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Mets Morning News: New Year, Same Mets

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

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Meet the Mets

Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing takes a stroll down memory lane in the spirit of the New Year, recalling Mets and baseball memories from 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008, and finally 2018.

Mike Puma reviews the holes that still need to be filled on the Mets’ roster to finish off the offseason.

Around the National League East

Federal Baseball looks at the top five question marks for the Nationals heading into 2019.

There is still work to be done for Mike Rizzo this offseason, but Pete Kerzel of MASN is praising his patience when it comes to addressing the Nationals’ remaining needs.

The Good Phight gave their New Year’s resolutions for the Phillies.

Talking Chop takes a look at where things currently stand with the Braves’ starting rotation.

The Fish Stripes community gave their bold predictions for the 2019 Marlins.

Around Major League Baseball

Mike Axisa of CBS Sports predicts who will be MLB’s 50 best players five years from now. Noah Syndergaard comes in at #7 and Amed Rosario cracks the list at #42.

Gabriel Baumgaertner of Sports Illustrated looks back on Yasiel Puig’s time with the Dodgers.

The Yankees should sign Manny Machado, argues David Lennon.

Meanwhile, the Yankees seem to have a contingency plan in place at shortstop. They have signed Troy Tulowitzki to a league-minimum deal. Having released Tulowitzski earlier this winter, the Blue Jays will be responsible for the $20 million the former All-Star is owed in 2019. Jeff Passan made sure to note that this does not mean the Yankees are out on Machado.

MLB.com had New Year’s resolutions for every team. For the Mets? Live up to their Steamer projection and make Brodie Van Wagenen look smart.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa kicked off the Top 25 Mets Prospects countdown for 2019 with Francisco Alvarez at #25.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to Mets 20-game winner, David Cone!