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  1. Oh good: Terry Collins is going to have someone to get mad at after all

    Feb 11, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

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    And it’ll actually be somewhat justified, because once he does show up he’ll actually be late, not on time: #Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia will be delayed in reporting to #SpringTraining due to visa issues. — New York Mets (@Mets) February 11, 2013   Mejia is likely slated for either big league bullpen work or minor…

  2. Cubs make two-year, $5 million contract official with Scott Hairston and DFA Tony Campana

    Feb 10, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have finalized their two-year, $5 million free agent contract with Scott Hairston and designated Tony Campana for assignment to clear roster room. Hairston will get regular playing time in right field this season in Chicago after batting .263 with a solid .803 OPS and a…

  3. John Buck says Johan Santana was tipping his pitches last year

    Feb 8, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Johan Santana struggled mightily last year. His new catcher, John Buck, thinks he knows why: During an appearance on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove show on Thursday night, new Mets catcher John Buck told Kevin Burkhardt that left-hander Johan Santana may have been tipping his pitches last season. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Michael Baron at…

  4. Ike Davis opens up about his valley fever, or whatever it was, last year

    Feb 8, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Last year Ike Davis was reported to have valley fever, a fungal infection which sapped his strength and led to him having a horrific start to the season. Of course he downplayed it all. His quote from last March: “It’s been the same,” said Davis. “Seriously. I feel great. And I don’t have any symptoms…

  5. Brandon Lyon and Mets finalize one-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Lyon is set to receive between $750,000 and $900,000 guaranteed. He could max out at $2.4 million if he reaches certain incentives. 11:51 AM: Earlier this week the Mets were said to be close to signing right-hander Brandon Lyon and now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the…

  6. Mariners designate Shawn Kelley for assignment

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Last week the Mariners avoided arbitration with Shawn Kelley by signing him to a one-year, $935,000 deal. And today they designated Kelley for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Kelly Shoppach. It’s possible that Kelley and his $935,000 contract for 2013 could clear waivers and remain with the Mariners, but that’s a…

  7. Terry Collins wants Johan Santana to be his Opening Day starter

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

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    I guess as long as he doesn’t throw a no hitter in his last spring training start it’ll be OK. From ESPN New York: If Johan Santana is ready to go, and Terry Collins does not expect otherwise, Collins tenatively intends for the southpaw to start on Opening Day, April 1 against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.…

  8. Terry Collins says Frank Francisco will be the Mets’ closer

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Several times in the past few weeks Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has avoided saying that Frank Francisco has the closer job locked down following a rough 2012, but manger Terry Collins said just that yesterday. “He is the closer,” Collins said, via Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “We saw last year when…

  9. Jon Rauch agrees to $1 million deal with Marlins

    Feb 5, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    That report about the Marlins being close to a deal with Jose Valverde has been deemed “a typical ploy by Scott Boras,” but Miami has added some veteran bullpen help in the form of Jon Rauch on a one-year contract worth $1 million. Rauch will presumably act as the primary setup man for closer Steve…

  10. Ramon Ramirez is back with the Giants, joining Angel Pagan and Andres Torres

    Feb 5, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Last offseason the Giants traded outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Mets for outfielder Angel Pagan. And now they have all three players. Pagan re-signed with the Giants for $40 million over four years, they signed Torres to a one-year, $2 million deal in December, and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports…

  11. Frank Francisco won’t be handed the Mets’ closer job

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    A month ago Sandy Alderson declined to say he was “confident” in Frank Francisco again being the Mets’ closer and yesterday the general manager took that one step further by basically saying he’ll have to re-win the job in spring training. Francisco had a 5.53 ERA before being shut down with an elbow injury that…

  12. David Wright has been lobbying Michael Bourn to come to New York

    Feb 5, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Kevin Kernan of the Post says that David Wright has spoken and exchanged texts with Michael Bourn, trying to get him to join the Mets.  He offers a ton of quotes talking about how great a fit Bourn would be in Queens. Going back to this morning’s post about Alderson’s ongoing conversations with Boras, one…

  13. Terry Collins is gonna have to find someone else to get mad at this spring

    Feb 5, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

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    For the past two years, Terry Collins has made a big angry fuss about players showing up to spring training late.  Wait, that’s wrong: he’s made a big angry fuss about players showing up to spring training on time. In 2011 it was Luis Castillo. Last year it was Ruben Tejada. Each time Collins made…

  14. Mets close to agreement with reliever Brandon Lyon

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Hey, a baseball signing on Super Bowl Sunday. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Brandon Lyon. No word yet on what the terms of the contract might be. Lyon posted a solid 3.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 67 relief appearances last season between the…

  15. The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Adam Rubin reports that the Mets may not be too confident with Frank Francisco as their closer and thus may be pursuing … Papa Grande: Sandy Alderson, who expressed serious concern with Frank Francisco as his closer, is trying to remedy the situation.  Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete — or more likely unseat — Francisco as closer,…

  16. MLB.com unveils its Top 100 prospects

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo. We’ll share with you their Top 25: 1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX) 2…

  17. Mets avoid arbitration with Daniel Murphy at $2.925 million

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

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    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have avoided arbitration with second baseman Daniel Murphy. No word yet on the financial terms. Murphy was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter. He requested $3.4 million and was offered $2.55 million by the Mets front office when figures were formally exchanged…

  18. Mariners agree to one-year, $1.5M deal with Kelly Shoppach

    Jan 29, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have reached agreement on a major league contract with catcher Kelly Shoppach. The deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday morning in Seattle. Shoppach, a 32-year-old native of Fort Worth, Texas, batted .233/.309/.425 with eight homers, 14 doubles…

  19. Cardinals sign Ronny Cedeno to one-year contract

    Jan 28, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal, with Cedeno getting $1.15 million plus $850,000 in potential incentives. ========== Ronny Cedeno “appears headed” to the Cardinals, per Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Cedeno spent last season as the Mets’ utility man, hitting .259 with a .741 OPS in 78 games split between shortstop and…

  20. Shaun Marcum’s deal is for $4 million plus incentives

    Jan 25, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that Marcum’s deal with the Mets is for $4 million plus incentives.  Obviously Marcum represents an injury risk, but that seems like a good deal. Thursday, 8:51 AM: Jon Heyman reports that the Mets have signed Sean Marcum. It’s a one-year deal, pending a physical. Marcum, who is 31, posted a 3.70…

  21. Conflicting reports on the Mets’ interest in Michael Bourn

    Jan 24, 2013, 6:36 AM EDT

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    There has been a lot of chatter about the Mets and Michael Bourn in the past day or so. It breaks down like this: John Harper of the Daily News says that he has been told that the Mets have a real interest in Bourn. He also reports that the Mets not signing Scott Hairston,…

  22. Cubs reach two-year agreement with Scott Hairston

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs have signed free agent outfielder Scott Hairston to a two-year contract. It’s only pending a physical exam. Exact financial details have not been disclosed. Hairston batted .263/.299/.504 with a career-high 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 398 plate appearances last season for the Mets. The 32-year-old…

  23. Scott Boras is trying to drum up interest in Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

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    Now that he’s found a taker for Rafael Soriano on a heavily deferred deal, Scott Boras is trying to get teams interested in ex-Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Valverde, 34, was 49-for-49 saving games for the Tigers in 2011 and 35-for-40 last season, but the postseason meltdown that saw him give up nine runs in 2…

  24. Lucas Duda making smooth recovery from broken wrist

    Jan 20, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Mets outfielder Lucas Duda fractured his right wrist in early November while moving furniture and had a procedure a couple days later to repair the injury at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. But that should be a faint memory by Opening Day. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Duda has experienced…

  25. David Wright engaged to model Molly Beers

    Jan 20, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has the big scoop: David Wright is off the market. And we’re not referring to the eight-year contract he signed last month. Weeks after model Molly Beers accompanied Wright to the winter meetings for his contract-extension announcement, the couple became engaged over the holidays, Wright told ESPNNewYork.com. No wedding date has…

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