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Cuban Applesauce - Mavs owner won't chase Mets, Piazza talks with Leiter, Havens has shot

Meet the Mets

Looks like the ownership speculation is reaching white hot status and the inevitable interview with Mark Cuban has occurred. Cuban did not deny interest in the team, but he explicitly said he would not be the aggressor in any potential deal. 

Meanwhile, there's some good stuff out there regarding former Met catchers that you should check out. First, Mike Piazza talks with Al Leiter about proper catching technique. Worth watching just for Leiter's downplaying of Piazza's critics.

Also, Patrick Flood names Jerry Grote as his 33rd greatest Met, acknowledging the difficulties is measuring a catcher's defensive skills.

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Apparently, I missed my cameo appearance on Mets Fan Fiction.

Matt Pignataro thinks there may be something amiss with Jason Bay's batting stance.

Ray Guilfoyle says we should keep a lookout for Reese Havens as the dark horse candidate for the 2011 second base job.

Around MLB

The Nationals completed a swap with the Yankees yesterday, sending Justin Maxwell to the Bronx in exchange for Adam Olbrychowski.

The Mets were awfully quiet on the international signings front this offseason, not landing any players in MLB Bonus Baby's top 20 spots.

Apparently, Jermaine Dye still is looking for a major league contract. Good luck with retirement.

Another really old outfielder may still have a shot, but his name is Barry Bonds.

Cardinal great Red Schoendienst is old.

Beyond the Box Score shows us how Livan Hernandez gets favorable umpire treatment while the reigning Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez does not.

And, finally, SB Nation's Rob Neyer hopes that the Royals do not add too much payroll.