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Mets cut 9 minor leaguers

The Mets thinned their minor league ranks Thursday as their full-season teams get closer to breaking camp. The nine players released: right-handers Wes Wrenn, Samuel Taveras, Daniel Carela and John Holdzkom, third baseman James Schroeder, and outfielders Joey August, Will Cherry, R.J. Harris and Nick Santomauro.

Holdzkom was a fourth-round pick in 2006.