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Mets Morning News: Walker’s extension talks aren’t dead, Nats sign Wieters

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

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Meet the Mets

Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will call 15 Mets spring training games on WOR.

Travis d’Arnaud was projected by PECOTA to be the Mets’ second-best position player. Bryan Grosnick of BP Mets explained how this could be.

While no progress has been made on an extension for Neil Walker, talks “definitely aren’t dead,” Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports.

Terry Collins spoke to Mike Puma of the Post about his options for the team’s leadoff spot.

David Wright wasn’t surprised Matt Wieters signed with the Nationals.

Curtis Granderson isn’t worried fatigue will be an issue as an everyday center fielder.

Veteran southpaw Tom Gorzelanny is hoping to find a spot in the Mets’ bullpen.

Bill Webb will not be returning to SNY in a full-time capacity this season.

Brandon Nimmo’s chances of cracking the Opening Day roster are slim, but the 23-year-old is in good spirits nonetheless.

Marc Carig of Newsday discussed Travis d’Arnaud’s effort to rebuild his value this season.

Around the NL East

The Nationals inked switch-hitting catcher Matt Wieters to a two-year deal. Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post thinks this will be the Nationals’ highest-scoring team in years.

Adam Eaton’s spot in the Nationals’ lineup is still up in the air.

The Braves are among five teams interested in Kelly Johnson. Johnson has started the year with Atlanta and been traded to the Mets in each of the last two seasons.

After colliding with Ichiro, outfielder Brandon Barnes received a playful note from the future Hall of Famer.

Andres Blanco, who has taken on a leadership role in the Phillies’ clubhouse, discussed the process of re-signing with the team last winter.

Around Major League Baseball

Eno Sarris of FanGraphs listed 10 bold predictions for the upcoming season.

Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to stream one game per week.

Diminished velocity in spring training can be a sign of regular season regression, Cliff Corcoran of Sports on Earth writes.

Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his disappointment with the players’ union for shutting the door on major rule revisions—though there’s reportedly an agreement to make intentional walks automatic.

Ian Desmond will make a full transition to first base during spring training.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to J.J. Putz and Kelly Johnson!