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Meet the Mets

In some good Mets news, Yoenis Cespedes posted a video of himself participating in baseball activities ahead of spring training. Please give us a lineup with Cespedes and Pete Alonso in 2020.

Jon Heyman has heard a lot of positivity around Luis Rojas’ candidacy for the Mets’ managerial opening.

Speaking of the managerial hunt, it seems fear of new owner Steve Cohen may be influencing the team’s decision-making process and pointing them towards a person they considered the first time around.

David Wright is not one of the candidates vying for the job. The former Met third baseman and all-around legend has affirmed that he has no interest in managing or coaching.

Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal after a video surfaced showing the cheating during a game he pitched in.

Prospect Blaine McIntosh was named Tennessee high school baseball player of the year.

Around the National League East

The Braves have extended an NRI to Felix Hernandez. King Felix is vying to become Atlanta’s fifth starter and can make $1 million.

Phillies’ pitching prospect Zach Warren may have a dirty car, but he also has a bright future.

Around Major League Baseball

The Athletic’s Evan Drellich takes a look at how league proceeds following the much-publicized cheating scandal that rocked the baseball world. (Paywall alert)

The Astros spoke with Dusty Baker yesterday and will speak with Eduardo Perez today about becoming their next manager. The Mets have not reached out to either individual.

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich stated the team has taken Nolan Arenado’s name off the table in trade discussions for now. Arenado shared his frustrations with the situation.

The Rockies’ inactivity has a lot to do with Arenado’s anger.

Theo Epstein says the Cubs will likely need to choose between keeping Javy Baez or Kris Bryant.

According to Kevin Kernan, baseball desperately needs Derek Jeter to show them how to play the game the right way again.

The Blue Jays have invited five players to spring training: Ryan Dull, Patrick Cantwell, Caleb Joseph, and ex-Mets Ruben Tejada and Joe Panik.

Speaking of former Mets, Jerry Blevins signed a minor league deal with the Giants, which includes a spring training invitation.

The Orioles have invited Adley Rutschman to spring training.

Former Mets’ prospect Jarred Kelenic posted a really impressive video that got people talking.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Episode 43 of From Complex to Queens covers 14-10 on the list of Amazin’ Avenue’s Top 25 Prospects of 2020.

Franklyn Kilomé, who missed all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery, comes in at number nine on the list.

This Week in Mets History

The Mets orchestrated a massive trade that didn’t work well for anybody on this date in 2002. Over the course of 24 hours, the team sent Benny Agbayani and Todd Zeile to the Rockies for Ross Gload, Craig House, and Alex Ochoa, then turned around and dealt Ochoa along with Lenny Harris and Glendon Rusch to the Brewers for Jeromy Burnitz, Lou Collier, Jeff D’Amico, and Mark Sweeney, The move capped off an active offseason that unfortunately resulted in a not-so-memorable season for the Mets.