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

Johan Santana, Zack Wheeler, Phil Hughes and Chris Carpenter

Johan Santana's fourth Grapefruit League start went well, and at this point, it's certainly fair to suspend your suspension of disbelief (does that make sense?), at least a little, and wonder whether Santana can actually be a productive member of this Mets starting rotation.

Santana himself has seemed the most skeptical person of all. That isn't a bad thing; he won't let the Mets push him...

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Jose Reyes, Freddy Garcia and Brian McNamee

Jose Reyes of the Miami Marlins looks on

(Credit: Getty)

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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Johan Santana, David Wright, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes and the Giants

Just the facts this morning. Well, perhaps a few opinions, too:

--In Port St. Lucie, Johan Santana looked good on the mound, and at this stage, you have to evaluate Santana as much as how he looked out there as the results, which were OK. His body language was encouraging. He didn't look like someone holding back, out of fear that something would go wrong.

His words, however, are still...

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Jonathan Papelbon, Sandy Alderson, the Yankees' starting rotation and Gary Carter

Greetings from warm Florida. Wore shorts to work yesterday for the first time in many years down here.

I spent my first day in Clearwater with Jonathan Papelbon, and as he spoke in relaxed fashion, it hit me that Papelbon might have done better than any other free agent this winter. Not in pure dollars, of course, but when you combine all the factors, I think you can make that case. I tried...

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The new CBA, Mariano Rivera's vocal cords and tonight's arbitration deadline

Here's my news story on the new CBA, and here are my CBA winners and losers. 

The word I used in my news story, to describe the number of changes, was "dizzying." There was so much stuff that I feltl ike I couldn't cover all of it, even in two newspaper stories.

So that's why we have the blog, which I'd like to use this morning as a supplement to the news story and column....

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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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Freddy Garcia, Jesus Montero, the Red Sox, the races and Jose Reyes

We have new playoff brackets:

AL: Yankees (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Boston (4)

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4)

Thoughts: The Rangers' victory over Seattle, combined with Detroit's loss to Baltimore, flip-flopped the AL's two and three seeds. And it begs the question for the Yankees: Whom would they rather face?

Your first reaction...

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Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada, A.J. Burnett and wild-card race updates

Good story by David Lennon on Jose Reyes and Ruben Tejada, who will work out together this winter even though they might not be teammates anymore next year.

Not much more to say on the Reyes front right now. The 22 non-playoff teams will take October to start formulating gameplans for the winter - and even the eight playoff teams will multi-task - and we'll see how strong the market is for...

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The Yankees' bullpen, Daniel Herrera and the September slumber

At the Yankees' victory over Toronto, I wrote about the Yankees' bullpen, which was counted on to be excellent and has lived up to those expectations, albeit with some different names than originally anticipated.

--Joe Girardi stayed mum about his plans for the team's starting rotation, regarding whether A.J. Burnett or Phil Hughes gets thrown overboard. Girardi did say, however, that the...

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Freddy Garcia, Alex Rodriguez, the MVP debate and the NL West

Let's do four items today, in honor of "Four" being the right answer to Thornton Mellon's verbal econ final in "Back to School."

1. If you're the Yankees, what do you do about Freddy Garcia? In his first start following his mysterious kitchen accident, Garcia easily handled the Orioles, leading the Yankees to their second straight victory.

The 34-year-old added...

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