This is Brian Bixler. - Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes and links.
Meet the Mets
Sandy Alderson said yesterday that the team needs more clarity on the David Wright and R.A. Dickey contract extensions before the December Winter Meetings. The meetings begin December 3rd in Nashville, so the next two weeks should be critical to the future of both players.
The Mets agreed to a minor league deal with utility infielder Brian Bixler on Friday. More like futility infielder, amirite? In all seriousness, Bixler probably serves as some veteran shortstop depth in Vegas next season.
Around the Majors
Meanwhile, Marlins' superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is still really steamed, you guys. Maybe my fantasies of Giancarlo patrolling right field in Citi Field are closer to reality (still not close, though).
The Blue Jays continued their billion dollar makeover by signing Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal worth $16 million.
With Cabrera off the market, the Giants are focusing on re-signing Angel Pagan. In fact, San Francisco didn't engage the Melkman in contract talks this offseason.
After a season with the Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda says that his preference is to pitch in Southern California in 2013 and the Dodgers and Angels are both interested. Looks like more trouble for an already thin Yankees rotation.
Ryota Igarashi is headed back to Japan, as he signed a three-year deal with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. God speed, Toyota Irrigation!
Yesterday At AA
James Kannengieser continues to recap the year in TWISNY, with Player and Fan Shenanigans.
In yesterday's edition of This Date In Mets History, the Mets reveal their new team logo in 1961.