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Mets Morning News: Bruce primed for everyday job

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

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Meet the Mets

Despite openly shopping him throughout the offseason, it now appears the Mets will give Jay Bruce an everyday job in right field. That’s according to Ken Davidoff of the Post, who also detailed the payroll implications of keeping Bruce on the roster.

Keith Law ranked Robert Gsellman the 76th-best prospect in baseball.

Amed Rosario is MLBPipeline.com’s third-best prospect at shortstop.

Former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson had a number of suggestions to keep the team’s starters healthy.

“Renovated fan and player walkways” are among the proposed improvements to Tradition Field, the Mets’ spring training home. (Part 1, Part 2)

Mike Piazza ranks as Anthony DiComo’s top free agent signing for the Mets.

Around the NL East

The Nationals will face a grueling road schedule in 2017.

The Braves are moving their spring training home to Sarasota County, Florida.

The Phillies sent right-handed pitcher Severino Gonzalez to the Marlins for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Around Major League Baseball

Michael Baumann of The Ringer stated Larry Walker’s case for the Hall of Fame.

Rian Watt of VICE Sports outlined the process teams go through to assess their front office decisions.

Eno Sarris of FanGraphs used CSAA (Called Strikes Above Average) to find starting pitchers due for a Kyle Hendricks-esque breakout.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia inked a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.

Family, friends, and loved ones gathered to pay respects to Yordano Ventura.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2006, the Mets traded Angel Pagan to the Cubs for cash. Pagan made his major league debut and spent parts of two seasons with the Cubs before being traded back to the Mets in January, 2008.