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

MLB: JUL 12 Diamondbacks at Cardinals Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

We received the first real rumblings about the Mets’ search for a coaching staff to support rookie manager Carlos Beltran, as Jon Heyman reported that former Reds manager and Diamondbacks bench coach Jerry Narron will receive an interview with the club for the bench coach position.

One person who’s excited to see Carlos Beltran assume the manager role for the Mets: Edwin Diaz, who will be looking to rebound from a disastrous debut season with the team.

Joe DeMayo over at Metsblog identified three under-the-radar prospects that are worth keeping an eye on heading into 2020.

There are some questions that Brodie Van Wagenen is going to have to answer at the upcoming GM Meetings.

Dominican Summer League prospect Amaury Pereya has been suspended for 72 games after violating the league’s drug policy for testing positive for Stanozolol.

Around the National League East

After he pitched well in a brief stint with the club this season, the Braves announced that they’ve signed veteran reliever Darren O’Day to a one-year, $2.25 million contract with a 2021 club option for $3.5 million.

The Phillies are one of the teams who are showing early interest in free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson. It remains to be seen, however, how much the qualifying offer will limit the Phillies’ interest in him and other free agents who received it.

For the second straight year, a star Nationals player is hitting free agency, and Anthony Rendon deserves a deal that’s as good or better than the one that Bryce Harper got.

Around Major League Baseball

The Diamondbacks will have a different look next season, as the team revealed their new uniforms yesterday.

A couple of teams continued to fill out their coaching staff, as the Padres hired Larry Rothschild as their pitching coach and the Cubs brought on Andy Green to be their bench coach.

MLB.com identified one ideal free agent fit for each team. The pick for the Mets was unsurprisingly a bullpen piece.

It’s possible that some teams could prioritize adding veteran voices to their roster in the wake of the World Series.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The A Pod of Their Own crew discussed the hiring of Beltran and chatted with the Daily News’ Bradford William Davis on this week’s episode.

Was Donnie Hart a pitcher who actually took the mound for the Mets this season? Jack McLoone explored this fascinating mystery.

Steve Sypa continued his list of the best minor league hitters he saw in the Mets system in 2019, with infielder Jaylen Palmer coming in at number six.

In anticipation of his return to the Mets dugout, David Capobianco looked back on Beltran’s top ten moments during his time playing for the team.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1978, the Mets announced that M. Donald Grant—the board chairman who infamously drove Tom Seaver out of New York and made several other ill-fated moves which left the team as basement dwellers in the standings—would be stepping down at the end of the year. Mets fans rejoiced at the knowledge that their team’s front office would forevermore be rid of arrogant blowhards who knew nothing about how to run a baseball team.