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Mets Morning News: The Mets baseball withdrawals are real

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Antonio Bastardo spoke via phone interview and said he sees possible domination in 2016. He's also looking forward to pitching with Jeurys Familia.

Neil Walker played football in high school and found himself playing cornerback on an All-Star team with a guy by the name of Darrelle Revis.

Fangraphs broke down potential playing time battles on the Mets' roster.

Our old buddy Juan Uribe has discussed a reunion with the Giants –– no, not the "fooball" Giants. Meanwhile, the Rays are considering reliever Tyler Clippard, who's still a free agent.

Should the Oakland A's target Mets' center fielder Juan Lagares in a trade?

Around the NL East

Don't throw Dee Gordon a fastball because he's really good at hitting them.

Everybody loves Nationals' pitching prospect Lucas Giolito, probably because he has an 80 fastball and 70 curve.

Check out the guest instructors that the Phillies have invited to camp, in power ranking form!

The Braves have picked a very good time to tank.

Around the Majors

Jake Arrieta and the Cubs agreed on a deal worth $10.7 million this season. Orioles' stud closer Zach Britton also avoided arbitration.

New York MLB stadiums may be the next to ban smokeless tobacco.

Which MLB teams are better than you think they are? Listed among them: the Mets' offense.

The most difficult home run in baseball is in center field in Houston. Carlos Beltran knows that area quite well!

Good on David Price, who donated $300,000 to build a baseball field for special-needs children.

This Date In Mets History

The Mets acquired Al Leiter from the Marlins in exchange for A.J. Burnett, Jesus Sanchez, and Robert Stratton.

Yesterday At AA

Chris McShane asked whether the Mets should extend the contracts of their starting pitchers.

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