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Mets Morning News: Mets interested in Jerry Blevins reunion, Jeurys Familia investigation moving slowly

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets are interested in a reunion with left-hander Jerry Blevins. The team is seeking a back-loaded contract, which may be holding the deal up.

Ted Berg of USA Today profiled Kyle Johnson, an outfielder in the Mets’ farm system who is fighting for a livable minor league wage.

The Mets are unsure of Lucas Duda’s ability to be a full-time run producer in 2017, Bob Klapisch writes.

Glenn Sherlock, the Mets’ new third base coach, will be relied upon to improve Travis d’Arnaud’s mechanics behind the plate.

Major League Baseball officials are frustrated with the slow movement of Jeurys Familia’s investigation from the commissioner’s office. According to one official, Familia will likely receive his punishment toward the end of spring training.

Seth Lugo will look to improve his command over secondary pitches this season.

Ty Kelly is eager to represent Israel in the World Baseball Classic.

Around the NL East

Former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is expected to sign a new contract soon.

Kris Medlen returned to the Braves on a minor league pact.

The Nationals signed veteran relievers Matt Albers and Joe Nathan .

None of the Marlins’ additions to the rotation and bullpen will matter if the team can’t improve their scoring, Daniel Smith of Fish Stripes writes.

Around Major League Baseball

After drawing little interest via free agency, right-handed slugger Chris Carter may continue his career in Japan.

Wily Mo Pena, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, signed with the Indians. compiled a collection of Pena’s most impressive homers.

“First base is just particularly weak right now,” Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes. Mike Napoli, Pedro Alvarez, and Carter remain unsigned as spring training approaches.

“Why aren’t there any more fat baseball players?”, Christopher Crawford of VICE Sports asks.

J.P. Howell is the latest free agent reliever to find a new home, inking a one-year deal with the Blue Jays.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Matt Varvaro compiled the Mets’ definitive collection of bobbleheads.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, Johan Santana signed a six-year, $137.5 million contract with the Mets. Santana won 46 games over 109 starts in Flushing, pitching the organization’s first no-hitter.

Happy birthday to Rich Becker and Joe Vitko!