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Friday Morning Applesauce: Bench Coach Possibilities, Yankees Going On Vacation

It's another quiet news day for the Mets, but there are a few odds and ends out there for you. First and foremost some names of possible replacements on the coaching staff have started to surface on the Internet. Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are looking at a number of former managers. I don't really have much of an opinion on any of them, as since Terry Collins doesn't appear to be in any jeopardy none of them will likely be more than a bench coach.

Bill Price put up another doom and gloom piece about how things just can't go right for Mets fans in the playoffs. He already missed on his "lock of the year", so hopefully he misses on the other big one as well. I'm sure I won't be the only one rooting for the Cardinals later today from these parts.

Newsday is reporting that the Mets and Jose Reyes have not yet started contract negotiations. I'm not overly surprised by that, as there is realy no reason for Reyes to resign now without ever testing the market. I'm sure Sandy Alderson already has a good idea of what Jose is looking for, so there probably isn't a whole lot to be accomplished at this point. Beyond the Boxscore did their shortstop market preview yesterday in case you were wondering what else was out there this winter.

Here's a look at the Mets at 50. I'm sure this is just the first of many pieces of this sort we'll be seeing prior to opening day, so get used to them.

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The big news of the day certainly happened on the other side of town. The Yankees will now be joining the Mets on the golf course as they were eliminated by Doug Fister and the Tigers last night. I'm sure this isn't the matchup MLB was hoping for in the ALDS, but I'm certainly excited for it even if they still insist on using the designated fat guy.

BtB takes a look at what we can expect to see from the Nats in 2012. They seem to have a very positive vibe about the club, so I'd guess the popular pick for the Mets finish next season will be fourth.

The White Sox have hired Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen on the south side of Chicago. He's expected to be the anti-Ozzie in terms of personality, but as BP points out we have nothing to base that on.

Finally, FanGraphs takes a look at the attendance situation in Tampa. At least we can all feel safe in the fact that Mets fans will return to the stadium when the product on the field is more competitive. There doesn't seem to be any reason to ever expect attendance to improve in Tampa.