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

Jose Reyes, Freddy Garcia and Brian McNamee

Jose Reyes of the Miami Marlins looks on

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The Mets saw Jose Reyes for the first time since Reyes joined the Marlins. The unbalanced schedule makes it particularly interesting when a player changes teams within his division, and I wonder if Reyes' frequent visits to Citi Field in a Marlins uniform will ever feel normal for Mets fans.

Johnny Damon came to Fenway Park for nine games a year with the Yankees from 2006 through 2009, right...

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Annual visceral, small-sample-sized observations from spring training

Philadelphia Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon throws during practice at

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Upon returning home from my first visit to spring training, I always enjoy checking in with some mental snapshots, mindful that what I took away could prove to be hugely significant or, far more likely, wholly irrelevant. Here is last year's entry. I forgot that I had Johnny Damon on the record acknowledging how important reaching 3,000 career hits was.

Some spring trainings, I'll spend almost...

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Which of the walk-year all-stars will actually walk?

We put out our annual Walk-Year All-Star team yesterday on Newsday's website. Last year's such squad looked like this:

C: Ramon Hernandez

1B: Albert Pujols

2B: Kelly Johnson

SS: Jose Reyes

3B: Jose Bautista

LF: Josh Willingham

CF: Carlos Beltran

RF: David DeJesus.

DH: David Ortiz.

RHP: Edwin Jackson

LHP: C.J. Wilson

Closer:...

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Yoenis Cespedes and A.J. Burnett

Two thoughts this morning:

1. The A's signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36-million contract, and when the news broke, I flashed back to comments that Scott Boras made about a year ago, to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, concerning the Oakland franchise:

“When teams recruit against the Oakland A’s, they say, ‘Why do you want to play in an empty park?’ It’s not about...

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Yu Darvish, Carlos Beltran, Gio Gonzalez and John Danks

Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish of Nippon-Ham Fighters shouts

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Hope that everyone had a good week and good holiday. First, let's catch up. Then we'll discuss what's on tap for this week.

Four big transactions:

1. The Rangers won the rights to Yu Darvish. It's a mild surprise, only because Texas worked so hard in recent weeks to lower expectations on this front not only in the media, but in the baseball world, as well. Just mild, however, because...

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Friday Five: World Series Game 6

The St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman turns on

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"That's what you're in for, so I've got to say to those of you that have bad hearts, watch yourself."

"Barring weather delays that extend this World Series until next week, this'll wrap up our first year of the Friday Five."

One of these statements was spoken by Ron Washington after Game 2. The other was written by me after Game 2. The first person to match the statement...

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The rainout and its ramifications, CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano

Still here in St. Louis, and yeah, they absolutely could have played Game 6 last night. The rain never advanced past, let's say, a biting drizzle.

But Major League Baseball called an early postponement, and I wrote that it was the right call. 

People will forget shortly that baseball prolonged its season by a day with a questionable read on the weather. But people will never forget,...

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