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Mets Morning News: Lindor hits grand slam, more roster cuts made as season approaches

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

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Meet the Mets

Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam—his second home run of spring training—to lead the Mets to an 8-5 win against the Cardinals.

Extension conversations with Lindor and Michael Conforto continue, but nothing appears imminent for the time being.

The Mets made their latest batch of spring training cuts yesterday.

The team’s board of directors has added a very large presence in former New Jersey governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie

Dominic Smith has been cleared to swing the bat as he continues to recover from some minor wrist soreness.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com discussed the status of the battle for the last two spots in the starting rotation in the wake of Carlos Carrasco’s injury.

The Mets are reportedly looking into the possibility of adding some catching depth.

If Jacob deGrom continues on his current trajectory, he may chart a very unique path to the Hall of Fame.

Relive the magical moment of Bartolo Colon’s home run in an excerpt published from Devin Gordan’s new book.

The Mets released a statement condemning anti-Asian violence and hatred.

Around the National League East

Nationals reliever Will Harris has a blood clot in his right arm and will see a specialist for it.

Jose Alvarado has lost a bunch of weight and been very impressive in camp for the Phillies, to the point where he could potentially get the opportunity to close some games for the team.

The Braves have suffered a few losses in the bullpen, but they’re hoping that there will be a few guys to pick up the slack.

Fish Stripes made the case for Gio Gonzalez to make the Marlins’ big league roster out of camp.

Around Major League Baseball

The possible introduction of larger bases could have a number of positive consequences.

This week of COVID testing from across the league apparently resulted in just one positive test.

MLB.com ranked the top ten farm systems. One NL East team made the cut, but sadly it was not the Mets.

Suzyn Waldman discussed her history shattering barriers in the male-dominated world of baseball broadcasting.

Each team has at least one big roster decision left to make in the final two weeks of spring training.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore were joined by Ted Berg on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

Drew Smith could establish himself as a staple of the Mets’ bullpen in 2021, according to Grace Carbone.

The injury bug will keep Carlos Carrasco from making his much-anticipated Mets debut, as Chris McShane notes.

This Date in Mets History

The Yankees did the Mets a favor by announcing their decision to refuse to let the soon-to-be newly formed National League team play games in their home ballpark on this date in 1961.