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Mets Morning News: McCutchen and Moustakas, or maybe just don’t doubt Dom

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets might spend more money than expected, per the Daily News, and have at least gotten Mike Moustakas into the conversation. They’ve also talked to the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen again.

Dominic Smith’s hard-hit rate suggests he was wildly unlucky at the plate during his first stint in the majors.

New pitching coach Dave Eiland is getting positive reports from Mets starters about his newly instituted offseason throwing program.

Former Mets starter Dillon Gee is headed to Japan. The 32-year-old righty will pitch for the Chunichi Dragons in 2018.

A former SNY employee offered advice for Mets fans on how to cope with loving a team but hating its owners.

Around the National League East

The Braves and Nationals are both hoping to get in on the Marlins fire sale, and have called about Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto.

The first departure in said fire sale, Dee Gordon, was reportedly traded away via text message.

The Good Phight is projecting a solid year from young newly minted starting shortstop J.P. Crawford.

Around Major League Baseball

Once-dominant setup man Daniel Bard has retired following a five-year career in the majors. He discussed the decision in an interview with Chris Cotillo.

The Brewers and Rangers have expressed interest in signing free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Fangraphs’ David Laurila asked managers what role speed plays in the modern game.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

For the second offseason in a row, the Mets and Pirates have discussed an Andrew McCutchen trade.

The Wilpons reportedly might be willing to open their wallets for free agent Mike Moustakas.

Two righties slot in at Nos. 16 and 15 in our ranking of the franchise’s top 25 prospects.

This Date in Mets History

Nine years ago, the Mets landed Angel Pagan from the Chicago Cubs for minor leaguers Corey Coles and Ryan Meyers.