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[x] The old saying is that no news is good news, but I don't think it fits in this situation. In fact, it's not the lack of news -- there's a complete lack of anything going on right now. The GM meetings wrapped up last week with nothing ado about nothing, though little ever happens there due to its proximity to the free agent exclusivity expiration.

[x] Not much going on in Metsville. We had a couple of debates over at MetsGeek this weekend. One was over whether Ramon Hernandez was enough of an upgrade over Ramon Castro to justify paying him $7-$8 million per season. The other one focused on closers and whether Billy Wagner or B.J. Ryan is the better option for the Mets.

[x] Over at MinorLeagueBall.com, John Sickels looks into his crystal ball to see what David Wright might do over the course of his career. It's not really scientific or anything, but it's still fun to look at, even if John jokingly predicts that Wright will sign with the Orioles in 2011.

[x] Reports were coming out of Seattle over the weekend that the Mariners were close to signing Japanese catcher Kenji Johjima to a two-year, $8 million deal. Nothing is official, and I find this news hard to believe. Johjima (or Jojima) hasn't even met with any other ballclubs, so unless he has his heart set on taking less money and signing immediately with the Mariners, it would make a lot more sense to gauge the market for his skills and see where there is interest. The Mets certainly have some, and if Johjima meets with other teams and still decides to go to Seatlle, he should be able to get a better offer out of Bill Bavasi if he can get some other bidders involved.