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Mets Morning News: Too many outfielders, not enough spots

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

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Meet the Mets

For right now the Mets are content with Jay Bruce on their roster, which some argue is not necessarily a bad thing since he no longer needs to be a savior.

Steven Matz is trying to figure out his game, and he thinks he learned some valuable lessons from last season.

Zack Wheeler is getting closer to his return and prefers to be a starter, but he is open to the bullpen.

The Mets are reportedly one of several teams interested in left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.

Jeurys Familia’s four-seam fastball and sinker ranked as some of the best strikeout pitches in the league last season.

With the 2017 season approaching, people are not shy about sharing their predictions.

Thomas Szapucki was just the latest Met prospect to end up on Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Amed Rosario is another prospect to key an eye on, as he is one of many young promising shortstops who will soon be in the majors.

Around the NL East

Talking Chop takes a look at the Braves prospects who got invited to spring training.

Giancarlo Stanton will join Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The Marlins acquired righty Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies.

A young Phillies prospect is retiring from baseball after a freak accident, but he is showing remarkable fortitude. The Phillies signed catcher Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract.

The Nationals will have to look at other options for the bullpen since Greg Holland signed with the Rockies. Old friend Daniel Murphy had himself quite the season last year.

Around the Majors

Some ugly rumors surrounding the death of Yordano Ventura have been refuted.

Hollywood legend Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80. It is impossible to keep a smile off your face when watching her throw out the first pitch at a Twins game in 2002.

The Rockies signed reliever Greg Holland to a one-year deal.

The Dodgers have reportedly signed pitcher Brandon Morrow.

Yankee Stadium will be undergoing some changes to appeal to a younger generation of fans.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane is still desperately trying to find a reliever for the Mets.

Curtis Granderson is 23rd on the list of the Mets’ top 25 home run hitters.

This Date in Mets History

In 2005, after missing out on Carlos Delgado, the Mets traded for first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.