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Mets Morning News: Todd Frazier is officially a Met, Matt Reynolds designated for assignment

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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

Todd Frazier was officially introduced as a New York Met which brought a frustrating offseason to a close for him.

The Mets will be playing in the Little League Classic and the third baseman is excited he will be a part of it this year since his team won the Little League World Series in 1998.

Frazier was brought in to play third base, and sadly it further calls into question David Wright’s future with the team.

The newest acquisition has a bit of an unconventional swing that leads to both home runs and popups as evidenced by this Fangraphs quiz.

This was just the latest signing in was has been a surprisingly active offseason for the Mets.

Sandy Alderson is continuing to keep an eye on the free agent market so perhaps another pitcher is not out of the question.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, Matt Reynolds was designated for assignment.

Brandon Nimmo’s name recently came up in trade rumors, but the outfielder only sees positives in the rumor and with his role in the organization.

Noah Syndergaard has arrived in Port St. Lucie and was pleased with how this offseason went.

Dominic Smith is also in Florida and has undergone quite a transformation since last season.

Mickey Callaway is about to undertake his first spring training as Mets manager and he is still optimistic about the team’s outlook.

Talking Chop wrote up their preview of the Mets from the vantage point of a NL East rival, but did they really have to use that picture?

Around the National League East

Some early projections have the Braves finishing third in the National League East this season.

Derek Jeter made yet another comment that does not offer much hope to Marlins’ fans.

The early projections for the Phillies have them improving upon last season but not a serious contender for the playoffs.

Nationals’ prospect Raudy Reed was suspended 80 games after he tested positive for PEDs.

Around Major League Baseball

Another chapter is being added to the free agent drama that has been continuously unfolding this offseason. The unsigned free agents will hold their own training camp that will begin on February 12.

The Yankees acquired quarterback Russell Wilson from the Rangers. New York now has two quarterbacks playing baseball.

Pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Collin McHugh are starting to draw interest from teams and could be traded by the Rays and Astros.

Tim Lincecum is attempting a comeback and will throw in front of scouts next week.

J.D. Martinez is becoming impatient with the Red Sox and is willing to miss the start of spring training before signing an unsatisfactory contract.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

David Capobianco believes that the Mets catchers could be solid this year.

This Date in Mets History

Todd Zeile returned to the Mets on this date in 2004. Zeile was traded before the start of the season in 2002, but made his way back to Queens two years later. He appeared in 134 games that season, including one relief appearance on the mound.