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Mets Baseball Card of the Week: 2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages promo

ny-mittsThis week’s featured Mets baseball card is really a sticker, a promo for Topps’ MLB Wacky Packages product that’s coming out in March. It’s part of my collection thanks to one of my blog readers, but I’m really not sure what to say about the “N.Y. Deli Meat Mitts.” (John also sent along some other, more traditional baseball cards and I’m sure I will get to featuring some of them in the days ahead. All are much appreciated.)

I have to admit that I’m not really feeling the spring training vibe this year. Sure, it was fun when camps officially opened a couple of weeks ago. But since then, all we’ve had to focus on are stories about Yoenis Cespedes‘ car collection, the new slide rule, and a whole bunch of other stuff that doesn’t seem very interesting.

Maybe Friday’s first Mets spring training game telecast will rekindle some of my enthusiasm. (It probably will for the first few innings… until the field is invaded by players wearing football numbers and identified in on-screen graphics as “minor league guy.”)

But I don’t think I’ll really be excited about baseball season until Sunday night, April 3rd, when the Mets play their first game that counts.

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Dillon Gee hoping to make the most of Royals opportunity

Dillon-Gee
Dillon Gee (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former Mets pitcher Dillon Gee is in spring training with the Kansas City Royals, hoping to win a spot in the team’s rotation or as a swingman in the bullpen.

“It was bittersweet, obviously,” Gee told the Kansas City Star’s Rustin Dodd about his departure from the Mets. “I had been there going on five years in the big leagues, and it’s like: ‘I was there during the lean times. I wanted to be there when they were celebrating at the end.’ ”

“It wasn’t the best of circumstances, but things unfolded the way they unfolded. They went to the World Series, so obviously they pulled the right strings, I guess.”

Source: Former Mets starter Dillon Gee trying to earn role on the Royals’ staff

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Tigers sign Parnell to minor league deal

Bobby Parnell
Bobby Parnell (file photo)

Former Mets closer Bobby Parnell has agreed to sign a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers organization, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

Parnell will have a chance to compete for a role in the Tigers’ major league bullpen this spring. After missing nearly all of the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery, Parnell returned to the major leagues last year with the Mets, but he lacked the fastball velocity and control that had made him successful earlier in his career.

Hopefully now two years removed from the surgery, Parnell will be further along in his recovery and better able to contribute at the major league level.

Source: MLB Trade Rumors

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I really love the back page of the New York Post today.

Today was the first official day of spring training for the Mets, but that means even less than usual when most of the Mets players have been working out in Port St. Lucie for days already. Still, any sign that baseball season is on the way is welcome…Let’s go Mets!

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Ex-Mets on the move

Mets reliever Carlos Torres signs autographs before the July 4, 2013 game between the Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Mets reliever Carlos Torres signs autographs before the July 4, 2013 game between the Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

With the start of spring training just days away, we’ve reached the point in the off-season where free agents get ready to take minor league contracts with invitations to major league camp.

On Wednesday, former Mets reliever Carlos Torres signed with the Atlanta Braves organization.

Today, former Mets reliever Eric O’Flaherty signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

And former Mets first baseman Ike Davis has been approached by the New York Yankees, who find themselves in need of a regular first baseman in Triple-A as the result of Greg Bird‘s season-ending injury.

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