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Mets Morning News: Which Mets might be headed to the World Baseball Classic?

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Meet the Mets

With Noah Syndergaard an early “no,” which Mets might be headed to the World Baseball Classic? Anthony DiComo has the rundown on the likeliest candidates.

While sources seem to disagree as to the exact length of the ban Jeurys Familia could face after the dismissal of domestic violence charges against him, the range of 30-40 games seems to be popping up frequently in discussion.

Around the NL East

The Marlins have reached a two-year deal with free agent pitcher Brad Ziegler.

They also finalized a deal with pitcher Junichi Tazawa.

Jeffrey Loria is also apparently willing to sell the Marlins if the price is right.

Odubel Herrera wants Phillies fans to know that the team made a good investment in him.

Around MLB

A record six teams will pay the luxury tax this season.

Aroldis Chapman agrees with the criticism that Joe Maddon overworked him in the playoffs.

Craig Sager, who was a lifelong Cubs fan, bet on the team to win the World Series for 35 straight years before finally cashing in this year. Sager died on Thursday at the age of 65.

Rod Carew’s heart and kidney transplants were successful according to the Minnesota Twins.

The new MLB labor deal may result in some games with early start times due to a new rule about gateway-day games.

The Cardinals have received the go-ahead to build a “ballpark village” around Busch Field from the city of St. Louis.

MLB’s BAMTech streaming service has secured the rights to broadcast Riot Games’ esport League of Legends through 2023 for the hefty price tag of at least $300 million.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Schreiber brought you the Position Player Preview for Center Field.

This Date in Mets History

It’s Bob Ojeda’s birthday today!