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Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer threw side-by-side for the first time as teammates.
After his bullpen session, deGrom spoke for the first time at spring training. Of note, he said that he has been told his UCL is fine and expects to make 30-plus starts in 2022. He also shared his feelings on pitching with Scherzer.
deGrom will be New York’s Opening Day starter.
While the news of deGrom opting out might frighten some, it hits different for these new Mets, as they can easily afford to pay him.
In more surprising news, Pete Alonso revealed that he got into a “brutal car accident” on Sunday while heading to camp. Alonso says he got T-boned by a driver who ran a red light.
Alonso is ‘thankful to be alive’ after the terrifying accident.
Haley, Alonso’s wife, shared a video of the horrifying accident scene.
Showalter stayed up late into the night to make sure Alonso was okay.
Trevor May and Seth Lugo have been delayed by weather, but will be in camp today.
Adam Ottavino passed his physical.
Jordan Yamamoto was granted a fourth option year, which gives him one year of minor-league options remaining.
Robinson Canó spoke to his teammates and apologized following his season-long suspension.
Starling Marte has been dealing with a little oblique soreness, but the team is not concerned by his imaging results.
Jay Jaffe examined how the Mets fortified their rotation with the addition of Chris Bassitt.
Tim Britton broke down how the new CBA affects the Mets.
Anthony DiComo reported some notes from Mets camp.
The full list of non-roster invitees to spring training includes top prospect Francisco Álvarez.
SNY revealed their full spring training broadcast schedule for 2022, which spans six games during the truncated spring.
Three out of five Beyond the Box Score staff members think the Mets will dethrone the Braves as NL East Champions.
Around the National League East
In exchange for Olson, Atlanta parted with a haul of four prospects, including outfielder Cristian Pache and catcher Shea Langeliers.
This likely spells the end of Freddie Freeman’s time in Atlanta, and the club did not let him or his representatives know that the Olson trade was coming.
Jeff Schultz believes the Braves are moving on from Freeman because Liberty Media doesn’t care.
Philadelphia also inked ex-Met lefty Brad Hand to a one-year deal worth $6 million.
Matt Gelb reported from Day 1 of Phillies camp, where they begin spring with an incomplete picture.
Around Major League Baseball
Jim Bowden detailed the 70 top remaining MLB free agents.
MLB and the MLBPA are discussing whether to bring back the runner on second to begin extra innings.
The league is also requiring players and coaches to be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccines in spring training.
Hannah Keyser explored some of the rule changes being tested in the minors, including robo ump challenges and a shift ban.
The Mariners acquired All Star outfielder Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez from the Reds in exchange for Justin Dunn, Jake Fraley and Brandon Williamson. Cincinnati is also getting a player to be named later.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
David Capobianco introduced us to Bassitt, the newest Mets starter.
Chris McShane attempted to find the Mets a left-handed reliever to sign.
On Episode 159 of From Complex to Queens, the crew examined how the new CBA will affect the team’s minor league system.
This Date in Mets History
The Ides of March is a relatively quiet day in franchise history, believe it or not! The closest thing to a noteworthy event we can bring you is it has been one year and one day since Luis Guillorme worked out a 22-pitch walk in a spring training game.