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Mets Morning News: Life without Edgin could be rough, Alderson is a book star

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets defeated Washington 11-9 in a Grapefruit League slugfest. Jacob deGrom got things started by striking out five batters in three innings, while Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer added their first homers of spring training. Later, New York scored nine runs in the eighth to rally past the Nats. Not even a Dario Alvarez ninth-inning implosion could ruin the day.

In a new biography about Sandy Alderson, the general manager is quoted as saying he knew that the Mets' payroll would be restricted by the Bernie Madoff mess. On Thursday, Alderson responded to the excerpt, saying that his four years in New York has been all about rebuilding the franchise, no matter what the payroll costs.

An MRI revealed that Josh Edgin has elbow tendinitis, and it could lead to Tommy John surgery. If the Mets are to be without the lefty for an extended period, Terry Collins says that the club might go with seven right-handers in the bullpen due to the lack of another effective lefty. However, Alderson claims the pen will be have at least one lefty on Opening Day.

No matter what they decide to do, the Mets are likely to leave Steven Matz as a starter in the minor leagues for now.

The fact that new hitting coach Kevin Long is left-handed is a real treat to the Mets' left-handed hitters.

Cliff Floyd talked to the Daily News about 2006 and Carlos Beltran.

video surfaced of Wally Backman working at Benihana!

Around the National League East

After missing all of last season due to his second Tommy John surgery, Braves right-hander Peter Moylan will spend 2015 as a player-coach for the organization's Rookie Level affiliate.

Ryne Sandberg says the Phillies will play small ball this year. When Ben Revere is leading off, you don't have much of a choice.

Around the Majors

In an effort to raise awareness for cancer research, actor/comedian Will Ferrell took the field for 10 different Cactus League teams on Thursday. Hilarity ensued.

Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant clubbed a pair of homers on Thursday and appears well on his way to being spring training MVP.

Grant Brisbee discusses five other players who could impact the National League Central race.

Angels ace Jered Weaver has a fastball that is approaching R.A. Dickey territory.

Speaking of Dickey, that rascal stole teammate Daniel Norris's van and drove it around the park.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Chris McShane interviewed Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez about winning the Eastern League championship and developing the Mets' young talent.

Episode 107 of Amazin' Avenue Audio is now available!

This date in Mets history

Johan Santana turns 36 years old today. Best of luck to him with the Blue Jays this season.