Morning Briefing: A Pair With the Reigning Champs Incoming!

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Good morning, Mets fans! On Sunday, the Mets routed the Marlins in their third game of the Spring by a score of 10-3.

Making his first start of the spring, Yoenis Cespedes certainly looked like the slugger we all love. In his second at-bat, he hit a three run home run all the way to Citi Field.

Jose Lobaton also homered, Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier both had RBI doubles and Kevin Plawecki added a run-scoring single.

Robert Gsellman made the start and threw a pair of strong innings. His sinker had much more movement on it, which was solid to see (more on that later).

Jeurys Familia and AJ Ramos both work a scoreless inning, with Ramos striking out three.

Jerry Blevins, Anthony Swarzak, and Paul Sewald all allowed a run in an inning of work.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com we will see the Mets big guns this week.

Noah Syndergaard is in line to start this afternoon against the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros away, followed by Steven Matz tomorrow at home against the ‘Stros, Matt Harvey on Wednesday, and Jason Vargas, making his first start on Thursday.

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Robert Gsellman told reporters, that he worked with a physical therapist this offseason to strengthen and loosen his right shoulder. As a result, he is throwing from a higher and more normal arm slot which has brought back the movement in his sinker.

Mickey Callaway wouldn’t commit to anything, but he sure made it seem like he would be batting Yoenis Cespedes second this season. Callaway said that recent history shows league MVPs hit second.

Jay Bruce told reporters that his plantar fasciitis is very minor, he is listed as day-to-day, but should return on Tuesday.

Dominic Smith suffered a strained quad on Saturday, and will undergo an MRI today. Smith told DiComo that “there’s no real concern.”

Tim Tebow sprained his left ankle after stepping on a sprinkler in the outfield, and he is listed as day-to-day. And Juan Lagares is also listed as day-to-day with a strained left hamstring.

Matt Ehalt of NJ.com, says Michael Conforto is up to 35 swings off the tee, and he will progress to soft toss next week. TJ Rivera is up to 30 swings off the tee, though he is still not throwing.

Mickey Callaway is bringing in Trevor Moawad, a “brain trainer” mental coach, to speak to the Mets at 8 a.m. this morning.

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that Logan Morrison and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.5 million.

Robert Murray of FanRag reports that the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with Seung-hwan Oh, pending a physical. Of course, his previously agreed to deal with the Texas Rangers was nixed over issues concerning his physical, so that is certainly something to keep an eye on.

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Ben Revere.

Marly Rivera of ESPN says she has heard that the J.D. Martinez/Red Sox presser will be this morning at 9 a.m.

The Cleveland Indians have signed veteran reliever Matt Belisle to a minor league deal with a non-roster spring invite.

The Yankees announced on Sunday that Alex Rodriguez will be joining the team as a special advisor to help teach and mentor the younger players.

Latest NL East News

According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Gabe Kapler has named Aaron Nola the Phillies Opening Day starter.

Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks broke his leg in a collision with a teammate during Saturday’s spring training game.

Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post says hitting coach Kevin Long may be the Nationals biggest acquisition of the offseason.

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Josh Finkelstein writes about bullpen dark horse candidate, Drew Smith.

Josh also writes about how the Mets are questioning whether Amed Rosario will live up to the hype or not.

Tim Ryder discusses the curious case of Hansel Robles.

NY Post columnist Mike Vaccaro joins Mike Silva on the Talkin’ Mets podcast.

This Day in Mets History

Catcher Kevin Plawecki turns 26.

LGM!

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