Meet the Mets
With Granderson in tow, Marc Carig says that the Mets have $13 million available to spend along with some trade bait as they head to the winter meetings tomorrow.
Adam Rubin counts the team's payroll at about $75 million with the Granderson contract. We'll find out soon whether the Mets move Ike Davis and maybe Daniel Murphy to create more payroll space.
Mike Puma ran down the five biggest issues confronting the Mets.
Over at Minor League Ball, they have a great rundown of the top Rule 5 draft targets in the Mets organization.
Around the Majors
Think the Mets are a dysfunctional organization? Well, it looks like the Mariners might top it, as former manager Eric Wedge spilled the beans on Jack Zduriencik and the entire #6org operation in a great piece in the Seattle Times. I enjoyed learning that Jack Z still uses wins and RBIs to evaluate players.
The Rakuten Golden Eagles may not post Masahiro Tanaka now that the posting fee is going to be topped at $20 million, per the new league rules.
Robinson Cano is gone and apparently he did not want to play for Joe Girardi, according to a friend of his. Cano also did not like batting second in the Yankees lineup and wanted to hit in the middle.
Grant Brisbee wrote about the Mariners' short-term future with Cano on board.
Yesterday At AA
Chris Strohmaier reviewed Ike Davis' ghastly 2013 season.
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