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Mets Morning News: The Gang’s All Here

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MLB: FEB 29 Spring Training - Mets at Astros Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Tim Britton discussed the magic that is watching Francisco Lindor.

Lindor unveiled his new signature New Balance sneaker, the Lindor 1.

Ken Rosenthal examined the logic of the Fernando Tatis Jr. extension and whether Lindor might be next.

The Mets shared a video of Lindor taking some spring swings.

Mets social was very excited that Lindor arrived at camp. Hopefully that excitement translates to a long-term contract extension.

If you’re hoping the Mets might still have a big move left in them, acting GM Zack Scott said that the 40-man roster is “pretty settled” at this point.

With respect to extension talks, Scott told reporters “the sooner the better”.

Overall, Scott has a good feeling about the team’s roster.

In that same piece, Rosenthal noted that former Met Yoenis Cespedes would be holding a showcase on March 2 in Fort Piece, Florida. The outfielder is hoping to play in 2021.

Tomas Nido’s swing coach believes that he will shock people and says that last year’s results, even with a small sample size, was no accident.

Fangraphs examined how the Mets bolstered their rotation with Taijuan Walker.

Jon Heyman broke down the specifics of Walker’s contract.

New York teams will start letting fans in starting with the Knicks today. The Mets, meanwhile, sold out all of their available spring training tickets in about nine minutes. They sold about 1,400 tickets per game, which is about 20% capacity for Clover Park.

In’s first look at the power rankings, the Mets landed in the Top 5.

Around the National League East

The Nationals inked reliever Jeremy Jeffress to a minor league deal.

The Washington post believes that the Nationals have deepened their pool of potential starters with the addition of Rogelio Armenteros.

Marlins’ starter Sixto Sanchez discussed his adulation for Pedro Martinez and how he hopes to build off his impressive rookie campaign.

During the spring, Braves pitchers Ian Anderson and Mike Soroka are rooming together, and passing the time by binge-watching Peaky Blinders. (Paywall Alert)

After the arrival of his son on Valentine’s Day, Braves star Freddie Freeman will report to camp later in the week.

Atlanta claimed outfielder Phillip Ervin off waivers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sized up the competition for a bench spot on the Braves’ roster.

A slimmed down Scott Kingery is hoping to recapture the magic of Scotty Jetpax, when he captured Phillies fans’ imaginations during the 2018 spring.

Around Major League Baseball

Mariners President and CEO Kevin Mather resigned following his extremely inappropriate comments.

Prior to the news of his resignation, Passan wrote about why Mather can’t take back those disastrous 45 minutes.

The Mariners released a statement following news of Mather’s resignation.

The MLBPA released a statement following Mather’s recent remarks.

The Brewers are one of about a half-dozen teams who are interested in the services of center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

Shin-Soo Choo has signed with SK Wyverns of the KBO.

The Rangers inked Ian Kennedy to a minor league contract.

Dustin Fowler was DFAed to make room for Trevor Rosenthal on the A’s roster.

The Royals signed Brad Brach to a minor league deal.

The Diamondbacks are close to signing former Met Tyler Clippard.

Yankees’ pitcher Clarke Schmidt has developed a “common extensor strain” and will be shut down for a few weeks, taking him out of the rotation competition.

Sydney Bergman explored one-pitch pitchers like Sean Doolittle, how they find success throwing only one pitch, and how and when they develop a secondary pitch.

Following an Instagram post from his wife that said 2021 would be his last season, a source told The Athletic that Albert Pujols is still unsure about retirement (Paywall Alert)

Matt Harvey discussed what he’s learned, how he’s changed, and how he’s looking to regain his mojo after almost six years since his dominance.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore wondered if fan favorite Jerry Blevins can reclaim a spot in the Mets’ bullpen.

Chris McShane wrote about Tommy Hunter’s efforts to crack the team’s 2021 bullpen.

Check out Episode 102 of From Complex to Queens!

This Date in Mets History

Bobby Bonilla turns 58 years old today. Please hold all jokes related to his contract.