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Whomever coined the phrased "more money, more problems" was probably not a Mets fan, as the franchise has been hampered these past few years in part because of ownership's inability to spend money on high-priced free agents. Good news appeared on Thursday, though. Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are reportedly close to refinancing a loan, and the development could open up some cash to spend on baseball.
Unfortunately, the Wilpons have also looking at free agent broadcasters recently, and W.M. Akers says that splitting up Howie Rose and Josh Lewin would show how out of touch with Mets fans ownership is.
Although it's been widely assumed that former minor league shortstop Wilmer Flores will never play that position in the big leagues, Sandy Alderson says, "I wouldn't say [Flores to shortstop] is dead." I'm not sure if that statement says more about Flores or the Mets' shortstop situation.
In a radio interview with Adam Schein, David Wright said that "I am so glad that we didn't sell low on Ike."
ESPN hockey reporter Katie Strang says that the Mets and the NHL have discussed the possibility of hosting an NHL game at Citi Field.
Sideline reporter Jenny Dell has been reassigned by NESN after her relationship with Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks became public. There is some debate over whether or not Dell's situation represents an actual conflict of interest, but it appears NESN would rather be safe than sorry.
Yesterday at AA
Rob Castellano reviewed the 2013 Las Vegas 51s.
On this date in 1962, Ralph Kiner signed on to join Bob Murphy and Lindsay Nelson in the Mets' broadcast booth.
- Mets reportedly re-finance major loan, eliminate spending restrictions
- Mets Minor League Season in Review: Triple-A Las Vegas 51s
- Mets Morning News: KIETH's got five on it (Mets in his Top 100)
- Five Mets prospects in Keith Law's top 100
- Mets Morning News: I fought the Law and the Law ranked the Mets' farm system 6th best in baseball