At 40, R.A. Dickey is primed for his best season with Blue Jays (Big League Stew)

R.A. Dickey, one of the oldest  – and certainly wisest  – players in MLB, could be on the verge of adding another special chapter to his already uncommon story. This will be Dickey's 19th season in professional baseball, a journey with so many twists and turns its been compared over and over to the pitch that gave him a new lease on life on the mound, the knuckleball. His rise to the top is well documented . He cracked 20-plus starts for the first time in 2010, a decade and a half after he was picked in the first round , and finally had his shining moment in 2012 at 37, winning the NL Cy Young with the New York Mets. After that season the rebuilding Mets cashed in, sending Dickey to Toronto for a package that included two premium prospects . Dickey's two years with the Blue Jays have been respectable, but he hasn't come close to replicating his Cy Young dominance. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Can 2015 be that year? A more relaxed approach this offseason has the 40-year-old right-hander in the right frame of mind and in strong physical shape heading into the regular season. In fact, he feels like he’s primed for his best season in Toronto. " I have changed up [my routine] a little bit in the sense that I’m taking it a bit slower and trying to peak at the right time," Dickey told Big League Stew in an interview on behalf of Head and Shoulders' Season of the #Whiff campaign . " I feel like my innings have been built up, my pitch counts have been built up and I’m feeling confident that I’ll be ready when we break camp ."

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 31, 2015

Blevins strikes out Harper in Mets debut, a 2-0 win (The Associated Press)

A day after being traded from the Washington Nationals to the New York Mets, left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins found himself facing slugger Bryce Harper. Blevins got the best of his pal. The Mets' reliever struck out Harper on three pitches to start off the seventh inning Tuesday as the Mets beat the Nationals 2-0. ''He's a friend of mine, but we're on the field together, we're both competitors,'' Blevins said.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 31, 2015

AP Newsbreak: AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4M (The Associated Press)

The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record. ''We're enjoying a tremendously bountiful season in baseball,'' said Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner with the New York Mets.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 31, 2015

Speedy Eric Young Jr. quickly grabs this chance with Braves (The Associated Press)

Eric Young Jr. reported to spring training with the Atlanta Braves on a minor league deal, simply hoping to make an impression. Now with opening day less than a week away and starting center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. likely out until mid-May because of a foot problem, Young finds himself as the odds-on favorite to be playing there a lot. The former second baseman and left fielder with the Rockies and Mets has spent just 44 games in center during his six-year career. Young, however, isn't concerned, viewing it as just another challenge with the Braves preparing to open Monday at Miami.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 31, 2015

Padres hit 3 homers off DeSclafani, beat Reds 6-3 (The Associated Press)

Matt Kemp hit the first of San Diego's three homers off Anthony DeSclafani - a new addition to Cincinnati's rotation - and the Padres pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday. ''We saw some good swings from the middle of our order,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. The Reds got DeSclafani from Miami in an offseason trade for Mat Latos and are counting on him to fill one of three openings in the rotation. They also traded Alfredo Simon to the Tigers, and Homer Bailey is expected to start the season on the disabled list while recovering from forearm surgery.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2015

Mets acquire lefty relievers, Torres and Blevins (The Associated Press)

The New York Mets made two trades Monday to bolster a bullpen lacking in left-handers, acquiring Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres and Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals. The Mets sent minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named to the Padres and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in deals made just hours apart.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2015

Cuddyer hits 6th HR, Duda drives in 5 as Mets beat Marlins (The Associated Press)

Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth home run this spring and Lucas Duda homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Monday. He added a three-run double in the sixth and Cuddyer, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, followed with his home run. Duda missed the Mets' first 11 exhibition games because of a strained intercostal muscle. Marlins starter Dan Haren gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2015

A week before opener, owner Fred Wilpon addresses Mets (The Associated Press)

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon addressed the team in a closed-door meeting Monday morning. The meeting delayed the opening of the Mets clubhouse 15 minutes and players could be heard clapping when the meeting was over. ''Any time that you have those types of meetings you can take a lot out of it, and I think everybody in here took a lot of out of it,'' Mets captain David Wright said.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2015

Gee pitches 7 innings as Mets defeat Cardinals 3-2 (The Associated Press)

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Dillon Gee allowed singles to four of his first five batters, then settled in to pitch seven innings Sunday in the New York Mets' 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 29, 2015