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Mets Morning News: T.J. Rivera joins team Puerto Rico in the WBC

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Meet the Mets

Local kid T.J. Rivera is the latest Met to join the World Baseball Classic. He will join teammate Seth Lugo on the Puerto Rican team.

Bluebird Banter has its eye on a couple of Mets’ outfielders that would be a good fit for the Blue Jays. Ironically, nobody named Jay made their list.

The Mets are hesitant to give relievers multi-year deals, which makes it harder to bring back Jerry Blevins.

Prospect Thomas Szapucki is primed to make a leap forward next season.

The Mets had several current and former players dominate the headlines in New York.

There was no shortage of opinions about the Mets, and baseball in general, in 2016.

Noah Syndergaard was not shy when he tweeted his feelings about this past year.

Is former-Met Mike Cameron Hall of Fame Worthy?

Around the NL East

One of the Braves’ newest acquisitions, Jaime Garcia, will pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Martin Prado was a steadying presence for the Marlins last season. Pitcher Todd Jones comes in at number 62 on Fish Stripes’ Top 100 Marlins of All-Time.

The Good Phight breaks down the Phillies’ third base prospects.

Manager Dusty Baker thinks the Nationals can improve upon their 95-win season.

Around the Majors

Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, and he bought the entire team gifts.

This year’s free agent market has been slow to develop, and next year promises more of the same.

Free agent Jose Bautista still needs to find a team to sign with.

The Red Sox are interested in infielder Trevor Plouffe.

The 2016 baseball season certainly was a memorable one.

Yesterday at AA

Ryan Almodovar covered Seth Lugo joining Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

This Date in Mets History

It was on this date in 2009, the Mets signed Jason Bay.