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Meet the Mets

The Mets officially signed John Mayberry, Jr., to a one-year deal today. For the corresponding move, Gonzalez Germen was designated for assignment.

The Mets are reportedly considering making a bid on Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang, who was posted by the Nexen Heroes yesterday.

Mike Vorkunov mentions that with Jed Lowrie off the board, the Mets lose another option at shortstop.

Dillon Gee wants to stick with the Mets, but understands it's part of the business of baseball if he were dealt. He said his mom isn't taking it so well though.

In the updated Bovoda World Series odds, the Mets are tied with the Yankees at 25-to-1.

Bill Price looked at the best Mets offseason trades.

John Sickels gave us a cryptic look at the Mets prospect grading breakdown.

Jason Fry said goodbye to Sy Berger, a baseball card pioneer.

Around the NL East

The Nationals avoided a grievance hearing, as Bryce Harper agreed to a new two-year deal.

The Nationals and Mariners were reportedly mulling a blockbuster deal, during which Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmerman would've been traded for Brad Miller.

Pirates president Frank Coonelley made some waves when he said that Giancarlo Staton will be opting out of his contract after six years.

The Braves have designated Anthony Varvaro for assignment, perhaps clearing space for a trade.

Around the Majors

The Yankees have brought Chase Headley back on a four-year deal to be their third baseman. The move raised some questions about Alex Rodriguez, who now seems to be without a position.

Jon Lester admitted that his trade to the A's made it easier for him to turn down the Red Sox.

The Royals have signed Alex Rios to a one-year deal.

The Red Sox have completed the Felix Doubront trade, by taking a middle-infield prospect from the Cubs.

The White Sox have finalized a deal for Melky Cabrera, by signing him to a three-year deal.

Hall of Fame analyst Jay Jaffe took a look at former Met Carlos Delagado's credentials.

Josh Peter tells the sad story of Brad Halsey, and the mystery around his death.

The Brewers will open an exhibit honoring Bud Selig's tenure as MLB Commissioner.

Jeff Sullivan says that, despite their recent acquisitions, the White Sox still aren't that good of a team.

Minor League Baseball has filed for protection from raised minimum wage, as they plan to invoke their antitrust status in a lawsuit.

Craig Calcaterra thinks it would be best if the Padres bring back their brown uniforms.

Yesterday at AA

Break out your double bass, as Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Karam bring us this week's Amazin' Shortstop Avenue Audio.

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