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Source: Ramirez reportedly will not play to Marlins 3B - ESPN

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Per Google Translate: "Hanley did not want to play third base and the Marlins were informed of the boy thought," said the source. "Rather than ask for a change, what he has done is to inform you not want to play another position other than shortstop," he said. Ramirez is owed $47 million over the next three seasons.

Mets are one of finalists for Mark Buehrle

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Probably not going to happen, but interesting nonetheless Update: Per Adam Rubin, when asked if the Mets would be pursuing a pricey starting pitcher, Sandy Alderson LOL-ed and said no way. When asked who might've started that rumor, he replied, "Probably vampires or something."

Mets have about $20-$25M to spend this offseason

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-Adam Rubin The team has only 64M committed to 6 players for 2012. I don't know if Alderson count all the players making minimum as part of the 2012 payroll, but if not it means the max 2012 payroll is a measly 89M. It he already accounted for the guys making minimum, the max payroll would be about 95M. Just sell the fucking team already, Fred.

Keith Law on the Reyes Signing

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The article is for Insiders, but there's some good points about the Mets' side of things: "There is no rational argument that the Mets should have invested for that length of time in a player as risky as Reyes is -- they should be thinking long-term, and Reyes' risk increases exponentially as time goes on. Shortstop is a tough hole for them to fill in the short term, but given their other issues, they are better off with Reyes in South Florida." I know a lot of people wanted to see Reyes back, but I'm with Klaw on this one. The team just isn't in a position to make that kind of deal, considering both the state of the team and the state of the finances.

Zack Wheeler's Twitter

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Anyone who wants hope, should follow this guy on twitter. Really nice down to earth kid who could be our ace in a few years.

Matt Capps re-signs with Minnesota

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The mets seemed interested in Matt Capps becoming their closer, looks like he prefers the Twin cities... Can't say i blame him

R.A. Dickey's consoling words on Reyes leaving the Mets

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Here are his tweets: with all the texts, tweets, and phone calls I'm getting, i feel compelled to weigh in on the reyes issue. first, in the words of yoda (or at least i think yoda would have said this), One man a team does not make. secondly, the question is: what do we do with the money that reyes was going to get from us? sandy is wise, and i for one trust his methods. thirdly, to win at anything as a team, there must be a sense of ownership shared by all it's members. from the 10 year vet to the rookie. this move will cause us all to have a heightened sense of responsibility. in short, the weight left by jose's leaving is far lighter when distributed on the backs of the collective body. we wil rise! all that said, i will miss my friend and an incredible baseball player

The Irish Hammer is on the block and is generating interest

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Andy Dirks? Who the heck is Andy Dirks

One of my typically melodramatic, hastily thrown together goodbye videos. (Enjoy it now before it...

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One of my typically melodramatic, hastily thrown together goodbye videos. (Enjoy it now before it gets pulled for all the content I "borrowed" from the MLB.

Pomes/MMO: Mets are a moneyball team

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So much greatness in this article, I dont know which is the money quote. Thanks Greg Pomes, you really cheered me up when I needed it today. "Instead of having Jose Reyes at short for the next six years we will have 21-year old Ruben Tejada. A player who cannot field, throw, hit and run nearly as good as Jose Reyes . He also brings zero energy to the team and the fanbase the way Jose Reyes can do. Tejada is cheap and that is all that matters when it comes to Moneyball. That is all that matters to Sandy Alderson and his guys in the front office.... You know how Moneyball teams like the Oakland A’s only draw crowds when teams like the Yankees or former star players come to town? Well that is what will happen with Citi Field. There will be crowds to see the Yankees and the return of Jose Reyes and as has been the case for a couple of seasons now, Phillies fans will outnumber Mets fans when those two get together.. Other than that we won’t be seeing crowds at Citi FIeld. It will be a as quiet as tomb, Alderson’s Tomb."

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