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Mets Morning News: Wheeler, Flores eager for bigger roles

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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

Fresh off winning his arbitration case, Wilmer Flores explained the tribulations of coming off the bench. He also responded to the age-old debate: Which Mets starter has the best hair?

Zack Wheeler made it clear he doesn’t envision pitching out of the bullpen for very long.

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo believes the stage is set for Juan Lagares to surprise people in the fourth outfielder role.

On SNY, Sandy Alderson stressed that the team views Michael Conforto as a valuable long-term asset.

Speaking of SNY, the broadcast crew is gearing up for the year.

Seth Lugo partially credits Frisbee golf for the league-best spin rate on his curveball.

Around the NL

Fish Stripes called the Marlins’ signing of catcher A.J. Ellis the team’s worst move of the offseason.

The Good Phight dove deep into the legacy of Wes Helms.

The Nationals acquired lefty reliever Enny Romero from the Rays for 21-year-old righty Jeffrey Rosa.

Around the Majors

The Yankees somehow landed last season’s NL home run leader, Chris Carter, for just $3 million.

Grant Brisbee considered the upside of MLB’s possibly shrinking its strike zone.

FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan expects the Padres to be big-time sellers come the trade deadline.

Yesterday at AA

PECOTA predicted the Mets would finish a game ahead of the Nationals, while USA Today predicted vice versa.

The Mets hope Fernando Salas will continue the success he found after coming to the team via trade during the 2016 season.

This Date in Mets History

In 2004, Todd Zeile joined the Mets for a second stint. In his final year as a big leaguer, the 38-year-old played 137 games, primarily at first and third, but squatted as catcher for 14 innings and even tossed an inning of relief. He hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.