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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

The Mets signed Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training.

Ken Davidoff tried his best to determine the factors that brought us to the current stand-still in free agency.

For the first time in 17 months, T.J. Rivera is healthy and ready to take the field for the Mets.

As a recipient of one of the biggest and longest contracts in MLB history, Robinson Cano gave his take on the lack of money spent on players the past two winters.

Jacob deGrom took the mound to throw live B.P. for the first time this spring.

Meanwhile, sixty feet, six inches away, Peter Alonso asked to be in the batters box against the Cy Young winner.

While the Mets had their eyes on Adeiny Hechavarria and his stellar defense, they didn’t show much interest in Alcides Escobar.

After half a decade without making the playoffs, Robinson Cano hopes that he can help that Mets end that nasty streak while the Mets hope this relationship can be mutually beneficial.

In what was almost a typical Mets moment, prospect Stephen Villines took a liner off the leg in his first round of batting practice, but fortunately, he was fine.

A huge group of Mets players including Michael Conforto, Tim Tebow, and Steven Matz participated in the Mets’ annual clinic for local Special Olympic athletes.

Taken by the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft and reaching previously unimaginable digits on the radar gun, Kyle Dowdy hopes to have big things in store for 2019.

Around the National League East

Nothing is set in stone yet, but Bryce Harper apparently has multiple $30M per year deals on the table with Philadelphia being viewed as the favorite.

If he makes the team, Curtis Granderson will be seriously considered to be the Marlins’ leadoff hitter.

The Nationals celebrated the totally legitimate holiday of National Cabbage Day.

Around Major League Baseball

Rob Manfred revealed that pitch clocks will be seen during spring training, but there won’t be any penalty for defying them. The use of the clock during the regular season is still up in the air.

Regarding free agency, Rob Manfred declares that there are no problems and things are going just fine.

Mark Reynolds revealed that after weeks of no offers coming in, he received four minor league offers at the same time.

Commissioner Manfred also sees no correlation between payroll and team wins.

Miguel Sano suffered a foot laceration and will be out of commission for an undetermined amount of time, according to Rocco Baldelli.

Out west, the Padres are said to have deals upward of $250M on the table for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

The Giants invited some very good boys and girls into the clubhouse.

Khris Davis wants to stay in the green and gold long-term and hopes the Athletics feel the same way.

The Brewers reunited with Mike Moustakas on a one year deal worth $10M with a mutual option for the 2020 season.

After a disappointing 2018, Joey Votto looks for a return to normalcy this year.

If Major League Baseball faces another strike, Joey Votto plans on doing exactly what he would if there weren’t: walking.

Danny Farquhar spoke with Peter Gammons about his comeback from a brain aneurysm.

Justin Verlander came out in support of abolishing the luxury tax.

Marcus Stroman expressed his disappointment that the Blue Jays haven’t offered him a contract, but the team refuted those claims, saying that they had.

This Date in Mets History

A myriad of Mets including Shawn Estes, John Valentin, and Jeff McKnight celebrate their birthdays on February 18th.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos sees big things on the horizon for Michael Conforto in 2019.