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

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Meet the Mets

Despite all the offseason rumors of the team looking to upgrade at third, J.D. Davis is ready to be the Mets third baseman when the season starts.

Davis missed hitting coach Chili Davis last season and he thinks having him back will be a huge help to turning his subpar 2020 around.

Dellin Betances is also looking to rebound from a lackluster season and is trying to work on his mechanics in the hope of regaining some of the velocity he lost last year. He is ready to prove himself and win Mets fans over like he did with the Yankees fans.

Chili Davis is back with the club after getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine which made him comfortable to return to work in person with the team.

One of the few remaining burning questions surrounding the team is whether or not Michael Conforto will get an extension. If the Mets choose to go that route what could a potential extension look like? Of course Scott Boras is always the x-factor when discussing any possible Conforto extension but ultimately it should come down to the outfielder’s decision.

For his part, Conforto is not too focused on extension talks and want to keep his focus on the team and getting ready for the season.

With the news that Taijuan Walker will be wearing the number 99, Turk Wendall sent him a gift as a passing of the torch.

Around the National League East

The Braves claimed former Met Guillermo Heredia off waivers.

The Marlins are planning on allowing fans into the stadium when the season starts and they outlined the steps they will be taking in an attempt to keep fans safe.

The Phillies were able to re-sign J.T. Realmuto who could become their greatest catcher in franchise history if he keeps up his production.

There have been minimal extension talks between the Nationals and Juan Soto, who the team should probably look to keep for the long haul.

Around Major League Baseball

Domingo German read a prepared statement apologizing for his domestic violence suspension but his teammates aren’t ready to forgive him just yet.

Jarred Kelenic believes the Mariners are not putting him on the big league roster as punishment for not signing a proposed contract last year and are instead manipulating his service time.

Gerrit Cole spoke at length about the deteriorating labor relations between the players and Major League Baseball which is not a good sign for the upcoming negotiations over the winter.

Twins prospect Royce Lewis has a torn ACL and will likely miss the entire 2021 season.

Shohei Ohtani returned to the mound to throw live batting practice and told reporters he topped out at 97 mph which is an encouraging sign since he only made two starts in 2020.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa took a look at what Sam McWilliams could bring to the team.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed Stephen Tarpley’s season.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Ed Lynch!