Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Ike Davis admitted that he was fatigued during last year's spring training and that his ankle was not 100% early on.
Can the Mets win this year? Jared Diamond in the Wall Street Journal gives us three reasons why they might be better than we think they are.
Brandon Lyon has officially signed with the club. His deal is worth a maximum of $2.4 million.
John Buck mentioned during SNY's hot stove show on Thursday that Johan Santana was tipping his pitches. It's too bad the Mets don't have a pitching coach to spot these things. Oh wait, what?
A few of the Mets' outfielders are in camp now. What outfield?
The Times has some insight into Mike Piazza's memoir, in which he writes about his rise from 62nd round pick to Hall of Famer and a number of other topics. Of note, Piazza mentions that he used androstenedione for some time and he also briefly experimented amphetamines.
Around the Majors
Francisco Liriano and the Pirates have finally agreed to a deal and the lefty will get guaranteed just $1 million with lots of incentives.
Joe Saunders has signed for $6.5 million with the Mariners.
The Marlins and Chone Figgins have agreed to a minor league contract. As I'm sure you can tell, this fired up Marlins' fans and really got them out to the ticket lines.
Darren O'Day and the Orioles are nearing a two-year extension. But really, it's a good thing we got that single Nelson Figueroa spot start in 2009 instead! Thanks Omar!
Looks like Tim Lincecum's hair is short now.
Yesterday At AA
Michael Donato looks at the Mets' records that David Wright does not own. I love that last one, by the way.
Brock Mahan takes a look back at February 8th in Mets' history.