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Wilmer Flores wins arbitration case against Mets

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Mets’ infielder Wilmer Flores won his arbitration hearing against the team on Saturday, reports FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Flores filed at $2.2 million, which was unsuccessfully countered with a $1.8 million offer from the Mets.

The 24-year-old is entering his fifth year with the Mets in 2017. Despite missing some time on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain and undergoing hamate bone surgery in his right wrist, Flores slashed a career-best .267/.319/.469 with 16 home runs through 335 PA in 2016.

Flores is the first Mets player to go to an arbitration hearing since 2008, when the team lost an arbitration case against left-hander Oliver Perez.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.