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Mets Morning News: Baseball mourns the loss of two of their own

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

Oakland Athletics  v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The New York Baseball Writers’ Association of America held their annual awards dinner to honor the best players in the game. Noah Syndergaard could not attend the ceremony, so Terry Collins accepted the award for “NY Player of the Year” on his behalf.

With free agent catcher Matt Wieters still unsigned, the Mets should look at him as an option for next season.

There are still many available relievers on the market that could help bolster the Mets’ bullpen.

Jeurys Familia’s likely suspension could have an impact beyond the 2017 season.

Around the NL East

Several Braves players will be playing for different teams during the World Baseball Classic. Talking Chop was saddened by the tragic deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte.

The Good Phight answered questions on various prospects in the Phillies’ farm system.

Around the Majors

The Royals’ fiery flame-thrower Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning. Tragically, former Cleveland infielder Andy Marte was killed in a separate accident the same day.

Royals fans and teammates expressed their grief over the loss of their complex, rising star. Fans and players alike came together to offer some comfort to those who were mourning.

Andy Marte was a former top prospect who bounced around the majors before finding success in South Korea.

The Angels are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2016 season.

Several teams are interested in acquiring Matt Wieters.

This Date in Mets History

In 1975, Ralph Kiner finally got his call into the Hall of Fame.