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Mets Morning News: Familia and Cabrera given green light for winter ball

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

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Meet The Mets

After some speculation, and with the World Baseball Classic looming, the Mets have given Asdrubal Cabrera and Jeurys Familia permission to play in their winter leagues.

Several other players in the organization are also geared up to play winter ball.

Noah Syndergaard was pleased the Mets re-signed his battery mate and primary catcher Rene Rivera.

Jose Reyes keeps bringing the hits, releasing his latest song ‘Otra Ve’.

Around The NL East

The Nationals are considering bringing back infielder Stephen Drew.

Newly acquired Nats catcher Derek Norris hopes to bounce back with the team that originally drafted him.

The Phillies brought back Andres “Whitey” Blanco on a one year deal.

Around The Majors

Former Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin has agreed to a one year deal with the San Diego Padres.

Buster Olney reports Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are both showing recent improvements in public Hall of Fame balloting.

Torii Hunter’s son - the aptly named Torii Hunter Jr. - is leaving Notre Dame Football to follow his father’s footsteps in the Angels organization.

In what might be considered an early Christmas miracle, Joe Buck is considering retiring from broadcasting when his contract expires.

This Date In Mets History

Joe Orsulak signed with the Mets, providing a spark to “The Worst Team Money Could Buy”.