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Mets Morning News: Zack Scott speaks to media as spring training approaches

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

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Meet the Mets

An updated spring training schedule for the Mets has been announced.

Acting general manager Zack Scott had a Zoom call with members of the media and discussed a variety of topics, including his tenure with the team thus far, the possibility of J.D. Davis playing third base, and the potential for some extensions before the season begins.

The Mets announced that they’ve hired former Astros hitting instructor Jeremy Barnes to serve as the team’s new director of player development initiatives.

The Ali Sanchez era of Mets baseball has come to an end, as the light-hitting catcher has been dealt to the Cardinals for cash considerations after losing his 40-man roster spot.

Free agent reliever Justin Wilson may be arriving at a decision where to sign soon, and there may be mutual interest in a return to New York.

The Mets have parted ways with Mike Barwis, who has served as a conditioning advisor for the team since 2014.

Ron Darling expressed confidence in the state of the team’s pitching staff heading into the 2021 season.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com wrote a tribute to one of the most beloved symbols in franchise history: the Home Run Apple.

Around the National League East

Reporters for each of the NL East teams gave their predictions on which team are best positioned to win the division this year.

The Braves added a potential bench piece by claiming outfielder Travis Demeritte off waivers from the Tigers.

The Phillies are reportedly close to sealing the deal on a reunion with free agent shortstop Brad Miller, who played on the team for part of the 2019 season.

The Marlins made a trade to add to their bullpen, acquiring right-handed reliever Dylan Floro from the Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Alex Vesia and a prospect.

Around Major League Baseball

The league announced the new format of the leagues in each level of Minor League Baseball.

At the tail end of a very successful offseason, the Padres continue to make additions after reportedly coming to an agreement with veteran reliever Mark Melancon on a one-year contract.

Former Met Asdrubal Cabrera is heading west after signing a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks.

Rich Hill AKA Dick Mountain has a new home, as the veteran lefty pitcher signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Rays.

Jake Arrieta is returning to the team he won a Cy Young award with after reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cubs.

With the offseason nearing its end, which teams have made the biggest improvements over the past few months?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos evaluated the recent bench additions that the Mets made.

This Date in Mets History

David Cone came out of retirement for an ill-fated second stint with the Mets on this date in 2003.