Meet the Mets
The Mets' agreement with Shaun Marcum appears to be worth $4 million guaranteed with another $4 million in incentives attached to it. The deal looks to be a major bargain for the cost-conscious Mets. Also, it looks like the Mets got themselves a pie-thrower to challenge Justin Turner's spot on the roster.
After watching him throw a bullpen session, Zack Wheeler's agent said that righty is ready for the big leagues and that if the Mets have five better starters, they should win the NL East. Not sure it works that way.
Longtime Mets' PR guy Jay Horwitz has joined the Twittersphere. Owner Jeff Wilpon challenged Horwitz that if he got to 10,000 followers by midnight last night, he'd give a donation to a charity of Jay's choice and he got to that mark with around a half hour to spare.
Matt Harvey is ranked 17th on Keith Law's list of top MLB talents under the age of 25 and Toby Hyde has the breakdown of what Law said about the Mets' young righty.
Recently signed Mets' catcher Landon Powell lost his four month old daughter to a liver condition. Our condolences go out to him and his family.
Around the Majors
Brian Cashman says that there's a chance that Alex Rodriguez could miss the entirety of the 2013 season due to hip surgery. MLB and the feds are also investigating a man who has worked closely with A-Rod who may have links to PEDs.
MLB is investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who seems to have made himself slightly older to avoid having to count as part of a team's IFA bonus pool when signed.
A $91 million loan to help build Marlins Park will likely cost Miami-Dade County a grand total of $1.2 billion when all is said and done. Jeff Loria is the worst.
Yesterday At AA
Here's Matthew Callan's news piece on Shaun Marcum's contract. He also recapped the fifth episode of This Week In Baseball's first season.
From Baseball Nation, Marc Normandin asks whether the Mets should get a break when it comes to the draft compensation rules.
Brock Mahan writes that longtime Shea Stadium organist Jane Jarvis passed away on January 25, 2010.