Meet the Mets
Ben Lindbergh at FiveThirtyEight wrote a fantastic piece on how Mike Piazza's defense was underrated, and how his critics used the number of stolen bases he allowed against him.
In Anthony DiComo's weekly mailbag, he notes that the Mets are looking for an additional veteran bullpen piece to help them out.
Around the Majors
The Nationals have talked to outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to reports. The clubwould use Parra as a fourth outfielder, with their outfield of Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, and Michael Taylor already set.
Doug Fister reportedly has several short deals on the table. After a great 2014 season, the former Nationals starter struggled in 2015, eventually finding himself in the bullpen.
Dan Haren seems to be enjoying life after baseball. He took to Twitter to talk about some interesting situations on the mound.
August Fagerstrom at Fangraphs got into why signing Scott Kazmir is a risky proposition for the Dodgers. Although it isn't explicitly talked about in the article, you should get a good sense as to why the Mets are so risk-averse, and further, just how much the Mets' injury woes compare to the Dodgers.
Yesterday at AA
Matt Varvaro gave us his Mind Boggler for the week, and it focuses on Mets in the Hall of Fame.
Matt Varvaro also took a look at Gil Hodges' Hall of Fame case ─ one that's been debated for a very long time.
This Date in Mets History
On January 5, 2004, Tug McGraw passed away after a battle with brain cancer.
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