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Mets Morning News: A grand honor, and a great challenge in free agency

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Curtis Granderson is this year’s Roberto Clemente Award winner, and it’s an honor he was almost destined to earn.

The Mets are reportedly preparing for life without Yoenis Cespedes, and a man currently playing in the World Series could be a potential replacement.

Deadlines are still far down the road, but injuries to the team’s young starting pitchers may be putting contract extension talks on hold.

Around the NL East

According to a toxicology report, the late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system and was legally drunk when he died in a boat crash last month.

Phillies fans are celebrating eight years since the team’s World Series title.

Federal Baseball wrote about catcher Wilson Ramos and his future with the Nationals.

Around the Majors

We’re on to Game Five of the Fall Classic. After beating the Cubs 7-2 Saturday night, the Indians are a win away from their first championship in nearly 70 years.

Commissioner Rob Manfred took a stance against changing the designated hitter rule for future World Series.

Zach Britton and Kenley Jansen were honored as this season’s Relievers of the Year.

Allow us to share with you the fascinating Twitter beef between the Oakland Athletics and Smashmouth.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Thomas Henderson looked back at Kelly Johnson’s 2016 season. Based on the results, the Mets may want to trade for him midseason...for the third year in a row.

Chris McShane reported on the Mets’ decision to tender a contract to Lucas Duda.

Chris also wrote about the team’s interest in bringing back Bartolo Colon.

Steve Sypa reviewed the inaugural season for one of the Mets’ minor league affiliates.

This Date in Mets History

October 30th is, admittedly, a fairly uneventful date in terms of Mets history. Tom Seaver got rewarded for his remarkable season in 1973. And it’s also a date a lot of former Mets became free agents.