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Mets Morning News: Phillies coming for the National League East

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

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Meet the Mets

Brodie Van Wagenen is still confident in his team despite Bryce Harper going to a division rival.

Whether Van Wagenen likes it or not, the addition of Harper shifts the balance of power in the NL East.

Fully recovered from his bout with bad chicken, Brandon Nimmo recapped the meal that made him sick.

T.J. Rivera downplayed the severity of his elbow discomfort and is trying to stay positive as he works his way back from Tommy John.

Pete Alonso helped lead the Mets to a win over the Cardinals.

Jason Vargas was solid in his spring debut but after the game he said he would understand if the Mets went out and got more pitching help.

Rajai Davis had another good game and is hoping to make the big league roster at the end of spring training.

Wayne Randazzo will be joining Howie Rose in the radio booth this season and this promotion comes after a career of working through the ranks in the business.

Around the National League East

Mike Foltynewicz had to be scratched from his next scheduled start for the Braves since he is dealing with some elbow soreness. Touki Toussaint struggled in Atlanta’s loss to the Tigers. The Braves could be interested in signing Dallas Keuchel.

The Athletic remembered the electric pitcher Jose Fernandez was and wondered what a free agent contract would’ve looked like for one of the game’s best.

Bryce Harper reportedly signed a record breaking 13-year deal with the Phillies worth $330 million. The signing completes a fantastic offseason by the Philadelphia front office.

Max Scherzer had a good day for the Nationals but the rest of the organization did not.

Around Major League Baseball

Harper ultimately chose the Phillies, but both the Dodgers and the Giants had offers on the table as well.

The White Sox tried, and failed, to land Manny Machado but they don’t want to come off as cheapskates.

The Blue Jays have reportedly signed pitcher Clay Buchholz.

The MLBPA is concerned about Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s situation with the Blue Jays and they want to make sure his service time isn’t being manipulated by the club.

Every team was supposedly waiting for the next free agent class so here is how the next five years are looking in terms of free agency.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos took a close look at the Mets’ bullpen depth.

Vasilis Drimalitis thinks Robinson Cano will add some pop to the Mets’ offense this season.

Allison McCague covered the Harper signing.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1976, Tom Seaver informed the team he would not report to spring training until he received a new contract.