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Mets Morning News: Caleb Joseph joins the team

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets signed former Orioles, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays catcher Caleb Joseph to a split-contract. Joseph will likely enter spring training as the third-string catcher behind James McCann and Tomás Nido.

SNY announced their spring training broadcast schedule, with the first game airing on March 2nd at 1:10 PM.

Jacob deGrom has taken up 19-year-old prospect Matt Allan as his spring training protégé.

Francisco Lindor showed up to camp today wearing a jacket from a famous movie that just so happens to have a sequel coming out soon.

Neither Brandon Nimmo nor Dom Smith have sterling reputations in their respective outfield positions, but both Nimmo and Smith are confident their defense can improve in 2021.

Hitting coach Chili Davis will rejoin the team in person after spending the 2020 season working remotely. Davis is considered high-risk because of a pre-existing condition, and will be fully vaccinated soon once he receives his second injection in Florida.

Noah Syndergaard made a video tribute to former New York Post photographer Anthony J. Causi, who passed away last year due to complications from COVID-19.

Around the National League East

The Braves signed Terrance Gore to a minor league deal.

After a criminally under-recognized offensive season in 2020, Trea Turner spoke on his desire to improve his defense in 2021.

Around Major League Baseball

The Red Sox released plans for limited seating capacity at Fenway Park to begin the season.

After facing uncertainty about his future, Kris Bryant is looking forward to playing the 2021 season in Chicago.

The newly-renovated Blue Jays complex in Dunedin, FL is opening just in time to host spring training and regular season baseball in 2021.

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier will now get his chance as the team’s regular left-fielder for the upcoming season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Grace examined Corey Oswalt’s slim path to the majors while I did the same for Jerad Eickhoff.

Brian hosted a chat via the Locker Room app, and a few members of the AA staff joined in on the conversation. I was there! It was fun! We may do it again!

This Day in Mets History

Happy 31st birthday to former Mets and current Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki!