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

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Meet the Mets

Mike Piazza thanked Mets ownership and expressed gratitude regarding the team's decision to retire his uniform number this season.

The Mets have already signed a pair of left-handed relief pitchers this offseason, and now they are projecting Josh Edgin, who underwent Tommy John surgery last March, to return to action by the first day of May.

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez suggested that opposing hitters "go to church" before facing the Mets' talented pitching staff.

New York officially announced the Yoenis Cespedes signing and celebrated with a music video.

On his decision to return to Queens, the slugger said, "I couldn't deny the pull to come back and finish what we started last year."

Around the National League East

A video has emerged showing that Ruben Amaro is having a good time now that he's away from the Phillies.

Is a dispute between the Nationals and broadcaster MASN keeping the team from spending on free agents like Cespedes?

Fish Stripes wonders if Edwin Jackson and his amazing slider can make an impact with the Marlins this season.

The Braves could be big spenders on the international free agent market in the coming year.

Around Major League Baseball

After making a big splash last winter, the Padres appear to be stuck between rebuilding and contending in 2016.

MLB has asked for the US Anti-Doping Agency to help investigate the recent Al Jazeera PED stories.

Grant Brisbee attempts to find homes for the top remaining free agents.

Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to play a regular season game in London by 2017.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Nathan Gismot wrote about the Cespedes signing completely changing the Mets' 2016 expectations.

Matt Varvaro has six more Mets pitchers who might deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

The return of Cespedes may have come as a surprise, but it wasn't surprising to see the Mets dodge another long-term contract.

Greg Karam showed you how we created our list of top Mets prospects for 2016.

Jeff and Greg talked about how the Mets have a pretty good team this year in the latest episode of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

This date in Mets history

The Mets signed relief pitchers Dick Tidrow and Dan Wheeler. Plus, Angel Berroa turns 36 years old.