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Mets Morning News: Jeff McNeil is on the McMend

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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

Jeff McNeil is healing nicely from his broken wrist but more importantly he adopted an adorable kitten who is getting along nicely with his puppy.

It’s a dream come true for Rick Porcello who grew up loving the Mets and is excited to get started with his new team.

The Mets could be a contender this year if they learn to get out of their own way.

The Columbia Fireflies announced their new coaching staff for the 2020 season which includes Reid Brignac who will be taking over as manager.

The Mets officially released Sam Haggerty who was designated for assignment in December in order to make room for Dellin Betances.

Around the National League East

The Braves have some decisions to make when it comes to their arbitration eligible players.

Despite making some moves early, the Phillies are seemingly content to end there to make sure they stay under the luxury tax.

Around Major League Baseaball

Infield Outs Above Average is a new defensive metric whose aim is to get a better understanding on how well infielders turn ground balls into outs.

The Astros should soon learn their fate when it comes to punishment for their alleged cheating, and the penalties could be severe.

The Brewers have extended manager Craig Counsell for another three years.

The Diamondbacks signed reliever Hector Rondon to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

We may never know all the details of why Domingo German was suspended 81-games since privacy for the victim can be a real concern in these cases (paywall alert).

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Number 17 on Steve Sypa’s 2020 prospect list was Tony Dibrell.

This Date in Mets History

Everything old is new again. On this date fifteen years ago, Carlos Beltran said yes to the Mets for the first time and agreed to a seven-year deal worth $119 million.