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Mets Morning News: "There's no crying in baseball!" (except for when you tear your UCL)

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

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Meet the Mets

Kirk Nieuwenhuis threw out a runner at the plate for the final out and Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run home run, as the Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4 yesterday. Bartolo Colon's spring training has been a bit rocky thus far but is there any reason to be concerned? Bartolo doesn't think so.

Zack Wheeler is set for Tommy John surgery next week and the righty said that he always knew this day would come. Still, emotions got to him the day he found out and he cried a bit.

The Mets demoted Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, Cory Mazzoni, and Jon Velasquez to minor league camp yesterday. Syndergaard vows that he's going to force his way back up this year. The loss of Wheeler is disappointing but is certainly not the most insurmountable issue for the club.

Michael Cuddyer is getting used to his new teammates and surroundings with the Mets. Hitting coach Kevin Long compared Cuddyer to Derek Jeter.

Terry Collins has seen his bullpen get eaten up by injuries this spring, first with Josh Edgin and now Vic Black. The Mets' manager is disappointed by this.

Around the NL East

Ryan Howard could be traded to the one suitor that's actually trying to acquire him: the Atlantic League's York Revolution.

It's March 21st and thanks to neck surgery, new Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is taking batting practice for the first time with the team.

Who will be the last Montreal Expo is the majors? The Mets currently have one of the five left in the league.

Christian Yelich and the Marlins are closing in on a 7-year, $50 million extension.

Around the Majors

Cole Hamels is still on the block and the Phillies are talking trade with the Rangers, though nothing is close.

Hector Olivera is the latest high-profile Cuban free agent and the Dodgers and Padres appear to be the frontrunners for the hitting star.

Last year's #1 overall pick Brady Aiken, who didn't sign with the Astros, left his first start Thursday due to an injury. Yeesh.

Mookie Betts and the Red Sox are discussing a contract extension already.

Yesterday At AA

The King of Spring Training race has been updated for the latest week of Mets play!

We previewed the seasons of Noah Syndergaard and Erik Goeddel.

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