• Marc Carig in Newsday profiles Wilmer Flores, who may have 20-homer potential in the majors, but still must find a position. Flores, originally a shortstop, now has settled into playing second and third base. The Mets say they will not dabble with Flores -- who is slow-footed, at least with his first step -- in the outfield. Read more in the Times.
• Kevin Kernan in the Post profiles Burke, including discussing the influence of Rick Peterson on the right-hander’s recently adopted submarine-style delivery.
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Mike Pelfrey made his Grapefruit League debut with the Twins on Tuesday.
When manager Ron Gardenhire walked to the mound to remove him after 10 hitters -- five of whom got hits -- the 6-foot-7 pitcher hesitated. "When I was with the Mets, we always waited for the reliever, and handed him the ball," Pelfrey said and laughed. "I said, 'Do you want the ball?' He said, 'You're bigger than me, you let me know.' "
• Cory Mazzoni, a former second-round pick from NC State, has now tossed five scoreless Grapefruit League innings. Read more at MLB.com.
• Niese aims to represent the Mets at this year’s All-Star Game at Citi Field, writes Marty Noble at MLB.com.
• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News chats with Travis d’Arnaud. Collins tells Harper the Mets will not let d’Arnaud block the plate for now to avoid injury risk, although that could change once he reaches the majors. “He’s the future,” Collins said. “So we’re going to be smart about this. When he gets to the big leagues, things may change, but right now let’s let him get to the big leagues. The thing is, catchers with his offensive potential, they’re hard to find.”
• The Mets are trying to get former Pennsylvania high school wrestler Josh Edgin to pitch to contact rather than try to strike everyone out, writes Kristie Ackert in the Daily News.
• From the bloggers … At Mets Police, Shannon is pleased with the way the Mets are dressing this spring. … Rising Apple considers whether the Mets can compete with a $90 million payroll in 2014. … Faith and Fear in Flushing realizes the Mets have been training in Port St. Lucie as many springs and they did in St. Petersburg, and notices how the pace has changed.
BIRTHDAYS: Longtime Atlanta Braves right-hander Pete Smith, who started 21 games for the Mets in 1994 after being acquired for Dave Gallagher, turns 47.