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Mets Morning News: A Noble man

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101st PGA Championship Ambassador Announcement at Mets Spring Training Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Marty Noble, former Mets beat writer at Newsday, passed away yesterday. Newsday remembers Noble here, too.

The Mets shared their travel plans for the next few days leading up to the season, and Noah Syndergaard made sure to voice his displeasure.

If Mickey Callaway ends up on the hot seat this year, Ken Rosenthal says that Jim Riggleman isn’t the person who would replace him as manager.

Syndergaard also took the time to tell the Mets that they should “pay the man (Jacob deGrom) already!

Kevin Kernan wasted no time coming to Noah Syndergaard’s defense over the comments he made about deGrom’s contract situation.

After a nasty bonk on the hand, Wilson Ramos avoided the disabled list as his X-rays came back negative.

After a reevaluation of the team, Fred Wilpon and company plan on buying back $180 million in shares from Comcast and Charter Communications. Already owning a majority, this transaction will add another 12% of the team to the Wilpons’ stake.

On the topic of the Mets and money, it’s said that the Mets’ budget guidelines took a toll on Syracuse’s amenities.

Around the National League East

Federal Baseball took a look at the changes made to the Nationals’ squad over the past five months.

The Braves announced their first three starters of the season taking the mound against Philadelphia.

The Marlins’ Triple-A team in Wichita are providing a time lapse of their ballpark construction for all fans to view from their phones.

The Braves sent three more players packing for the minors, including Touki Toussaint.

Around Major League Baseball

Albert Pujols put any rumors to rest by declaring that he will be playing for the duration of his contract with the Angels.

With free agency no longer being a guarantee, more players are taking extensions while they can. ($)

Speaking of which, Mike Trout revealed that talking to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado about their journey through free agency influenced his decision to sign an extension now.

After a disappointing 2018 season, the Cubs are looking internally in hopes of finding the cure to their funk. ($)

One of the league’s premier big boys, Willians Astudillo officially finished his spring without a single walk or strikeout.

Despite a nasty-looking shot to the leg, Jose Ramirez saw his X-rays come back with no signs of broken bones.

Yasiel Puig isn’t a fan of Curt Casali’s Kia Soul.

The Brewers and Giants made a quick swap before the start of the season, dealing Erik Kratz for CJ Hinojosa.

John Axford will be taking his talents, and his rehab from injury, north of the border.

In a relief swap, the Cubs signed Tim Collins to the 40-man roster while bumping Brian Duensing off of it.

A baseball player in New York is irate over his treatment at the hands of his team, and for once, it isn’t the Mets!

This Date in Mets History

On this date, a pair of Flushing All-Stars were born as Tom Glavine and Lee Mazilli celebrate their 53rd and 64th birthdays, respectively.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane previewed what should be an improved bullpen for the 2019 season.

David Capobianco recapped the Mets’ final home game of the spring.