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Mets Morning News: ‘Twas the morning before the night before Christmas

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New York Mets’ manager Bobby Valentine seems to be having a Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Showing that improvements aren’t restricted to the big league club, the Mets hired Ricky Meinhold to serve as the team’s minor-league pitching coordinator.

In another minor-league acquisition, the Mets signed amateur free agent Jhoxan Gudiño out of Mexico.

SBNation put out a very important breakdown of the Mets’ highly cursed holiday video.

Around the National League East

The Marlins are looking into current free agent and former Jeter teammate Francisco Cervelli.

With the market moving quickly, the Phillies are still among the teams around the league looking for at least one starter.

Around Major League Baseball

Hyun-Jin Ryu becomes the latest name to come off the board as the Blue Jays signed the former Dodger to a four-year deal for $80M.

Big name free agents signing early and often looks nice from the outside, but it doesn’t mean that all the games’ wounds are completely healed.

The Mayor of Ding Dong City is packing his bags and heading to Toronto as Travis Shaw agreed to a one-year deal with the Blue Jays for $4M.

A move may be unlikely, but the Yankees are looking into trading for Brewers’ closer Josh Hader.

Proving that graphic design really is his passion, Joe Maddon took out an interesting full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune.

In a disappointing spot of news, Shohei Ohtani’s throwing program has been ramped down while a definitive plan is crafted over the coming weeks.

As we approach the final week of the 2010s, it’s a good time to look back on the baseball legends we’ve lost in that time.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, the Mets traded for Denver School System Appreciator Mike Hampton.