I was going to put some lyrics from "Panama" by Van Halen here since I am linking to an article about Ruben Tejada playing for Team Panama, but as it turns out, they are unconscionably stupid.
Meet the Mets
Ted Berg discusses a potential Dickey trade. Again. Man, Ted is such a buzzkill.
It's not a Gold Glove (don't know if that is a good or a bad thing really), but David Wright was named the Mets' Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. Since there is only one award per team, you could argue Tejada had the better defensive season once you factor in positional...you know, nevermind. I've already given this way too much thought.
The Mets are teaming up with City Harvest to organize a food drive for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you bring ten or more items, you get a voucher redeemable for tickets to an April Mets game.
Yesterday at AA
And Brock Mahan looked back at the day the Straw left town.
Over at Baseball Nation, Cee Angi takes a look at the impending free agency of wandering mid-rotation starter Edwin Jackson. I was listening to Joe Posnanski's podcast with Keith Law from last week and they summed up Jackson pretty nicely. Has #1 stuff, pitches like a #4. Except when he pitches like a #1. That can all happen in the same game too.
Speaking of Joe Pos, he crafts some all-time line-ups for lefties, righties, and switch hitters over at his eponymous JoeBlog.
And now, Mets Morning News presents "Your Week in Melky"
Melky is also a finalist for the MLB Heart and Hustle award. Get your snarky jokes in now before all the good ones are taken. Oops, too late.
And Melky's agents, Levinson ACES were cleared of any wrongdoing in regards to the whole fake website scam. They also happen to be David Wright's agents. What does this mean for a potential Wright extension with the Mets? Probably nothing.
This has been your Week in Melky.
The Astros are starting to fill out their coaching staff, adding Denny Martinez and Eduardo Perez. El Presidente was a favorite of mine growing up, and basically had the same exact career of Jack Morris. Just sayin'.
Len Kasper is a great play-by-play man, but for some reason the Cubs seem intent on saddling him with the color commentary equivalent of cement shoes. Shocked they didn't inquire on Josh Lewin, who I am pretty well convinced will find another TV gig soon one way or the other. It's too bad, since he grew on me a lot over the course of the season.
Zack Greinke is the premier free agent pitcher this offseason, but Matthew Pouilot of Hardball Talk thinks he's going to be an overpay. What say you, AA commentariat. How much would you give Greinke as a free agent?
And Your Mets Highlight of the Day to Get You Through the Long, Cold Winter
We'll always have Paris, R.A.
And Your Non-Baseball Link of the Day
Alison Brie holding a kitten? Alison Brie holding a kitten.