Flores leads yearly MetsGiving turkey giveaway

Infielder continues club's tradition of helping local families in need

Flores leads yearly MetsGiving turkey giveaway

Thirteen-year-old Joshua Flores walked down his street in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., on Thursday and found an unfamiliar sight in front of his house. Standing on Flores' doorstep was Mets infielder Wilmer Flores waiting to greet him. Peeking through the front window was Joshua's mother, Magdalena, beaming with pride.

It was an emotional day in Queens, as Flores, joined by his mother Sodely and members of the Mets' staff, participated in the organization's fourth annual MetsGiving turkey giveaway. Though Flores shared no relation with the family he visited in Corona, the bond of holiday spirit was strong as the Mets veteran passed out turkeys and meals to this and many other families in need.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets sign left-hander Purke to Minors deal

Mets sign left-hander Purke to Minors deal

The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training on Friday.

Purke last pitched in the Majors for the White Sox in 2016, going 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 12 games.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rivera aims to defy timeline in elbow rehab

Rivera aims to defy timeline in elbow rehab

NEW YORK -- For years, infielder T.J. Rivera worked his way up the Mets' Minor League ladder in relative anonymity, an undrafted free agent who hit well above .300 at nearly every stop on the farm. In 2016, Rivera finally received his big league chance, batting .333 in 33 games. He followed that up with a .290 average in 73 games this season, as recently as July putting himself in contention for a significant '18 role with the Mets.

Then the ulnar collateral ligament in Rivera's right elbow snapped. He underwent Tommy John surgery in September, casting doubt over his status at a time when the Mets are actively searching for second-base help.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alderson: No downside to looking at Ohtani

Two-way Japanese star hot topic at GM Meetings

Alderson: No downside to looking at Ohtani

NEW YORK -- For years, the Mets have shied away from international bidding wars, wary of spending too much of their restrictive budget on unknown quantities. But Shohei Ohtani presents a different situation. The Mets are at least intrigued by the possibility of acquiring the Japanese superstar this winter, despite acknowledging the unlikelihood that they actually will be able to.

"I don't think there's a downside in looking into it," general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla. "I think the only downside is creating a false set of expectations on the part of fans that have to be tempered. This guy could go to any one of 30 teams. At this stage, almost everybody has to be somewhat interested. There's a lot to be learned about the process, as well as what his intentions are."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets finalize Callaway's coaching staff

DiSarcina, Eiland among adds; Roessler promoted

Mets finalize Callaway's coaching staff

NEW YORK -- The Mets finalized Mickey Callaway's inaugural coaching staff on Wednesday, announcing a mix of experienced coaches with ties to Callaway and each other.

Gary DiSarcina, 49, will serve as Callaway's bench coach, hopping over from the same position in Boston. A former All-Star Angels infielder, DiSarcina also served as third-base coach for the Halos from 2013-14.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets exploring options for first-base depth

Smith's struggles after callup have Alderson looking at trade, free-agent candidates

Mets exploring options for first-base depth

NEW YORK -- Part of the Mets' rationale for calling up top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith in August was to give themselves an extended chance to evaluate the youngsters heading into 2018. The Mets wanted to know before Spring Training whether those two would be part of their short-term plans.

Rosario did enough in two months to prove himself, and as a result is locked in as the Mets' Opening Day shortstop. But Smith, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this week at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., "didn't win [the job] in September."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Wright eyes another healthy run with Mets

Veteran third baseman sidelined all of last season due to back surgery

Wright eyes another healthy run with Mets

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There is no quit in David Wright. The Mets' captain and third baseman has gone through right shoulder surgery, neck surgery and surgery to correct spinal stenosis in his back five weeks ago.

Despite it all -- he's in the early stages of rehab in Southern California -- Wright would like to give his baseball career at least one more chance.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' starters may go shorter in 2018

Improved bullpen, a la Dodgers and Cubs, a goal for next season

Mets' starters may go shorter in 2018

NEW YORK -- As recently as September, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets would look to acquire starting pitching help this winter, needing more depth behind Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. But as the realities of a limited budget have begun to creep in, the Mets are looking at other ways to improve their staff.

The easiest may be maximizing the effectiveness of their existing starters. To that end, Alderson on Monday outlined a pitching system that revolves around an improved bullpen.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

9-time All-Star wants to spend more time with family, manage some day

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guillorme among prospects thriving in AFL

Kaczmarski, Thompson, Nido, Jannis also flashing promise in Arizona

Guillorme among prospects thriving in AFL

NEW YORK -- It was only a year ago that daily Tim Tebow updates brought the Arizona Fall League to life for Mets fans. Tebow may not be hanging around the Phoenix area this autumn, but don't let that detract from an even more encouraging development for an oft-criticized farm system: the Mets are crushing the AFL.

Exactly one month into baseball's annual six-week prospect showcase, the Mets can lay claim to three of the AFL's most productive offensive players in Kevin Kaczmarski, Luis Guillorme and David Thompson.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A look back at Asdrubal's unassisted triple play

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A look back at Asdrubal's unassisted triple play

Before the night of May 12, 2008, there hadn't been an unassisted triple play in the American League since the A's Randy Velarde in 2000. There'd only been six since 1927 and 13 in the history of Major League Baseball. It was a rare feat -- rare like Mr. Clean with hair, rare like truth but no dare.

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deGrom says shorter hair will speed up fastball

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deGrom says shorter hair will speed up fastball

At the start of the offseason, Jose Reyes shocked the world when he posted a picture of Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom without his signature flowing locks:

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Inbox: Would Mets make splash trade for 2B?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from New York fans

Inbox: Would Mets make splash trade for 2B?

Welcome to another Hot Stove season. Sandy Alderson is due to report to the General Managers Meetings next week in Florida, where discussions with teams and agents often begin to gain traction. Until then, here's an early look at some of the offseason's pressing questions for the Mets.

What are the odds that the Mets trade for Dee Gordon?
-- @JDimes4

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' front office shifting to prioritize defense

Recent injuries to pitching staff push fielding into focus

Mets' front office shifting to prioritize defense

NEW YORK -- For the third consecutive season and the eighth time in nine years, the Mets did not have a Gold Glove Award winner. This year, they did not even have a finalist at any of the nine positions, robbing Tuesday's announcement of any drama for them.

Chalk that up to bad luck, bad health or just plain bad defense, but it's not something that could have surprised the Mets. General manager Sandy Alderson admitted recently that the front office has not made defense a top priority during his tenure -- something that has already begun to change.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jannis' knuckleball tale is one of inspiration

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Jannis' knuckleball tale is one of inspiration

The lone player still on the field after Scottsdale's 3-0 win over Mesa was standing atop the dugout talking to a face in the crowd. Mickey Jannis was smiling as he and fiancée Emily exchanged words following his stellar performance on the mound: Across five innings, Jannis struck out five allowing just one hit and one walk on a rare cool Friday afternoon in the desert.

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Mets set to turn attention to free agency

Mets set to turn attention to free agency

NEW YORK -- Before last offseason was even a month old, the Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract, effectively re-creating the team they had in 2016. Then they did little else over the course of the winter, leaving a roster without enough depth to endure the onslaught of injuries that followed.

That won't be the case this year. It can't be, now that Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda and Addison Reed are all gone. The Mets need to acquire a wave of players to replace their traded veterans, meaning they have no choice but to dip heavily into the free-agent and trade markets this offseason.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast: Nido shows serious 'pop' to nab Acuna

Statcast: Nido shows serious 'pop' to nab Acuna

While the stars of today were wrapping up the postseason, the stars of tomorrow have been showing off their skills out west in the Arizona Fall League. On Saturday, with the Major League calendar completed, many of baseball's best prospects took the stage in front of a national audience.

The Fall Stars Game has offered first glimpses of many of the game's current superstars, from Mike Trout to Kris Bryant to Byron Buxton, as scouting reports met with the eye-test for fans looking toward the future. But with the game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., we've gained another tool at our disposal: Statcast™'s player tracking technology. While characteristics like fastball command for pitchers or plate discipline for hitters usually takes time to develop, Statcast™ shows us some of the raw tools these prospects already possess. High spin rates, scorching exit velocities and off-the-chart speed are traits that don't necessarily need large sample sizes to analyze.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets pick up Asdrubal's option for 2018

New York also exercises option on lefty Blevins

Mets pick up Asdrubal's option for 2018

NEW YORK -- By the middle of the 2017 regular season, Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera was disgruntled enough to ask publicly for a trade, unhappy with his move off shortstop. But as they actively shopped the other veterans on their team, trading away five of them, the Mets never dealt Cabrera.

Now, they have extended their relationship with the veteran infielder. The Mets picked up Cabrera's $8.5 million contract option for 2018 on Friday. Because there was a $2 million buyout on Cabrera's deal, the move effectively costs the Mets $6.5 million.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

3 questions for Mets to address in offseason

3 questions for Mets to address in offseason

NEW YORK -- Hiring manager Mickey Callaway was a necessary first step for the Mets this offseason, but that move answered just one of several significant questions surrounding the team. After trading away many of their veteran players last summer, the Mets still have needs across their roster.

As such, this will be the most active offseason in recent memory for general manager Sandy Alderson, who is about to get busy now that the World Series is complete.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jannis continues AFL domination via knuckler

Jannis continues AFL domination via knuckler

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Scottsdale Scorpions couldn't manage much offense against the Mesa Solar Sox on Friday afternoon. Luckily for them, they had Mets right-hander Mickey Jannis, and his knuckleball, on the mound.

The 29-year-old's knuckler confounded Mesa, resulting in five shutout innings and a 3-0 Scorpions win, as former knuckleballer and Jannis mentor Tom Candiotti watched. Jannis only allowed one hit and a walk, striking out five in his gem.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets release veteran outfielder Aoki

Mets release veteran outfielder Aoki

The Mets released outfielder Norichika Aoki on Monday, ending the veteran's two-month run in the organization. Aoki is now a free agent.

Acquired in September to shore up an outfield decimated by injuries, Aoki hit .284 with a .743 OPS, 10 strikeouts and 13 walks in 116 plate appearances down the stretch. When the Mets signed the arbitration-eligible Aoki, according to a source, they agreed to decide before the end of October whether to tender him a contract for 2018. That way, Aoki could become a free agent immediately if the Mets chose to part ways with him, rather than wait until the non-tender deadline in December.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets outright 5 to clear space on 40-man

Goeddel, Pill are free agents; prospect Becerra eligible for Rule 5 Draft

Mets outright 5 to clear space on 40-man

The Mets outrighted five players off their 40-man roster on Wednesday, clearing space as the Hot Stove season approaches. Outfielder Travis Taijeron, infielder Phillip Evans and pitchers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel will become Minor League free agents after the conclusion of the World Series. Outfielder Wuilmer Becerra will remain under team control, but is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in December.

Becerra, 23, was once ranked by MLBPipeline.com as high as seventh on the Mets' Top 30 prospect list, and most recently 12th. But Becerra underwent shoulder surgery in 2016 and struggled upon his return, slugging just .335 in 128 games this season. He was part of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays for Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard, among others, in 2012.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guillorme, Jannis stay hot in Fall League

Guillorme, Jannis stay hot in Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Luis Guillorme made some pregame adjustments to his swing, and the results paid off instantly as he helped lead Scottsdale to a 6-5 win over Surprise on Friday afternoon.

Guillorme, the Mets' No. 11 prospect, reached base three times and boosted his Fall League batting average to .385 as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nido finding himself at the dish in Fall League

New York's No. 9 prospect rips two-run double in first tie of Fall League

Nido finding himself at the dish in Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tomas Nido is improving as a hitter, and he's putting himself on the catching radar of the New York Mets in a hurry.

The 23-year-old native of Puerto Rico, taken by New York in the eighth round of the 2012 Draft and now ranked as the team's No. 9 prospect, had another banner night in Arizona Fall League play Thursday as his Scottsdale Scorpions played the visiting Salt River Rafters to a 4-4 suspended-game result after 11 innings at Scottsdale Stadium. The game marked the first tie of the AFL season.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cyclones win MacPhail Award for top promos

Mets' Class A affiliate recognized for innovative marketing

Minor League Baseball announced Thursday that the Mets' Class A Brooklyn affiliate has won the 2017 Larry MacPhail Award, presented annually to one Minor League franchise in recognition of "exceptional promotions and marketing efforts both on the field and in the community."

"On behalf of the entire Brooklyn Cyclones organization, we would like to thank Minor League Baseball for this prestigious honor," Cyclones vice president Steve Cohen said in a statement. "Our industry is filled with some of the most innovative and creative minds in the world, so to be singled out from the field of so many worthy nominees is truly humbling."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets name, introduce new manager Callaway

Mets name, introduce new manager Callaway

NEW YORK -- Mickey Callaway first became a coach in 2008, at age 33, when he was hired at tiny Division III Texas A&M International University. Fresh off Tommy John surgery and three seasons pitching in Korea, Callaway's Major League dreams remained alive, as he intended to keep pitching in the Majors. But first he needed a job, a place to tend to a new goal which was evolving, unbeknownst to him, by the day.

"I think I got to play for a half season after that, and quite frankly, it was hard to concentrate on playing after that feeling," Callaway said. "Right away, just leading that group of young people, I knew that this is what I wanted to do."

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Callaway's approach to pitching wins over Mets

Callaway's approach to pitching wins over Mets

Regardless of how the Mets approach this winter, dipping into free agency and trades to improve their fourth-place roster, they will not return to the playoffs without vintage pitching performances. Likely, the Mets will acquire a new starter and a bullpen arm to supplement their staff. But there is little they can achieve if Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and others are not at or near the tops of their games.

Enter Mickey Callaway. The Mets did not hire Callaway because he is a former pitching coach; they hired him because of his interpersonal skills, his communication skills, his ability to command a room. Yet at a time in which the significant majority of big league managers are former position players, it is notable that the Mets are asking a pitching expert to salvage what they still consider a playoff-caliber roster.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nido leads NL in AFL Hitting Challenge

Nido leads NL in AFL Hitting Challenge

MESA, Ariz. -- Pitted against some of Minor League Baseball's best up-and-coming hitters at Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Hitting Challenge, Minnesota Twins prospect Chris Paul walked away with bragging rights -- and a little spending money.

The Twins' sixth-round pick in the 2015 Draft, Paul came in first place in the fifth-annual event with a score of 2,750, narrowly defeating Mets No. 9 prospect Tomas Nido, who finished atop the National League side with 2,600 points. Brewers No. 2 prospect Corey Ray and White Sox catching prospect Seby Zavala both finished at 2,100, good for second place in the NL and AL, respectively.

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Perry Cohen is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lindsay Berra

Wright's latest surgery and timetable, explained

Mets third baseman has best chance to return following laminotomy procedure

Wright's latest surgery and timetable, explained

Injury-plagued Mets third baseman David Wright underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back on Oct. 5, one month to the day after having rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder.

While the word "laminotomy" certainly sounds scary, invasive and -- at the very least -- career-threatening, in reality, it gives the 34-year-old Wright his best chance to get back on the field.

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Lindsay Berra is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Callaway is named after HOFer Mantle

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Callaway is named after HOFer Mantle

On Monday, the Mets announced their hiring of Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to be the 21st manager in the team's history.

He was formally introduced to the media in a news conference at Citi Field, and was so excited for his new role, you could see the smile on his face from a mile away. But in addition to sharing the joy he felt for his new job, he also talked about how his brother and he wound up with some legendary names.

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