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Mets Morning News: Steven Matz hosts charity event, several Met players will be honored at awards dinner

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

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz will be hosting his annual charity event that will raise money for both the FDNY Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation.

The New York chapter of the Baseball Writers of America Association chose to honor several Mets and former Mets at the annual dinner. Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Al Leiter, and Ron Darling will all receive special recognition in addition to the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year winners.

Edwin Diaz believes he can turn it around and once again be the pitcher he was in Seattle next season.

Early in the offseason Brodie Van Wagenen vowed not to trade Noah Syndergaard and he should follow through on that promise.

Two relievers the team was interested in last year are back on the market and they could be on the organization’s radar once again.

Around the National League East

The Player’s Association is not happy with some comments Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos made about possible collusion among the teams, and the union is launching an investigation.

Freddie Freeman was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at first base.

Marlins’ infielder Martin Prado will reportedly retire rather than face a bleak free agency.

Despite declining Ryan Zimmerman’s club option, Washington is expected to bring the first baseman back.

Around Major League Baseball

Yasmani Grandal is back on the market and there should be plenty of teams vying for a catcher of his caliber.

The Giants have finally narrowed down their manager search to three names.

Despite missing the playoffs and having some holes to fill, the Cubs will probably not make a big splash on the free agent market.

All of the Defensive Player of the Year awards were handed out and once again no Mets won an award.

Despite seeing his numbers dip at the plate, Russell Martin intends to play at least one more year in the majors.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 27 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian welcomes guest Ted Berg to chat about Carlos Beltran.

Robert Wolff was surprised at how long Aaron Altherr remained with the team last season.

Andres Regnault came in at number eight on Steve Sypa’s list of best hitters he saw in the minors last season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1995, the Mets signed 31-year-old Rick Reed which seemed like an inconsequential signing at the time.