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Mets Morning News: Mets outright Johnson, Cards win, Tigers sweep postponed

Mets related news and links for October 18, 2012.


The Mets opened up another space on their 40 man roster yesterday, outrighting catcher Rob Johnson. Johnson batted .250 for the Mets this season, and had an on base percentage of just .298. Believe it or not, those numbers are actually considerably better than his AAA line from this season.

Former Mets third base coach Eddie Yost had passed away at the age of 86. Yost was one of the most undervalued players of his day, and I really wonder how much differently a player with his skillset would be looked upon today.

Yesterday at AA:

James asked you all to rate Daniel Murphy's defense this season. Murph was certainly one of the highlights of the year for many.

Steve took a look at the international market, an avenue which the Mets may need to turn to in order to improve their team.

Around MLB:

The Yankees managed to avoid being swept out of the playoffs yesterday, although it was due to the weather. They'll look to get the sweep back on track this afternoon. Additionally, the postponement of Game 4 almost certainly means we'll only see CC Sabathia once during this series.

The lack of a Yankee game meant the media needed to go to plan B. Naturally, plan B involves TRAIDing A-rod to the Marlins.

Carlos Beltran was injured yesterday evening, and his replacement hit an absolute no-doubt homerun in his absence. Subsequently, the Cardinals won the game. #Blame Beltran

The Giants made an announcement concerning their rotation yesterday, and Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum will be making starts for them. The Lincecum in the bullpen thing was a bit weird, so this is fine by me.

Fangraphs took a look at the A's attendance issues and a potential new ballpark. While I'm sure it would help, I don't think it will solve all of their woes.

Finally for Thursday, BtB took a look at WAR and starting pitchers. I love this stuff.