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Mets Morning News: Return of the Keith

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

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Meet the Mets

SNY re-signed beloved color commentator Keith Hernandez to a new contract. It appears Hernandez will remain a part of the SNY booth for at least the next three years. Hooray!

Maria Guardad of shed further light on cricket star Kieran Powell's recent workout at the Mets' Port St. Lucie facility.

Ken Davidoff wondered whether Yoenis Cespedes will receive a lucrative multi-year contract this offseason.

Monte Irvin, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame who once served as a scout for the Mets, passed away at the age of 96.

Around the Majors

156 players have filed for salary arbitration, including nine Mets.

The Marlins made a pair of signings, bringing Wei-Yin Chen aboard on a five-year, $80 million contractand signing former Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson. What's more, the team now seems hesitant to trade outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

Gerardo Parra, who was linked to the Mets in rumors earlier in the offseason, signed a three-year, $26 million contract with the Rockies. With a crowded outfield, the Rockies appear likely to trade one of Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, or Corey Dickerson.

Yoenis Cespedes isn't the only right-handed power bat still available in free agency. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN wrote about the underwhelming market for Justin Upton.

Yesterday at AA

Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Karam hosted Episode 166 of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

Matt Varvaro examined the Hall of Fame case for former general manager Frank Cashen.

This Date in Mets History

Kevin Mitchell turns 54 today, and Elmer Dessens turns 45.