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Mets Morning News: Jordan Yamamoto optioned to Triple-A

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Meet the Mets

In a bit of a surprising move, Jordan Yamamoto was optioned to Triple-A while Brandon Drury, Bruce Maxwell, and Corey Oswalt were reassigned.

Dellin Betances’s velocity still has not returned and he will need to learn how to pitch with diminished stuff if he wants to be successful.

Despite his struggles, Betances is likely to make the team which leaves only two roster spots open in the bullpen for a handful of pitchers to try and win.

The bullpen and the rotation are just a couple of the decisions the team needs to iron out before the season starts on April 1.

With Opening Day rapidly approaching, Jacob deGrom will not face the Nationals instead it will be David Peterson who gets the start.

Luis Rojas is entering his second year as the manager of the New York Mets and has seemingly settled into the role nicely.

Around the National League East

The Braves optioned both Jacob Webb and Kyle Wright to the alternate training site.

Derek Jeter, Marlins owner and The Players’ Tribune founder, is expanding the website to Japan to give Japanese athletes a platform and connect with fans.

What could the Phillies Opening Day roster look like?

Stephen Strasburg has a ruptured tendon in his calf but it shouldn’t affect his ability to pitch.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball is cracking down on the use of foreign substances to doctor baseballs by monitoring players’ spin rate.

Completely unrelated and moving on to Trevor Bauer. After he made some comments about not really trying after giving up three home runs, Seattle manager Scott Servais got back at the pitcher with some snark of his own.

The Astros have reportedly signed Lance McCullers Jr. to a five-year extension worth $85 million.

Houston also offered Carlos Correa an extension worth $120 million but that is as far as talks went and Correa is still primed to be a free agent at the end of the season.

White Sox star Eloy Jimenez hurt his shoulder attempting to make a catch on a home run and had to be removed from the game.

Yankees’ reliever and old friend Justin Wilson’s MRI did not reveal anything concerning and could resume throwing in a few days.

Former Oriole Adam Jones has his sights on playing in the Olympics and representing Team USA like he did in the World Baseball Classic.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 77 of A Pod of Their Own Carlos Carrasco’s injury, possible extensions, and the Rockies’ embarrassment were all discussed.

Thomas Henderson looked at what could be expected from Khalil Lee this season and Robert Wolff thinks Jose Martinez could be a solid addition to the team once he gets healthy.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Lee Mazzilli!