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Mets Morning News: Will Wagner join Rivera?

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

New York Mets vs New York Yankees - June 15, 2007 Photo by Bryan Yablonsky/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The idea of a Noah Syndergaard trade continues to dominate national headlines. Count Matt Collins at SB Nation MLB among the latest aghast at the possibility.

Newday’s Tim Healey makes the case for former Met Billy Wagner to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to Todd Frazier and his wife Jackie on the birth of their third child, Grant Jaxson.

Anthony Castrovince lists the Mets as one of five teams that are potential bounce back candidates for 2019, citing the strength of the rotation and last year’s second-half team performance. The other candidates are the Phillies, Angels, Twins, and Reds.

Around the National League East

The Phillies are reportedly shopping veteran relievers Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter.

The Braves are among the teams showing interest in Sonny Gray.

Federal Baseball discusses the large role Victor Robles will have if the Nationals are to be successful next season.

Dave Martinez did not meet expectations last season. Much like Mickey Callaway, this may be a make or break season for the rookie manager in Washington.

Around Major League Baseball

A new metric for intangibles? Sports agent Burton Rocks claims he has created exactly that.

Joel Sherman lays out why he will be voting for Mariano Rivera for the Hall of Fame. And while he feels it is silly that he will likely not be a unanimous choice—not unlike Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young Award vote tally—he urges the fanbase not to get too bent out of shape about it.

Mickey Callaway’s missteps in his first year as Mets manager earned him the number eight spot on the Daily News Top Ten Turkeys list this year. Number one went to Manny Machado for his “stunningly deplorable postseason,” as Bill Madden put it.

Could the Yankees trade Giancarlo Stanton to make room for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado? It’s a possibility, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Despite Hal Steinbrenner’s previous comments about Machado, he is still hoping to meet with the highly sought after free agent.

Former Rockies star Matt Holliday weighs in on the impending free agency of current Rockies star Nolan Arenado. Mark Feinsand lists Arenado among soon-to-be free agents who might be dealt this offseason. Zack Wheeler makes this list as well.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that given the Cardinals’ tendency to “trade-and-extend,” Paul Goldschmidt represents the perfect match.

This Date in Mets History

On this day in 2010, former Met Kaz Matsui’s career in Major League Baseball ended when he signed a deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League.