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Meet the Mets

Spring training is finally here!

Spring training has only just begun, but several questions will need to be answered by the time it ends.

With all the familiar faces making their way to Port St. Lucie, there is one notable exception in the managerial position.

This is of course Mickey Callaway’s first spring training at the helm, but it is also Dave Eiland’s first as the Mets’ pitching coach and the pressure is on to fix the rotation

There is risk in bringing back the same rotation that ended in tatters last season, and without shoring it up this team may not make it back into contention (paywall alert).

Zack Wheeler has had some unfortunate injures in his career and in an effort to get healthy he underwent some painful shots this offseason.

Anthony Swarzak was one of the new additions brought in to help bolster the bullpen and he credits Callaway for his recent success, but he also certainly has the right attitude.

Jay Bruce returned to the Mets for another run in New York and he chatted with The Post about quite a few different topics including the new manager and their newest acquisition.

Around the National League East

The Nationals remain a possible landing spot for Jake Arrieta. Their new bench coach sat down for a lengthy interview with MLB Network Radio and discussed the expectations heading into the season.

Around Major League Baseball

The Twins are interested in acquiring Rays’ ace Chris Archer.

The Orioles are one of the teams that could possibly trade for Collin McHugh.

There are no perfect teams in major league baseball. Every team has questions surrounding their team as spring training begins but some teams will have an easier time finding the answers.

The mother of Pirates’ catcher Elias Diaz was thankfully rescued after being kidnapped in Venezuela.

The Winter Olympics are going strong and the White Sox currently have a former silver medalist in their system.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Joshua Tessler makes the case for Yu Darvish heading to Queens instead of Chicago.

This Date in Mets History

This date in 1992 is one that will go down in history. Keith Hernandez made a guest appearance on Seinfeld and revealed that Roger McDowell was the second spitter.