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Mets Morning News: Tim Tebow has the power, Seth Lugo ready for the spotlight

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

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Meet the Mets

Tim Tebow has been busy studying under his Jedi master Daniel Murphy, who boldly told the New York Post that “the power is real.”

Seth Lugo hopes to win the open competition for the Mets’ fifth rotation spot.

Jeurys Familia missed a workout yesterday for a personal matter.

The outfield will only be an emergency option for Jose Reyes.

Pitching expert Tom House thinks Noah Syndergaard is an injury waiting to happen.

R.A. Dickey continues to be an extremely classy dude and had some very nice things to say about the Mets.

Gary Cohen joined WOR’s Pete McCarthy for a wide-ranging discussion about the Mets.

Around the NL East

Brandon Phillips is extremely excited to be a Brave.

Zach Eflin’s knee continues to bother him.

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria told a grand jury on Friday that he lied to investigators when he told them he didn’t know a key figure in the Cuban baseball player smuggling case.

Stephen Strasburg hopes his beach runs will keep him healthy for 2017.

Around MLB

Andrew McCutchen wasn’t asked to move to right field, he was told to.

Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin will miss at least six weeks with a broken foot.

Goose Gossage had hot takes on pretty much everything.

MLB is considering having the home team taking batting practice second so that more fans will come early to the ballpark.

Adrian Beltre may miss the World Baseball Classic with an injury.

Yesterday at AA

David Capobianco looked back at Jose Reyes’ power surge in 2016.

This Date in Mets History

A number of ex-Mets call February 18 their birthday, including Shawn Estes and Jeff McKnight.