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Mets Morning News: Port St. Lucie Dreaming

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

Mike Stobe

Meet the Mets

Ike Davis was honored at the Thurman Munson awards yesterday and spoke with the media about his hopes for 2013. Davis also spoke about the Mets' potential pursuit of Michael Bourn.

Speaking of Bourn, David Wright recently made a recruiting pitch to the 30-year old center fielder.

Ruben Tejada is reporting to spring training early this year, putting to rest all of Terry Collins' prospective anger.

A pair of 2012 Mets' relievers signed on with new clubs yesterday. Jon Rauch stuck around in the NL East, signing a one year deal worth $1 million with the Marlins, while Ramon Ramirez signed a minor league deal and is now back with the Giants. Ugh.

Apparently, Sterling Equities had interest in helping build a casino next door to Citi Field but the proposal was from a couple of years ago and is now inactive.

Around the Majors

Three more names were leaked in the Biogenesis PED case and the biggest of them is Brewers' star and former NL MVP Ryan Braun. The other two names were Yankees' catcher Francisco Cervelli and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia. Braun responded to the allegations last night. MLB, meanwhile, has asked the Miami New Times for their records.

Cardinals' ace Chris Carpenter will likely be unable to pitch in 2013 due to injury and he's contemplating retirement.

Jack Morris has been hired as the Blue Jays' radio analyst. How long until Jon Heyman starts the campaign to get Morris into the Hall of Fame broadcaster's wing for announcing to the score?

An excellent guest piece at Baseball Prospectus gives us the perspective of Mike Curto, 15-year broadcaster for the AAA Tacoma Rainiers.

The Indians signed our good friend and God of Thunder Omir Santos to a minor league deal. I am obligated to post this here.

Yesterday At AA

Episode 6 of Amazin' Avenue Audio is out! Go and listen to it NOAW!

Amazin' Avenue's Top 50 Mets series continues with Frank Viola at #39.

Matthew Callan recaps episode seven of the first season of This Week In Baseball.

Chris McShane digs into just how good Mets' first round picks have been over the years.

David Moseder celebrates former team owner Joan Payson's birthday!