Meet the Mets
Matt Harvey, when asked by reporters, said that he would be willing to talk about a long-term contract extension with the Mets. John Harper says not to be fooled, it's still not likely because of Scott Boras. Kristie Ackert of the Daily News was also told that Harvey won't be on an innings limit in 2016.
With one day to go before the start of preseason, the Mets, especially Yoenis Cespedes, are eager to defend their National League crown. Curtis Granderson warned his teammates to make sure they don't fall into the World Series hangover trap.
Curtis Granderson said that he's ready to continue having productive at-bats in the leadoff spot. Granderson told Marc Carig that his thumb is fully healed, as well.
Ruben Tejada took some offense to Chase Utley's slide when asked about it. He said that he and Utley haven't talked.
Mets fans braved the cold to head out to Citi Field for the team's open house and sendoff party. There was some grumbling on Twitter about the event, as the Mets seemed to not expect such large crowds, but most people reported having a good time.
Ted Berg discussed Jenrry Mejia's career, and noted that he's just as puzzled as the rest of us as to why he would use banned substances. Meanwhile, Ken Davidoff notes that the Mets have the option of tendering him a new contract in December, if they feel like he has a good shot at winning his appeal.
Around the NL East
Jose Fernandez is reportedly looking for a $30 million a year deal. Fernandez was critical of some of the Marlins' decisions last year, but isn't a free agent until after the 2018 season.
Scott Boras told reporters that he and Stephen Strasburg are not currently discussing a long-term deal with the Nationals.
Around the Majors
Former Mets first baseman Ike Davis is headed to the Rangers. Texas inked Davis to a minor league deal, after it was reported that the Yankees were pursuing him.
Tony Clark discussed the idea of a draft lottery, saying that it may be a good idea to prevent teams from tanking.
Masahiro Tanaka threw off a mound yesterday for the first time since his October elbow surgery.
Barry Svrluga wrote a brief history of Fangraphs, and why they've become a cornerstone of modern baseball.
Dave Cameron went over his list of top offseason transactions, and the Mets had one on the list!
Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell had thirteen teams visit his showcase in Mexico yesterday. The Mets were not one of those teams.
Yesterday at AA
Chris McShane reviewed Bobby Parnell's disastrous 2015 campaign. He also looked at Jacob deGrom's stellar season.
Brian Salvatore noted that there were three Mets on the Baseball Prospectus 101 list.
Steve Schreiber reviewed the USA Today projections, which had the Mets missing the playoffs and winning less than 90 games, despite their division being terrible.
Jordan Rabinowitz covered the Matt Harvey contract extension discussion.
On Episode 172 of Amazin' Avenue Audio, Jeffrey Paternostro and Lukas Vlahos talked about outfielders, also known as everyone in the world's favorite topic!
This Date in Mets History
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the passing of Gary Carter, who was a hero to many Mets and Expos fans.
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