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Mets Morning News: Cespedes signing changed Mets' offseason, Brewers trade Jean Segura

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Marc Carig writes about the Mets' offseason and how Sandy Alderson felt about it even before things worked out with Yoenis Cespedes, a signing that drastically changed perception about the upcoming season.

The MLB Pipeline list of baseball's top 100 prospects for 2016 includes four Mets.

Around the NL East

Gordon Beckham is trying to win the everyday job at third base for the Braves in spring training this year.

The Phillies have seven prospects on that same top 100 list.

Fish Stripes wonders what the Rockies' trade of Corey Dickerson could mean for the trade market for Marcell Ozuna.

Federal Baseball writes that the Nationals' trade of Drew Storen was the best thing for everyone involved.

Around Major League Baseball

The Diamondbacks and Brewers made a trade that sends Jean Segura to Arizona.

Andruw Jones is set to retire from baseball after spending a couple season playing in Japan.

The Royals had one of the oldest rosters in baseball at the beginning of last season, Ken Davidoff points out.

The Daily News looks back at the history of the opt-out clause, which has become very popular this offseason.

This date in Mets history

On this date in 1962, Ralph Kiner signed to join the Mets' broadcast booth. It wound up being one of the greatest hires in Mets history.