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Mets Morning News: World Baseball Classic rosters announced, the Captain returns to the field

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

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Meet the Mets

The rosters for the World Baseball Classic were announced, and quite a few Mets will be representing different countries in the tournament.

Juan Lagares could have a breakout season despite the overcrowding in the outfield.

The Mets need Yoenis Cespedes if they’re going to win a championship.

David Wright was back on the field and going through some light workouts as he continues to work his way back from surgery.

Zack Wheeler is another Met trying to work his way back from injury—and finally complete the Mets’ highly touted rotation.

Josh Smoker contemplated giving up on baseball when he suffered various setbacks and injuries before finally making it to the majors.

Wilmer Flores will miss working with Tim Teuful, who was replaced by Glenn Sherlock as the third base coach.

Asdrubal Cabrera was sure-handed at shortstop last season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he was good defensively.

Around the NL East

Bartolo Colon is one of ten Braves playing in the World Baseball Classic. ESPN gave the Braves solid marks for the moves they made in the offseason.

The Marlins are running out of options if they want to add a right-handed bat to platoon with Justin Bour.

PECOTA was not kind when projecting the Phillies’ 2017 season.

Scott Boras had an explanation for Bryce Harper’s down year with the Nationals.

Around the Majors

All of the rosters for the World Baseball Classic were announced, and Team USA has plenty of All-Stars on its roster.

Major League Baseball is planning to try out a rule that puts a runner on second base to begin each extra inning of a game in the minor leagues.

Cubs star Anthony Rizzo did something incredibly nice for a young fan who was attacked at school.

Pitcher Brian Wilson would like to resurrect his career by becoming a knuckleballer.

Reds pitcher Homer Bailey will start the season on the DL after he underwent elbow surgery to remove bone spurs.

Yesterday at AA

Keith Hernandez came in at number 21 on Nathan Gismot’s list of the top 25 Met home run hitters.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday to Mookie Wilson and Todd Pratt!