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Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets and Lucas Duda have been talking about a contract extension, according to a report from Joel Sherman. The 29-year-old first baseman hit 30 home runs last year, as the team chose to trade Ike Davis and roll with him as a starter.

In spring training action yesterday, the Mets put a hurting on the Nationals.

Tim Rohan of the Times profiles Wilmer Flores, who really is set to be the Mets' Opening Day shortstop after a winter of shortstop rumors and speculation.

Travis d'Arnaud, who has an excellent reputation as a pitch framer but has a not-excellent reputation as a pitch blocker, is said to be working on his defense. That sounds good.

The Mets optioned Scott Rice, Alex Castellanos, and Chase Bradford to minor league camp yesterday.

Anthony DiComo talked to Gary Cohen about the upcoming season. Hey, even Andy Martino thinks the Mets look pretty good this year.

Eric Campbell, who made a little bit of news early in spring training by taking part in some catching work, caught an inning in a minor league game yesterday.

Jacob deGrom has been excellent in spring training, and Mike Puma writes that he's primed for the start of the season.

Rising Apple makes a case for Matt Reynolds on the major league roster.

Mets 360 considers all these spring training home runs.

Faith and Fear celebrated ten years of writing yesterday afternoon at Foley's. Congratulations to them!

Around the National League East

AVAILABLE LEFT-HANDED RELIEF PITCHER ALERT: The Braves released left-handed relief pitcher James Russell, who had a rough spring but has been pretty good over the last few years.

Tanner Roark, who was very good last year as a starting pitcher but forced out of Washington's rotation by Max Scherzer, has struggled this spring, and Federal Baseball wonders if he might not even make the team.

Around Major League Baseball

Terrible news out of Seattle: Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died at the age of 20.

Grant Brisbee considers whether or not Kris Bryant should be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

Jaime Garcia has battled shoulder ailments for the past few seasons, and he's going to miss a start, at least, now because of shoulder discomfort. Speaking of the Cardinals, the team dealt left-handed relief pitcher Sam Freeman to the Texas Rangers.

Felix Doubront has been released by the Cubs. He throws with his left arm, but he has not been very good in his time in the big leagues.

Former Mets minor leaguer Matt Lindstrom, who was traded to the Marlins after the 2006 season, has been released by the Angels.

The Twins are moving Mike Pelfrey to the bullpen, and Big Pelf is not thrilled about that.

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a sprained wrist.

Yesterday at AA

Jeffrey's computer is almost dead, but he got last week's episode of the podcast out of it.

We touch on the Scott Rice reassignment news and the Duda-Mets extension talks.

The Make-the-Mets-o-Meter made its belated debut for the spring.

This date in Mets history

Mike Hampton made his first start as a Met fifteen years ago today, and the game took place in Japan.