Meet the Mets
With the Mets taking a day off from Grapefruit League action, you might have expected yesterday to be a slow news day. You would have been wrong. About five minutes after I posted yesterday's Applesauce, it was announced that the Wilpons had settled with the trustee out of court, agreeing to pay 162 million dollars to the trustee. For you legal gurus, here is the settlement agreement if you want to try and parse it. At least Mets ownership is being appropriately humble about the whole affair. Eno Sarris broke it all down here at Amazin Avenue, so you can just scroll down and read that, but since you are probably lazy like me, here's a link. To make a long story short, we're probably going to be stuck with the Wilpons for the foreseeable future.
Oh, and if that wasn't enough news, the Mets also finally closed the sale on the twelve minority shares of the club. This has allowed them to pay off the BoA bridge loan and their most recent loan from MLB. Finally, NYC tabloid columnists can get back to writing dickish pieces about the on-field product rather than the off-field financial machinations. And the seasons, they go round and round. And the painted ponies, yadda yadda yadda. Just don't expect this to mean the Mets are going to pony up for Zack Grienke or something this offseason.
Okay, how about some on-field news? Ted Berg tries to convince us that Mike Pelfrey is going to be okay in 2012, or at least okay in that Mike Pelfreyish way. Toby Hyde has some nice things to write about Aderlin Rodriguez. And for your weird link of the day, here's former Mets pitcher Eric Hillman talking about pitching in Japan. Of course, that's still probably less weird than Stephen A. Smith talking with Adam Rubin. That last one is not an Applesauce-recommended link, by the way. You click at your own risk.
The Miguel Cabrera to third base experiment is going as well as could possibly be expected. Look, he just needs to get enough games there to be eligible there in my AL-only fantasy league.
Oh, and in case you didn't already figure it out from his twitter feed, turns out C.J. Wilson is kind of a jerk. He was never going to be as cool a straight edge dude as CM Punk anyway, or Fugazi for that matter.
Applesauce is never above taking a gratuitous cheap shot at the Phillies. That's how we roll. Speaking of the Phils, looks like Chase Utley's knee tendinitis will cost him the beginning of another season. I am going to put together the world's tiniest piano, the world's tiniest cello, and the world's tiniest violin and compose a sad piano trio about this. And as long as I am piling on, Ryan Madson is convinced that the Phillies would have offered him 44 million if it wasn't for those meddling kids. The most surprising part of all of that: John Heyman writing a piece using inside information gleamed from Scott Boras. That never happens. Good job tracking down that source, John.
The Phillies aren't the only team struggling with spring injuries, as it seem like the Royals are also snakebitten (baby). It's okay, though, I am sure the Royals will be the trendy pick to compete in the AL Central next season. They always are.
As someone who is in the market for a new baseball glove, this intrigues me. It also intrigues me because I hate yaks.*
*just kidding, PETA
Brett Lawrie wants all your Kings of Spring Training. Give them to him.
And finally, Vladimir Guerrero is entertaining offers to play in Japan next year. Someone needs to get working on a spec script for Mr. Baseball 2 right now.