Thursday Applesauce

The Mets have signed Nelson Figueroa, Adam Bostick, Andy Green and Rene Rivera to minor league deals. Whoopie!

Ted Berg took a tour of Citi Field and offers his thoughts on the layout as well as a stab at how the field might play once it opens.

At MetsGeek, Mike Newman looks at Aaron Heilman's chances of being a credible starting pitcher next year.

At The Hardball Times, Tom Tango makes the Hall of Fame case for Tim Raines. Raines will have a tough row to hoe this year, with Rickey Henderson -- a better version of Raines -- a certainty to be voted in on his first shot. Raines is an underappreciated player, a great player for a long time, who will hopefully have is day in Cooperstown sooner rather than later.

South Side Sox tries to figure out what Kenny Williams is thinking by trading Javier Vazquez to the Braves for a mostly-nothing-special group of players.

Beyond the Boxscore rounds up some of the smaller moves made yesterday, including Russell Branyan signing with the Mariners and Bobby Howry signing with the Giants.

Rany Jazayerli talks about how easy it is to game the free agent compensation system for Type B players.

Also, be sure to check out the new SBN Hot Stove hub, which features stories and analysis from around the network on all things hot stove.

Baseball trades, rumors and blog coverage - SB Nation MLB Hot Stove

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