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Your Sunday morning, spring is finally coming (!) dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Former Mets arch-nemesis Jimmy Rollins said that the Mets were second behind the Dodgers on the list of places he would waive his no-trade clause, and even complimented their young pitching.

Jack Leathersich spoke to Fangraphs about his control issues.

The new Mets hitting coach Kevin Long says that he still supports Alex Rodriguez.

Kevin Long broke down a collection of Mets hitters, and what he sees in them.

Kevin Long thinks that Daniel Murphy is due for a big year, and wants him to drive the ball more.

Terry Collins spoke as to why he wants Juan Lagares to lead off.

John Harper said that the Mets are being patient with Juan Lagares, and not rushing the progression of his bat.

Marc Carig writes that Michael Cuddyer and David Wright share a humble background.

Terry Collins spoke on Jose Reyes' comments about Ruben Tejada, and took little issue about them.

Sandy Alderson spoke at the Sloan Analytics Sports Conference in Boston this weekend, where the first question he was asked was "why do you hate shortstops?"

Tim Rohan writes about Juan Lagares' routine with picking new gloves for the season.

A collection of Mets went to the rodeo yesterday, and apparently got to ride in the back of a pick-up truck.

This date in Mets history: The Mets and Tom Seaver got into a contract dispute!

Around the NL East

Max Scherzer talked about his insurance policy, and what it meant for his 2014 season.

Giancarlo Stanton got plunked by a pitch, yesterday, and the Marlins media got it on camera.

Melvin Upton will miss six to eight weeks after a foot injury sidelined him on Friday.

Around the Majors

Rob Manfred spoke at the Sloan Analytics Sports Conference about the future of digital media amongst other things.

Rob Neyer attempts to explain the myriad of factors that make the strike zone a fluid thing.

Chris Sale suffered a foot injury and will miss three weeks.

Jeff Sullivan says that every team has a chance to win a cahmpionship on 2015.

Aramis Ramirez announced that his 2015 season will be his last, after a very nice 17-year career.

Carson Cistulli continues his series on the best performers in college baseball.

The first black player in Chicago professional baseball, Minnie Minoso, died at age 90 on Sunday.

Grantland looks at the top value picks for fantasy baseball in 2015.

Yesterday at AA

Owen Condon wrote about Terry Collins wanting Juan Lagares to take the lead off role.

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