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Mets Morning News: Jose Reyes returning, Jon Niese not

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets exercised their option to bring Jose Reyes back for the league minimum next season. They declined Jon Niese’s option, instead buying him out for $500,000.

Starting pitcher Marcos Molina, ranked No. 11 among Mets prospects, has fared well in the Arizona Fall League in his first pair of appearances since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Will Lucas Duda be the Mets’ first baseman next season?

Yesterday was Keith Hernandez’s birthday. Here are nine awesome videos of him to help you celebrate a day late.

How would the Mets look if they’d held on to mashing infielders Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy?

Around the NL East

Braves reliever Matt Marksberry, who broke into the majors in 2015, is recovering from a seizure and medically induced coma.

The Marlins are hoping Giancarlo Stanton will assume more of a leadership role next season.

Phillies fans are a little sour because, of the three teams he’s managed, theirs is the only one Terry Francona couldn’t take to the World Series.

The Nationals are bringing Dusty Baker’s entire coaching staff back.

Around the Majors

Javier Baez went 3-for-5 to lead the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers for a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

The Indians are happy.

The Blue Jays are sad.

Yesterday at AA

Lefty reliever Jerry Blevins was a key cog in an impressive Mets bullpen in 2016.

Amazin’ Avenue Audio discussed Jay Bruce and his contract situation.

This Date in Mets History

In 2000, a Timo Perez’s baserunning transgression cost the Mets a chance at an early lead against the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series. The Mets lost the game 4-3, and the series in five contests.