Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links
Meet the Mets
Daniel Murphy is back in New York and received a cortisone injection for his sore intercostal muscle. Meanwhile, Frank Francisco's elbow has improved but the team is still unsure when the righty may be able to begin throwing again.
In the Star Ledger, Jorge Castillo has an excellent profile of dark horse sidearming righty Greg Burke, who apparently had 20 teams interested in him before he agreed with the Mets on a minor league deal.
David Wright chose the familiarity of the Mets' organization over potentially quick success in a new city. Probably important to point out he also chose the money on the table now over the money potentially on the table next winter.
Around the Majors
It looks like Roy Halladay will not get the Phillies' opening day start this year. Meanwhile, the Philly version of WFAN "reported" that the Phillies are aggressively pursuing Giancarlo Stanton. I think they may have a better shot at acquiring a unicorn or a leprechaun for right field.
Yesterday At AA
Steve Sypa takes another look at International Free Agent possibilities.
James Kannengieser asks you to come up with your projection for Ike Davis in 2013. Hopefully it involves lots of moonshots and lots more #DrunkIke memes.
David Moseder looks back at February 19th in Mets' history.