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Mets Morning News: Teufel replaced as third base coach, Doc turns 52

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

Dwight Gooden pitches Photo by: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets have relieved Tim Teufel of his third base coaching duties. Glenn Sherlock, a former coach within the Diamondbacks organization, will take over as third base coach and catching coach.

The Mets released their 2017 spring training schedule, beginning with a February 24 exhibition game against the Red Sox.

Frank Viola, a coach within the Mets’ minor league system since 2011, is being considered for the Orioles’ pitching coach position.

Skyler Kanfer of BP Mets took an in-depth look at the Binghamton Mets (soon to be Rumble Ponies).

Jose Reyes made a plea on behalf of Mets fans: bring Yoenis Cespedes back! The 14-year veteran also spoke with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com about his versatile role with the team in 2017.

Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu were named as witnesses in a human trafficking case against sports agents Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada. Estrada and Hernandez are accused of smuggling Cuban athletes into the United States.

Around the NL East

While the likelihood of a deal is unknown, the Nationals are said to have interest in White Sox ace Chris Sale.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves have interest in free agent catcher Jason Castro.

While the Marlins want to upgrade their bullpen, the team is hesitant to part with a draft pick to sign Kenley Jansen.

A former “Double-A folk legend,” Darin Ruf’s time with the Phillies came to an abrupt end with last week’s Howie Kendrick trade.

Around Major League Baseball

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs ranked this free agent class’s riskiest contracts. Craig Edwards listed the drawbacks of a Justin Turner signing, citing the infielder’s “unusual career and lower amount of playing time.”

Terry Francona and Dave Roberts were named Managers of the Year. We’ll find out who earned Cy Young honors at 6:00 PM EST tonight.

Japanese right-handed pitcher and DH Shohei Otani is unlikely to sign with an MLB team until after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old Otani is heralded as a top international prospect due to his prowess as a two-way player.

The Phillies released left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison, eating at least half of Harrison’s owed $15.2 million. A former All-Star with the Texas Rangers, Harrison never threw a pitch in a Phillies uniform due to a chronic back injury.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Matt Varvaro took a look at awards the Mets should have won over the years.

Steve Schreiber previewed the Mets’ third base options for 2017.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1961, the Mets unveiled their franchise logo, designed by cartoonist Ray Gatto.

Happy birthday to Leon Brown, Harry Chiti, Mark Corey, Don Hahn, Juan Centeno, and Dwight “Doc” Gooden!