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Mets Morning News: Zack Wheeler and the Mets avoid arbitration

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets and Zack Wheeler avoided arbitration and agreed to a contract reportedly worth $800,000.

Thirteen prospects not on the roster got an invite to spring training. One person who did not merit an invitation, however, was Tim Tebow.

A lot of uncertainty surrounds the team as spring training approaches, which Jay Bruce feels on his end as well.

Another question mark is Michael Conforto, and what role he is going to have next season.

No matter what happens, the Mets will be without Bartolo Colon, who will be missed.

A man who was caught forging Jeff Wilpon’s name on some checks as part of a scam was sentenced to four years in prison.

Around the NL East

The Braves traded speedy outfielder Mallex Smith to the Mariners for two prospects. The Braves continue to stockpile pitchers, as the two prospects they got from Seattle are both left-handed pitchers.

Number 51 on Fish Stripes’ countdown of the Top 100 Marlins of All-Time, was Alfredo Amezaga.

Sixteen Phillies’ prospects got an invite to spring training.

Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark will replace teammate Max Scherzer on the Team USA roster during the World Baseball Classic.

Around the Majors

Mallex Smith wasn’t a Mariner very long. They traded him to the Rays for pitcher Drew Smyly.

Another reliever might be off the market. The A’s have reportedly signed Santiago Casilla.

After a disappointing 2016 season, what can the Pirates do to improve in 2017?

Cardinals relief pitcher Seth Maness underwent a procedure that could be an alternative to Tommy John.

Does baseball need to do more when it comes to the safety of the fans?

Yesterday at AA

The spring training workout dates were announced.

Steve Sypa wrote about the thirteen prospects who received an invitation to spring training.

Jonathan Maseng covered the Mets and Zack Wheeler avoiding arbitration.

This Date in Mets History

Former-Met Rickey Henderson was voted into the Hall of Fame on this date in 2009.