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Mets Morning News: You can't start a hot stove without a spark

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

Is "The Koz" going the way of "The Boz"?
Is "The Koz" going the way of "The Boz"?

Meet the Mets

Mike Puma says to not count on the Mets signing Shin-Soo Choo, although the team keeps moving up in the Scott Boras Supermarket Metaphor hierarchy.

While on the topic of Mr. Boras, David Lennon reports the Mets will take a course of offseason action after meeting with him this week. And he has an idea of what a shortstop signing could mean for Ruben Tejada.

Rising Apple notes that Allan Dykstra and Juan Lagares are raking in the Venezuelan and Dominican Winter Leagues, respectively.

Around the Majors

The San Diego Tribune has a wonderful story on 72-year-old Tony Tufano, the man who was the victim of Matt Bush's hit-and-run in March 2012, who hopes the former first-overall pick can redeem himself.

The Red Sox have shown interest in soon-to-be 37-year-old catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Brad Johnson of FanGraphs analyzes the potential changes to the Japanese posting system including a look at the game theory behind it all.

Ervin Santana, a $100 million pitcher? Grant Brisbee says it's not as crazy as it seems.

The Cardinals are willing to deal one of their young pitchers for an upgrade at shortstop, which means they'll be competitive for the next millennium.

Is it a tad old? Yeah, but Matthew McGough's story about his first day as a Yankee batboy is timeless.

Yesterday At AA

Why not Barry Zito? Jeff Kopman answered that question and kudos to him for making his answer longer than, "Well, just because."

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