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

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Meet the Mets

Dealing with right elbow soreness, Drew Smith took his things and went back to New York for testing.

Mickey Callaway disclosed that Yoenis Cespedes will start his throwing program today.

As far as active players go, Michael Conforto won’t be leaving right field any time soon.

With Jed Lowrie potentially missing opening day, the Mets aren’t afraid to fill the first four spots of the lineup with lefites.

The real winner of the first base competition may end up being the friends we made along the way.

Dominic Smith has no qualms about going back to the outfield if it gets him a spot on the major league roster.

The only people more excited about Edwin Diaz and the rest of the bullpen than the fans might just be the players.

For the first time this spring, the Mets might’ve gotten their best look at the opening day lineup.

Amed Rosario introduced himself back into the lineup in a big way.

Grandpa Matz made an appearance at Steven’s start yesterday.

Around the National League East

Despite a higher offer from the Cubs, Brian McCann elected to come back to the Atlanta Braves to potentially finish his career. ($)

The biggest change that Juan Soto made this offseason might be in the form of his post-pitch shuffle routine.

The Marlins have totally embraced the power of high speed photography.

Around Major League Baseball

Former top prospect Michael Fulmer has seen a worrying decrease in his velocity early in the spring.

As first reported by Dontrelle Willis, Adam Jones will be taking his talents to the desert on a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks.

Bob Uecker is such a big part of the Brewers’ team that he was given a full playoff share following their NLCS defeat.

The Angels’ top prospect, Jo Adell, will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks thanks to a right ankle sprain and a left hamstring strain.

Blake Snell made sure to alert the media that the Rays specifically elected to only give him a $5,500 raise following his 2018 Cy Young campaign.

Brock Holt will sit out the next few days with back spasms.

Despite a World Series win and almost half a decade of playoff appearances in a row, things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows on the north side.

To this point, extension discussions between the Tigers and Nicholas Castellanos have been nonexistent.

Not to be outdone by Shohei Ohtani, Michael Lorenzen will be pitching and playing in center field this afternoon.

Josh Fields will have to find another field to play on as the Dodgers officially released him yesterday afternoon.

In a precautionary move, the Astros will be giving Jose Altuve a few days off to deal with some soreness.

The extremely reliable and honest Jose Canseco reported that Alex Rodriguez has cheated on Jennnifer Lopez and then challenged him to a fight.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1962, the Mets won a game for the first time in their history, taking down the Cardinals on a walk-off by Elio Chacon.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Linda Surovich covered the Mets most recent victory against the Cardinals.

Michael Drago took a look at the cloudy future of Dominic Smith on the Mets.