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Mets Morning News: Ohtani cleared for MLB; Braves lose international prospects.

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Meet The Mets

The Mets are hoping new pitching coach Dave Eiland will help to turn around their beleaguered pitching staff.

Around the National League East

Justice was handed down today against the Atlanta Braves and their former GM John Coppolella for violating rules on signing international free agents. 12 of the clubs international signees have been made free agents, are are eligible to sign with any other team. Atlanta will have their international signing pool significantly reduced through 2021, and will lose their 2018 third round draft pick.

John Coppolella received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, joining a list that includes Pete Rose, Chris Correa, and former Met Jennry Mejia.

The market for Giancarlo Stanton is starting to take shape, but given his no-trade clause, Stanton might be taking advantage of this leverage to shape the future of his career.

Around Major League Baseball

The Major League Baseball Players Association signed off on an agreement between the MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball to pave the way for two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani to play in the MLB in 2018.

The new agreement allows 10 days for all 30 teams to ratify it, meaning that Ohtani may be posted as early as next weekend. Joel Sherman seems to think that one team will have Mr. Ohtani’s services by Christmas. Sandy Alderson, if you’re reading this, he would make one hell of a stocking stuffer.

Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery, and is expected to be ready to go for spring training.

Some prominent Asian-Americans feel the MLB didn’t go far enough by delaying the punishment of Yuli Gurriel for a racist gesture he made during the World Series.

The Sports Pope himself, Mike Francesca, thinks he has what it take to manage the Yankees, if he was asked.

Hall of Famer Joe Morgan sent an impassioned email to Hall voters asking them not to include alleged steroid users on their ballots.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Our free agent profile series continued with third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Lucas Duda.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2010, Terry Collins was first introduced as manager of the New York Mets. He was welcomed to the team by then new general manager Sandy Collins, who also celebrates his birthday today.