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Mets Morning News: Yoenis Cespedes is still out there, but don't get your hopes up

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Despite rumors that the two sides are close to a deal, Yoenis Cespedes signing with the Mets is still considered a long shot.

After a bunch of trades and promotions, it seems that the Mets no longer have New York's strongest farm system.

Addison Reed was a key pickup for the Mets last year, but he might not be the ideal setup man for Jeurys Familia.

Newsday caught up with Jacob deGrom, who says he enjoys playing catch with his father during the offseason.

Around the National League East

With just about a month to go until spring training, Fish Stripes summarizes the division's winter activity.

Ryan Howard used to be great, but now he is lousy. Should Phillies fans be nice to him?

Braves general manager John Coppolella recently answered some questions about the team on Twitter.

Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito is excited to work with stud right-hander Max Scherzer during spring training.

Around Major League Baseball

The Mets aren't the only team still interested in Cespedes. It appears that the Orioles have extended an offer to the outfielder.

Grant Brisbee finds the biggest remaining hole on each National League roster.

The Padres signed shortstop Alexei Ramirez to a one-year contract.

Tampa Bay is closing in on a two-year extension for infielder Logan Forsythe.

For the first time in franchise history, the Rays have been granted permission to look for a new stadium.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

We began unveiling our Top 25 Mets Prospects list for 2016.

This date in Mets history

Former hitting coach Tom Robson turns 70 years old today.