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Free Francoeur Day Applesauce - Mets trade Frenchy, call up Duda & Mejia, Valentine speculation

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It's gotten to the point where I'm almost rooting for the Braves to sweep this series so that they have a better chance of keeping the division title from Philadelphia. It'll probably happen no matter who I root for, but just wanted to throw that out there. 

But, there is now more reason to watch this club beyond trying to keep Philadelphia from the playoffs. For one, Jeff Francoeur is not with the team anymore. His acquisition has made the Texas Rangers really look like Omar Minaya's dream team. In his place, the Mets will give Lucas Duda a shot

Oh yeah, then there was the whole Jenrry Mejia thing. After dominating Syracuse for 8 innings, the Mets have called up Mejia and will likely have him start Saturday at Wrigley. Matthew Falzano reminds us about his peripherals to this point

Despite the apparent push to play the young guys, Omar insists that a "youth movement" is impossible in New York

Peter Gammons speculated yesterday that Bobby Valentine will become the next Met manager, leading Kevin Kearns to suggest Backman and Piazza for the coaching staff.

The Mets plan to discuss a contract extension with R.A. Dickey.

Darryl Strawberry is this week's guest on the Baseball Show.

Around MLB

Ryan Howard is hitting .111 since his return from the DL.

What is it with Canadians and concussions?

Aroldis Chapman made his big league debut last night, tossing a scoreless inning and hitting 102 mph on the radar gun.

Rocco Baldelli has been called up by Tampa

Is Jose Bautista the next Brady Anderson?

And, finally, Biz of Baseball puts together the greatest minor league promotions of 2010.