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Mets Morning News: deGrom taken deep by Trout in All-Star game, Cespedes nearing return

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

Gatorade All-Star Workout Day Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom made his second career All-Star game appearance and pitched just one inning. After retiring Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve. deGrom gave up a solo home run to the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. deGrom then bounced back, striking out JD Martinez to end the inning.

Though there are rumors the Mets may look to trade deGrom, his first choice is to stay in New York with the Mets.

Kristie Ackert thinks now is the perfect time to trade deGrom.

Yoenis Cespedes began his rehab assignment on Tuesday, playing seven innings in left field and going 1-4.

Nine Mets appeared on MLB Trade Rumors top 75 trade candidates heading towards the trade deadline.

The New York Post profiled the legendary Mets PR man, Jay Horowitz.

The report card is in for the Mets first half, and it doesn’t consist of straight A’s.

Around the National League East

Though it seems more and more likely Manny Machado will be traded to the Dodgers, the Phillies remain in the hunt to land the star slugger.

Stephen Strasburg will return from the disabled list after the All-Star break and start on Friday night for the Nationals.

Around Major League Baseball

The American League won the All-Star game in extra innings as a record ten home runs were hit in the game.

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting the Baltimore Orioles have a deal in place for Manny Machado.

Aaron Judge is a great talent. He also is huge trade bait.

The effects of this past winter’s slow free-agent market is still being felt this week at the All-Star game.

The Yankees and Red Sox are both on pace to win over 100 games but it isn’t likely to change anything about MLB’s current playoff format.

Joel Sherman thinks we should stop living in the past and embrace the the influx of young stars the game of baseball is currently seeing.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane discussed why Brandon Nimmo should’ve been participating in this years Midsummer Classic.

Robert Wolff looked at some of the most memorable performances Mets’ players have had in the All-Star game.

Marshall Field compared Jacob deGrom’s first half to past Mets Cy Young winners.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2006, Carlos Beltran became the first Met to ever hit a grand slam in consecutive games.

Happy 79th birthday to the legendary Joe Torre! Torre played the last three years of his career with the Mets.