The countdown to spring training continues, with every day bringing us a little closer to the Marlins unleashing whatever that thing in center field is on the rest of the world. The world is scheduled to end in 2012, right? Think the Mayans had Jeffrey Loria in mind when they predicted that? Enough with the Marlins though, their free spending ways will probably not be matched by the Mets in the near future anyway. The Mets may have some money coming in shortly, and it appears that their SNY partners may be accounting for some of it. This is actually a minority ownership situation that would have a vested interest in the team remaining competitive, so I very much approve. I'd be happier though if they just bought the whole team.
As hinted in the title, R.A. Dickey seems to understand exactly where the Mets are in relation to the rest of the league at the moment. Daniel Murphy's quotes are all well and good, but I doubt many fans will take what he said all that seriously.
We've touched on Gary Carter's struggle with cancer here from time to time, but there was some happy news out of Florida today. Carter attended the opener for Palm Beach Atlantic, and while that doesn't signal a recovery it's certainly still welcome news that he's out and about.
Former Met farmhand Casey Fossum has found himself a new home. Fossum has signed on with the Baltimore Orioles and will be returning to the AL East.FanGraphs took an interesting look at the best value players by position over the last 20 years. Some of the results are less than surprising. We did get some surprising news the other day when we learned that the Mets were among the teams with the fewest negative WAR players since 2002. This article will go a long way towards explaining how we still generally performed so poorly.
Josh Hamilton may have just cost himself a few dollars in free agency. There was already probably going to be resistance to giving him huge dollars and years due to his past substance abuse struggles, and his recent relapse will likely make that an even bigger issue. Hopefully this is just a one time goof up and not the start of larger problem.
Edwin Jackson has finally found a home. After finding very minimal interest as a free agent, Jackson has signed a one year deal with the Nationals. He'll now re-enter free agency in (potentially) a very pitching heavy class.
And finally, we'll get back to those free spending fishies. They don't seem to be content with what they've already got, so they are set to host Yoennis Cespedes. I hate the Marlins.