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Mets Morning News: Opportunities for Ike Davis and condolences for Jerry Coleman

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

Adieu, Colonel.
Adieu, Colonel.
Denis Poroy

Meet the Mets

The Mets don't want to go beyond a one-year deal for shortstop Stephen Drew, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

Per Adam Rubin, Mets insiders expect Ike Davis will be with the team in Port St. Lucie, though if any team is looking for a first baseman, he won't.

The Mets are interested in adding catching depth but are not interested in a reunion with free agent John Buck, says Mike Puma.

Around the Majors

Longtime Padres broadcaster and Hall of Famer Jerry Coleman passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Coleman was a four-time World Series winner with the Yankees, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, and a broadcaster for 52 years, 40 of them with the Padres. He remains the only major leaguer to fly combat missions in two wars, having done so in World War II and the Korean War.

Lou Whitaker doesn't endorse Jack Morris' candidacy for the Hall of Fame, while coming with the caveat, "If Jack deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, Alan Trammell deserves to be in the Hall of Fame." I'll just place these JAWS charts of Whitaker and Trammell relative to other 2B and SS Hall of Famers here and here.

Nick Cafardo notes that some GMs think if Nelson Cruz should take a one-year "pillow contract" to prove himself.

Will the Reds trade Homer Bailey to create payroll space?

The latest Baseball Prospectus Wayback Machine article features a nice read on the Hall of Fame "smell test" argument by former editor Steven Goldman.

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