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

Sandy Alderson, Andres Torres, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reacts after getting hit

(Credit: AP Photo/David M Warren)

For the first day of the rest of their lives as Mets owners, the Wilpons and Saul Katz let Sandy Alderson do the talking for them, which is never a terrible idea. Alderson predictably defended his bosses and said that Monday's settlement with Irving Picard wouldn't dramatically change his spending plan.

Well, you know, of course it won't. The Mets still have bills to pay and debts to settle,...

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Mets ownership, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano and Chase Utley

Huge day for the Mets ownership, as the Wilpons and Saul Katz settled their legal differences with Madoff trustee Irving Picard.

You could argue that the Wilpons got lucky, that they wouldn't have fared well in a jury trial and that some of Picard's witnesses would've been particularly compelling. But it's moot now. Just as Ryan Braun prevailed in his rather different legal battle, no...

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Andy Pettitte, Don Mattingly, Jon Niese and the big Madoff case

Gosh, from the way we're covering Andy Pettitte's return, you'd think it was a big deal or something.

--Mariano Rivera helped convince Pettitte to come back, Mark Herrmann writes. Herrmann also writes about Pettitte's impact on the starting rotation, and I think Joe Girardi's quote nails it: Just pitch well and don't worry about it.

It just doesn't make sense to sweat a great deal, for...

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Looking back at my free-agent predictions

By my parameters, a Hot Stove League hasn't officially concluded until the future of every Type A free agent has been resolved.

This year, the last man standing was Roy Oswalt, and his resolution was to leave things unresolved. He's going the Roger Clemens/Pedro Martinez route and market himself as an in-season acquisition. If he's willing to go somewhere besides St. Louis or Texas, then he...

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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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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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