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Mets Morning News: Mickey’s new jams

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Meet the Mets

Michael Conforto is hoping to carry his late success in 2018 into this season and believes Chili Davis’ old-school approach can help the Mets.

Jacob deGrom isn’t worried about what Luis Severino has to say about how deGrom should handle his contract negotiations.

The Mets need Amed Rosario to take the next step in his development.

After starting this spring training healthy and from the beginning, 2019 is already off to a better start than 2018 for Jason Vargas.

Keon Broxton was not expecting to end up with the Mets for this season.

Dominic Smith is ready to prove himself to the Mets this season.

Mickey Callaway is bringing a new culture to spring training, including playing music during workouts.

Versatility may help newest Met Adeiny Hechavarria’s chances in making the Opening Day roster.

Walker Lockett will start the Mets’ first spring training game this Saturday.

The Mets reached a deal to keep spring training in Port St. Lucie.

21 year-old Cuban catcher Ariel Yera signed with the Mets on Tuesday.

Wayne Randazzo is embracing moving to the WCBS booth with Howie Rose.

Around the National League East

With Manny Machado heading to San Diego, the Phillies are now on the clock to land Bryce Harper.

The Nationals are reloaded and figure to be one of the most dangerous teams in the NL East.

Josh Donaldson is ready to get to work with the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

The biggest news of the offseason came yesterday afternoon as it was announced Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract. The deal is the largest free agent contract in the history of American sports.

Tyler Kepner writes that even though Machado got his big payday, it won’t solve MLB’s free agency problem. Meanwhile, Tom Verducci says the contract is proof free agency isn’t broken.

Sean Doolittle disagrees with Verducci’s assessment that the free agency problem is fixed, as does Eno Sarris.

Ken Rosenthal takes a look at Machado’s “I’m not Johnny Hustle” interview and says it won’t define his career.

Kenny Williams and the White Sox organization are shocked by Machado’s decision to go to the Padres.

Dodgers legend Don Newcombe passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92. Newcombe made his debut in 1949 and was one of the first African-American pitchers in the big leagues.

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will miss at least a week after cutting his foot.

Jayson Stark says Nolan Arenado is the best player in the National League.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Michael Drago previewed Jeurys Familia’s 2019 season.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to former Met Livan Hernandez. Hernandez started 23 games for the team in 2009.