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Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.

The Mets on trial

Since December 2008, when we've discussed the Mets having a "good day" or "bad day," it more often than not has referred to off-the-field matters. Financial, to be more specific.

And yup, yesterday was a good day for the Mets, thanks to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who denied Irving Picard's appeal of Rakoff's recent ruling that decreased the Mets' potential Madoff clawback...

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Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda, Bud Selig, Fred Wilpon, Ryan Madson and Barry Larkin

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Michael Pineda reacts after

(Credit: AP)

While I was gallivanting at a super-secret location, Anthony Rieber earned his salary covering a very busy baseball week. So let's play our favorite winter blog game - catch up - and check in on all of the major happenings.

We'll go in reverse chronological order:

Friday: The Yankees acquired Michael Pineda and Jose Campos from Seattle in return for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, and...

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Joe Torre's big move

Former Yankee manager Joe Torre, above, and former

(Credit: AP, 2011)

Joe Torre has quit his Major League Baseball post to join a group vying for ownership of the Dodgers, MLB announced Wednesday. 

Not a big surprise. Torre's interest in Dodgers ownership goes back to 2010, his final year as manager there, when things already were turning to terrible thanks to Frank McCourt's divorce. However, the expiration of Torre's contract after '10, combined with...

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Bud Selig's pain tolerance and the Wilpons

So the Mets took out another loan recently - good job by The New York Times - and their money problems are reaching a level of absurdity, are they not?

The Mets, in confirming the loan, said in their statement that “The process for the sale of minority shares in the team continues to go very well." As if that's going to assuage anyone at this point.

What's saving the Wilpons and...

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More on Ryan Braun

OK, after a few phone calls, some time to think and finding someone to take my ticket to today's Jets game, let's tackle this story in greater detail:

1. This is the first time that such a big name's failed drug test became public well before the matter's resolution. Good job by ESPN. But now we're going to have to wait a while.

My understanding is we probably won't have a final verdict...

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Bud Selig, the NL MVP, Tim Lincecum and the Twins

Quiet last few days in baseball, eh? Things should pick up this week, especially once Wednesday's deadline to accept arbitration passes.

--For my Sunday Insider, I wrote about Bud Selig, the NL MVP, Tim Lincecum and the Twins. Didn't have a chance to write much about the NL MVP the day it occurred, because that was the day Major League Baseball held its news conference to announce the new...

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World Series Game 4 in review, Reggie Jackson and instant replay

There's something very cool - soothing, even - about being at a World Series that's tied at 2-2, as this one now is after Derek Holland's virtuoso performance last night.

When a team grabs a 3-1 lead and you don't have a rooting interest, as should be the case for all media, you're thinking, "All right, if this gets wrapped up in five, then I can go home. Don't have to do that last leg...

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The Championship Series, Brian Cashman, Jim Riggleman, Bud Selig and Frank McCourt

No big thought today, but a few little ones, so let's go at it Jackie Harvey style.

Item! The Rangers defeat the Tigers in extra innings to capture ALCS Game 2 and jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Erik Boland leads his game story with the anonymous sentiments of a scout who trumpets the greatness of Texas. Two more wins for the Rangers, and they'll be the first repeat American League pennant...

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Joe Torre, Mike Jacobs, Fred Wilpon and Hal Steinbrenner

One of the most entertaining aspects of my job is watching owners and team executives flee the buliding whenever owners' meetings or general managers' meetings adjourn. It's like the end of the school year in "Grease."

It doesn't matter how nice the locale is, either; here, they stayed at an elegant hotel at the supposed birthplace of baseball. I trailed Hal Steinbrenner basically...

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Grab bag: Instant replay, Bud Selig and Carlos Zambrano

Just a few items this morning, and then I'll check in later, after Bud Selig speaks with the media.

1) Good story by Erik Boland on what happened in the Yankees-Royals game last night, and conveniently enough, I'm in position to ask both Selig and Joe Torre about Billy Butler's disputed home run today.

For one thing, yes, the umpires should have addressed Dana DeMuth. I'm not sure if...

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