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The Mets continue to close out camp well, as they defeated the Marlins by a score of 7-2. Rafael Montero pitched well, and Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer both hit home runs on the way to a Mets victory.
The Mets made two moves yesterday, trading Matt den Dekker for Jerry Blevins, and trading Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later for Alex Torres.
Lucas Duda and the Mets have begun discussions about a contract extension, and have begun preliminary talks on what it would take to make the deal.
Fred Wilpon was invited to speak to the club by David Wright and Terry Collins yesterday. It was the first time the owner had spoken to the team as a whole in a while, and the message was said to be positive.
It would appear that Vic Black is headed to the disabled list to start the season, as Sandy Alderson suggested that he would be "surprised" if he was ready for Opening Day.
Mike Vorkunov writes that the Mets must now figure out to do with the bullpen, as they have too many pitchers for too few slots.
Bob Klapisch said that Fred Wilpon wasted an opportunity to be reassuring to Mets fans.
Terry Collins was pleased about the trades, saying that it makes him look "a lot smarter."
Mike Puma writes that Rafael Montero is making a serious play to bounce Dillon Gee from the rotation.
In the Washington Post, James Wagner wrote that Jerry Blevins in a renaissance man, with a good personality and a wide range of interests.
Vic Black took SNY's Robert Brender out on an airboat to look for alligators. Of course, Vic Black had fun instead of rehabbing, which we know is against the New York City media rules.
Our friend Astromets thinks that Danny Muno is deserving of a spot on the bench, regardless of Matt Reynolds situation.
The Mets have announced a new charity event called the "Amazin' Auction," with the proceeds going to support their Welcome Home Dinner.
Around the NL East
Jim Meyerricks at Federal Baseball says that Matt den Dekker brings roster flexibility to the Nationals.
Beyond the Box Score broke down Ben Revere's chances at becoming the next Barry Bonds.
Around the Majors
Rob Neyer says that David Ortiz needs to get his schtick right, if he plans on continuing to embrace new media.
Craig Calcaterra takes a long look at how MLB's collective bargaining agreement impacts the Kris Bryant case.
Nathaniel Grow at Fangraphs says that the MLBPA should worry about keeping their finances in order, before they worry about player readiness.
Major League Baseball seems to have very quietly bought a stake in a well-known fantasy baseball gambling site.
Hiroki Kuroda had a nice first outing in Japan, as he returned to his homeland to play for the Hiroshima Carp.
Chris Mitchell writes that Javier Baez's problems seem to stem from plate discipline.
Yesterday at AA
Chris McShane broke down the Mets lefty acquisitions, and their short-term impacts.
Sandy Alderson explained the rationale for bringing in two lefties.
Thomas Kearney reviewed where things stand with the Wilpons and the Bernie Madoff scandal.
Our very own Steve Schreiber helped Jerry Blevins find a new Twitter avatar by using some serious artistic talent.
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