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Mets Morning News: Return of the Spring

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

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Meet the Mets

With pitchers and catchers reporting and officially kicking off Spring Training, SNY compiled the five most intriguing storylines to keep an eye on in Port St. Lucie.

There’s good news for the Mets’ fans and the owners as the team is back on the market and the price should be higher.

There’s even more good news for the fans as the new owners should take immediate control of the team upon purchase, no icky five year waiting period required.

After years of being left in the dust by the modern and more advanced spring facilities around the league, the recent renovations to the Mets’ Clover Park finally bring the team to the 21st century.

The Mets’ fifth starter role is up for grabs and candidate Michael Wacha is just taking things one day at a time.

Confirmed by both of their choices for pitching coach, the Mets and the Yankees are putting everything behind the pitching strategies of the 21st century.

Around the National League East

Federal Baseball took a look at the hopefully-improved Washington Nationals bullpen.

With old friends sticking around and new friends coming aboard, the Atlanta Braves have set themselves up for an interesting 2020.

The Good Phight looked around the league to find out where all of 2019’s Phormer Phillies landed.

Around Major League Baseball

A few days and thousands of takes later, the Minnesota-Boston-Los Angeles megadeal is a go, pending medicals with David Price and Mookie Betts highlighting the transaction.

The Red Sox’ return was greatly altered as Brusdar Graterol will instead go to the Dodgers, but Connor Wong and Jeter Downs will be heading to Beantown in his place in addition to the original member of the trade, Alex Verdugo. As of now, there is no word if Garciaparra Ups will be joining Downs in Boston, but the situation is developing.

On the Twins side of things, Kenta Maeda and ten million buckaroos will be calling Minnesota home in 2020.

Naturally, people took issue with the Red Sox trading one of their best players ever for nothing more than a lighter payroll for the upcoming season.

While the Dodgers’ got one trade through, their second trade will not be coming to fruition as the Joc Pederson-to-Anaheim trade kicked the bucket.

This Date in Mets History

Lenny Dykstra turns 57-years-old and hopefully has a nice, calm night within the confines of his own home.