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Meet the Mets

Francisco Lindor arrived at Mets camp yesterday and everyone is in agreement that it’s pretty damn cool. Seriously, look at how cool this dude is.

The other massive acquisition of the offseason made his presence felt at Port St. Lucie as Steve Cohen kicked off his first season as the Mets’ owner.

While there isn’t a direct answer, quotes from Zack Scott hint that the Mets and Francisco Lindor are Looking Very Strongly at an extension.

Guillermo Heredia was the odd man out as the Mets made their signing of the extremely stoked Kevin Pillar official.

With the knowledge that a spot in the rotation, or even the major league roster, isn’t a guarantee for him, Jordan Yamamoto is ready to pitch his way onto the Opening Day squad.

Making the roster is the motivation of today, but honoring his Hawaiian heritage might just be Yomamoto’s motivation for the future.

Only a year after being a hindrance to their success, the Mets’ rotation may or may not be stacked in 2021.

In incredibly cool news: Dominic Smith spent his Sunday night chatting about baseball with Barry Bonds.

Around the National League East

In the final days of the offseason, Jake Lamb has found a home with the Braves in the confines of Cobb County, Georgia.

Freddie Freeman and his wife Chelsea welcomed two more sons into the world, further improving his Dad Strength.

Down in Washington, the hope is that a relatively normal season will help Will Harris contribute to the Nationals’ success.

Edgar Renteria makes his appearance in the 127th chapter of the Fish Stripes All-Time Marlins Countdown, which I think is neat.

Emerging as the ace of the Marlins’ rotation, Sandy Alcantara should be on the mound for Opening Day.

Ultimately solved by his carpal tunnel surgery, Stephen Strasburg revealed that he faced numbness in his entire hand at points during 2020.

Around Major League Baseball

Some people find themselves accidentally saying the quiet part out loud, but Mariners president Kevin Mather literally said every single ounce of the quiet part out loud.

Mather released a statement late Sunday night but it sucks so he can kick rocks.

It’s barely been a week since he showed up to camp, but Nolan Arenado already finds himself comfortable in the red and white.

The 2021 MLB season has its first opt-out as the Rockies’ Ian Desmond has decided to stay home and forfeit his salary for the second year in a row.

After a lengthy domestic violence suspension, Domingo Germán’s return has as much to do with his teammates as it does himself.

Following Andrelton Simmons’ admission that he struggled with depression and anxiety as the 2020 season wound down, his former manager, Joe Maddon, gave a candid statement to the Los Angeles media.

After over 25 years of being a special advisor in the Yankees organization, Reggie Jackson has stepped away.

Clayton Kershaw confirmed that he will not be hanging up his spikes anytime soon.

Chaz Roe could’ve gone anywhere, but he went back to Tampa Bay.

This Date in Mets History

J.J. Putz turns 44 today, so please wish him a happy birthday immediately.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

As with most deals the Mets make, Lukas Vlahos gave the Taijuan Walker signing his official grade.

In the first of the 2021 season previews, Chris McShane looked at Arodys Vizcaíno and his chances of contributing after nearly two years of recovery from surgery.