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Mets Morning News: Alderson upbeat on d’Arnaud; Derby the bat dog dies

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Meet the Mets

Sandy Alderson was complimentary of Travis d’Arnaud’s progress and upbeat about his future in an email the team sent out to reporters.

Joe Giglio at argues that Johan Santana, who’s likely to miss the 5% vote cutoff to remain on the Hall of Fame ballot, deserves a better look.

Todd Frazier talked to the Post about the Yankees and the possibility of joining the Mets.

Around the National League East

The Braves still have four arbitration-eligible players to make decisions about.

Sean Doolittle, Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, and Anthony Rendon will get the bobblehead treatment from the Nationals this year.

Maikel Franco has had a bad few days in the Dominican winter league, after getting suspended, having his suspension rescinded, and then missing a playoff game.

The assault case against Ray Knight has been dropped.

Around Major League Baseball

Derby, the Trenton Thunder’s beloved bat-fetching dog, has died after a battle with cancer.

Matt Garza needs shoulder surgery.

The Rockies will have to pay Wade Davis a $1 million bonus if they trade him.

An Indiana House bill would require gambling operations in the state to pay the NBA and MLB a 1% “integrity fee” on all sports bets placed on their respective leagues.

Zach Duke’s deal with the Minnesota Twins includes a $2.15 million base salary with up to $1.5 million in bonuses.

A pitch clock is on the agenda at MLB meetings this week.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa continued to count down the Top 25 Mets Prospects for 2018.

Matt Varvaro was back with another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

This Date in Mets History

Carlos Beltran agreed to sign with the Mets on this date in 2005.