Meet the Mets
Bobby Parnell expects to resume closing once he is fully ready to return from elbow surgery, but also indicated he was not directly promised this. He is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
Adam Rubin posited five reasons for optimism and five reasons for pessimism. Chief among the reasons for optimism is the Mets' strong pitching. While among the reasons for pessimism, the notion that David Wright may be in decline stands out.
Terry Collins left camp due to the death of his father. He was 95.
Matt Ehalt wrote about the improvement of the Mets' bullpen. In recent years, the bullpen has been a revolving door, but that is changing with an influx of young, hard throwing pitchers.
Around the NL East
Cole Hamels told Bob Nightengale that he wants to be traded to a contender. John Stolnis doesn't think Phillies' fans should be mad at him for that.
Around the Major Leagues
The Red Sox are engaging in neuroscouting in which they attempt to assess the pitch recognition skills of potential draftees and prospects through cognitive tests. The team has been running these tests for several years, a notable success of the program was identifying Mookie Betts.
In the midst of prospect ranking season, Dave Cameron discussed risk in prospects versus veteran players. While the failure rate for prospects is very high, Cameron points out that veteran players can be similarly volatile.
J.R. Moehringer wrote a long piece about Alex Rodridguez for ESPN. In it he discusses what Rodriguez has been up to since he incurred the longest suspension in league history.
Tim Hudson is behind in his rehab schedule. He is recovering from an ankle surgery that he had in January.
Yesterday at AA
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Today in Mets History
On this day in 1962, the Mets began their first spring training. This team would go on to lose 120 games.