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Meets the Mets

Longtime Mets scout Harry Minor passed away on Wednesday at the age of 89. He worked for the team from 1968 to 2011 and was instrumental in their 1986 World Series victory.

MLB.com named Dominic Smith the No. 3 first base prospect in baseball, behind two guys that may convert to the outfield.

Speaking of ranking minor leaguers, ESPN’s Keith Law pegged the Mets’ farm system as the seventh-best in baseball (ESPN Insider subscription required).

The organization tabbed 52-year-old Chad Kreuter as the new manager of the St. Lucie Mets. The former catcher played in the majors for 16 years and managed the USC Trojans from 2006 to 2010.

Forbes points out something we already know: having a Triple-A team 2,200 miles away is untenable.

Jose Reyes told Mets Hot Stove that he’s working hard at getting more comfortable playing all over the diamond, including in the outfield.

Around the NL East

The Braves’ fancy new stadium comes with its own fancy new app.

The Marlins acquired Reds starter Dan Straily for three minor league prospects. The folks at Fish Stripes believe the team overpaid.

The fine people at the Good Phight aren’t happy that former Phillies Matt Stairs and Pat Burrell didn’t get any Hall of Fame love.

After playing a lot of center field last season, Trea Turner is looking forward to manning shortstop for the Nationals.

Around the Majors

The Orioles inked Mark Trumbo to a three-year, $37.5 million contract, which probably knocks them out of the Jay Bruce sweepstakes.

The Angels added veteran utility player Luis Valbuena via free agency.

The Brewers signed reliever Neftali Feliz to a deal worth $5.35 million for one year.

Yesterday at AA

Former pitcher and current SNY analyst Nelson Figueroa held a charity bowling event to benefit Chai Lifeline, a children's health support network.

The Amazin’ Avenue Audio team discusses Wilmer Flores, Jay Bruce, and the retirement of Jeremy Hefner.

This Date in Mets History

In 1984, the Mets lost Hall of Fame hurler Tom Seaver for a second time when GM Frank Cashen thought it safe to leave the righty unprotected in the annual free agent compensation draft. It was not, and Mets fans, as well as Tom Terrific, were less than pleased.