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Mets morning news: Bay released, Burke signed

The Mets finally cut the cord on one of the worst signings in the team's history on Wednesday, making Jason Bay a free agent. Unfortunately, they still have to pay him.

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What else could we possibly lead off with today? The Mets and Jason Bay parted ways on Wednesday, agreeing to a deal that will see Bay hit the open market. Unlike his signing, this move was met with very little criticism. He seems like a nice guy, so hopefully he bounces back somewhere. I'm just glad I won't have to live in fear of that ridiculous vesting option.

The Mets did sign a player yesterday as well, bringing in reliever Greg Burke on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Burke's minor league stats can be found here.

R.A. Dickey had some positive things to say about his contract talks, something that is good news for all of us. Hopefully this situation gets resolved quickly.

There was also a bit of rumbling that Sandy Alderson may inquire about the availability of Justin Upton. While I'm sure he'll ask, I'd imagine that's about as far as it goes.

Yesterday at AA:

We took a look back at November 7th in Mets history, which included signing Rick Reed. We also reacted to the departure of Jason Bay.

Around Baseball:

The BBWAA announced the finalists for the National League awards yesterday. Unsurprisingly, R.A. Dickey is amongst the nominees for the NL Cy Young.

They also announced some AL finalists, with five players named for the AL MVP.

Yasmani Grandal isn't a finalist for the NL MVP, but it isn't for a lack of trying. The Padre was suspended 50 games yesterday for using performance enhancing drugs.

We signed Greg Burke to a minor league deal yesterday, and fangraphs took a look at three more interesting minor league free agents. Hunter in particular seems like an interesting guy to look at, even though he has very little power.

Last but not least, the Rockies have named their sixth manger in franchise history. Walt Weiss will be in the Rockies dugout next season, hopefully he makes lots of bad decisions against the Mets.