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Mets Morning News: Mets drop a pair of spring training games, announce more roster cuts

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets lost both of their spring training games on Friday.

The Mets also optioned several pitchersTyler Bashlor, Tim Peterson and Daniel Zamora—to minor league camp.

Jed Lowrie’s healing process is not progressing as quickly as many hoped.

The Mets are thinking of batting Pete Alonso in the number two spot in the lineup.

Will the Mets and Jacob deGrom reach a deal before the week is up?

Around the National League East

The Braves are still in on with Craig Kimbrel, and it sounds like it’ll be them or the Brewers that sign the excellent reliever.

Max Scherzer fanned twelve batters in his final game of spring training.

Around Major League Baseball

Chris Sale agreed to a five-year extension with the Boston Red Sox.

Lucas Duda has found a new home with the Kansas City Royals.

Do higher player salaries lead to higher ticket prices? Likely not.

Just what did Ichiro mean to baseball? Fangraphs tried to explain.

Lee Mazzilli appears to be doing much better after he was released from the hospital after being struck in the head by a ball.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Fangraphs’ new pitch framing stat is a fan of Travis d’Arnaud.