Morning Briefing: Teams to Wear Stoneman Douglas Caps for Spring Openers

Ernest Dove, MMO

Good morning Mets fans! Spring games begin on Friday, and in honor of the Stoneman Douglas victims, all 30 MLB teams will be wearing Stoneman Douglas High baseball caps during BP. All teams also have the option to wear the hats during the game as well.

Latest Mets News

According to Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com, Michael Conforto has begun hitting off a tee today.

As far as a timetable for a return, Conforto said that he has no intentions to rush a return to the team and that he is sticking with the set May 1st target return date.

On Conforto, Mickey Callaway said “I want to make sure when he is back, he is back, and we don’t push things to where he plays for two weeks and then may have an issue .. We want him to go through his rehab routine .. We want him back and when he is ready he is there for the rest of the season.”

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that Zack Wheeler is likely going to start the season in the bullpen.

Conforto also spoke about how he feels about playing center field. He said, “I understand I’m not Billy Hamilton out there but I think I get good jumps on the ball.”

Check out the full Conforto interview here.

According to Matt Ehalt of NJ.com, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, AJ Ramos, and Zack Wheeler were among the group who threw Live BP’s today.

Ehalt also caught up with Jose Reyes, who told him that it doesn’t seem playing the outfield is going to be a thing for him. He said it seems they want him focused on his infield positions. Has been taking balls at second so far, but has freedom to take balls at third and shortstop.

Callaway made it clear Wheeler needs to throw strikes this spring. “The things we want to see in games are the things that are going to allow him to have success during the regular season like attacking the strike zone, 0-1, 0-0 strikes, those type of things.”

Jonathan Mayo released the updated Top 30 Mets Prospect list. Check out John Sheridan’s piece on the list here.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today says Adrian Gonzalez told him he is thrilled to be in New York. He said he received two offers with a strong opportunity to be the starting first baseman before deciding on the Mets.

Latest MLB News

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Giants legend Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a San Francisco hospital after being stricken on a golf course in Fairfield late Monday evening. There is currently no indication of the illness, but it is believed to be serious.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfield Bryce Brentz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations.

The Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and pitcher Taylor Widener from the Yankees as part of a three-team deal. Utility man Brandon Drury will be heading to the Yankees, and the Rays will be getting second baseman Nick Solak from the Yankees.

Padres co-owner Ron Fowler thinks Will Myers will benefit from Eric Hosmer’s arrival, “He (Myers) has a lot of great qualities, but he frankly does not want to be the leader in the clubhouse.”

Latest NL East News

The Miami Herald shows us why Marlins Manager Don Mattingly told Bryce Harper that he should mind his own business about the Marlins offseason moves.

Christian Yelich opens up to Bleacher Report on how the death of Jose Fernandez changed everything in Miami and led to the 2018 offseason overhaul.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies and Jake Arrieta are “having dialogue” regarding a potential deal, although Philadelphia would reportedly rather sign the righty to a shorter term deal than he is expecting.

Latest on MMO

Josh Finkelstein discusses if Luis Guillorme could play second for the Mets in 2018.

Ryan Finkelstein takes a look at if the Mets should take a shot on veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

John Azzato debates who should win the center field job, Juan Lagares or Brandon Nimmo.

Listen to what you, the fans, had to say about the lineup, pitching staff and some spring surprises as Mike Silva hosts “Talkin’ Mets” first call-in show of the year.

Take a look at some photos from Port St. Lucie from our photographer Ed Delany.

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