Mets Morning News: Mets back in a Montreal groove, Cabrera gets big extension, Niese feels good

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Your Friday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets open a two-game exhibition series with the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal tonight, weather permitting, of course. Jenrry Mejia gets the start tonight, though a bunion might cost him the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation.

Speaking of the rotation, Jon Niese threw in a minor league game yesterday and felt great.

Terry Collins suggested that Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares will see playing time this season. Rising Apple wants the front office to make the decision for Collins.

The last few days of spring training are nerve-racking for players like Anthony Seratelli who are on the bubble, writes Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger.

With Frank Viola going in for open-heart surgery next week, word out of Mets camp is that Tom Signore, originally slated to be Brooklyn's pitching coach this year, will take that spot with the Las Vegas 51s.

Over at Faith and Fear in Flushing, Greg Prince sounds relieved that spring training is just about over.

The story of R.A. Dickey's life could be made into a movie.

Cory Mazzoni left yesterday's spring training game with triceps soreness.

The Mets are expecting a sellout on Opening Day. I'll take the under.

Mets players are feeling good about the season, though the team might still have its problems.

Around MLB

Miguel Cabrera signed a pretty, pretty, pretty good extension with the Tigers and figures to finish his career with the team. Bless You Boys has plenty of coverage of the deal.

David Roth criticizes the media hype of the Yasiel Puig-Don Mattingly feud.

The Hardball Times attempts to predict the future of baseball players' salaries.

Doug Fister left a spring training appearance with a lat strain.

Beyond the Box Score looks at the effect of temperature on hitting.

Brandon Moss of the A's is a talker.

Yesterday at AA

Paul Goebel asked if the Mets did enough this offseason.

Rob Castellano had some fun with the Mets and Google.

I took a look at the absolute-best-case scenario for the 2014 Mets.

We launched our annual pledge drive, which this year will benefit City Harvest.

John Lannan was added to the Mets' 40-man roster.

And last but not least, feast your eyes on another amazing catch by Juan Lagares.

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