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Placido Applesauce - Mets unimpressive farm system, Phils sign Polanco, Braves get Saito

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Meet the Mets

Baseball America's John Manuel doesn't have a ton of respect for the Met farm system

Ben Shpigel continues the Bengie Molina to the Mets rumor, highlighting that the Mets are looking for a one year stop gap until Josh Thole is ready.

OK, time to do a little scolding. In response to a link I put up a few days ago, the site Yankeeist got a lot of less than mature comments from Met fans and Amazin' Avenue got the blame. Now, I know that it couldn't have been any of you regular Applesauce readers, but let's try and make an effort to drown out the morons who represent the Mets in these situations. 

Around the NL East

Philadelphia didn't go too long without a third baseman, inking Placido Polanco for 3 years/$18 mill. Matthew Pouliot thinks that the Phils could have done better.

The Braves continue to add to their bullpen, signing reliever Takashi Saito

If Ricky Nolasco was really being shopped around, Omar had better pick up the phone.

Around MLB

Looks like that Dustin Pedroia to shortstop rumor was just some posturing by the Red Sox as they sign Marco Scutaro.

There is a good chance that Seattle is going to replace Adrian Beltre with Chone Figgins. Do the Mariners ever make a bad move anymore?

Jason Marquis is not mad at the Rockies. Promise.

The A's have acquired Jake Fox and Aaron Miles from the Cubs.

The Yankees have issues with The Yankee Universe.

Viva El Birdos realizes that Ray Lankford isn't a Hall of Famer, but makes the case anyway.

Is Joe Crede still a valuable player after yet another back injury?