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

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Meet the Mets

After a long, eventful winter Mets baseball has finally returned!

Jacob deGrom is starting the first Opening Day of his career, but first he had to officially sign his new contract.

The new contract shows the Mets are invested in the direction of the team and are serious about winning (paywall alert).

David Wright took a front office position this offseason with the Mets and it is already paying dividends since he played a key role in the deGrom negotiations.

For anyone familiar with the reigning Cy Young winner’s diet, it should come as no surprise that tacos also played a role in getting a deal done.

It might be tough to repeat his performance from last season, but the Mets’ ace has the drive and competitiveness to do it.

deGrom’s father, Tony talked about his son and what he thinks he is capable of in the future.

Recently the Mets have been stingy with handing out large contracts, but the star pitcher is the one player who absolutely earned it.

Jacob deGrom will be on the mound and Pete Alonso will be at first to open this season. Alonso certainly earned a spot on the team after his wonderful spring, and the Mets rewarded his hard work and gave him one of the spots on the big league roster.

With both the deGrom and Alonso decisions, Brodie Van Wagenen proved his actions back up his words.

Dominic Smith and Tomas Nido will also be in D.C. for the opener.

Tim Peterson has won the final spot in the bullpen.

As the season is about to begin, the Mets’ roster has high grades in almost every area.

The Good Phight believes the Mets will finish fourth in the division

Rene Rivera is officially a Met again.

Fifty years ago, the 1969 Mets changed the narrative surrounding the team with a miraculous championship season.

Around the National League East

Julio Teheran will start opposite Aaron Nola to open the season for the Braves.

Fish Stripes looked back at some memorable Opening Day moments in Marlins’ history, quite a few former Mets make appearances.

Continuing their evaluations of the other teams in the NL East, The Good Phight believes the Nationals will finish in second place in the division. The Phillies’ lineup looks good but there are still questions that need to be answered in other areas.

The Nationals announced the roster that is all set to face the Mets.

Around Major League Baseball

Indians’ star Francisco Lindor suffered an ankle injury in an intrasquad game and is out indefinitely.

The Blue Jays traded Kendrys Morales to the Athletics in exchange for prospect Jesus Lopez and international slot money.

Major League Baseball released another awesome promo saying “Let the kids play.”

There are quite a few aces squaring off to start the season and there are match-ups that are definitely worth tuning in for.

It’s been long overdue, but minor league baseball players might finally get the pay raise they deserve.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis compiled all of the reactions to the deGrom extension.

Maggie Wiggin took a look at other players that might be good candidates for extensions.

David Capobianco thinks the Mets’ infield should be one of their strengths this season.

Roberto Fallo wrote about Pete Alonso making the Opening Day roster.

The results from the first FanPulse are in and it seems fans are optimistic heading into the season.

There are many season previews up for perusal. Nicholas Schreiber thinks Keon Broxton is a good player to have on the bench. Teddy Zaphiris believes Danny Espinosa was a solid depth signing. Stephen Villines might not be a name you are familiar with, but Lukas Vlahos argues that you soon will be. Kenneth Lavin writes that Seth Lugo should be an integral part of the Mets’ pitching staff. Thomas Henderson is a big believer in Amed Rosario and his potential in 2019. Finally, Maggie Wiggin thinks that Corey Oswalt is a useful depth pitcher.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1976. trade rumors started to swirl around Tom Seaver.