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Mets Morning News: In the spring of things

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

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Meet the Mets

Amed Rosario opened his major league career with 85 consecutive walk-less plate appearances. This spring, he’s using tracking drills to improve his selection at the dish.

Gavin Cecchini has revamped his swing and added 15 pounds of muscle in an effort to stick in the team’s long-term plans.

According to new pitching coach Dave Eiland, the Mets have the best rotation in the majors ... when healthy.

Part of the effort to keep the rotation intact: Steven Matz’s new delivery. It’s designed to reduce stress on his arm.

Baseball Prospectus used Breaking Bad to cook the team’s signing of Jason Vargas.

Around the National League East

Actual game of baseball alert: the Phillies beat the University of Tampa. By how much is apparently up for debate.

Talking Chop tried their hands at predicting the roster for the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers.

The Nationals’ new manager sang the praises of the Nationals’ new pitching coach.

Around Major League Baseball

Grant Brisbee continued the tradition of selecting the best over-under wins bet ahead of the season; it includes a well-deserved knock on the Mets.

The Rangers are in pole position to land Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez.

The Pirates, desperate for left-handed power, got it in the form of Corey Dickerson.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The Mets announced how they’ll deploy their pitchers through the first stretch of spring training games.

This Date in Mets History

You know damn well what day today is, and you will continue to know until 2035.