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On Monday, Jose Reyes was linked to the Marlins. On Tuesday, it was the Brewers who expressed their interest for the star shortstop. With Prince Fielder likely walking away and with the team coming off of a playoff run, it is certainly conceivable that the Brew Crew could have legitimate interest. One team bowed out on Tuesday, however, as Braves' GM Frank Wren said that his club does not want to hand out long term deals to a shortstop this offseason. Over at Mets Minor League Blog, Toby does a great job refuting the recent "Sandy should've traded Jose in July" meme.
While attending a benefit for ALS Research in New York, David Wright expressed his hopes that Jose Reyes would stay with him on the left side of the Mets infield. Wright specifically said that "if Jose goes, anybody can go." It's going to be really strange seeing the left side of the infield without both Reyes and Wright over there. Patrick Flood, meanwhile, began what looks to be an excellent three part piece on the career arc of Wright and the effect of the Citi Field walls.
Ted Berg talks about insanity and how Einstein's definition of the word doesn't work in sports. Also, there's plenty of Mike Pelfrey, Angel Pagan and David Wright talk in there, too.
The Mets sent a scout to watch Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespada, according to the Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough. Who knows where he ends up but at least the Mets seem to be somewhat interested.
Longtime Met Ed Kranepool turned 67 years old Tuesday. Happy birthday!
Around the Majors
The Phillies are reportedly closing in on a deal with closer Ryan Madson. The 31 year old is said to be nearing agreement on a four year deal worth $44 million with a 5th year vesting option. Wow, that's a lot of money.
Mark Buehrle once said that he was either going to stay in Chicago, go to St. Louis or retire. Now, however, it looks like Buehrle will consider calling another city home in 2012 and beyond. Buehrle's had a solid career but he'll likely never become a Met, nor should he at his age.
In managerial news, the Red Sox are planning to interview Torey Lovullo, Gene Lamont and former Mets coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Meanwhile, the Cardinals interviewed former Sox manager Terry Francona on Tuesday, an interesting twist in their search to replace the retired Tony LaRussa.
We've been hearing about Japanese righty Yu Darvish for a few years now on the international free agent market. Then, Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes' name broke out in a big way on Monday due to the video his agents put out. Now, it's time to meet Korean right handed pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, a 25 year old who won the Korean Baseball Organization's MVP award and who may be posted this offseason.
Finally, if you like animated GIFs, take a look at Creepy Melky Cabrera.