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Mets Morning News: Syracuse Chiefs will undergo a name change

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

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Meet the Mets

Not many top free agents have signed yet this offseason, and the slow market could potentially help the Mets.

Sandy Alderson may need to get creative if he is to turn the Mets into contenders this year with such a restrictive budget.

Even if everyone in their lineup plays to their potential, the Mets will still have significant holes and will be sorely lacking in power.

Steven Matz became a newlywed this offseason and talked about his wedding and his new bride.

In Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, he announced that the Syracuse Chiefs will become the Syracuse Mets in 2019.

Around the National League East

The Braves could potentially capitalize on the Marlins’ fire sale as they have shown some interest in acquiring both J.T. Realmuto and Christian Yelich.

The deep cuts in the Marlins’ payroll could be only temporary according to Derek Jeter’s vision for the team.

Trea Turner is fully recovered from his injury and could move down in the lineup this season with Adam Eaton reclaiming the leadoff position for Washington.

Around Major League Baseball

While this offseason has been slowly developing, it could be a trend that will continue as more front offices are wary about giving long-term contracts to free agents.

The Royals are apparently making a serious bid to keep Eric Hosmer in Kansas City. They have reportedly offered the first baseman a seven-year contract worth $147 million.

To celebrate the Athletics’ 50th anniversary, they will be offering free admission to fans when they take on the White Sox on April 17.

The Dodgers have reportedly hired Mark Prior as their bullpen coach.

Despite showing interest in adding another starter to their rotation, the Yankees might not necessarily go that route.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Episode 265 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio is up where both Omar Minaya and Star Wars is discussed.

Steve Sypa continued his countdown of the top 25 prospects for 2018.

Brendan Carducci thinks Adam Lind could be a good safety net for Dominic Smith at first base.

This Date in Mets History

Darryl Strawberry did not receive enough votes to stay on the Hall of Fame ballot after only one year of eligibility in 2005.

Omar Minaya traded for pitchers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll on this date in 2006. In exchange for the two pitchers he sent Tim Hamulack and Jae Seo to Los Angeles.