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Mets Morning News: The countdown to spring begins, Bartolo finds a home

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

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Meet the Mets

Now that a little game called the Super Bowl is over, the countdown to spring training begins!

We are now a week away from spring training and there are still a few questions the Mets will need to find the answers to before the season begins.

This will be Mickey Callaway’s first spring as a manager, and he will be making some changes to how the workouts will be run in an effort to keep everyone healthy.

Bartolo Colon is joining Dan Warthen in Texas since Big Sexy agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers.

Around the National League East

J.T. Realmuto again proved he was one of the top catchers in the game last season and should net the Marlins a nice return should they choose to trade him.

Since revamping their international scouting operations in 2009, the Nationals have landed some talented prospects.

Around Major League Baseball

Mike Trout is certainly a very happy Eagles fan today, but players from around the league shared their thoughts on the big game.

The players are reportedly not planning a spring training boycott, but the frost between the players and ownership could galvanize the player’s union especially with a big year of free agency looming on the horizon.

While Todd Frazier is a good fit for the Mets, there are other teams that could also use a player with his abilities.

With the addition of Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees seem poised to break the home run record set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

The Orioles are interested in signing Drew Hutchison to help with their rotation.

This Date in Mets History

Joan Payson was born on this date in 1903. She was the original owner of the Mets from 1962 until her death in 1975, and during that time she could routinely be seen at the ballpark cheering on her team.