The 32-year-old Cespedes is noticeably trimmer.

He’s had a great offseason, new Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. He’s done a lot more running than he’s done in the past. Everybody identified that he needed that.

Cespedes played a career-high 159 games in 2015 with Detroit and the Mets, helping New York reach the World Series for the first time since 2000.

I want to be an MVP. That hasn’t changed. Last season I was unlucky because I was hurt, he said. Injuries are unpreventable, but what I learned is to prepare more to avoid those kinds of things this season.

Callaway approached Wilmer Flores about possibly playing the outfield some starting this week, and the Venezuelan infielder welcomed the opportunity. I learned how to play first base to be in the lineup, Flores said.

In a statement, Becker said: We are very fortunate to have Marty as our general manager after he did an exceptional job in the interim role this past season. Marty’s guidance and vision helped build the foundation for this team, and his work this season was instrumental in returning the team to the playoffs. We believe he will continue to craft a roster that will win games and contend for a championship.

The Panthers were preparing to make this announcement several weeks ago, but put the process on hold after Hurney’s ex-wife accused him of harassment when seeking a temporary restraining order in court. The order was not granted and the complaint was dropped, but the NFL still conducted a two-week investigation to assure there was no violation under the league’s personal conduct policy.

There’s no other way around it. Say you have your favorite team, 25 players on the active roster, all contributing something to an effort you are fully, emotionally committed to. Call them the 2017 Astros or the 2017 Dodgers or the 2017 Phillies. You love that group, just as you loved them one year earlier. But of those 25 players, only (on average) 15 were on the active roster at the start of 2016. A little more than 40 percent of the team turns over from the start of one year to the end of the next.

We, as fans, mostly don’t flinch at this radical turnover. Some might feel stung, but we roll with almost half the team turning into brand-new people. We don’t think about the 2017 Dodgers as a fundamentally new team.

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