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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Houston Astros Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets were thoroughly outhit by the Astros in their spring training game, but still managed to walk away with a 3-3 tie.

Noah Syndergaard touched 99 mph on the radar gun during the game against the Astros.

Michael Conforto would welcome extension talks with the Mets.

Tim Peterson had a wild and crazy time in the Dominican Republic playing ball in the offseason, and he hopes his success there carries over into this year.

Tyler Bashlor’s fastball spin rate is apparently a Statcast darling.

Pete Alonso is determined to get the first base job with the Mets this spring.

Around the National League East

One point of pride for the Marlins this season is the number of African Americans working in their front office and elsewhere on the team.

Max Fried is trying to earn the fifth spot in the Braves’ rotation.

Patrick Corbin pitched well for the Nationals, but the rest of the staff wasn’t so great in a 9-4 loss to the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Bud Black agreed to a three-year contract extension to continue managing the Rockies.

Are the Dodgers serious players for Bryce Harper? The LA Times doesn’t think so.

Kris Bryant wants the service time rules to be changed.

Long Beach is interested in luring the Angels away from Anaheim to a waterfront stadium site.

Jeff Mathis is one of the worst hitters in the history of baseball, so why do teams want him so badly?

Jonathan Lucroy is all for MLB’s newest moves to crack down on sign stealing in baseball.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed Noah Syndergaard’s 2019 season.

This Date in Mets History

It’s Kevin Plawecki’s birthday, and for the first time in his major league career, he’s celebrating it as an Indian.