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Mets Morning News: Josh Smoker traded to the Pirates

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets traded Josh Smoker to the Pirates in exchange for reliever Daniel Zamora.

Former Met Dilson Herrera is out of options with the Reds and is facing an uncertain future with the team.

Around the National League East

The Bravesspring training facility will stay at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex for one more year.

The Marlins have hired Paul Severino to be their new play-by-play announcer. All of the Marlins’ executives that lost their jobs when the new ownership arrived have been scooped up by other teams.

Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo expects a big year from Bryce Harper but he made no mention of a contract extension.

Around Major League Baseball

All 30 major league teams have agreed to extend the protective netting in their stadiums this season.

Former Yankee Oscar Gamble passed away at the age of 68.

Despite the frozen free agent market, Eric Hosmer still believes he can get a seven year contract.

If teams had more of an incentive to field a competitive team than perhaps that would lead to less frugal spending by certain teams.

Mookie Betts won his arbitration case against the Red Sox and will earn $10.5 million this season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Matt Varvaro took a look at some Mets that deserve a place in the Mets’ Hall of Fame.

Brian Salvatore wrote about the Josh Smoker trade.

This Date in Mets History

In 2008, Johan Santana signed a six-year contract worth $137.5 million and on June 1, 2012 he was worth every penny.