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Mets Morning News: Mets finally whittle away at the managerial candidates

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

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Meet the Mets

In the neverending quest to find a new skipper, the organization finally eliminated one name from contention.

According to Twins’ manager Paul Molitor, Derek Shelton would be a good fit as the next Mets manager.

What would Pat Murphy bring to the table if he was hired to be at the helm next season?

Both New York teams can take away valuable lessons from the World Series.

It’s officially the offseason and it’s time to start answering some of the questions facing the organization.

Everything is terrible so here are pictures of Brandon Nimmo’s dog dressed up as a Domino’s delivery person and Willow McNeil dressed as a basketball hoop.

Around the National League East

The Braves declined Billy Hamilton’s $7.5 million option which makes him a free agent.

The Marlins declined Starlin Castro’s $16 million option which also makes him a free agent.

The Phillies have reportedly hired Bryan Price as their pitching coach.

The Nationals victory parade will be held on Saturday in our nation’s capitol.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball proposed a deadline for free agents signing multi-year contracts but the proposal got rejected by the MLB Player’s Association.

The Astros were barely buried before Gerrit Cole already moved on from them.

The Royals officially named Mike Matheny as their new manager.

The hot stove is now open for business and every team has a hole that needs to be addressed. Whether they do it or not remains to be seen.

The lingering story about the Astros is not about the team on the field and they have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to correct that.

The Diamondbacks declined the club option on old friend Wilmer Flores.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 26 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris discuss the neverending loop that is the Mets managerial search.

Brian also argued that despite pitching ok last season, Jason Vargas needed to go.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1972, the Mets traded Gary Gentry to the Braves in return for Felix Millan and George Stone.