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Mets Morning News: Mets’ trade options for Bruce dwindling

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Meet the Mets

The number of potential destinations for Jay Bruce appears to be down to two, as the Phillies and Blue Jays may have found alternate options for their outfields.

Around the NL East

The Phillies signed free-agent Michael Saunders to help shore up their outfield for 2017.

The Braves and the Nationals both have prospects on MLB.com’s Pipeline’s All-Defense Team.

Marlins Park is currently being transformed to host the “Race of Champions” this upcoming weekend.

Around MLB

David Ortiz denied rumors that he’s planning a comeback, and says he’s firmly retired and enjoying life away from the sport.

The Cubs visited the White House yesterday. Dexter Fowler gave President Obama a custom pair of Air Jordans.

The Astros are talking to the Athletics about starter Sonny Gray.

The Royals signed Danny Duffy to a five-year extension.

The Padres signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year deal.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro delivered another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Chris McShane took a look at where the Mets’ payroll stands as of today.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets signed Willie Harris on this date back in 2011. He played one season for the team and delivered an utterly abysmal -1.2 bWAR.