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Mets Morning News: Jed Lowrie dealing with knee soreness

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Meet the Mets

New Met Jed Lowrie has been experiencing some pain in his knee and as a precaution he will be sent for a MRI.

After already facing Jacob deGrom, Peter Alonso stepped in the box against Noah Syndergaard and the young slugger thinks facing those two get help him get better.

Syndergaard has taken notice of the extensions that others around the league have signed but he is not looking to do the same (paywall alert).

Rumors of a pitch clock are growing louder, but the Mets’ pitching staff isn’t too concerned about the change.

Dominic Smith is determined to prove himself in camp this season and is hoping to be the Mets’ Opening Day first baseman.

Luis Rojas is the Mets’ new quality control coach and after growing up around the game, he is hoping his experiences will help him in his new role.

Rojas is currently working with Jeff McNeil to help him get comfortable in the outfield.

The Mets had two guests in camp today but one was more welcome than the other.

Around the National League East

Braves’ shortstop Dansby Swanson is still not fully recovered from wrist surgery and will not see action at the beginning of Grapefruit League games.

The Marlins’ newest acquisition is very aggressive on the first pitch of an at-bat but that aggressiveness does not always pay off.

The Phillies are still eyeing Bryce Harper, but even if they don’t land the superstar they are satisfied with the moves they made.

Anthony Rendon and the Nationals have discussed an extension in the past but talks seem to have stalled (paywall alert).

Around Major League Baseball

Dee Gordon lost his mother to domestic violence and is now trying to help other children who have also suffered from abuse.

Two $300 million contracts might be given out this offseason, but will these contracts be worth it to the teams that sign them?

According to the latest rumors, Bryce Harper turned down multiple contracts worth $300 million.

The Tigers have reportedly signed Josh Harrison to a one-year deal.

The Indians signed reliever Tyler Clippard to a minor league contract.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Kory Powell took a look at what Daniel Zamora could contribute to the team this season.

Jack McLoone wrote about the Lowrie injury.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1974, Tom Seaver became the highest paid pitcher in history when he signed a one-year contract worth $172,000.