Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links
Meet the Mets
Frank Francisco's elbow is barking and the Mets' closer has been shut down for the time being. Should Francisco have to start the year on the disabled list, it looks like Bobby Parnell will inherit the closer duties.
Terry Collins gave his "State Of The Mets" address yesterday afternoon.
Adam Rubin has an early projection of what the Opening Day roster could look like.
Around the Majors
Felix Hernandez's deal with the Mariners is now complete.
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero gave some insight into why the team was willing to deal top prospect Trevor Bauer. Bauer, meanwhile, sidestepped Montero's comments. Also related, Didi Gregorius (the prospect acquired for Bauer) has been shut down with an elbow strain and may miss Opening Day.
The anti-inflammatory drug Toradol has gained a great deal of publicity of late (R.A. Dickey famously used it to pitch through a plantar fascia injury) but the Red Sox are now looking further into the drug due to potential health risks involved with its use.
Yesterday At AA
Chris McShane reviewed some potential outfield trade targets, though things are looking bleaker with start of spring training games in a week and a half.
David Moseder looks back at February 12th in Mets' history.