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Mets Morning News: Baseball is nearing

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

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Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen is bracing for positive coronavirus tests.

Major League Baseball has approved 7 groups as qualified bidders for the Mets. Some of those bidders include Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, as well as the owners of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Harris and David Blitzer.

The Mets laid off 25 employees on Tuesday, including members of the ticket office with 10-15 years of experience.

After adding five players to the player pool on Monday, the Mets signed relief pitcher Jared Hughes on Tuesday.

Van Wagenen also said he had an aggressive drafting strategy in mind when trading away prospects.

With the 2020 minor league season cancelled, it may mark the end of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies era.

Tim Britton has sixteen thoughts as the Mets enter training camp.

Anthony DiComo looked at five different storylines to watch as the Mets reopen camp this week.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop looks at how the Braves can utilize the DH and platoon players for success in 2020.

The Nationals were granted approval from Washington D.C. to open Nationals Park for training camp.

The Phillies released and then re-signed former Met Anthony Swarzak to a minor league contract.

Around Major League Baseball

Joel Sherman writes that the Yankees are ready to take full advantage of a delayed MLB start.

Bob Nightengale writes about Andrew Toles, who is homeless and hospitalized.

Ryan Braun has his doubts that a 2020 MLB season will happen.

As of now, MLB announced there are no changes to the August 13 Field of Dreams game.

MLB and the players union are still discussing whether to disclose when a player tests positive for coronavirus.

Jared Diamond wrote about those who are lucky enough to watch live baseball games in person this year, the ones with apartments looking directly into baseball stadiums.

ESPN looked at the rise of MLB’s Ivy League culture.

Fans can virtually attend Oakland A’s games this season with Coliseum Cutouts.

The Rockies signed Matt Kemp to a minor league deal.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Michael Drago wrote why the Mets and MLB need to protect players like Brandon Nimmo.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1993, Dwight Gooden hit his 6th home run, passing Tom Seaver for the most home runs by a pitcher in franchise history.