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Mets Morning News: Valdespin's Marlins Hat Should Not Be News But Is Still Biggest News Of The Day

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Mike Stobe

Meet the Mets

The latest on R.A. Dickey is that the knuckleballer is more likely to stick around with the Mets, though a contract extension still is not assured.

In not-news that turned into news (it is December, after all), Jordany Valdespin tweeted out a picture of himself wearing a Marlins' hat, which set the internet ablaze on Friday. Valdy deleted the picture hours later. Honestly, I'm more offended by his awful walk rates and plate discipline.

Around the Majors

MLB's average salary has jumped up to a record $3.2 million.

Soures are saying that Michael Young will accept a trade to the Phillies today. Poor offensive season in 2012, awful defense at third base, complains when the team moves him? This sounds like an excellent move for the Phillies.

Brandon McCarthy is taking his excellent twitter account with him to Arizona, as the righty inked a 2 year, $15.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks. Very good signing for Arizona, who is now loaded with pitching to deal away.

Scratch another righty hitting outfielder off the list, as Ryan Ludwick will get a two-year, $15 million deal to stay with the Reds.

Ryan Dempster has rejected a two-year, $25 million offer from the Boston Red Sox, making it the second two-year offer the righty has turned down.

Ten years ago, Andruw Jones was 25 years old and considered the best center fielder in baseball. After seeing his career as a star come apart in his 30's, the now 35-year old veteran is going to Japan to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Pedro Martinez says that he played clean of steroids and wonders how good he could've been if baseball was on a level playing field. Love Pedro.

Yesterday At AA

James Kannengieser recaps the 2012 Mets' left fielders. If you want to relive Jason Bay's 2012 for the final time, this is the place to go.

Chris McShane continues the SB Nation Mets offseason simulation by adding Jeff Francis and Jason Frasor to the team's bullpen.

Grant Brisbee asks whether the Mets should deal R.A. Dickey for Rangers prospect Mike Olt. Short answer: probably not.

On December 7 in 1984, the Mets dealt Walt Terrell to acquire Howard Johnson.