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Mets Morning News: Piazza elected to Hall of Fame alongside Griffey

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Mets Morning News

The results of the voting for the 2016 class of the National Baseball Hall of Fame were released last night, and Mike Piazza was voted in with 83% of the vote. It was his fourth year of eligibility. Greg Prince remembers Piazza's career and puts his election into context. Erik Malinowski looks back at the time when nobody wanted Piazza.

Free agent infielder Kelly Johnson is returning to the Braves after being acquired by the Mets from Atlanta at the 2015 trade deadline. It's a one-year, $2 million contract with $1.25 million in potential incentives.

Terry Collins will be featured in an episode of MLB Network Presents on January 12. In it, he will discuss his long career and his expectations for 2016.

Around the NL East

Talking Chop looks at Julio Teheran's contract and say that given the going rate for starting pitching, the deal is a downright bargain.

The Nationals officially announced their deals with free agents Stephen Drew and Daniel Murphy. In addition, they have reportedly examined the trade market for catchers.

The Phillies announced nine non-roster invitees to spring training. The list includes many of Philadelphia's more noteworthy prospects, including Mark Appel and J.P. Crawford.

With the signing of Alex Gordon, the market for Marcell Ozuna is reportedly heating up. Reports have indicated several teams are interested, including the Rangers.

Around MLB

In addition to Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the Hall of Fame. Griffey was three votes shy of a unanimous election, making him the new record holder for highest percentage of votes at 99.3%.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens remained on the outside looking in, but both gained ground in their attempts to gain entrance to the Hall of Fame. Bonds received 44.3% of the vote, while Clemens received 45.2%.

Alex Gordon has agreed to a deal that will have him return to the Royals. The deal is worth four years and $72 million. Just last month, it was reported that Gordon had informed the team they would not be able to bring him back.

The Orioles reportedly view Justin Upton as a "fallback" should they fail to re-sign Chris Davis. Davis was offered a deal that may or may not still be on the table worth $150 million.

Major league veterans Chris Carter and Neftali Feliz both signed one-year free agent contracts. Carter joined the Brewers for $2.5 million, and Feliz was inked by the Pirates for $3.9 million.

Yesterday at AA

Episode 165 of Amazin' Avenue Audio was released.

This Date in Mets History

In 1992, Tom Seaver was elected to the Hall of Fame. Until yesterday, Seaver held the record for highest percentage of votes at 98.84%.