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Mets Morning News: Wilson Ramos hopes to improve defense next season

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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

Wilson Ramos was back in New York delivering turkeys to those in need.

Ramos’s defense stood out and not in a good way last year but he knows he needs to work on it this offseason.

Yasmani Grandal signed with the White Sox so despite being an upgrade to Ramos, Ramos appears to be the main backstop next season.

The team did sign reliever Chasen Shreve to a minor league deal with a spring training invite.

It should come as no surprise but both Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom made ESPN’s 2019 All-MLB Team. A little surprising is that Seth Lugo also made the list on the second team.

What will the Mets have to do this offseason in order to be successful?

Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that the Binghamton Rumble Ponies are one of the minor league teams marked for deaffiliation.

Around the National League East

The Marlins’ Low-A team issued a statement on the proposition to end their affiliation with Major League Baseball.

The Phillies hired Nationals assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon to be their new hitting coach.

Around Major League Baseball

The White Sox and Yasmani Grandal agreed to a four-year contract worth $73 million.

Rob Manfred offered only weak excuses as to why he wants to cut 42 minor league teams from baseball.

The MLB owners approved the sale of the Kansas City Royals to energy magnate John Sherman.

While most Yankees fans view the Jacoby Ellsbury contract as a cautionary tale it is actually the opposite. The Yankees however, view Ellsbury as a problem and are filing a grievance against him in an attempt to get some of their money back.

If the Astros are found guilty of cheating what would an appropriate punishment look like?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Jack McLoone reviewed Tim Peterson’s disappointing 2019 season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2012, the Mets hired Terry Collins to be their new manager.