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Mets Morning News: Spring training optimism day

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

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Today must be spring training optimism day, as both Mike Puma and Marc Carig wrote optimistic pieces about the 2014 Mets.

Pitching prospect Steven Matz has a ray of light after pitching a full season in 2013 and being added to the Mets' 40-man roster this winter.

The Mets will try to get all of Ike Davis' bad at bats out of the way in St. Lucie this year. Unfortunately, spring training doesn't last until June.

Curtis Granderson stopped by the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa before heading to Port St. Lucie. TRAITOR!

The New York Times wrote up a piece foreseeing how each general manager would see their team competing for a World Series in 2014.

Around the Majors

Paul Maholm and the Dodgers agreed to a big league deal worth $1.5 million.

Twins' prospect Byron Buxton may be the next baseball great. Wow, that is an exciting scouting report.

The Phillies are going to try to find creative ways to play Darin Ruf. How about playing him at shortstop and in center field or maybe even catcher! That would be fun.

Dave Cameron wrote about teams paying more money for players' prime seasons.

Yesterday At AA

Jeffrey Bellone's Mets stat of the day shows why Frankie Rodriguez is called "K-Rod".

Chris McShane has a roundup of all of the Ralph Kiner reactions.

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