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Mets Morning News: Lugo and Kelly to play in WBC, Benny Agbayani turns 45

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

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Meet the Mets

Seth Lugo will represent Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Ty Kelly will be one of 10 Jewish players with professional experience to represent Israel in the WBC.

Justin Minaya, son of former Mets general manager Omar Minaya, is a highly sought after Division 1 basketball prospect.

Jayson Stark of ESPN reflected on the strange feat of former Met Bartolo Colon’s home run.

Maggie Wiggin of MetsBlog forecasted Ben Rowen’s role in the Mets’ bullpen.

Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing divided up $1,149,417.41. between the Mets’ most valuable players.

Around the NL East

Mallex Smith of the Braves was pulled from a game in Puerto Rico with a strained oblique.

J.P. Crawford ranks among the Phillies’ Top 5 organizational prospects.

The Marlins don’t seem to have any interest in free agent first baseman Mike Napoli.

Max Scherzer answered a few questions from the Washington Post.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees are not interested in a reunion with David Robertson.

John Paschal of the Hardball Times suggested new names for all 30 MLB teams.

Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors compared Odubel Herrera and Ender Inciarte’s recent contract extensions.

The Orioles could still sign Mark Trumbo.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Kevin Duffy reflected on Jerry Cram, a forgotten Mets hero.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1967, Johnny Murphy was hired as the Mets’ third-ever general manager.

Happy birthday to Benny Agbayani, Ray Knight, and John Milner!