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Meet the Mets

The Mets signed pitcher A.J. Griffin to a minor league contract.

Noah Syndergaard brought the heat in his first start of the spring, then talked to the press with his shirt off before having some fun on Twitter.

The Mets announced their starting pitchers for the next few games and also indicated that Zack Wheeler will piggyback on Matt Harvey’s start.

Around the National League East

Andruw Jones is helping to mentor Braves prospect Ronald Acuna.

Justin Bour is the last big bat in the Marlins’ lineup, and he’s adjusting to the new role.

The Phillies would like to sign Jake Arrieta, but only on a three-year deal.

Around Major League Baseball

Felix Hernandez had to leave the Mariners game after being hit in the arm by a line drive.

Russell Wilson claims his stint at Yankees spring training isn’t a stunt.

Reliever Andrew Bailey announced his retirement from baseball on his Instagram page.

The Reds have signed Ben Revere to provide outfield depth.

Alex Rodriguez will officially make his return to the Yankees as a special advisor.

The Twins may have a massive advantage against the rest of the American League as Fangraphs’ projected standings show the Royals, Tigers, and White Sox as the three worst teams in the league.

Former Yankees GM Bob Watson has refused offers of a kidney transplant, saying that he’d feel selfish taking a young person’s kidney just to prolong what’s already been a good life.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Matt Varvaro was back with another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Chris McShane previewed A.J. Ramos’s season.

Kory Powell handled the season preview for Travis d’Arnaud.

This Date in Mets History

The sacrifice fly was introduced on this date in 1908, becoming a permanent part of MLB rules in 1954. David Wright holds the career record for most sac flys as a Met.