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Tuesday Morning Mets Newsstand

I'm an idiot. It's quite possible that I am addicted to Resident Evil 4 on Wii. I was up until 3am playing last night, mostly because I'm an idiot with no self-control who refuses to recognize that he needs eight solid hours of sleep to avoid being a cranky little girl in the morning. The big losers here are you guys because my late night means you get a Mets hodgepodge this morning. Sorry!

  • The Associated Press (by way of Newsday) checks in on the youngsters the Twins netted in the Johan Santana deal.
  • The increasingly impressive Ken Davidoff of Newsday talks to Carlos Delgado about his down year in 2007 and what he hopes to be a big bounceback year in 2008. The Mets hold a $16 million option for 2009, but for all intents and purposes, this will be treated as a walk season for the big man. Davidoff even went to far as to check the research within Baseball Prospectus's Baseball Between the Numbers for this nugget:
    "Players (1) perform better in their walk years, (2) do so at an age that doesn't lend itself to peaking, and (3) perform better in their walk years than they do in their pre- or post-walk seasons."
    I actually sent Davidoff an e-mail letting him know how excited I was to see him utilizing the research of "smart people" (his words). More Davidoffs and fewer John Mazors.
  • Also at Newsday, Neil Best talks with Wayne Hagin, Howie Rose's new play-by-play partner on WFAN. Hagin mentions being pleasantly surprised when the Mets and WFAN indicated that they didn't want a "homer" in the radio booth.
  • In the Post, Mike Vaccaro breaks down Duaner Sanchez's lost season and the work Sanchez has done to get back into playing shape so he can help the Mets in 2008 and beyond.
  • In the New York Times, Murray Chass has a surprisingly even-handed look back at the Moneyball draft of 2002, now that Jeremy Brown has announced his retirement.