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Mets Morning News: Jose Reyes ready to play center field

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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

Just like the John Fogerty song, Jose Reyes is ready to play center field.

Keeping Travis d’Arnaud could prove to be the right move at the catcher’s position.

Neil Walker will be the Mets’ primary second baseman heading into the season, but the team does have depth at that position should Walker’s past injuries prevent him from playing every day.

Steven Matz learned some valuable lessons from his injury-shortened season and will try to apply them to his game going forward.

There are several questions facing the Mets that they will have to answer during spring training.

Yoenis Cespedes’s little brother is turning heads in the Caribbean Series.

The drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks is something that unfortunately the Mets are also familiar with.

Major League Baseball has yet to suspend Jeurys Familia, but a comparable case to look at is Aroldis Chapman’s domestic violence incident.

With Familia’s likely suspension, Addison Reed is a more than capable replacement, but the rest of the bullpen might not fare as well.

Around the NL East

In honor of Black History Month, Talking Chop looked at the first African American to play for the Braves.

Don Mattingly said that A.J. Ramos will continue to be the Marlins’ closer. Christian Yelich became a dangerous hitter in 2016.

Shawn Kelley is open to becoming the Nationals’ closer next season. Can Ryan Zimmerman bounce back from his disappointing 2016 season?

Around the Majors

Pitcher Carlos Martinez reportedly signed a five-year extension with the Cardinals.

The Rockies signed first baseman Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract.

The Texas Rangers are interested in acquiring White Sox ace Jose Quintana.

This offseason, teams did not go crazy for starting pitching like in years past.

In the spirit of Groundhog Day, what baseball feats from last year can be repeated?

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke looked back at Steven Matz’s successful, but short, season.

Milo Taibi covered FanGraphs’ ZiPS projections and SNY’s new mobile streaming of Mets games.

This Date in Mets History

One day after agreeing to a six-year contract, Johan Santana officially became a Met on this date in 2008. Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra, and Kevin Mulvey were sent to the Twins to complete the deal.