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Mets Morning News: 'Spin Method Is Win Method

There may still be room on the Collin Cowgill and Jordany Valdespin bandwagon, but good seats are filling up fast. Plus, David Wright and Team USA march on in the World Baseball Classic, and Manny Ramirez will be taking his talents to Kaohsiung.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets made it two in a row in Grapefruit League action, besting St. Louis 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. JV1 knocked in the all-important game-winning RBI, and continues to make a strong case for a spot on the 25-man roster. Shaun Marcum got the start, and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innnings despite his rather noticeable lack of velocity.

The 2013 Mets bullpen is starting to take shape for better or for worse. For more on the 2013 Mets pen, check out last week's Amazin' Avenue Audio.

Zack Wheeler was one of ten Mets prospects sent packing to minor league camp yesterday, but you'll probably be seeing him again soon.

Collin Cowgill did a Q-and-A with the Star-Ledger and talked about bowling, so I am obligated to link it.

And despite the very New York Posty headline, this is actually a pretty fair look at the Alderson regime from Joel Sherman. Yes, I know what you are thinking.

Yesterday at AA

Brock Mahan noted that the Mets kicked off their very first Spring Training schedule on This Date in Mets History.

Around MLB

Team USA and David Wright (mostly David Wright) advanced into the next round of pool play in the World Baseball Classic after doing what we should have done years ago, and conquering our neighbors to the north. Dubs has a preview of coming attractions over at as well.

Team USA will next face off with Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic gets to face off with Italy. Think I know who got the better deal there.

Back to Spring Training where the Angels' Albert Pujols had to use a courtesy runner in LA's spring training game. How many years are left on that deal?

I got nothing here, so linked without comment I guess.

The Tampa Bay Rays think they might be able to resign David Price, so you better pony up your best offer for him if you want them to trade him to your team, which they inevitably will.

Maybe the Rays will trade Price to Cleveland, who just named Zach McAllister to their rotation. Here are three facts about Zach McAllister from his baseball-reference page:

1. He's on twitter. (@ZMac34)

2. He was drafted in the third round by the New York Yankees in 2006.

3. He was worth -0.5 bWAR in 122 innings last year.

Finally, Manny Ramirez is headed to Taiwan to play for the EDA Rhinos. As if southeast Asia wasn't in enough turmoil right now.

CORRECTIONS: Orginally, this news post had the match-ups for the next round of the World Baseball Classic reversed and incorrectly identified the courtesy runner as being used in the WBC. Jeffrey has since had two cups of coffee.