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Mets Morning News: A wild shortstop appears

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

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Meet the Mets

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang is being posted by the Nexen Heroes today. Should the Mets make a run at him? The club is apparently undecided.

Jason Fry bids farewell to the father of baseball cards. Sy Berger passed away on Sunday at the age of 91.

Around the National League East

Pirates president Frank Connelly told fans at PirateFest that Miami brass expects Giancarlo Stanton to opt out of his massive contract after only six years and $107 million.

After trading away Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies' options at shortstop are similar to those of the Mets.

Utilityman Kevin Frandsen says he ought to be the everyday second baseman for Washington in 2015.

Around the Majors

Sources in Seattle say that the Mariners still see Brad Miller as a shortstop. This would hurt the chances of the Mets acquiring the 25-year-old in a trade.

Now that Melky Cabrera is on the White Sox, fellow outfielder Dayan Viciedo is expected to be traded.

Pinstripe Alley writes that if the Yankees make a big signing that boosts them into postseason contention, that player's contract could end up paying for itself... interesting. has a sweet behind-the-scenes look at a replay review during the 2014 World Series.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

On this date in 2004, the Mets signed Pedro Martinez to a four-year deal.