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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

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox came away from Matt Harvey’s first outing of the spring thoroughly impressed.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale painted the Mets as under-the-radar candidates to reach the World Series again.

The Post’s Joel Sherman’s radical idea for the team’s overabundance (for now) of starting pitching: Load the bullpen with starters who don’t make the rotation, akin to how the Astros utilized their bullpen in the World Series.

An MRI confirmed a left calf strain for Anthony Swarzak, who doesn’t believe the injury to be serious.

On his 25th birthday, Michael Conforto took a huge step in his journey back to the diamond.

Around the National League East

The Braves saw a bonkers 47% increase in revenue following their first season at SunTrust Park.

The Marlins are monitoring a positional duel at third base this spring.

Whether or not they add another starter, the Phillies have an intriguing young rotation.

In effort to get his team over the proverbial hump, new Nationals manager Dave Martinez showed his players what real humps look like.

Around Major League Baseball

FiveThirtyEight unraveled commissioner Rob Manfred’s claims that the league’s balls haven’t been juiced since the 2015 All-Star Game.

In 2006, Jeff Samardzija chose a career in baseball over one in the NFL. Twelve years later, it looks like a good call.

Fangraphs’ Jay Jaffe applauded the Royals for signing Lucas Duda for a contract worth 2.5% of what outgoing first baseman Eric Hosmer got from the Padres.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Battling minor left leg injuries, both Juan Lagares and Yoenis Cespedes will take the outfield today.

Will T.J. Rivera return from Tommy John surgery late in the season to make an impact?

The Amazin’ Avenue Audio crew had Mets minor league hurler Corey Taylor on to talk about his goals for the season and Binghamton’s culinary culture.

This Date in Mets History

Thanks to some arcane rules, the Braves’ selection of Tom Seaver in the 1966 draft was no more, and the Mets won his services in a lottery.