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Mets Morning News: Spring training has arrived

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Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Wild Card Game - San Francisco Giants v New York Mets Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Noah Syndergaard arrived in Port St. Lucie believing he could throw faster. Despite getting the Opening Day honor, he does not see himself as the ace of the staff.

Despite their impressive resumes, the Mets’ starting rotation is still young, which could work in their favor.

After an uncertain offseason, Jerry Blevins is happy to be back with the Mets.

Yoenis Cespedes was ranked as the number one left fielder in the game by CBS Sports.

There are several questions and storylines to keep an eye on during spring training.

Sandy Alderson weighed in on the state of the Mets as spring training is about to get underway.

After a long winter the sights from spring training are a welcome relief.

With spring also comes a fresh start for the team.

The 2017 season will be the 25th anniversary of the unfortunate 1992 team.

Around the NL East

The Braves officially acquired Brandon Phillips from the Reds. Bartolo Colon and Brandon Phillips were once traded for each other, and now they are teammates. Utility man Sean Rodriguez could miss the entire season with a shoulder injury he sustained in a car accident.

The Marlins and their fans will not miss owner Jeffrey Loria after he sells the team.

The Phillies have some solid pitchers in their rotation when they are healthy.

The Nationals’ need to capitalize on the talent they have now, because their window to get to the World Series is getting smaller.

Around the Majors

The Tampa Bay Rays are becoming active in the free agent market. They are reportedly close to signing pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and they have expressed interest in catcher Matt Wieters.

The Pirates could still be open to trading star outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

With the trade of Brandon Phillips, the Reds now have the space to develop Jose Peraza and former-Met Dilson Herrera.

It is time to get excited about spring training!

There are 50 fascinating people to watch as the season progresses.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane wrote about Syndergaard’s desire to throw harder next season.

This Date in Mets History

David Cone attempted one last hurrah with the Mets when he signed with them on this date in 2003. Unfortunately, his comeback was short-lived. He landed on the DL after four starts and by the end of the end of May he announced his retirement.