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Coaching Status Quo Applesauce - Mets keep staff, Royals trade is dream, Barajas to the DL

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Meet the Mets

After a truly horrific road trip, the Mets cleaned out their coaching staff. Wait, they didn't? Well, then the story here is clearly that the Met front office is in disarray, not our lackluster rumormongering. 

My favorite part of the managerial hot seat is getting to read how great a manager Wally Backman already is.

Looks like the Met-Royal trash swap is not going to happen.

Chris McShane is not totally broken up over the news that Rod Barajas is getting some DL time, he doesn't even mention the fact that it means Mike Hessman. 

Howard Megdal compares the Met non-pursuit of Dan Haren with the Mets' constant plugging leaks mentality.

Carlos Beltran did not kill the Met chemistry, but his anemic hitting in 30 ABs isn't helping either.

Remember when Bobby Bonilla was "already legendary"?

Around MLB

Matt Garza threw the Rays' first no-hitter, leaving only two franchises without one.

The Marlins' Chris Coghlin suffered a severe knee injury while pieing his teammate after the team's fourth walkoff win of the week. Just wow.

The Diamondbacks traded Dan Haren for Joe Saunders in part because of Saunders' high winning percentage.

Ted Berg talks with the smart one who got away.

It's looking more unlikely that Roy Oswalt will be traded before the deadline. I wonder if his unbelievable list of demands has anything to do with that.

Mike Piazza talks Italian baseball with Athletics Nation.

Fire Jim Bowden upgrades OBP by looking at the outs a hitter makes on the bases as well.

I posted this awhile back, but it's so good it's worth reposting. The New York Times did an amazing job of presenting Mariano Rivera's nastiness