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Montreal’s Stade Olympique in pictures

Some views from the first baseball game at Olympic Stadium in nearly a decade:

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/27

Breathe a sigh of relief, Mets fans. Jon Niese is okay, and Grapefruit League games start tomorrow.

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What we learned: Niese’s MRI came back clean, meaning there is no structural damage in his shoulder. Expect him to miss his next start, but probably not much more.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Usually when our guys have gone up to get looked at, they’ve come back with bad news. I’m happy I’ve given people some peace of mind.” –Niese

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/26

A touch of bad news out of Mets camp today, when the team sent Jon Niese home for an MRI on his left shoulder. The image below is from photo day, an annual rite of spring:

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What we learned: Niese is spending the night in New York, where he will undergo an MRI on his sore left shoulder Friday. The Mets’ presumptive Opening Day starter, Niese told MLB.com that he does “not foresee it being serious at all.”

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“A stud.” –Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, when asked to describe Noah Syndergaard in a single word

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Updated top 10 prospects list, via Baseball Prospectus

How did the R.A. Dickey trade affect the Mets’ farm system? Baseball Prospectus today offered this new top 10 prospects list:

1. Zack Wheeler, RHP
2. Travis d’Arnaud, C
3. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
4. Michael Fulmer, RHP
5. Wilmer Flores, INF
6. Gavin Cecchini, SS
7. Domingo Tapia, RHP
8. Jeurys Familia, RHP
9. Brandon Nimmo, OF
10. Rafael Montero, RHP

Obviously there is some difference in opinion here from last week’s Baseball America list, which was published before the Dickey trade, and ranked Fulmer seventh and Luis Mateo fourth. But the industry consensus seems to be that d’Arnaud and Syndergaard are now the Mets’ clear second- and third-best prospects behind Wheeler.

On d’Arnaud, Baseball Prospectus called him “ready for prime-time” and described him as a “.275-plus batting average” guy with “17-25 HR power potential.”

On Syndergaard, BP wrote that his ceiling is as a “high-end no. 2 starter” and that “he could be a monster.”

You can read the full scouting breakdown here (subscription required).

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Is Travis d’Arnaud a “difference-maker?”

The Mets are in serious talks to trade R.A. Dickey. This has become clear. But who might they receive in return?

If the Blue Jays are indeed the second team involved, then catchers Travis d’Arnaud and J.P. Arencibia, along with outfielder Anthony Gose, are the obvious targets. d’Arnaud the highest-rated player of the bunch, but is he the so-called “difference-maker” that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been seeking? Check out MLB.com’s Prospect Watch bio (click below for the full page), and decide for yourself.

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