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

Philadelphia Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon throws during practice at

(Credit: AP)

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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Prince Fielder's deal with the Tigers

So much for Scott Boras having a bad winter.

Sometimes when you wait, nothing happens. But sometimes when you wait, something happens. And thanks to Victor Martinez's season-ending injury, Prince Fielder has himself an immense deal with the Tigers.

Thoughts:

1. Of course, it's irrational, in the way that any nine-year deal is irrational, especially for a poor-fielding first baseman....

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The LCS, the Red Sox's dirty laundry and Yankees GM candidates (for the Angels)

Let's do this morning's post Three Up style, a la Joel Sherman:

1. Off ALCS Game 4, I wrote that the Tigers looked gassed and goofy as they faced elimination today. 

Look, we all absolutely loooove to discuss strategy, all the more so in these postseason games. Love it. The scrutiny, the pressure, the different options. 

But I think Joe Posnanski put it best last year,...

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Yankees-Tigers Game 2 in review

At the game, I wrote about Alex Rodriguez, who really hasn't looked like himself since, well, the first half of the season.

Of course, A-Rod wasn't the only Yankees hitter who struggled against Max Scherzer yesterday. But he was the only one whom the Stadium crowd booed.

And so have ourselves a series. Game 3 tonight in Detroit, with CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander each making his second...

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The All-Star Game in review

What the hell. I covered the All-Star Game. I might as well check in on it.

I'm in an enumerating mood this morning, although I don't have as much to say about this as I did about the K-Rod trade.

1. It was a yawner of a game, bottom line. It started out promisingly enough, with Prince Fielder's three-run blast overshadowing a solo homer by Boston's Adrian Gonzalez. But that proved to...

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