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Narrowed Down Applesauce - Mets focus on Collins and Melvin, Sandy's dad killed, Wright mocks Francoeur

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Interesting stuff going on regarding the Met managerial search. One of the top candidates for the job, Clint Hurdle, decided to accept Pittsburgh's offer while it was still out there instead of waiting on Sandy to make his decision. It also appears as though the Mets regard Chip Hale as too valuable at third base to consider him for a managerial job and Tim Teufel is not going to get past the first interview. With these competitors falling away, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins appear as the two front runners now and Greg Prince is thoroughly unimpressed with the Alderson's approach to date. Additionally, be sure to check out Ted Berg's take on the whole Wally Backman debate.

Sad news for the Alderson family as the patriarch, Sandy's father John, was killed while crossing a St. Petersburg street

The Charlie Samuels fallout is now complete for the Mets as the longtime equipment manager was fired by the team over the weekend.

David Rubin writes that we should give Sandy a lot of time to work his magic with the Mets.

The Mets added two more scouts to their front office, both of whom have ties to the new personnel.

David Wright was in fine form over the weekend in front of media. First, he discussed the Citi Field dimensions. But, even better than that, he took a nice shot at Jeff Francoeur.  

OIiver Perez at least seems to be having fun in the Mexcian Winter League.

Around MLB

The Marlins were busy trading away some of the key pieces from the Miguel Cabrera trade. First, they traded Cameron Maybin to the Padres then they moved Andrew Miller to Boston. Additionally, they appear to be looking for a suitor for Dan Uggla.

The Phillies also were making some moves. They signed RA Dickey Eddie Bonine and are close to signing a two year extension with Jose Contreras

Meanwhile, Atlanta was so disappointed with Kenshin Kawakami's 2010 season, they demoted him to double-A.

It looks like there may be a chance that John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman may be done broadcasting Yankee games after this year.

The Indians payroll is going to be pathetic in 2011.

What happened to Tim Beckham?