NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets are moving their fences in at Citi Field for the second time.

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DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers have hired David Newhan as their assistant hitting coach.

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The Braves are re-evaluating their place in the NL East, while the Cardinals are focused on winning it all.

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It’s November, which means optimism is running wild around Major League Baseball. Yes, that even includes the New York Mets camp. Despite six straight losing seasons, there’s a real feeling within the organization that they’ve finally turned the corner after winning 79 games and tying for second place in the NL East in 2014. A feeling manager Terry Collins is so confident about, he’s already planning on playing games beyond the first weekend in October next season. From the New York Daily News:   “We should be playing in October,” the manager said this week, not referring to the four regular-season October games the Mets have in 2015. “Our young guys are starting to grow, with the addition of some offense, and … we’re not done. I don’t think (GM) Sandy (Alderson) by any means (is done)… we’re going to make some more moves before spring training starts,” Collins said. “I think 2015 is going to be a good year for us.” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson pulled off the first stunning move of the offseason, signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal on Nov. 10. Committing that money to a 35-year-old outfielder – and giving up a draft pick for a qualifying free agent – was a clear indication Alderson and company feel they’re just a few pieces away from contending in the short term. Where they look next for offensive help will be interesting to see. They’re rumored to be seeking a trade for a proven shortstop, with names like Troy Tulowitzki and Alexei Ramirez being connected. New York already has a pair of offensive cornerstones locked in at the corners with All-Star David Wright at third and Lucas Duda emerging at first base. Of course, it’s New York’s strong core of young pitching that really has people excited. Jacob deGrom moved to the head of that class by earning NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2014. Zack Wheeler, 24, is another young arm who performed well in his first full season, posting a 3.54 ERA. They also fully expect to get a healthy Matt Harvey back following Tommy John surgery in October 2013. That trio, along with veterans Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee, makes for a respectable rotation. You read Collins’ comments and your instinct might be to shrug them off. However, New York may be positioned as well as anyone to take the next step toward 85-90 wins. They aren’t there quite yet. Not with the Washington Nationals holding firm atop the division, the Atlanta Braves still hanging around, and the Miami Marlins improving. But another big move, or two, may be all that’s needed. Indeed, optimism abounds. And that’s why we so enjoy the game of baseball.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer, the 2013 National League batting champion, has signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets, the National League club said on Monday. Cuddyer, 35, a two-time All-Star who hit a career-best .331 for the Colorado Rockies in 2013, was limited to 49 games last season due to three stints on the disabled list for a left shoulder and left hamstring strain. The early off-season signing by the budget-conscious Mets signaled a determination to improve a lackluster offense in support of their promising young pitching staff. …

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NEW YORK (AP) — For the third straight year, baseball’s free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In the last hours of St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras’ life, a video posted to social media shows him behind the wheel of a flashy new car, grinning alongside his girlfriend.

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By Larry Fine (Reuters) – Chicago White Sox slugging first baseman Jose Abreu and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won Rookie of the Year honors in their respective leagues in voting results announced on Monday. Abreu, 27, was a unanimous choice for the American League award capturing all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. DeGrom, 26, won with 26 first-place votes of 31 cast in a decisive victory over Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, who received the other five top votes. …

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013.

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