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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard ranked sixth best in baseball, Daryl Boston’s birthday

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

Daryl Boston swings Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Noah Syndergaard is the sixth best pitcher in baseball, says Buster Olney.

The Mets will host their annual blood drive this Thursday in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field.

Ken Davidoff of the Post outlined four factors to get the Mets over the “Jay Bruce trade hump.”

Robert Gsellman excelled at the big league level in 2016.

Around the NL East

Former Met Matt den Dekker will be among the Marlins’ non-roster invitees.

The Nationals are considering extending Dusty Baker’s contract beyond 2017.

With a glut of position players still available via free agency, the Phillies may look to pick up another bat.

Hometown pitcher Stephen Janas could make his major league debut with the Braves this season.

Around Major League Baseball

Rajai Davis returned to the Athletics on a one-year deal.

Drew Storen will look to rejuvenate his career with the Reds.

The Royals acquired Quad-A slugger Peter O’Brien.

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs defended the Blue Jays’ offseason moves.

In an attempt to change the terms of their lease with Chase Field, the Diamondbacks have sued the Maricopa County Stadium District.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane reviewed Erik Goeddel’s 2016 season.

Nate Gismot previewed his look at the Mets’ top 25 all-time home run leaders.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2006, Omar Minaya traded Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack to the Dodgers for Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll. Sanchez was a key contributor to the Mets’ bullpen before, infamously, a taxi accident ended his season.

Happy birthday to Bart Shirley, Paul Gibson, and Daryl Boston!