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Mets Morning News: Cleveland signs Edwin Encarnacion

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

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Meet the Mets

Fangraphs takes a look at Statcast and how it can help Robert Gsellman, among others, excel as a reliever.

While most Mets rumors have been involving acquiring a hitter, our focus should perhaps be on acquiring a pitcher.

No Familia, no problem. Here’s the case for Addison Reed as closer.

Faith and Fear in Flushing hands out an unusual recipient of the Mets player of the year.

Around the NL East

The Braves have signed Ender Inciarte to a five-year extension.

Doug Fister does not appear to be a target of the Marlins.

Around the Majors

The Indians have signed Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract.

Manny Ramirez is in talks to play baseball again, according to his wife.

MLB has suspended five minor league players for failed drug tests.

Former Padres and Tigers GM Randy Smith has been hired as a senior advisor for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League.

Ivan Nova has returned to the Pirates on a three-year, 26 million dollar contract.

Yesterday at AA

Just in time for Christmas, the Mets released their 2017 promotional and giveaway schedule.

ESPN unveiled its Sunday Night Baseball schedule through the end of the July.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, the New York Mets traded for Mike Hampton and Derek Bell. Thank you for David Wright, Mr. Hampton!