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Mets Morning News: The Unboarable Truth

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

Wild boar Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The strange story behind Yoenis Cespedes’s injury last year took yet another unusual turn, as it was revealed that the catalyst for the incident was an encounter with a wild boar.

The Syracuse Mets officially have a new skipper, as former Mets catcher Brian Schneider has been announced as the 2020 manager.

Here is your daily reminder that Brandon Nimmo is a really good baseball player.

Jeff McNeil continues to recover from the wrist surgery he had at the end of last season, as he posted an Instagram video of him taking swings off a tee.

Just like the rest of us, the Mets have some New Year’s resolutions (and just like the rest of us, odds are they won’t succeed at fulfilling them).

Francisco Alvarez could establish himself as a special catching prospect in 2020.

The Mets made a depth signing yesterday, as they inked outfielder Ryan Cordell to a minor league deal.

Around the National League East

A 40-40 season is well within Ronald Acuña Jr.’s reach after he came close to reaching the milestone in 2019.

These three Phillies could potentially break out and cause problems for the Mets in 2020.

Changing his pitch mix a bit in 2020 could result in Zack Wheeler improving upon his already impressive numbers.

Victor Robles’s name has been in trade rumors recently, but the Nationals may think twice before dealing him.

While the search for a suitable Anthony Rendon replacement rages on, the Nationals have made an infield acquisition, as they’ve signed Starlin Castro to a two-year, $12 million deal.

Which debut players could make an impact for the Marlins in 2020?

Around Major League Baseball

A new Cuban phenom will soon be making his way stateside, as 21-year-old outfielder/pitcher Oscar Colás has defected and will be looking to sign with a major league organization, though that signing may not occur until July.

Sports Illustrated offered some predictions for how the new decade will go for each MLB team.

You may be hearing about these thirty prospects a lot more after they breakout in 2020.

With Pete Alonso preparing for his second major league season, it’s a good time to reminisce about the fifteen best sophomore seasons in major league history.

Baseball Prospectus continued to offer their visions for what the last game of the 2020s will look like (and it continues to feature some Amazin’ Avenue representation, as Allison McCague got in on the action today after Linda Surovich offered hers in part one of the series).

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa continued his rankings of the top Mets prospects heading into the 2020 season.

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore talked about some of the great albums of the 2010s on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

The Mets acquired Duaner Sanchez in a trade with the Dodgers on this date in 2006. Sanchez went on to have a key role in the Amazins’ bullpen that season, right up until an unfortunate taxicab drive ended his season in July.