Meets Morning News: Play ball! (finally)

Meet Mets

The Mets played an in-team game yesterday in anticipation of their spring practice opening game today, and the hitters put in a solid showing.

New York City will reportedly keep the private sector vaccine mandate in place, meaning any Mets or Yankees players who haven’t been vaccinated will not be eligible to play home games.

Francisco Lindor – who has been vaccinated – shared his thoughts on a mandate that might keep some of his teammates off the field.

Dominic Smith admitted that he was playing for much of last season and is confident that better health will pay off.

Eduardo Escobar was a new positive presence in the Mets club.

Mark Kanha spoke of the significantly higher number of staff the Mets have used than athletics.

The Mets made an early cut to their roster, Jordan Yamamoto picks junior league camp.

About East National League

The Braves added a major piece to their bulls by signing longtime Dodgers close to Kenley Jansen to a one-year, $16 million deal.

There will be plenty of trips to the deep left field at Citizens Bank Park in the future, as Phillies Nick Castellanos has signed a five-year, $100 million contract.

The Citizens are beginning to determine the roles each player will fill this season as the training games begin in the spring.

Patrick Corbin, who had a 5.82 ERA on 31 start last season, could start on opening day for Washington.

The Marlins are still hoping to add a bat effect to their squad before the season begins.

About Major League Baseball

The twins earned one of the best free agents in the Offseason, as Carlos Correa signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with opt-out clauses after the first two years.

Perhaps one of the last remaining big free agents on the market, Trevor Storey, has finally come close to making a decision.

After re-signing Anthony Rizzo to play first base, the Yankees sent Luke Voight to Padres in exchange for promoting Justin Lang.

The Dodgers added another option to start the show, with Tyler Anderson signing a one-year, $8 million deal.

The Tigers also boosted their rotation start by signing Michael Pineda to a one-year, $5.5 million deal.

Old friend Hansel Robles will continue to point to the Boston sky after re-signing with the Red Sox.

Yesterday on Amazon Street

Lukas Vlahos has argued that the Mets should view trading Dominic Smith as one of their last moves in the Offseason.

This date is in Mets history

The late Richie Ashburn, who was the first board appearance in franchise history, was born on this date in 1927.