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Hessman Applesauce - Mets expect Hessman to compete for MLB spot, Flores evaluation, Met organist passes

Meet the Mets

Some nice minor league stories to pass along right at the outset. Scouting the Sally describes Wilmer Flores as a hard player to evaluate. Anthony McCarron reports that Mike Hessman is competing for a bench spot on the big league squad. And, also, Mack Ade speculates on the Mets' first round pick

The Mets longtime organist, Jane Jarvis, passed away over the weekend. She was 94.

Metstradamus riffs on Josh Fogg, dragon slayer.

Kevin Kernan spoke with Gregg Jefferies who is proud that he never took steroids.

Joel Sherman points out that Jack Zduriencik is the one who got away.

An unfortunate headline from FanNation.

Around the NL East

The Marlins signed former Brewer closer Derrick Turnbow. They are also the first team in 2010 to suffer a drug suspension. Congratulations.

Antonio Bastardo is having an amazing winter league which has nudged him closer to the Philadelphia starting rotation.

Phillie great Lenny Dykstra is asking $14.9 million for his sewage-soaked home.

Around MLB

Ken Griffey Jr. and Kris Benson are the latest players who are in the best shape of their lives.

The Royals are thinking of moving Brian Bannister. Can Omar get a mulligan on that one?

Lance Broadway has been accused of assaulting a Dallas bar patron. Grisly photos of the victim on the site.

The Sons of Italy are producing a set of Italian American baseball cards.

The Negro League Hall of Fame has hit upon some trying financial times at the moment.

Bryce Harper's collegiate career has begun with a hit and an error.

And, finally, the Reds have signed Orlando Cabrera.