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November 30, 2005

Don't Forget -- Sign the Petition

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Drunken Sailor? Don't Think So...

I have just read the latest column by Dayn Perry on the Fox Sports web site. I don't always agree with what he says, but I always find him interesting. I have to take some exception to his lead in this column that the Mets have gone into "drunken sailor...

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Mets Hot Stove: A Call to Action

Just some interesting items to fill a day without press conferences, and a call to all Mets fans to support their Boston brethren: ESPN: Omar, Have a Heart Apparently there is now a grass roots effort underway in Boston to convince Red Sox management to keep Manny Ramirez, including a...

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Mets Hot Stove: Sorry, No Press Conferences Today

I know, you thought it was going to be a regular occurrence, but I'm sad to report that the Mets have not signed anyone in the last couple of hours. Newsday: How the Closer Was Won David Lennon provides an interesting look at the way Omar and the Mets wooed...

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November 29, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: The Wagner Press Conference

Just some quick info on where to find some good reporting on the Wagner press conference: No Joy In Metsville: Quotes and Audio Vinny from No Joy In Metsville has quotes and a 13 minute mpeg audio file of the whole press conference. MetsBlog: Quotes MetsBlog has quotes from both...

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Should the Mets Trade Lasting Milledge for Manny Ramirez?

I apologize -- I fixed a misspelling in a Lastings Milledge's first name in the title and created a broken link from search engines. The page you're looking for is here. Sorry for the inconvenience....

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Tom Verducci on the Mets' Spending Spree

In an interesting article for Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci takes a detailed look at where the money came from to fund all of Omar's big signings. He points out that this isn't as big a payroll increase as it might first appear. The payroll is expected to go up to...

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Mets Hot Stove: Omar, Enough Already

The morning after -- the sweet smell of success combines with a disturbingly stale odor that just... won't... go... away. NorthJersey.com: Can we talk about something besides Manny? As I revel in an amazing week for the Mets, Bob Klapisch brings me back down to earth with these sobering words:...

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Mets Hot Stove: The Billy Wagner / Carlos Delgado Exacta

I've been spending some time this evening checking out various sources on the Wagner signing and the Delgado press conference, and thought I would share some of the interesting ones: Mets.com: Marty Likes It I loved Marty Noble's lead to his article on the Met's site: Buttressed by a bold,...

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November 28, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Wagner a Met

I was around all afternoon listening to all the Delgado happenings, then I have to go out for a couple of hours, confident that nothing else big will happen. I go take care of business, on the way home I'm listening to WFAN and almost drive off the road when...

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Mets Hot Stove: The Delgado Press Conference

Just some quick Carlos Delgado related stuff: AP: Delgado will stand for God Bless America The Associated Press' Ronald Blum quotes the Mets' new first baseman regarding this controversial issue: I gave him my views on that subject and I also said I would not put myself in front of...

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Mets Hot Stove: Manny Just Won't Go Away

Today Bob Klapisch weighs in that the Manny chase is still alive as we await the early afternoon Delgado press conference. NorthJersey.com: Klapisch on Manny Yesterday it was Newsweek's John Heyman, today it's Bob Klapisch telling us the Ramirez deal is not dead. Omar spent the entire Thanksgiving weekend working...

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November 27, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Sunday Brunch at Café Omar

We take a look at some of the morning's news items, including the fallout from the B.J. Ryan deal and speculation on who the Mets might pursue next. Newsday: John Heyman says Omar still wants Manny John Heyman reports that Omar Minaya will actively pursue Manny Ramirez at the winter...

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The Delgado Trade: An Opinion

I've taken some extra time to put together a full opinion on this trade. I wanted to avoid any type of knee jerk reaction and come up with something resembling an intelligent judgment. Despite the fact that I really liked all 3 young players the Mets shipped out, I can't...

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November 26, 2005

Ken Rosenthal Hates the B.J. Ryan Signing

Writing on FoxSports.com, Ken Rosenthal doesn't mince words: On the list of bad contracts, this one would rank among the worst. Five years, $47 million for left-hander B.J. Ryan, a free-agent reliever who has been a closer for exactly one season and never pitched in a late-season pennant race. Blue...

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Mets Hot Stove: Plan B Signs with the Blue Jays

B.J. Ryan is close to signing a 5 year deal with the Blue Jays, and suddenly it doesn't seem quite so certain that Wagner will sign with the Mets soon. Meanwhile, Omar makes the unusual move of offering contracts to both Bengie Molina and Roberto Hernandez on the same day....

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November 25, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: 2 Interesting Tidbits

A couple of interesting articles I found since posting the morning news: AP: Some clarification from Omar In an Associated Press update on Omar's noon conference call, Omar made it clear that he made an offer both to Bengie Molina and Ramon Hernandez. In my previous posting, I had the...

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Mets Hot Stove: Delgado Trade Official

It's official, the Mets have a new cleanup hitter: Newsday: Done Deal Ken Davidoff, among others, reports that the Mets' new cleanup hitter is now officially a member of the Flushing nine. In addition to 1B Mike Jacobs and top pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit, 23 year old 3B Grant Psomas...

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November 24, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Delgado - The Morning After

The reaction to the Carlos Delgado trade is coming in fast and furious: NorthJersey.com: Woodward on Delgado Steve Popper reassures us that Delgado wants to come to New York: According to one Mets official, Delgado is now excited to be headed to New York, realizing that his hopes of a...

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November 23, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Delgado Reaction and Opinion

Considering the holiday weekend that's looming, there has been a lot of interesting reaction to this trade. I'm going to try hard here to give a decent range of opinion and not just list the ones that are closest to mine. I linked to Buster Olney's column in my earlier...

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Mets Hot Stove: More on Delgado

The big story this morning is the Mets trade for Carlos Delgado. We have some early reaction to it, and also the latest on Billy Wagner. Buster Olney: Big Spender Although Olney feels the Mets are going to have the best offseason this year, he has some reservations about how...

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Mets Hot Stove: Delgado a Met

Just when you didn't think anything could take the spotlight off Billy Wagner: Newsday: Mets buy at the fire sale John Heyman broke the story this morning that the Mets have acquired Carlos Delgado from the Marlins. The Mets will be giving up their top pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit and...

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November 22, 2005

David Ortiz Doesn't Think Manny's Coming Back

In an AP story, David Ortiz is confirming what everyone knows. The story quotes Ortiz: Manny lives a difficult situation that only he and his family know about, and he does not want to play there. I spoke with him last week before he left for Brazil and he told...

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Should the Mets Trade Lastings Milledge for Manny Ramirez?

I thought I would address this topic once and for all, in response to the irresponsible campaign of ridicule waged against Mets fans who are not in favor of this trade by WFAN's Mike Francesa. This is a real pet peeve of mine. I had the misfortune of listening to...

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Lunch with Mike and the Mad Dog: Sour Grapes

I listened to Francesa and Russo on WFAN for a while this afternoon, curious as to what Billy Wagner might say. It's funny listening to the obvious resentment of these two towards the Mets. They love to poke fun at the Mets when they do something stupid, which happens all...

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Mets Hot Stove: More Wagner, Day 2

I inadvertently left out a good article in Newsday from my earlier news recap: Newsday: The Billy Wagner Tour Ken Davidoff offers us the following info in today's Newsday: Billy Wagner answered, "yes, definitely," when asked if he could be happy in New York. The offer to Wagner right now...

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Mets Hot Stove: The Pitch to Wagner, Day 2

It's Day 2 of the Billy Wagner visit to New York: New York Post: Whose going to catch Billy? Mark Hale and Joel Sherman report on Wagner's visit. They got in yesterday about 11. I heard they would be looking for a house in Connecticut, so I spent most of...

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November 21, 2005

Just How Important is Defense in Today's Game?

In my earlier posting regarding Marty Noble's Mailbag on Mets.com, the last question struck a chord with me. A reader from Alaska asked why the Mets couldn't concentrate more on improving their defense. The reader pointed out that defense was much cheaper than offense, and the money saved could be...

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Jayson Starke: No Luxury Tax for Mets in 2006

In a interesting column on ESPN.com I read today, Jayson Starke informs us that the Mets will pay no luxury tax in 2006. Apparently this is due to a loophole in the negotiated collective bargaining agreement which specifies that any team which did not pay luxury tax in 2005 will...

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Marty Noble on Mets.com

There's a new Mailbag on Mets.com. I enjoy Marty Noble. He obviously has no future in diplomacy, and I can respect that. Among the more interesting responses: Someone voiced a concern that scares the hell out of me: the possibility of Don Sutton getting hired to do the color on...

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Mets Hot Stove: It's Billy Wagner Day

Billy Wagner and the missus are rolling into town today. Needless to say, that's grabbing the bulk of the headlines. New York Times: Great Expectations Ben Shpigel does a nice piece on Wagner that looks back at some of the trials and tribulations of his early life, which Shpigel compares...

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November 20, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Sunday Brunch

As we head into the week that traditionally signals the start of the Christmas shopping season, the Mets have long finished making their shopping list, and are now in the process of determining who shows up under the tree. Daily News: Second Base Anthony McCarron reports that the Mets have...

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November 19, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Omar on the Cameron Trade

I'm reading a lot this morning about Omar justifying the trade on a conference call last night. I guess some of the general unhappiness among the fan base is getting back to the team. New York Post: Wagner and Cammy Mark Hale talks about Billy Wagner's upcoming visit to New...

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November 18, 2005

I Just Couldn't Let This Go

I thought I was finished blogging for today. I wanted to stop, I truly did. But then I read this at The Eddie Kranepool Society. I took a deep breath, and then another one. I visualized tranquil scenes. It didn't work -- I was just pissed off. I've said before...

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Bob Klapisch on a Manny Deal

I know I'm a little late commenting on this. I check Klapisch's column every day during the season, but it's been so long since he wrote anything about the Mets that I stopped looking. I found a link to this article in the morning from The Metropolitans. Klap: What's Manny...

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Mets Hot Stove: Friday Morning News

I promise to do my best to get off the Mike Cameron deal. Like I said, it just rubs me the wrong way. I don't feel that this was a disaster like the Kazmir - Zambrano deal, just more of a head-shaker. Trying to move on... Daily News: Cliff will...

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Mets Hot Stove: One more on Cameron

On SI.com, Albert Chen wants to know What was Omar Minaya thinking?: The Mets are off to a bad start this winter; Omar Minaya should have gotten more for Mike Cameron. Yes, Minaya may spin this into a larger deal involving Xavier Nady to net Manny Ramirez, but with such...

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November 17, 2005

Buster Olney Weighs in on the Cameron Deal

On ESPN insider, Buster Olney has yet another view on the Mike Cameron deal: Buster feels the Mets should have been able to get more for Cameron, despite the injury. There is a shortage of quality center fielders in MLB and several teams desperately looking to acquire one. Olney quotes...

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More on the Mike Cameron Trade

There has been a ton of real good blogging on the Cameron - Nady deal. If you're one of the people that have reached this site from a search engine, in addition to those from my earlier post, here are some not to be missed. Michael at The Metropolitans has...

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Mike Cameron: The Morning After

We've all had a night's sleep to digest what happened yesterday. This was obviously just the opening salvo in a series of moves. I'm already flashing back to the Steve Phillips era where players came and went through this organization in a dizzying blur. You can count me among the...

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November 16, 2005

Goodbye, Mike Cameron

If there was any doubt on this -- and there shouldn't be -- The Mets' official web site has an item on the trade. I promise not to get all misty-eyed on you, but I'd like to take a minute to voice one fan's appreciation of Mike Cameron. I was...

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Mets Hot Stove: Mike Cameron Traded

I was out for a few hours today, and returned to find out that Omar has fired the first shot of the hot stove season for the Mets. This story first appeared on MetsBlog this afternoon here and here, then confirmation at Newsday and then the Daily News. I have...

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Mets Hot Stove: Kenji Fever

First of all, for those of you that came here for news updates: Daily News: Jojima Adam Rubin reports that Kenji Jojima will visit New York once the Japanese catcher has narrowed down the field. Kenji's agent feels that the language barrier won't be an issue. My take on Jojima,...

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November 15, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: The Cost of Big Name Signings

I don't find this until after I made the last posting. For those of you out there that believe that top free agents cost only money: Mets.com: Mets navigating the free agent terrain Marty Noble, in a must-read for any Mets fan, points out the cost to the Mets in...

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Mets Hot Stove: Quick Bites

Nothing huge cooking out there this morning, but a few tidbits: Daily News: Wagner Adam Rubin reports on the upcoming visits of free agents Billy Wagner and Kenji Jojima, stating that the Mets might be willing to go to a fourth year with Wagner if that's what it takes. Wagner...

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Peter Gammons on the 2005-2006 Free Agent Marketplace

I read a great ESPN Insider piece by Peter Gammons that really struck a chord with my own feelings regarding this years' free agent marketplace: Low supply, high demand might yield 'some very bad contracts'. Gammons makes the point that in a year with so few potential impact free agents,...

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November 14, 2005

John Sickles on David Wright

John Sickles does one of his projections for David Wright at his Minor League Ball web site. Those are always interesting starting points for argument and speculation, i.e., a fun way to spend a slow hot stove day. We'll leave his "good-natured joke" about David going to the Orioles after...

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Mets Hot Stove: The Calm Before the Storm

I looked around for something interesting to comment on this morning and there just wasn't anything out there. I'm not too worried -- that should change fairly quickly this week as guys start signing. When things are slow like this, it calls to mind the famous statement that "bloggers are...

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November 13, 2005

They Should Be Arrested

I apologize in advance for going off topic, but this really pisses me off: Rueters: Arrested Development: Going, going, gone... No big deal here, since there is so much intelligent comedy on TV. In related news, new FOX Programming V.P. Steve Phillips, in an exclusive interview with Mike's Mets, tells...

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Mets Hot Stove: Sunday Brunch

Sunday doesn't seem to be a day of rest for the hot stove as we have found a few interesting items: Newsday: John Heyman I wouldn't have spotted this if MetsBlog didn't point it out -- it wasn't even listed under Newsday's Mets stories. It was a few sentences of...

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November 12, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Take a Deep Breath

The hot stove was really cooking this week, and I for one feel a little burned out by it. I've decided not to let myself get totally swallowed by the hype; the Mets will make Wagner an offer today -- no, wait, not until Wednesday. The Mets are ignoring Ramon...

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New York Mets Prospects from Baseball America

With relief, I turn my attention away from the free agent frenzy to Baseball America's Top 10 New York Mets prospect list by Matt Meyers. Since I strongly favor that the Mets rely much more heavily on their farm system in the coming years, this is a topic that I...

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November 11, 2005

Link: Mets Free Agent Fiascos

In my earlier posting today I had intended to include a link that a reader pointed me to in a comment to one of my posts: When Good Players Go Mets (part 1) The writer, also named Mike (but not me, honest), is writing a series on free agents that...

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Mets Hot Stove: GM Meeting Concludes, Pursuit Begins

There's a lot out there today as the GM meetings in Indian Wells wrap up. Much of it is regarding the same names that all of us die-hard Met fans are already familiar. Personally, it will be a relief to get away from all of the speculation and watch what...

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November 10, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: More GM Meeting Madness

The Indian Wells rumor mill keeps churning with some interesting stuff: New York Post: A. J. Burnett Mark Hale quotes Burnett's agent as saying, "there's significant interest on [the Mets'] part" in signing the free agent pitcher -- who the Mets once drafted, and then traded for Al Leiter. When...

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November 9, 2005

Cool! Gary Cohen to do Play-By-Play on Mets TV Network

In a piece of welcome news, SportsNet New York, the Mets' TV Network, has announced that Gary Cohen will be the Mets' play-by-play man on the new network next spring. He will do all spring training and regular season games, as well as other programming for the network. You can...

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Mets Hot Stove: GM Meetings

After exhausting myself with the Manny talk from yesterday, I awoke today to a fresh crop of rumors from Indian Wells: NY Times: Alfonso Soriano In the Times, Ben Shpigel is reporting that the Mets are talking to the Rangers about Soriano. Shpigel says that the Rangers are looking for...

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November 8, 2005

Hey Mets: Think Different, Be Different

A continuation of my previous posting on the possibility of Manny Ramirez coming to the Mets. I wouldn't be totally against this if the Mets were in a position to absolutely steal Manny from the Red Sox for second-tier talent, i.e. a salary dump situation. I wouldn't be absolutely against...

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Mets Hot Stove: Manny, Manny, Manny...

The General Mangers are meeting in Palm Springs, and once again we are getting conflicting versions of the likelihood of Manny Ramirez wearing a New York Met uniform next season. Even in today's papers: Boston Herald -- Michael Silverman, in an article titled: Manny-to-Mets trade is alive quotes a "baseball...

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November 7, 2005

Mets Hot Stove: Olney Kidding?

Checking around through the New York papers and a couple of other places, there was so little new to talk about that nobody even had an article on the Mets today. Somewhat disappointing, but not unexpected. Hmmm... there is a reason why most people turn their attention away from baseball...

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November 6, 2005

A Final Look Back at the 2005 Season Redux

When I originally wrote this 4-part series back in October this blog was getting only a fraction of the visitors it is getting now. I wanted to share these with those of you that didn't catch it the first time around. I really enjoyed writing about these 13 games that...

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November 5, 2005

Mets Hot Stove Weekend Update

I've stayed away from posting things about free agents all week because this is the time of year when the papers will print almost anything, just to have some news. But things are starting to heat up for real. Daily News: Wagner says nice things about the Mets Adam Rubin...

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November 4, 2005

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (2001-2005)

We finish our look back at important free agent signings and trades from the last 15 years. Once again, the information I used to compile this was primarily obtained from the Retrosheet web site. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, but rather a highlight of the more...

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November 3, 2005

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (1996-2000)

We continue our look back at important free agent signings and trades from the last 15 years with the 5 year period from 1996-2000. Once again, the information I used to compile this was primarily obtained from the Retrosheet web site. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list,...

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November 2, 2005

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (1991-1995)

While we're waiting for anything substantial to happen in the hot stove season, I thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the Mets' key free agent signings and trades from the past 15 years. The information I used to compile this was primarily obtained from the...

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November 1, 2005

Hot Stove Starts Heating Up for the Mets

After days of no news, speculation or recycled rumors, there was a lot of good stuff out there today: MiLB.com: Alay Soler Finally Arrives Signed by the Mets over a year ago, this 26-year-old Cuban pitcher was supposed to provide help to the big club fairly quickly. Instead, he has...

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