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Mets Morning News: Welcome back, Mes!

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

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Meet the Mets

To give themselves a little more depth at catcher, the Mets brought back Devin Mesoraco on a minor league deal. He is expected to compete with Travis d’Arnaud for the backup position this spring.

Wilson Ramos will be the primary catcher and could be a perfect fit for Noah Syndergaard.

J.T. Realmuto is on the move within the division, which further tightens up the race between the four teams hoping to take the crown.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen has arrived in Port St. Lucie and he is still confident in the team he put together for 2019, but how does the team look as spring training is about to get underway?

With all the debate surrounding a universal DH, Mickey Callaway thinks it should be up to the fans to decide if the designated hitter should be adopted in the National League.

Peter Alonso could have a big year according to PECOTA projections.

Around the National League East

The Braves were interested in acquiring J.T. Realmuto but eventually walked away when the asking price got too high.

The Marlins finally found a taker for J.T. Realmuto. They sent the catcher to the Phillies in return for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, and Will Stewart as well as international bonus pool money.

The Phillies are obviously getting a great player but he came at a high price. After getting a stud player, could one of the superstar free agents follow Realmuto to Philadelphia?

Former Nationals’ manager Frank Robinson passed away at the age of 83 after battling bone cancer.

Around Major League Baseball

All of baseball collectively mourned the passing of the legendary Frank Robinson.

The baseball owners are meeting and no vote on adopting the DH in the National League is currently planned.

There will no longer be a disabled list in baseball, it has been renamed to the injured list.

The Rangers signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a minor league contract.

After suffering an aneurysm last year, Danny Farquhar is hoping to return to the majors with the Yankees.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

I thought it would be a good idea if the Mets signed Devin Mesoraco.

David Capobianco wondered if Brodie Van Wagenen targeting former clients is really a problem.

Maggie Wiggin wrote about how PECOTA’s projections offer some optimism for the Mets.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2004, the Mets brought back Todd Zeile which would be the final season of his career.