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Mets Morning News: A breakout season for Michael Conforto?

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Meet the Mets

This could be the year that Michael Conforto puts it all together and becomes a stud player for the Mets (paywall alert).

Under pitching coach Dave Eiland, the Mets’ pitching staff reinvented themselves last season by throwing inside more.

Todd Frazier has already joined some of his teammates in Port St. Lucie but he comes to camp inspired by his infant son who spent some time in the NICU.

Noah Syndergaard is not a fan of baseball’s proposal of a universal DH.

Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are projected to be among the top pitching duos in the league.

The Mets signed pitcher Sean Burnett to a minor league deal.

Here is a guide to spring training and some useful dates to be aware of.

Around the National League East

Curtis Granderson can provide a lot of value to a young Marlins team. The Granderson signing, however, highlights a much larger problem going on within Major League Baseball.

The Marlins are pushing to trade J.T. Realmuto but any deal with the Phillies would have to include pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez.

The Nationals have reportedly signed Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.

Around Major League Baseball

The way the market has shaped up the past few seasons could end up hurting small-market teams who already have a hard time keeping up.

In addition to a universal DH, MLB wants to have relief pitchers face at least three batters before they can be pulled.

With all of these new proposed rule changes by Major League Baseball, the players are more concerned with the lack of competitiveness within the game.

The tanking culture could be traced back to 2011 when a new collective bargaining agreement was signed that essentially rewarded losing.

The Giants have entered the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio took a look at the farm system.

Lukas Vlahos wrote the first article in a new series where the writers come up with one final move to complete the Mets’ offseason. Lukas’s final move was for reliever Tony Sipp.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Endy Chavez!