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Mets Morning News: Rays defeat Texas, Alderson has money to spend

New York Mets related news and links for October 1, 2013

Tom Pennington

The 2013 season is over, and the focus for the next four and a half months will shift to making the 2014 squad more competitive than this season's version. How the Mets go about doing that will be fascinating to watch, but Sandy Alderson didn't rule out handing a player a $100 million contract should the right one be available.

Joel Sherman mentioned yesterday that he hears the Mets will have about $30 million to spend this winter. Seeing that the Mets themselves don't appear to know exactly what they'll have yet, I'd probably write this off as nothing more than speculation at this point. That said, if the middle of the market gets the sort of money he's talking about, that could be bad news for the Mets adding quite a few starters.

Aside from the traditional free agent market and trade front, the Mets have been scouting some international players about to make the jump to MLB. I'd be surprised to see either of these guys end up with the club, but it's nice to see us doing our homework anyway.

Yesterday at AA

One of the hot topics this winter will be the fate of Daniel Murphy. Matthew Yaspan took a look at what his 2013 season might mean for his 2014 salary.

Greg compared the pitch framing of former Met John Buck to that of rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

Matthew Callan has an excellent look back at the 2013 season with some photos that you should definitely take the time to read.

If you happened to tune out of the last week of the season to watch the wild card race unfold in the American League, we had performance meters for both pitchers and hitters to help you get caught up with the Mets.

Jeff continued his series on the best position prospects he's seen this season with Kingsport third baseman, Pedro Perez.

This date in Mets history was a good one 40 years ago.

Around Baseball

There aren't too many questions about where we'll lead this section off today, as their was one very important game taking place throughout all of baseball. The Rays managed a 5-2 win that ends the Rangers season, despite Nelson Cruz returning from his 50-game suspension to take part. The Rays will now face the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday, in the actual one-game wild card to determine who takes on the Red Sox.

Tonight features the National League's wild card, with the Reds heading to Pittsburgh for an 8:05 pm EST start. The winner will face Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals. It's also opening night for the NHL regular season, but none of the NY (or NJ) based teams are in action.

Dave Sveum didn't do enough to impress Theo Epstein in his two seasons in charge of the Cubs, and was fired yesterday with a year remaining on his deal. Ron Gardenhire's Twins were also disappointing, but the Minnesota manager has done enough with the organization to earn an extension anyway.

In case their was ever any doubt about the status of Ron Washington in Texas, Jon Daniels has confirmed that he'll be back for the 2014 season.

BtB had an article up looking at walk and strikeout rates for short season A ball prospects.