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Your Wednesday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes and links.
Meet the Mets
While it's not official yet, the Mets' front office is expecting catcher Josh Thole to be arbitration eligible as a Super Two this offseason. As a result, Thole's 2013 salary could jump up close to $1 million.
Strength and conditioning Brad Andress will not return in 2013. Andress had been with the club for two seasons.
Toby Hyde continues his Top 41 prospect review by going over #6-11 on the list. Meanwhile at Beyond The Box Score, Spencer Schneier has a Brandon Nimmo prospect profile.
Yesterday At AA
James Kannengieser takes a look at the disaster that was the 2012 Mets' catchers. Be very, very careful when you click on that link. If disgustingly low wOBA's make you queasy, I'd advise against it.
Michael Donato, formerly known as Ceetar, makes his AA debut with a look at some of the potential bounce back candidates still on the Mets' roster.
This Date In Mets' History: October 16th, the day when the 1969 Mets were on top of the world.
Around the Playoffs
It's do or die time for the Yankees. The Tigers won game three of the ALCS by a score of 2-1 to go up 3 games to none, as the Yankees' offense was again on the fritz. Justin Verlander held the Yankees to just two hits over 8+ innings and Phil Coke survived a late-inning scare by striking out Raul Ibanez to seal the deal. The Tigers can clinch a trip to the World Series tomorrow, as they'll send Max Scherzer up to the hill against CC Sabathia at 8:00 PM.
Around the Majors
Matt Cain's underwhelmed a bit in the postseason so far and while his fastball velocity is steady, the ace's slider and release point have been off. Meanwhile, Mr. Cain was coy when talking about what may happen when Matt Holliday steps in the batter's box.
Former MLB'er and ex-Mets' third base coach Eddie Yost passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 86.
If you've got some free cash lying around, Ozzie Smith is selling some mementos from his career. You want a Gold Glove or a World Series ring?