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Mets Morning News: The countdown to spring begins

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

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Meet the Mets

The official report dates for spring training were released so mark your calendars accordingly.

Brodie Van Wagenen has been busy this offseason but he still has some work to do before the offseason ends.

There are several directions the GM can go in to back up his claim that the Mets are the team to beat in the NL East.

New Met Wilson Ramos talked about what he brings to the table and what it is like to return to the NL East.

Considering park factors, Ramos might enjoy more home runs at Citi Field but his hit total might decline.

The Mets had some of the top prospects that were on the move this offseason.

Jay Horwitz is enjoying his new role as the vice president for alumni public relations and team historian.

Around the National League East

Manny Machado will be visting the Phillies today and they are seen as one of the favorites to land the superstar.

Nationals’ reliever Wander Suero made his debut last season and hopes to be an integral part of the bullpen going forward.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached an agreement that would make it easier for Cuban baseball players to play in the United States, but it still awaits government approval.

Addison Russell’s ex-wife Melisa Reidy gave a very detailed and heartbreaking account of the abuse she suffered at the hands of the Cubs’ infielder.

Manny Machado met with the Yankees for 90 minutes as the team hoped to persuade the slugger to sign with them this offseason.

The Mariners underwent quite a change this offseason and now their stadium will be experiencing a change as well.

The Reds and Indians are discussing a possible trade of ace Corey Kluber.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Richard Staff just wanted to remind everyone that Jeurys Familia is good.

With the signing of Wilson Ramos, David Capobianco took a look at where the Mets’ catching situation stands.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday to the Captain, David Wright!