding former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez

Around the Majors

James Shields is expected to sign with the Padres sometime soon. The team's most recent offer was for four years and around $80 million.

Rob Manfred is looking to start awarding the All-Star Game to cities based on merit and bidding, much like how the NFL chooses a Super Bowl site.

Manfred, you might remember, is also open to banning defensive shifts, but it doesn't look like many general managers support that idea.

Uni-Watch showed off some of its favorite throwback jerseys from before World War II.

New Rays manager Kevin Cash is less likely to write up a Tommy Tutone lineup than his predecessor. Boo.