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Mets Afternoon News: Yoenis Cespedes officially opts out

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Your Saturday afternoon dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

It’s official: Yoenis Cespedes is no longer a Met. The question is, will he be one again?

The Mets outrighted Justin Ruggiano, who chose free agency.

Terry Collins is very happy for his good friend Joe Maddon’s World Series win with the Cubs.

The Mets start next season with 32 straight games against NL East opponents.

Around the NL East

The Marlins officially declined their option on Fernando Rodney.

The Phillies picked up reliever Pat Neshek in a trade with the Astros.

Around MLB

The Cubs held a dandy parade for their World Series win.

They dyed the Chicago River blue for the occasion.

Steve Bartman didn’t go though he was happy that the Cubs finally won.

The Indians picked up Terry Francona’s 2019-2020 option.

The Diamondbacks hired Torey Lovullo as their new manager.

The Diamondbacks also claimed Jeremy Hazelbaker off waivers.

The Cardinals officially declined Matt Holliday’s option, ending his long tenure with the team.

Yesterday at AA

Nathan Gismot took a look back at the unlikely signing of Jose Reyes.

There was a new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio. Check it out (and please leave us a review on iTunes, it really helps!).

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1990, Darryl Strawberry left the Mets for a rich contract with the Dodgers.