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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard trolls, Wright steps into new role, and Mets can’t dig out of a hole

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

MLB: Spring Training-Washington Nationals at New York Mets Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets tried to stage a rally against the Nationals, but fell just short.

Noah Syndergaard has been up to his old tricks this spring, pranking reporters, and shunning James Wagner for defecting to the Yankees beat.

David Wright was at spring training in his new role as an adviser to the Mets. Among the things he told reporters is that he really likes Brody Van Wagonen’s honesty.

The New York Times ran a lengthy profile on Dominic Smith and his troubles with sleep apnea.

Syndergaard and deGrom faced off in an intrasquad scrimmage.

There’s apparently some optimism that the Mets and deGrom may reach an agreement before Thursday.

Anthony DiComo says it’s a “forgone conclusion” that Jed Lowrie will miss opening day.

Around the National League East

Carlos Santana apparently smashed a television in the Phillies’ clubhouse last season after he caught some other players playing Fortnite during a game.

The Nationals made more roster cuts as the end of spring training approaches.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB may be preparing to raise the salaries of minor league players in a new deal.

The Yankees agreed to a deal with Gio Gonzalez.

NPR ran a story on one of the last baseball glove factories in America.

The Hardball Times ran an article on some of the players who had one hot spring, only to flame out in the majors.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore brought you the season preview for Jeff McNeil.

Allison McCague had an update on the race to be the King of Spring Training.

This Date in Mets History

This has traditionally been a bad date for Mets pitchers suffering injuries, so keep your fingers crossed.