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Mets Morning News: Mendoza joins front office

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

Miami Marlins v New York Mets - Game Two Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Jason Vargas pitched for the Mets as the team fell to the Marlins 3-1.

On Tuesday morning it was announced that the Mets added current ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza to their front office staff as a baseball operations advisor. She will remain in her current role on Sunday Night Baseball. In a press release, Mendoza stated “Baseball is a passion of mine and I look forward to to expanding on my love for the game.”

Thanks to Lasik surgery this offseason, Tomas Nido can finally see clearly and hopes it leads to a breakout season in 2019.

The Mets made their first round of spring training cuts on Tuesday.

Todd Frazier said the soreness from his strained left oblique is gone. On Tuesday he began an outdoor running program.

Joel Sherman writes that the Mets sitting out on Bryce Harper does not fall under the title of “same old Mets”.

Keon Broxton is busy this spring training balancing baseball and puppies.

Around the National League East

Bryce Harper talked about potentially recruiting Mike Trout to come play for the Phillies if the Angels star becomes a free agent.

Darren O’Day is feeling good and is ready to go for the Braves.

Instead of using the DH in spring training, Max Scherzer decided he wanted to bat in Tuesday’s game.

The Marlins have a lot of questions surrounding who will be in their starting rotation.

Around Major League Baseball

CC Sabathia will be joining ESPN as an analyst and will appear on the network throughout the course of the season.

The Padres saw a $3 million ticket boost thanks to the signing of Manny Machado.

Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez will be undergoing Tommy John surgery.

MLB.com thinks the Yankees and Phillies won the offseason.

Yankee’s manager Aaron Boone says it is “highly unlikely” that Luis Severino will be ready for Opening Day.

Former Yankee and current member of the Reds Sonny Gray is not happy with how the team handled him.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos writes that the Mets should be embarrassed for sitting out on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper this offseason.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2007, then Mets’ prospect Mike Carp drove in five runs in a spring training game. Carp would be sent to Seattle less than two years later as the Mets acquired J.J. Putz.