Good morning Mets fans, yesterday for the third year in a row, the Mets held the Spring Clinic for Champions. Dominic Smith, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, and Paul Sewald, amongst other Mets players, coaches, and front office members conducted a baseball clinic for Special Olympic athletes and their families in the Treasure Coast area.
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According to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, Vargas was the No. 1 choice for the team to pursue. He also credited the Wilpon’s for getting involved and making the commitment to sign the pitcher.
Vargas said, “Ultimately it came together pretty quickly. There was some dialogue earlier that my agent might have had. The offseason was very strange for everybody, but [I’m] happy with the situation I’m in now.”
Alderson added after the addition of Vargas, that puts the Mets pretty much where they want to be and he would be “surprised if not shocked” if they signed anymore players.
The general manager also fielded questions on minor league outfielder Tim Tebow, who recently reported to camp. Alderson said he has modest expectations for Tebow, saying “I think he will play in the major leagues, that is my guess, that is my hope. After a year and a half, that’s a modest expectation.”
Callaway also commented on Tebow, saying “Tim Tebow is here because he could potentially help us at the major league level at some point. He wouldn’t be here otherwise.”
When asked about Alderson’s comments, Tebow said “My goal isn’t about what’s going to happen one day. My goal is to focus on this day my outfield work, my training sessions, my getting to know all the new coaches and working as hard as I can.”
According to Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com, Noah Syndergaard, Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, AJ Ramos, and Anthony Swarzak all threw their first live BP sessions yesterday. Watch live video of the Syndergaard session here via Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.
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1991: Mets sign Edgardo Alfonzo.
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