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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets clobbered the Braves 13-2 yesterday at Tradition Field. Wilmer Flores had 3 hits including a long 3-run home run and also made an excellent diving stab at shortstop to start a double play.

It was all fun until the Mets announced after the game that Zack Wheeler would miss tomorrow's start due to some elbow tenderness. Sandy Alderson isn't worried about his young pitcher. He also isn't worried about Vic Black, who underwent an MRI on his shoulder. Yeesh. Don't forget Josh Edgin, who is going to visit Dr. Andrews for a second opinion.

Positive news for Mets ownership, who reached a settlement with former executive Leigh Castergine. Obviously, that news is less positive for disgruntled Mets fans.

The Mets made their first 3 cuts, sending Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and Xorge Carillo back to minor league camp.

Kevin Long was one of the Mets few pickups this offseason and the new hitting coach is starting to "mesh" with his hitters.

Travis d'Arnaud's excellent framing happened to negatively affect his overall defensive game but the catcher has worked to improve on passed balls.

Jack Leathersich is working with former Mets closer John Franco, who taught the young lefty a two-seamer.

Mets Minor League Blog has an interview with relief candidate Cory Mazzoni.

Are the Mets becoming a destination spot for free agents?

Around the NL East

Ruben Amaro said stupid things about pitching prospect Jesse Biddle, who had an awful 2014 that may've been caused by a concussion.

Drew Storen had surgery to remove part of the hamate bone on his non-pitching hand yesterday. He'll only miss a couple of games.

The Marlins apparently offered Cuban infielder Hector Olivera a 7-year deal worth $53 million.

Rough day for the Braves, who lost two games by a combined score of 25-4.

Around the Majors

Yu Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2015. That stinks.

Dontrelle Willis' winding journey has come to an end, as the lefty announced his retirement.

Pablo Sandoval responded to some comments from former Giants' slugger and teammate Aubrey Huff by going the Pedro Martinez route.

Will Ferrell's Baseball Reference page is outstanding! Well, that is except for Norm MacDonald, who got released.

Rule of thumb: DON'T swing to protect a baserunner who's running on the pitch, writes Eno Sarris.

Jeff Moore wrote about scouting with plate discipline over at Baseball Prospectus.

Yesterday At AA

Chris McShane sat down with Paul DePodesta to talk about the Mets' minor league system and their 2015 draft strategy.

We updated you on the very important "King of Spring Training" race.

AA Audio Episode 107 includes spring training talk, a Phillies preview, and PIZZA!

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