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Meet the Mets

The Mets signed Rajai Davis to a minor league deal. Davis hasn’t hit so well of late, but can be a terror on the base paths.

The Mets will introduce new starting catcher Wilson Ramos in a press conference today.

Tim Britton thought the Mets made a wise move in signing Ramos and not trading away assets for J.T. Realmuto.

Fangraphs also sees Ramos as a big improvement over the Mets catchers from last season.

Jeurys Familia knew that he wanted to return to the Mets, and asked his agent to make it happen.

Joel Sherman says the Mets should look into bringing in a few free agents on short-term deals.

Around the National League East

The Phillies are introducing Andrew McCutchen and hosting Manny Machado this week.

The Nationals are still looking for a second baseman.

The Marlins have cut concession prices in an attempt to lure back fans.

Around Major League Baseball

The Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.

MLB payrolls declined last year for the first time since 2010.

The Yankees gave C.C. Sabathia an innings bonus despite the fact that Sabathia missed the mark by six outs when he was ejected during his final start.

The Dodgers extended the contract of announcer Charley Steiner through 2021.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis took a look at where the Mets’ payroll stands after their recent signings.

Lukas Vlahos graded the Mets’ signing of Wilson Ramos.

Robert Wolff took a look at where the Mets’ offense stands with their currently signed squad.

Maggie Wiggin wants you to know that the Mets need outfielders.

This Date in Mets History

Joe Orsulak came to the Mets via trade on this date in 1992.