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

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Meet the Mets

It was pitching coach Dave Eiland’s turn to meet with the media and just like the manager, he had high praise for the pitching talent on the team.

Eiland also noticed a flaw in Matt Harvey’s mechanics and the goal is to get him back to 2013 Matt Harvey.

There is a marked change from last year with how the pitchers are being handled under this new regime.

A lot is riding on the entire pitching staff having a bounce back season, but the Mets are seemingly content to rely on health yet again.

Despite Mickey Callaway’s earlier claims, Jeurys Familia will most likely handle the closing duties.

The first time manager held his first meeting with the pitchers and catchers to discuss the importance of routines.

There are some truly dynamic shortstops in the league right now, and while the hope is that one day Amed Rosario can be counted among them, he just needs to show improvement in order for the Mets to be in good shape.

Dominic Smith could very well be in the best shape of his life and he is determined to show the Mets what he can do.

The Mets are interested in Giants’ second baseman Joe Panik but they are unwilling to part with Juan Lagares in order to acquire him.

Some of the grades given to the prospects in the Mets’ system were not very promising.

Around the National League East

The Braves signed catcher Chris Stewart to a one-year deal.

Derek Jeter knows the moves he has made are unpopular with Marlins fans, but he is standing by them and is asking for some patience before they are judged.

The Phillies are still in a period of rebuilding but there are plenty of pieces to keep an eye on as spring training gets underway.

Yes, even the Nationals have questions to answer before the 2018 season begins.

Around Major League Baseball

Tito Francona, the father of Terry Francona, passed away at the age of 84.

Scouts have been turned away from watching the players participating in the training camp for unsigned free agents but could there be an underlying reason as to why they were sent in the first place?

Tony La Russa weighed in on the current tensions between players and management, and he put the blame on the players’ shoulders.

The Diamondbacks will join the Rockies and use a humidor in an effort to cut down the amount of home runs hit in their ballpark.

Alex Cobb’s once devastating changeup was ineffective last season, and the pitcher is aware of the problem, but it remains to be seen if he can get it back.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Richard Staff believes Jay Bruce’s power will make him an effective producer for the Mets this season.

Sean Hanlon thinks Anthony Swarzak should be a key contributor in the Mets’ bullpen in 2018.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets re-signed Jason Isringhausen on this date in 2011 and he ended up pitching relatively well as a member of the bullpen.