Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links
Meet the Mets
Terry Collins thinks Marlon Byrd has a shot at grabbing the opening day right field job. Byrd, meanwhile, called himself an idiot for his steroid suspension last season.
Jordany Valdespin reported to Mets' camp today and immediately shifted blame for the infamous Marlins' hat picture to his cousin. Okay, Jordany. Whatever you say.
Dillon Gee is out to prove his value after his 2012 season was halted by a blood clot. With the way he was pitching last season, I think Gee is really going to surprise a lot of people in 2013 (and he would've last year if not for the clot).
Today is a sad anniversary, as it's a year since Gary Carter passed away. RIP Kid.
Around the Majors
Ryan Braun's name was listed in another Biogenesis document. Uh oh.
From the "Jeffrey Loria is the worst" files: Loria told Jose Reyes to buy a house in Miami a mere 2 days before he traded him away.
Apparently, the Red Sox use of Toradol is contrary to state laws and could get the team's ex-trainer in trouble.
Pretty interesting story: The Rays have invited reliever Juan Sandoval, a 32-year old right hander who is blind in his right eye, to big league camp.
New Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis says that he'll "always be a Red Sock". Well, this should make for an interesting year.
The plot for Moneyball 2: Electric Boogaloo seems to be coming along nicely: Scott Hatteberg is in A's camp teaching prospect Michael Taylor how to play first base.
Yesterday At AA
Over at Minor League Ball, John has an excellent prospect retrospective on Mike Piazza. I still find it fascinating how Piazza was just a 62nd round pick.
Brock Mahan looks at February 15th in Mets' history.