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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/13

Things are starting to get hectic for the Mets. Many of them will skip Friday’s game, taking an afternoon flight bound for the glitz of Las Vegas. Once they return, it will be coming up on crunch time.


What we learned: Noah Syndergaard is still really, really good at pitching.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I have been preparing, expecting myself to be in that position.” –Daisuke Matsuzaka on his chances to win the fifth starter’s job

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/12

What we learned: Despite the opposite strategy unfolding in Atlanta, the Mets are not about to fill a major hole by making a free agent splash late in spring.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I’m not interpreting it in terms of our situation. I don’t know that we have a situation here.” –GM Sandy Alderson on the Braves’ deal with Santana

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 2/26

A rare cloudy day did not stop Johan Santana from throwing an “up-and-down” bullpen session on Sunday, simulating game conditions (pictures below). Santana will throw twice next week, once off flat ground, in preparation for his first Grapefruit League start on March 6. From there, his April 5 assignment against the Braves will be in sight.

One other interesting note today revolved around David Wright and his friendship with Ryan Zimmerman, who just inked a six-year, $100 million contract extension with the Nationals. The deal could — but probably won’t — have implications for Wright’s own financial dealings in the future, even if he’s not too keen on talking about it now.

Today’s main story, of course, revolved around shortstop Ruben Tejada finally reporting to camp after manager Terry Collins called him out this week for not arriving early. The two smoothed things over early this morning, freeing Tejada to go about the business of replacing Jose Reyes.

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Mets retain Warthen, Hale on staff

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen and third-base coach Chip Hale have survived the organizational purge that has already seen the Mets shed a general manager, a manager and a scouting director, among others. A team source said Monday that Warthen and Hale will retain their jobs from last season.

warthenphone.jpgThere were rumblings Sunday evening that the appointment of Terry Collins as manager may have worked against Warthen, whose pitching staff performed above expectations in 2010 despite an overall losing season. But Mets ownership remains enamored with Warthen for those reasons, and so he was spared.

Hale, too, has always been a lock for a role on the coaching staff, a sentiment only furthered by the fact that he was among four finalists for the role of manager. Well-liked within the clubhouse, Hale will almost certainly become a big league manager at some point in the near future, though he may need to leave the organization to do so.

The rest of the big league staff remains uncertain. Though last year’s hitting coach Howard Johnson and bullpen coach Randy Niemann both will have job offers waiting for them at some level of the organization, it is unlikely either will return to his same role. First-base coach Razor Shines is already out — early reports peg Mookie Wilson as a possible replacement — and Collins will likely be allowed to choose Dave Jauss’s successor as bench coach.

As for the other two managerial finalists, Bob Melvin and Wally Backman, each is likely to have a job offer in a similar capacity as last season — Melvin as a scout, Backman as a Minor League manager. But nothing is official for that pair yet.

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Musings in the Queen City

This is my third night in Cincinnati, and still nobody has been able to tell me why the Ohio River is a sickly shade of brown. Google also provides no answers. Anyone?

In other Ohio-related news, I used Tuesday to try a local favorite: Skyline Chili. My review? Eh. Strange concept, strange taste. I’ve also been told that a former Great American Ball Park staple, the fried Twinkie, has been discontinued. So that’s disappointing.

As for the Mets, Mike Pelfrey skipped his bullpen session today on pitching coach Dan Warthen’s orders. Pelfrey, Warthen and Jerry Manuel all swear he’s fine and will be able to make his next start Friday at Citi Field. And I’m in no place to disagree.

But isn’t this how all major injuries seem to start?