In which we consider the futures of Daniel Murhpy, who bats third, and Matt Harvey, who is not Matt Harvery. Also, your weekly dose of Natitude (note: do not take dose of Natitude if nursing or pregnant)
Meet the Mets
The Daily News profiles Matt Harvey as he prepares to step into the major league rotation full-time. I think there are reasons not to expect him to be *quite* as good as he was in his small sample performance in 2012, but I am cautiously optimistic on Mr. Harvery.
Adam Rubin looks at Daniel Murphy, second baseman. I still don't think he'll ever be more than well-below average, but...actually, that's all I got. Hopefully the BABIP goddess will bless him this year.
Yesterday at AA
Busy day around these parts, first Chris McShane looked at the remaining free agent bullpen options for the 2013 Mets.
Then Steve Sypa profiled international free agent Jen-Ho Tseng.
Rob Castellano kicked off the Amazin' Avenue Prospect list with #41-50. Don't sleep on Luis Cessa, you guys.
And yours truly gave you the lowdown on the Mets newest invitees to major league camp.
The Nationals have decided that there is in fact truly no book and won't have an innings limit this year for Stephen Strasburg. Further proving that there is no book, the Nats signed Delwyn Young to a minor league deal.
Over at what appears to be FanGraphs' non-union, Mexican equivalent, Dave Cameron argues that it is time to extend the aces and tries to figure out just what it will cost to lock up Verlander, Hernandez, and Kershaw.
Also at FanGraphs, Mike Newman profiles Roman Quinn, who I unfortunately did not get to see this year in the Penn League. Missing him and Pirates' prospect Luis Heredia were two of my biggest regrets. Oh well, there's always Lakewood.
Also from the 'stuff I wish I had gone to department,' this week marks the 2013 Dominican showcase as hundreds of scouts descend on the Caribbean island to try and figure out which 16-year-old to sign for a million dollars.