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Mets Morning News: Mickey’s plan, MLBPA’s woes

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

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Meet the Mets

Mickey Callaway discussed his plan to keep the Mets’ rotation healthy with Kevin Kernan. It doesn’t include any more Bowls of Doom, but it does involve a more extensive pregame routine, an open line of communication, and potentially a six-man rotation.

In an article I struggled to read through my tears, Ken Davidoff outlines the implications for the Mets’ roster and the insurance policy situation, should David Wright not play for the Mets this season.

Matt Ehalt continued his series on Mets storylines to watch this spring training with the spotlight on the importance of a bounce-back season from the starting rotation.

Andrew Simon puts the Mets among teams that were sub-.500 in 2017 that could make the playoffs this season.

Around the National League East

With both Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy coming off knee surgeries, Mike Rizzo said that the Nationalsplan is to not push either player too hard going into spring training.

The latest in a series of unhappy Marlins, J.T. Realmuto’s agent made it clear that he would like to be traded to another organization.

The Braves want to add more power to their lineup.

The Philly Phanatic wishes the Eagles good luck in the Super Bowl.

Around Major League Baseball

An underrepresented story in all of the talk of tensions between the MLB Players’ Association and the league and its owners under the new collective bargaining agreement is the change in how international amateurs are handled. Henry Druschel argues that by letting that change slide, the union vastly misjudged the impact of selling out these players and is now suffering the consequences.

The Hardball Times aren’t the only ones handing out criticism to the MLBPA. Brandon Moss admitted that the MLBPA ceded too much in negotiations of the new collective bargaining agreement, simply stating, “We screwed up.”

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

After the news that the Mets may be in the market for a mid-rotation starting pitcher, Chris McShane explored some options remaining on the market.

Robert Wolff gave us an update on the Mets’ infield situation; it seems that Todd Frazier and Eduardo Nunez are the Mets’ top picks at present.

This Date in Mets History

On February 4, 1963, Shea Stadium officially got its name.