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Mets Morning News: A whole lotta Ruben

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Meet the Mets

Sandy Alderson expects to start the season with Ruben Tejada as the starting shortstop, and acknowledged that acquiring a Stephen Drew caliber player will only happen if a contract is subtracted from payroll.

Jorge Castillo says the Mets are addressing needs but simply cannot rectify all of them currently. Ken Davidoff opined on how Granderson was the splash of the Mets' offseason, and how it will probably remain that way.

Around the Majors

At 10:00 am this morning, the Hall of Fame's Veterans' Committee will announce its inductions from a list of twelve, among them the recently deceased MLBPA luminary Marvin Miller.

Nelson Mandela will be honored with a plaque at Yankee Stadium's Monument Park next April.

In light of Jeff Baker's takedown of the Mariners in yesterday's Seattle Times, former special assistant to the GM Tony Blengino stated in an interview yesterday, "This article is just the tip of the iceberg of what is going on in Seattle."

Evan Petty of Baseball Prospectus has put forth a new layer of analysis: mistake splits.

Yesterday At AA

Chris McShane analyzed both the Mets roster ahead of the Winter Meetings, and the composition of Curtis Granderson's contract.

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