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Mets Morning News: The winter is waning, here comes spring training

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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

Newly acquired Jed Lowrie spoke to the New York Post about his reasons for coming to New York, his motivations, his photography hobby, and his favorite wines.

A full season removed from his devastating shoulder injury, 2019 could signal Michael Conforto’s return to greatness.

Mike Puma gave an overview of things to keep an eye out for as spring training draws closer.

General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen will join Mike Francesa on his program at 5:30 tonight.

Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo are very optimistic about the potential power of the Mets’ bullpen.

Left without a spot by the Astros, J.D. Davis hopes that his trade to the Mets can be the start of a productive relationship.

Marlon Anderson has been moved up to be the St. Lucie hitting coach after occupying the same role in Brooklyn last season.

For the AA hitting coach gig, the Mets have pegged former Reds assistant hitting coach Tony Jamarillo.

Lenny Harris took to Reddit to take questions from fans about the 2000 Mets and more.

Around the National League East

The Mets weren’t the only team to make moves this offseason as they will be facing a very different National League East in 2019.

Over at Talking Chop, they looked at whether the Braves did enough this offseason to hold off the pack and retain their division crown.

Billy the Marlin debuted his new look for the 2019 season at Marlins FanFest.

Matt LeCroy spoke of his relationship with Frank Robinson while he was a member of the Washington Nationals.

Around Major League Baseball

Today, the Oakland Athletics’ pitchers and catchers become the first players to officially report for spring training.

With the offseason nearing its end, Anthony Castrovince at MLB.com looked at the 13 biggest surprises thus far.

Joel Sherman continued his yearly tradition of naming the 50 most intriguing people for the upcoming season.

As the start of the season approaches, it becomes increasingly unlikely that Corey Kluber will be dealt.

Tommy Pham stood by his claims that the Tampa Bay Rays need more fan support.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made his pitch for Bryce Harper to come to the Bay Area.

Speaking of Bryce Harper and the Bay Area, rumor has it that the Giants plan on offering Harper a short-term deal with an extravagant yearly value.

Adam Ottavino gave the New York Times an exclusive look at his Harlem hurling hide-out.

Matt Chapman made it officially known that he can grow a mustache.

This Date in Mets History

A somber Knight in Mets history, 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight officially took his talents to Baltimore on this date in 1987.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore made his case for Gio Gonzalez to be the Mets’ last move of the offseason.