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Alfonzo Applesauce - Mets upset season ticket holders, Alfonzo wants Met return, Backman to Brooklyn

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So, yeah, that new format didn't work out so well. I was hoping it would be easier for me to put together, but would be much more work to get it to work properly. Oh well, you're stuck with the old-fashioned way. 

Meet the Mets

The Mets promised an an AVERAGE across-the-board decrease in season ticket prices of 10%, but some fans are getting smaller price breaks. Outrage ensues. While the Citi Field prices do pretty much suck, I can't see how you can criticize the Mets as liars on this one.

The catching situation, like every other off-season situation to this point, is still in flux. Pittsburgh's Ryan Doumit is an enticing option. Bengie Molina still isn't.

Jenrry Mejia is still struggling, but Toby Hyde was impressed with his last start.

Benny Agbayani has retired from Japanese baseball. Metsradamus has an Agbayani Youtube sampling.

Mets Merized praises Carlos Beltran's charity work

Speaking of charity work, Kevin Kernan advocates the Mets bring Edgardo Alfonzo in to Spring Training. It can't hurt, but to talk like he would teach this club fundamentals is pretty ridiculous.

Joe DeMayo has an interesting quick summary of what he's heard so far about the Met front office plans. 

David Lennon twitters that the Mets have called Lackey's agent

The Mets have hired Wally Backman to manage the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Around the NL East

The Marlins have gotten a bunch of phone calls about Dan Uggla. The Red Sox are thinking of bringing him in to play left.

FanGraphs argues that Jimmy Rollins isn't overrated at all.

Bobby V is kind of ticked that the Nats went with Riggleman. 

Around MLB

Xavier Nady could be a good risk to take on for the right price in free agency.

JC Bradbury talks about some classic hot stove myths.

Is Bryce Harper the next Babe Ruth? Willie Mays? Ted Williams?

Eric Gagne wants to come back to MLB. Good luck with that.

The Mariners have brought back Jack Wilson for two years, $10 million.

Carl Crawford is ticked off at Tampa for exercising his option. Look for his name to be in a lot more trade rumors from here on out.