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Cespedes also launched a long homer during batting practice yesterday, and added another one later during his session.
According to Luis Rojas, Cespedes looked good running and can do field drills as well.
Rojas was less optimistic on Jed Lowrie, refusing to commit to whether he would be ready for Grapefruit League games.
Despite that, Lowrie is a ‘full go’ during spring workouts.
The Mets promoted Rich Donnelly to manager of the St. Lucie Mets. Donnelly had previously been Syracuse’s bench coach.
Anthony DiComo shared the latest prediction for the Mets’ Opening Day roster.
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The Astros cheating scandal remains the focus among players around the league. The usually quiet Mike Trout expressed his disgust for what Houston did, as well as the punishment they received from the league.
Former Met Justin Turner wasn’t much kinder, saying Houston’s championship “wasn’t earned”. Turner believes they should have had their title stripped.
Turner also had some choice words for commissioner Rob Manfred.
The Astros got some more bad news, as pitcher Francis Martes was suspended 162 games for his second positive PED test.
Punishing the Astros has not been as easy for Major League Baseball as revealing a collarbone tattoo was for Jose Altuve.
Manfred says he regrets not acting sooner. (Paywall Alert)
Joel Sherman argues that Manfred should take a mulligan and dish out stiffer penalties to Houston for 2020 and beyond. He outlined some of his unique ideas as well.
There are a number of different ways that teams can utilize the newly-created 26th spot on the roster.
Following offseason shoulder surgery, Josh Reddick admits that he believes he suffered the injury after running into Pete Alonso last spring.
Perhaps in an effort to appease their fanbase, Boston is close to striking a deal with free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Pitcher Daniel Bard is attempting to make a comeback with the Red Sox this season. He last pitched in the majors in 2013 and minors in the 2017.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
David Capobianco previewed the upcoming season for Mets’ catcher Wilson Ramos.
Episode 47 of From Complex to Queens touches on a number of topics, including the recently-announced pay raise for minor leaguers.