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Mets Morning News: A seat at the table

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

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz looked sharp over three innings, but the Mets lost to the Nationals 6-0 in Saturday’s spring contest.

John Harper at the Daily News says the Mets’ young starting rotation is enough to give them a seat at the contenders table.

Dominic Smith opened up about his unconventional journey to the upper tier of the Mets’ prospect list.

Paul Sewald’s nasty slider and love for advanced metrics may be enough to get him a spot in the major league bullpen.

Around the NL East

Two of the Braves’ best players went head-to-head in a World Baseball Classic matchup.

Just months after acquiring him, the Nationals have reportedly waived Derek Norris.

Not that it will make a big difference against the Mets, but Vince Velasquez says he’s using the spring to work on controlling the running game.

Fish Stripes continued its countdown of the top 100 Marlins, slotting Carl Pavano in 23rd place.

Around the Majors

The Dominican Republic got the better of the United States in their World Baseball Classic showdown.

The WBC also brought its first significant injury, as Salvador Perez took a serious shot to his knee.

A day after a line drive hit him in the head, T.J. House was released from the hospital and returned to Blue Jays camp.

Twins righty Trevor May suffered a torn UCL.

Hyun-Jin Ryu looked good in his return to the mound for the Dodgers.

Jung Ho Kang’s legal situation is getting worse. The Pirates placed him on the restricted list as he deals with visa issues related to a DUI arrest in South Korea.

Pedro Alvarez is returning to the Orioles on a minor league deal.

Apparently Mike Trout can swing a golf club just as well as he swings a baseball bat every now and then.

Yesterday on Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane looked at the Mets’ first batch of spring training cuts.

This Date in Mets History

Sunday marks a truly special anniversary. It’s been 14 years since a game that has to go down as the most explosive contest in Grapefruit League history: Mike Piazza vs. Guillermo Mota.