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Brandon Nimmo in, Michael Conforto out of Italy’s World Baseball Classic roster

By JT. Teran

Brandon Nimmo is the seventh Mets player to join a World Baseball Classic national team.

The World Baseball Classic 2017 will be here before we know it, and we have another Mets player joining the fun. According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, Brandon Nimmo will be playing for Italy in this year’s tournament. Morosi also notes that Michael Conforto, who was on Team Italy’s preliminary roster, will not be joining his Mets compatriot on the team.

Nimmo will join six other Mets players in the World Baseball Classic this spring. Infielder Ty Kelly will be playing for Israel. T.J. Rivera and Seth Lugo will be suiting up for Puerto Rico. Asdrubal Cabrera, who has been playing in the Venezuelan winter league, will be representing the Vino Tinto in the World Baseball Classic as well.

The defending champion, Dominican Republic squad, will have two Mets on its roster, Jose Reyes and Jeurys Familia, as they attempt to repeat for the first time in the Classic’s history.

Major League Baseball has yet to hand out any type of punishment for Familia’s October arrest, so it’s still in the air whether he’ll even be able to play in the tournament at all.

Joining Michael Conforto as Mets players to be linked to but not on any WBC team is Noah Syndergaard. The Mets ace was asked to play for Team USA after the season ended, and Thor politely declined in order to focus more on his upcoming regular season.

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As always, whenever we talk about the World Baseball Classic, the first thing that comes to mind is players’ health. I love this tournament as much as anyone, but no one wants to see a pitcher’s arm have trouble or any other potentially season-risking injury for an international title. Hopefully the WBC gives us great competitive baseball with minimal effect on the regular season.