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Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets have lost their first arbitration hearing in nearly a decade, meaning Wilmer Flores will earn more $2.2 million this season.

Mike Petriello has been using Statcast to see how injuries may have affected some of last year’s most disappointing seasons, and Michael Conforto is on the list.

NJ.com takes stock of the Mets’ rotation health headed into spring training.

Howie Kussoy at the Post profiled Ty Kelly, who has a lot more than major leaguer in his repertoire.

Around the NL East

The Braves have had a busy offseason, but they could be set up to make an even bigger splash next winter.

Fish Stripes reports that two of the Marlins’ bright young stars will be switching positions this season.

Around the Majors

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, a perfect opportunity to imagine baseball with a Super Bowl.

It’s also an opportunity for us to acknowledge Deion Sanders’s unprecedented feat.

A positional shakeup in Arizona could see Chris Owings learning two new positions.

Ivan Rodriguez is on his way to Cooperstown, and now his son (Little Pudge? Pudge Jr.?) is looking to make a mark of his own.

Yesterday on AA

Brian and Chris released episode 223 of the Amazin’ Avenue Audio podcast, talkin’ about the bullpen.

Don’t forget about the Amazin’ Avenue AARGH meetup in midtown on Saturday, February 11. Be there or be TRAIDed.

This Date in Mets History

Today would have been Joan Whitney Payson’s 110th birthday. She was an instrumental figure for the Mets, playing a key role in the franchise’s creation and becoming the first woman to buy a major league sports franchise. Those with the Mets in their early years say she ran the team like family until her death in 1975.