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Mets Morning News: Mets finally give up on Rafael Montero, Callaway confirmed to return as manager

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

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Meet the Mets

The promise, the talent, and the disappointment — after four injury-filled years in which he was never able to reproduce his minor-league dominance on the major league level, the Mets have finally given up on Rafael Montero, who elected free agency after being outrighted by the team.

It was a busy day in general for the Mets, and GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who made 11 roster moves.

The Mets will also be bringing Mickey Callaway back as manager. The move had been expected, but now seems official after a good meeting between Callaway and Van Wagenen.

Peter Alonso wants to be the Mets’ first basemen next season, and he’ll get a chance to impress new GM Brodie Van Wagenen when the two meet in California next week.

The Post looked at possible targets for the Mets this offseason.

Several Mets won awards from the NYBBWAA, including Jacob deGrom, who won NY Player of the Year, and David Wright, who was named Toast of the Town.

Around the National League East

The Braves didn’t extend qualifying offers to any of their free agents, including Nick Markakis.

The Nationals made a qualifying offer to Bryce Harper, ensuring they’ll at least receive some draft pick compensation if he leaves.

Marlins President Michael Hill told ESPN he has an “open mind” about trading J.T. Realmuto.

Around Major League Baseball

Clayton Kershaw has signed an extension with the Dodgers worth $93 million over three years.

The Cubs picked up their option on Cole Hamels and dealt Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.

Former Met Chris Woodward is apparently the Rangers’ new manager.

The Post ran down their list of the Top 30 MLB free agents.

Anthony DiComo is replacing the outgoing Marc Carig as the head of the NYBBWAA. ]

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa continued his countdown of the best Mets minor league hitters he saw last season.

Chris McShane announced the exciting news that the 300th episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio will be recorded live at Mikkeller Brewing at Citi Field, and you can come out and join Chris and the gang.

This Date in Mets History

Former Mets closer Armando Benitez turns 46 today.