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Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Matt Harvey tossed a baseball for the first time since having Tommy John surgery and he felt "awesome". Harvey will continue to throw 3 times a week this spring. The Mets and Harvey will have to decide where to send him for his rehab this season.
You know it's time for baseball when we have a schedule of starting pitchers and it looks like Rafael Montero will open up the Mets Grapefruit League schedule on Friday.
Terry Collins says the Mets look a lot crisper this year compared to past camps. He also said that Ike Davis' swing is flatter than it was and looks a lot better.
The Mets will move righty Erik Goeddel into a relief role this year at AAA.
Sandy Alderson spoke about Nelson Cruz and Chris Young, saying that he's happy with Young.
In the Star Ledger, Mike Vorkunov has a Q&A with Eric Young Jr.
New Jersey native Anthony Seratelli is trying to end his long climb to the majors this spring. Seratelli isn't the only Old Bridge, NJ shortstop in the organization.
Around the Majors
Nelson Cruz signed a one year, $8 million deal with the Orioles yesterday.
The Yankees grabbed Andrew Bailey on a minor league deal with incentives and an option for 2015. Pretty good deal for them.
The Phillies finally released a statement on the Ben Wetzler situation with the NCAA and basically said nothing.
Barry Bonds will be a spring training instructor with the Giants this year. I'd prefer him to be the Giants' left fielder because dingers.
Grant Brisbee put together a list of AL West lineups and rotations as described by Google Autocorrect.
Yesterday At AA
The top prospect in the Mets farm system is Noah Syndergaard, shockingly (not shockingly).
Chris McShane wrote about Juan Lagares' defense and what the pitching splits mean.
Jeffrey Bellone's Mets stat of the day looked at success in driving runners in from 3rd base.
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