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Mets Morning News: Can Granderson stick in center?

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

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Meet the Mets

After on offseason of trade rumors, Jay Bruce is ready for the season and refuses to become a distraction in the clubhouse.

The Mets’ new third base coach and catching instructor Glenn Sherlock is working with Travis d’Arnaud to revert the receiver to his 2015 form.

Amed Rosario’s father prohibited him from signing a professional contract until he’d graduated high school.

Here’s an argument for making Jose Reyes the everyday starter at third base.

Curtis Granderson joins Mets fans in wondering if the 36-year-old can still handle center field.

Noah Syndergaard is pumped about being named the official Opening Day starter.

Around the NL East

A pair of familiar faces—those of Bartolo Colon and Anthony Recker—have reunited as Braves teammates.

Mike Redmond is No. 36 on Fish Stripes’ list of the 100 greatest Marlins.

The Phillies Twitter account clapped back after Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey said they “suck.”

Thanks to a stress fracture in his right ring finger, Max Scherzer might not be ready for Opening Day.

Around the Majors

Grant Brisbee ran through the five most perplexing moves of the offseason.

The Blue Jays are working toward adding righty hurler Mat Latos.

Padres reliever Carter Capps has changed his pitching motion. It’s still against the rules.

Yesterday at AA

In an AMA, Eric Simon professed his fandom for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and weighed in on the is-a-hot-dog-a-sandwich-or-not debate.

After a hiccup in his rehab, Zack Wheeler hopes to hit the mound this weekend.

This Date in Mets History

In 1930, Roger Craig, who would become the Mets’ first ever No. 1 starter, was born. He lost 24 and 22 games in the team’s first two campaigns, prompting manager Casey Stengel to remark "you've got to be good to lose that many."