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Mets Morning News: Drew Smith needs Tommy John surgery; Mets lose to Astros

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

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Reliever Drew Smith will need to undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the 2019 season.

The Mets lost to the Astros 6-3 in spring training action. Josh Reddick collided with Pete Alonso at first during the game, and regretted it instantly.

The Mets also announced a series of roster cuts.

Jason Vargas has been very good so far this spring. Is it signs of good things to come, or a spring training mirage?

Service time issues have been coming up a lot this offseason, with Pete Alonso being one of the biggest potential victims.

Mike Piazza gave his thoughts on some of the most memorable home runs of his career.

Tim Britton gave his thoughts on what we’ve learned about the 2019 Mets so far this spring.

Yoenis Cespedes played catch yesterday.

Around the National League East

Mike Foltynewicz won’t be ready in time for opening day for the Braves.

Bryce Harper claimed that around $100 million of the contract the Nationals offered him was deferred for several decades.

Around Major League Baseball

Kyle Seager needs surgery and will miss a couple of months for the Mariners.

Jack Flaherty is the latest player to voice his disapproval of the way pre-arbitration players are handled in MLB.

Dallas Keuchel, one of the better pitchers in MLB last season, remains unsigned.

Minor league baseball is worried that the combination of their players’ low salaries and legal gambling will lead to inevitable corruption and game fixing.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis brought you a season preview for Todd Frazier.

Allison McCague was back with the second King of Spring Training update.

McCague also crafted an ode to Mets great Tom Seaver.

This Date in Mets History

Mike Piazza charged the mound to fight Guillermo Mota on this date back in 2003.