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Mets Morning News: Juan Lagares receiving trade interest, Lucas Duda turns 31

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

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Juan Lagares is receiving interest from other teams. In the event of a trade, the Mets could put his $4.5 million toward bullpen help.

The Mets have been in touch with free agent southpaw Craig Breslow.

Yoenis Cespedes’s revamped strength and conditioning program should pay “monster dividends.”

MLB’s chief legal officer, Dan Halem, reported that Jeurys Familia and his spouse have been fully cooperative throughout the league’s investigation.

Abbey Mastracco of compiled Noah Syndergaard’s top 10 offseason moments.

Ted Keith of Sports Illustrated graded the Mets’ offseason moves.

Hannah Keyser of Deadspin profiled Yoenis Cespedes’ half-brother, Yoelkis Cespedes.

Asdrubal Cabrera’s knee “feels great” as he prepares to represent Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

Around the NL East

The Phillies signed utilityman Chris Coghlan.

The Marlins almost traded for Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson last season.

Trea Turner will shift to shortstop, changing Washington’s defensive outlook.

The Nationals lack positional depth, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes.

Around Major League Baseball

Nippon-Ham Fighters phenom Shohei Ohtani hopes to hit, not pitch, in the World Baseball Classic. Just 22 years old, Otani could enter MLB free agency after the 2017 season.

Claire McNear of The Ringer offered a rebuttal to Hal Steinbrenner’s flippant remarks on Aroldis Chapman’s domestic violence allegations.

Carlos Martinez left money on the table in signing a five-year extension with St. Louis, Craig Edwards of FanGraphs writes.

The Twins signed veteran reliever Matt Belisle to a one-year deal.

The Brewers claimed Triple-A slugger Jesus Aguilar off waivers. Aguilar hit 30 home runs for the Columbus Clippers last season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1983, the Mets signed Ed Hearn, Gary Carter’s primary backup. Hearn posted a .265/.322/.390 line in 1986.

Happy 31st birthday to Lucas Duda!