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

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz finally got to use his new pickoff move in a game, and it worked! The Mets, perhaps fueled by Matz’s triumph, steamrolled the Cardinals 16-2.

Fernando Salas may finally have his visa issues cleared up.

Wilmer Flores is reportedly not happy with his utility role on the Mets.

Ty Kelly is hoping to make the big league roster upon his return from the World Baseball Classic.

Val Pascucci will be the hitting coach for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2017.

MLB.com did a Q&A with Mets prospect Justin Dunn.

Matt Harvey’s future might not be so bright with a 92 MPH fastball, writes Eno Sarris at FanGraphs.

Around the NL East

The Braves got a good start out of Matt Wisler but lost to the Astros.

Aaron Nola says he’s feeling good about his recovery from an elbow injury, despite walking four batters in his spring training start for the Phillies yesterday.

The Marlins and Nationals played to a 5-5 draw.

Martin Prado is undergoing an MRI after being injured during the World Baseball Classic.

Around MLB

Team USA faces a must-win game against the Dominican Republic after losing to Puerto Rico. Seth Lugo had another good outing for Puerto Rico.

MLB may be planning on cracking down on teams that put healthy players on the disabled list.

ESPN has an interesting piece on the struggles of non-English-speakers in MLB, as seen through the story of Michael Pineda.

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton are helping get dogs adopted.

The evolution of the MLB uniform logo.

MLB The Show 17 had a truly nightmarish bug that’s thankfully been fixed.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro previewed Wilmer Flores’s season.

Episode 229 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio was released.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets traded for “Super” Joe McEwing on this date in 2000, and parted ways with Luis Castillo on the same date in 2011.