Morning Briefing: DeGrom Takes on Strasburg

Good morning Mets fans! All was quiet in Port St. Lucie yesterday as the Mets had a rare day off. Up until this point the club has a 6-6-1 record in Grapefruit League play.

Today’s game brings the elite matchup of Jacob DeGrom vs. Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in West Palm Beach. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. ET, but will not be televised.

Now let’s take a look at some of the other news and notes surrounding the Mets and the rest of the league below!

Latest Mets News

All-time Met great hall of fame pitcher, Tom Seaver is apparently suffering from short-term memory loss, as revealed by an ex-teammate in his new book.

Dominic Smith credits solving his sleep apnea issue to his recent success.

Robinson Canó knows he has a lot left in the tank at second base.

Jessica Mendoza is expected to be at Mets camp Friday, says David Lennon of Newsday Sports.

Kyle Glaser of Baseball America, writes about Brodie Van Wagenen’s journey to the general manager position in the Mets front office.

Latest MLB News 

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has received an 80 game suspension for PEDs, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Pérez underwent successful Tommy John Surgery that is expected to keep him out all of this season, tweets Morosi.

Former Met Bobby Wahl (acquired from the Oakland A’s in the Jeurys Familia trade last summer) will have surgery to repair his ACL, says Robert Murray of The Athletic.

Red Sox and Chris Sale are both invested in talks of a long term deal, says Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.

The Texas Rangers have signed relief pitcher Jose Leclerc to a long term extension, per Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.

With the MLB’s new gambling deal, managers must now go directly to the commissioners office with their daily lineups, says Peter Gammons.

The Chicago Cubs have created a unique technology called the “pitch lab,” writes Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic.

Minnesota Twins catcher Willians Astudillo is here to “save baseball,” writes Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal.

Although they are heavily needed in spring training, catchers suffer from low wage issues, writes Ted Berg of USA Today Sports.

Latest NL East News

Travis Sawchik and Neil Payne of FiveThirtyEight look at Bryce Harper‘s down numbers.

Harper also thinks the NL East will be a force to be reckoned with this year.

Nationals special advisor Jack McKeon should still be a Marlin, says Dave Hyde of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Latest MMO News

Despite Jason Vargas‘s spring success, Tim Ryder believes the Mets should still add Dallas Keuchel.

Edwin Diaz is not upset with the Mets in the wake of his contract renewal, writes Josh Finklestein.

Mets have a strange situation with Franklyn Kilome, writes Jacob Resnick.

MLB All-Star Voting is likely to include an election day, says Marissa Credle.

As Marshall Field noted, MLB and the Players Union are nearing 2020 agreement to expand rosters to 26 players.

On This Day In Mets History

Birthdays: Galen Cisco (83), Mauro Gozzo (53), Jeff Kent (51)

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