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Mets Morning News: Trade winds are starting to blow in New York

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Meet the Mets

Following the All-Star Game all of Major League Baseball enjoyed a day off. With the second half set to get underway, the Mets have to face reality that the time has come to sell.

One name that has come up in trade rumors is Noah Syndergaard who still remains on San Diego’s radar.

One player that will most likely be wearing a different uniform next month is Zack Wheeler who the Mets are hoping will bring back a good return.

Hopefully the second half goes a little bit better than the first where almost no one deserved a passing grade.

The Mets who went to the All-Star Game enjoyed their time in the spotlight, but after Jeff McNeil said he was upset by the scoreboard snafu the Indians offered an apology.

Around the National League East

The Braves have had some surprises and some disappointments during the first half of the year.

The Phillies are stuck in a middle ground where they could be both buyers and sellers at the deadline.

Ryan Zimmerman is finally healthy for the Nationals but where does he fit in on their ballclub?

Around Major League Baseball

Jim Bouton, former-Yankee and author of the book Ball Four, died at the age of 80 after battling a brain disease.

Former commissioner Bud Selig has a new book out where he talks about the steroid use that happened in baseball under his watch, but he fails to mention he was made aware of the issue much earlier and failed to act on it.

It was a bit of a family reunion at the All-Star Game for Javy Baez and Jose Berrios who are brothers-in-law (paywall alert).

After speaking out about the baseballs potentially being juiced, Justin Verlander got taken to task by Joe Torre.

The Atlantic League will be trying out a new rule where players can steal first base.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The Mets’ outfield showed some offensive potential in the first half of the season.

Lukas Vlahos wrote about the Syndergaard rumors.

On Episode 14 of A Pod of Their Own, all the All-Star fun and the Polar Bear’s performance in the Derby were discussed.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2006, the Mets sent six players to the All-Star Game and young David Wright made his presence known when he hit a home run in his first at-bat.