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Mets Morning News: Time to bolster the bullpen

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets signed a pair of relievers—Ben Rowen and Cory Burns—to minor league deals.

Cross lefty Mike Dunn off the list of potential free agent relievers the Mets can sign. Dunn signed a three-year deal with the Rockies worth $19 million.

According to FanGraphs’ Eno Sarris, the Mets should now turn their attention to relief arms Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hudson, Boone Logan, and Travis Wood.

Domestic violence charges against Jeurys Familia were dropped and expunged from his record, though he could still face suspension from the league.

In light of the league’s new anti-hazing policy, here’s a story about former Mets closer Armando Benitez fending off would-be hazers with a baseball bat.

Most importantly, the Rumble Ponies unveiled their new uniforms.

Around the NL East

The folks at Talking Chop wondered whether speedy prospect Mallex Smith will be on the Braves’ Opening Day roster next season. Oh, and here’s Bartolo Colon doing Bartolo Colon things.

The Marlins inked Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12 million pact. The team’s owner, Jeffrey Loria, is reportedly willing to sell the franchise for $1.7 billion.

The Phillies signed breakout outfielder Odubel Herrera to a five-year extension worth $30.5 million, with team options in 2022 and 2023.

The Nationals are hoping for bounce-back seasons from Ryan Zimmerman and Derek Norris.

Around the Majors

Cincinnati Reds manager and former pitching coach Bryan Price explained why he doesn’t think limiting pitchers’ innings in the minor leagues is a good idea.

The Orioles’ Brad Barch and the Rangers’ Jeremy Jeffress are two quality relievers said to be available via trade.

The Cardinals are “listening” to offers for first baseman Matt Adams. The team appears content to dub Matt Carpenter the starter there.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro made an argument for not trading Jay Bruce.

Max Gelman reviewed the 2016 seasons of streaky Alejandro De Aza and creaky Rafael Montero.

This Date in Mets History

Four years ago, the Mets officially traded R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and the legend Mike Nickeas for John Buck and some minor leaguers you’ve probably never heard of.