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Mets Morning News: According To My Twitter Feed, It Is Now Baseball Season

Of course, the correct answer is that it is always baseball season.

Tom Szczerbowski

Meet the Mets

The Mets are close to an agreement with Blue Jays reliever Brandon Lyon. Relief pitchers who pitched in Toronto are the new market inefficiency apparently. Lyon will likely serve as insurance for if (when) Frank Francisco gets hurt or is ineffective.

Faith and Fear remembers the last game Ed Charles ever played.

Spring Training single game tickets are on sale at the newly christened "Mets Stadium" (nee Digital Domain Park). Baseball, you guys.

Yesterday at AA

James K does not share Chris McShane's optimism about the Mets outfield. Who will be proven right? Well, only time will tell.

Brock Mahan celebrated Lucas Duda's birthday.

Around MLB

It looks unlikely that baseball will be able to discipline the players named in the Miami New Times article. It's almost like this issue was collectively bargained between the players and ownership or soemthing.

Torii Hunter is still a bit pissy about the whole Los Angeles Angels not-signing-him thing.

Kevin Millwood is calling it a career after 16 seasons and 169 major league wins.

The Yankess get the ZiPS treatment over at FanGraphs. Free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano is projected for a 6 win season.

And finally, the Dodgers are concerned that Hanley Ramirez isn't playing enough shortstop in winter ball. I'd be more concerned that you are planning to have Hanley Ramirez play shortstop for any team.

And now, your 2012 Mets highlight of the day to get you through the long, cold winter:

Matt Harvey and Kevin Burkhardt have an intimate chat.

And your non-baseball link of the day:

As a distraught Niners fan, I soothe the pain with this piece on Bill Walsh's coaching bible.