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Mets Morning News: MLB general manager meetings set to begin, deGrom’s sticking with short hair

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

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Meet the Mets

The annual GM meetings are about to get underway and it appears the Mets will address the bullpen first over their other areas of concern.

Injuries can account for some of the Mets’ struggles last season, but there is an underlying problem that can also account for their lack of success.

The team needs to decide what direction it wants to go in this season, and not just cross its fingers and hope for health like it has the past two seasons.

Jacob deGrom believes—perhaps jokingly—that shorter hair could lead to increased velocity on his fastball.

Around the National League East

The Braves have reportedly hired former Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos to be their new general manager.

The talks between the Marlins and the teams interested in acquiring Giancarlo Stanton could heat up during this week’s meetings.

Chip Hale is excited to be joining the Nationals and serving as Dave Martinez’s bench coach.

Around Major League Baseball

Japanese superstar Shohei Otani will be just one of the topics of conversation during this year’s GM meetings.

The meetings could help jumpstart the offseason before the Winter Meetings take place in December.

According to one poll, expectations and results impacted how fans felt about the 2017 season.

The Dodgers and Padres will play a series in Mexico next season.

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts bowled a perfect game in the PBA World Series of Bowling IX.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1958, a plan was hatched to create a third league that would replace the two baseball teams that left New York. The plan was eventually squashed, but as a compromise the American and National leagues would expand to include two new teams including a National League team in New York.