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Mets Morning News: Peterson to compete for a rotation slot

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Meet the Mets

“Our scouts were convinced the changes he’s made will stick,” said a rival executive about Mets catcher James McCann.

The Mets have made it clear to David Peterson that he will have to compete for a rotation spot this year. And Peterson is ready to “compete and get after it.”

“I think we’re gonna be significantly improved. I’m hopeful... I’m excited about the prospects that we have this year, so I can’t wait ‘til we start,” Steve Cohen said yesterday in an interview at Port St. Lucie.

In a tweet, the Mets WCBS 880 booth posted the spring training radio broadcasts planned for this year.

Anthony DiComo of predicts how the Mets’ Opening Day roster will shake out.

Taijuan Walker announced via Twitter that he will be wearing jersey number 99 this season for the Mets.

The Mets paid homage to the franchise’s current and former Black players in honor of Black History Month with a poignant video.

Around the National League East

Joel Sherman of the Post evaluates each of the other NL East teams—their strengths and weaknesses and how each could pose a threat to the Mets this season.

The extension Fernando Tatis Jr. just signed with the Padres sent an important message in the eyes of Nationals fans: extend Juan Soto right now.

Federal Baseball discussed the battle for the fifth starter slot in the Nationals rotation. Joe Ross is hoping that spot will go to him.

Talking Chop previewed Ian Anderson’s 2021 season.

Around Major League Baseball

Ken Davidoff of the Post does not think Yankees fans need to worry about Brett Gardner blocking Clint Frazier.

Anthony Castrovince of reviews each team’s most intriguing player this spring. For the Mets, it’s Noah Syndergaard.

Yesterday we got our first look at Steven Matz in a Blue Jays uniform.

Prices are soaring in the high-end sports collectibles market, including for baseball cards.

J.A. Happ has tested positive for coronavirus, but is asymptomatic for now.

Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve helped provide 25,000 meals in Houston to children affected by the recent winter weather in Texas.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Dave Capobianco highlighted the importance of the starting pitching depth the Mets have managed to build this offseason—a refreshing change from years past.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1974, Tom Seaver became the highest-paid pitcher in major league history to that point.