Meet the Mets
In his second season in the big leagues, Michael Conforto will take on an expanded role with the Mets. After mostly facing right-handed pitchers last year, he will now face lefties as well. He'll also see some time in right field in spring training.
The Mets will monitor David Wright's playing time this spring in order to keep his back healthy over the course of the season.
In an essay for The Players' Tribune, Jeurys Familia discussed his new walkout music that he is producing with Dominican musician Zacarias Ferreira. In the past, Familia entered games to the sound of "Danza Kuduro."
Former Mets infielder Edgardo Alfonzo will again be part of the Cyclones' coaching staff in 2016. He will serve as the team's bench coach, alongside manager Tom Gamboa.
Around the NL East
The Nationals signed right-handed pitcher Matt Belisle to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Belisle pitched in 34 games for the Cardinals in 2015, posting a 2.67 ERA.
Left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison is not expected at Phillies spring training in the near future. He has dealt with back issues for several years and has not pitched for the Phillies since being acquired in 2015 as a part of the trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas.
Scott Boras expects the Rangers to sign Adrian Beltre to an extension. As of now, he will become a free agent after the 2016 season.
Yesterday at AA
Our series reviewing the 2015 season wrapped up with David Wright.
This Date in Mets History
February 18 is the birthday of eight people with ties to the Mets organization, including former pitcher Shawn Estes. Happy birthday to him and all of the others!