Meet the Mets
The Mets made their signing of Fernando Salas official this morning.
Tug McGraw’s rallying cry—“Ya Gotta Believe”—has been plastered on the walls of the Phillies’ spring training complex.
Travis d’Arnaud will be employing a more consistent, short swing in spring training.
David Wright, who has not yet been medically cleared for fielding drills, plans on having an on-field impact this season.
Yoenis Cespedes is very proud of his half-brother, Yoelkis. The 19-year-old will represent Cuba in the World Baseball Classic.
With a potential suspension looming, Jeurys Familia was greeted by teammates at the Mets’ spring training facility.
David Wright’s move to first base “is starting to feel inevitable,” John Harper of the Daily News writes. While Wright has taken measures to get in baseball shape, the Mets’ captain has still not tried throwing a baseball, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News adds.
Ty Kelly cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Around the NL East
After spending the last decade in Boston, Clay Buchholz is energized by his change of scenery.
Julio Teheran is excited by the Braves’ offseason starting rotation acquisitions.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker shed light on the team’s closer search.
The Marlins are allowed to grow facial hair again, per manager Don Mattingly.
Around Major League Baseball
Royals pitcher Brian Flynn suffered a freak accident, falling through the roof of his barn. The left-hander is expected to miss eight weeks.
An MRI revealed a partial UCL tear in Alex Reyes’ elbow, bringing an early end to the 22-year-old’s season. Reyes posted a dazzling 1.57 ERA through 46 innings for the Cardinals last season.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs encourages the Royals to not use Travis Wood in a starting role, citing the southpaw’s ineffective performance against right-handed hitters.
Phil Rogers of MLB.com listed potential landing spots for remaining free agents, describing Matt Wieters as a good fit with the Rockies.
Michael Baumann of The Ringer listed the ways in which the White Sox- given 300-to-1 odds of winning the World Series- can win it all in 2017.
Rian Watt of VICE Sports declared the NL West “baseball’s most compelling division.”
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane stated the case for Robert Gsellman to start the year as the Mets’ fifth starter.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2011, the Mets signed Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract. A member of “Generation K,” Isringhausen pitched 46.2 innings from the bullpen in 2011, earning his 300th career save in the process.
Happy birthday to Barry Jones and Chuck Estrada!