The New York Mets' 'To-Do List' before Spring Training arrives 2
Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on a two run double to left during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Recent New York Mets news brings along Michael Conforto‘s true feelings about Jay Bruce and Terry Collins loving him some Robert Gsellman.

Is it April yet? I mean, come on … not even a thrilling Team USA championship during the 2017 World Baseball Classic could stop us from drooling about our New York Mets on opening day.

The time won’t stop ticking down, and down, and down …

In the meantime, we recap the last 24-hour news cycle in this edition of New York Mets Amazin’ News.

Asdrubal Cabrera provided everybody with laughs on Thursday as he walked slower than anybody’s grandfather after finding himself ejected from the Mets 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. He most definitely deserved the ejection for looking back after the hit, but 90 percent of Major League Baseball umpires deserve that walk as well.

According to Randy Miller of NJ.com, Michael Conforto, while disappointment would surface, is completely cool with starting the year in Triple-A.

“Obviously, it would be disappointing to go to Vegas,” said Conforto,  who turned 24 on March 1. “I want to be with the big-league team. At the same time, I think my attitude coming into this year … the motivation is what got me to this point where I’m feeling really good at the plate. I’m feeling good overall as a player, good in the outfield.

“So whatever happens, I’m not going to let anything distract me from what I’m going to do, which is become a better player and ultimately come up here and help the team win games.”

He also explains his relationship with Jay Bruce is all peaches, despite playing time.

“It’s definitely that way,” he said. “There’s no awkwardness there. We understand the situation. It’s all about the team. It’s all about winning ballgames.”

Manager Terry Collins loves himself some Robert Gsellman, via Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

“I’ll go on what I saw last September. What he did in a pennant race,” Collins said when asked if Lugo had a chance to compete for the spot while he was away pitching in the WBC. “That speaks volumes over what he did in the WBC or how anybody’s pitching in the spring, for both (Lugo and Gsellman). They did it under huge pressure. They did under the bright light. They did it in front of big audiences. They did it in front of good teams.”

While New York feels loaded at many spots, its rotation is its bread and butter. Who’ll make the cut as that No. 5 starter? Marc Carig of Newsday suggests “big time” decisions lie ahead. Meanwhile, CBS Sports has the back of Zack Wheeler, despite his spring troubles.

Lastly, ESNY’s Bob Villa uses Noah Syndergaard as his cover boy in his most recent fantasy baseball mock draft.

 NEXT: Cabbie Takes His Sweet Time Leaving the Field Following Ejection (Video) 


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