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Mets Morning News: Winning the arms race

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets beats the Braves 3-0 behind five innings from Rafael Montero and a Michael Conforto home run.

Jacob deGrom has been lights out so far this spring.

The Mets are also enjoying something you always need to have but never want to use: starting pitching depth.

The Mets’ outfield depth, however, will be tested, since Juan Lagares left Saturday’s game after straining his oblique.

It’s back to the drawing board for Travis d’Arnaud, who spent time throwing out minor league base-stealers after Friday’s disastrous outing.

Around the NL East

The Braves’ general manager threw some cold water on the rumors that Jose Quintana could be moving to Atlanta.

The Marlins shut out the Cardinals for a 1-0, with Justin Nicolino making a good statement in the competition for the team’s fifth starter.

The Phillies played the Red Sox to a draw, and the battle for roles in their bullpen is just as undecided.

Meanwhile, the Good Phight took some time to reminisce about how good John Kruk was.

Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy both played well in their return to the Nationals from the World Baseball Classic.

Washington also made several roster moves Saturday.

Around the Majors

The Rangers will have a certain smell about them for several years, after signing Rougned Odor to a long-term extension.

David Price’s debut could be pushed further back on the calendar.

Baseballs continue to fly off the bat for Greg Bird, who’s been one of the best hitters so far this spring.

The Royals have their rotation set and are giving WBC champion Danny Duffy the ball on Opening Day.

We see one swarm every spring training, and this season we were due. See what all the buzz is about.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

We continued our Mets preview, taking a look at every player on the 40-man roster. Up today: potential fifth outfielder Brandon Nimmo, relegated third catcher Kevin Plawecki, and reinvirgorated pitcher Zack Wheeler.

This Date in Mets History

March 26 marks 29 years since the trade that brought one of the most confounding players to don a Mets jersey.