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Mets Morning News: Mets testing opener in today’s game

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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

In today’s exhibition game, the Mets are planning on experimenting with using an opener, with reliever Jacob Barnes starting the game and starter Joey Lucchesi following him.

Steve Cohen took to Twitter to tease fans about the continuing extension discussions with Francisco Lindor.

Edwin Diaz is ready to prove that he is back to his dominant self in 2021.

Jacob deGrom might finally have a chance to get some wins with this squad of players behind him.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com took stock of the highs and lows of spring training for the Mets as opening day looms.

Around the National League East

ESPN took a in-depth look at Juan Soto, who at 22 has already established himself as one of the game’s great players for the Nationals.

Fangraphs, on the other hand, doesn’t want us to sleep on Ronald Acuna Jr.

Reliever Tony Watson has opted out of his minor league deal with the Phillies and become a free agent.

Despite some of the problems that the Marlins have endured over the past few years, Don Mattingly has remained a steady presence for them.

Around Major League Baseball

Two players and two staff members tested positive for COVID in the past week of testing across Major League Baseball.

Tragedy struck baseball yesterday, as Twins bench coach Mike Bell passed away at 46 due to kidney cancer.

Despite the fact that most parties in the game want the designated hitter in the National League, pitchers are going to be hitting once more in 2021.

MLB.com ranked each team into tiers for their outlook in 2021. The Mets wound up in one of the higher tiers.

The Tigers have announced that former number one pick Casey Mize has won a spot in the team’s starting rotation.

The Toddfather is a free agent, as Todd Frazier has opted out of his deal with the Pirates after a solid spring training.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

We continued our series of season previews, with Kory Powell taking a look at Daniel Zamora and Richard Staff discussing Albert Almora Jr.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets made one of the greatest trades in franchise history on this date in 1987, acquiring David Cone in exchange for Ed Hearn and Rick Anderson.