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Mets Morning News: Will the Mets spend?

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

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Meet the Mets

Since Zack Wheeler declined his $17.8M qualifying offer, Mike Puma takes a look at how else the Mets could spend that amount of money.

Former Met Matt Reynolds has been signed to a minor league deal by the Royals.

Around the National League East

Trea Turner underwent surgery on his broken index finger yesterday, after having played through the pain in order to participate in the Nationals’ postseason run.

A judge has ordered that lawyers representing the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles submit a proposed judgement of what MASN should pay the Nationals for television rights from 2012 to 2016.

In a division that has superstars such as Juan Soto and Ronald Acuna Jr., the Phillies are struggling to produce big stars from the international market, writes Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Fish Stripes did a free agent profile of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

Around Major League Baseball

On the condition that the sender and recipients stay anonymous, an email was provided to The Athletic which demonstrated the Astros’ intent to steal signs and suggested using cameras as an option to do so.

The MLB and NFL players associations have teamed up with RedBird Capital Partners to create a new entity called OneTeam Partners LLC, which will manage the portrayal of players in video games, trading cards, and other entertainment that may use their likeness.

Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, has passed away at the age of 81.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Randy Niemann is the subject of a brand new episode of UnforMETable.

We have a new t-shirt out to celebrate Jacob deGrom’s back-to-back Cy Young Awards.

The Mets have a strong core now and the penalty for going over the competitive balance tax threshold is light, so the Mets should spend now, writes Chris McShane.

Marcus Stroman felt right at home with the 2019 New York Mets, bringing his characteristic enthusiasm, Maggie Wiggin remarks in her review of his season.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to The Franchise—the man for whom the address of Citi Field was recently renamed—Tom Terrific himself.