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Mets Morning News: Mets close to signing first-round draft pick

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets are reportedly close to signing first-round pick Brett Baty to a below-slot deal which could free up enough money to sign third-round pick Matthew Allan.

The Mets have come close to .500 a few times now and if they truly want to get back on track they will need to clear that mark.

The Subway Series showed how quickly Pete Alonso can forget a bad game and turn it around.

Seth Lugo was dominant in the eighth inning against the Yankees and it seems he might be the Mets’ new set-up man.

The team is embracing virtual reality to help them prepare against opposing pitchers.

The ‘69 Mets are looking forward to the celebration that will take place at the end of the month.

Cancer took Luis Vasquez’s dream of playing baseball but the Mets and their former GM supported him during his battle with the disease (paywall alert).

With so many major leaguers rehabbing in Syracuse, Jeff Wilpon took a trip up to check in on the players.

Tim Tebow is still struggling in Triple-A which might be as far as his baseball journey is going to take him.

Around the National League East

The Braves defeated the Pirates with a walk-off double by Ozzie Albies.

Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto shut down the Cardinals for seven innings in Miami’s 9-0 win.

The Phillies were shut out by the Diamondbacks 2-0.

Nationals’ slugger Matt Adams has an oblique strain but he doesn’t need to be placed on the injured list just yet.

Around Major League Baseball

The suspects involved in the attempt on David Ortiz’s life, were reportedly offered $7,800 to carry out the shooting.

The Padres optioned Chris Paddack to Single-A in an attempt to limit his innings.

The Blue Jays placed closer Ken Giles on the IL with elbow inflammation.

Nolan Arenado was struck on the forearm with a pitch and was forced to exit the game, which led to a few other players being hit with baseballs.

Justin Verlander set a new personal best when he struck out fifteen batters against the Brewers.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 11 of A Pod of Their Own, the Mets’ good week was discussed as well as the underside of the signing of players in Latin America.

Maggie Wiggin took a look at Todd Frazier’s turnaround.

Steve Sypa wrote up a draft profile on Hunter Parsons.

Fans’ confidence in the team is on the rise but the same cannot be said for their confidence in the manager.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2012, R.A. Dickey came oh-so-close to throwing a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays.