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Mets Morning News: Summer camp begins

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

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Meet the Mets

Manager Luis Rojas met with the media digitally and discussed how the team is going to prepare to play during a pandemic.

With Chili Davis working remotely, the team has already run into some challenges and there is a good chance they will face even more should a player get sick.

Rojas mentioned that Yoenis Cespedes is one option for the DH but there are others who could fill that role as well.

The Mets will be without Noah Syndergaard this season, but Rick Porcello could be a reliable alternative should he recapture some of his earlier successes.

Jacob deGrom has certainly put together an impressive resume his first six years in the league, but is the Hall of Fame still a realistic possibility?

The team signed prospect Richard Brito, a right-hander from Venezuela who can throw 100 mph.

Those interested in buying the Mets have until July 9 to submit bids and there is reportedly a new candidate who has entered the mix.

Both the Mets and Yankees are lagging behind when it comes to refunding fans their money for games that they will never attend.

Around the National League East

The Marlins signed their third overall pick of the 2020 Draft to a signing bonus of $6.7 million. That bonus is the largest in Marlins’ history so how does Max Meyer stack up to some of the others the organization spent big on?

The names of the Philadelphia players who ended up on the COVID list were not supposed to be public knowledge but an update to their transaction list led to rampant speculation and became just another example of the complexities of baseball right now.

Around Major League Baseball

One day after spilling the beans that Major League Baseball never intended for the season to be played beyond 60 games, Rob Manfred tried to backtrack saying instead that the pandemic is the reason they would not get more games in.

Hal Steinbrenner claims he has had many conversations with Governor Cuomo and expects to see fans in the stands at Yankee Stadium at some point this year.

While baseball and most of the country was shut down, a large group of players met and played baseball in secret where they created their own rules to keep themselves as safe as possible.

Tyson Ross joined his brother Joe in opting out of the 2020 season.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana underwent surgery after he injured his thumb washing dishes and will resume throwing in two weeks.

The Dodgers signed AJ Ramos to a minor league deal and he will be added to their 60-man player pool.

With the cancellation of minor league baseball, where are prospects supposed to go to develop and stay in shape?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis believes Yoenis Cespedes’s powerful bat could have a major impact on a short season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1996, Alex Ochoa hit for the cycle and helped lead the Mets to a 10-6 win over the Phillies.