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Mets Morning News: IT'S SPRING TRAINING!

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Terry Collins spoke to the media and his expectations for 2014 are high. Jared Diamond writes, however, that the Mets' spending spree isn't actually a spree at all considering the final payroll mirrors 2013's payroll.

Great news yesterday, as Bobby Parnell surprised everyone by throwing off a mound a week earlier than expected.

Kyle Farnsworth says he's happy with any role on the team. From that picture, perhaps he'd enjoy being a statistician.

Ike Davis is in camp and he's revamped his swing, which Terry Collins has been impressed with.

Sad news as ex-Met Jim Fregosi passed away after multiple strokes. Fregosi is remembered for being traded for Nolan Ryan but he had a great career as a player, manager, and scout.

Matt Meyers of ESPN has five wishes for Mets spring training this year. I would agree with all of them. Adam Rubin, meanwhile, predicts the Mets for a 4th place finish with 76 victories.

Around the Majors

Mike Trout and the Angels are said to be negotiating a multi-year extension which could be in place before the start of the season.

Joe Posnanski compared Derek Jeter to Alan Trammell. Meanwhile, the Yankees gave Robinson Cano's old number to infielder Scott Sizemore.

Former big leaguer Jack McDowell says that everyone knows that there are PED users in the Hall of Fame.

Julio Teheran and the Braves agreed to a 6 year contract extension.

Yesterday At AA

Rob Castellano revealed the Mets' 9th best prospect, infielder Dilson Herrera.

Will Citi Field stifle Curtis Granderson's power? Maybe not, according to Jeffrey Bellone's handy chart.

We previewed the seasons of Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares.

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