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Mets Morning News: Mets slay Seattle and make a surprise trade

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Your Saturday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets continued their west coast swing in Seattle last night, the hometown of one Michael Conforto. Whether it was the thrill of playing in front of his family and friends, or just an ongoing run of great play, Conforto ran rampant in Seattle, hitting two home runs and helping lead the Mets to a 7-5 victory.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Post, Daily News, MLB.com, NJ.com, Bergen County Record.

In a surprising move, the Mets traded for Marlins closer AJ Ramos.

Neil Walker was activated, but the Mets lost T.J. Rivera to a partial UCL tear.

There’s a possibility that Rivera could return this season, as both Juan Lagares and Seth Lugo managed to avoid surgery after being diagnosed with partial UCL tears.

The Mets also activated Brandon Nimmo and optioned Tyler Pill.

Around the NL East

The Braves lost to the lowly Phillies.

The Marlins won their third game in a row.

The Phillies traded Howie Kendrick to the Nationals and Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles.

Around MLB

Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray had to leave their game after getting struck in the head by a line drive.

Clayton Kershaw may be back sooner than originally predicted.

MLB has plans to play games in Asia and England in 2019 and 2020.

Does baseball have a cocaine problem? Andy Martino asked some players.

The new CBA has some serious changes, and also some items about toilet paper, of all things.

Top Padres prospect Anderson Espinoza needs Tommy John surgery.

Yesterday at AA

Lukas Vlahos handled the Daily Prospect Report.

Joe Sokolowski was back with another edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets-Mariners series.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets made a bad trade on this date in 1996, sending Jeff Kent and Jose Vizcaino to the Indians for a spiraling Carlos Baerga.