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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

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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, Part II

Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder puts his

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This was a far shorter visit than my first - three days, as opposed to 14, and I focused on the Mets, as opposed to jumping from team to team and piling up oodles miles on the rental car.

Nevertheless, spring training always affords a different, arguably closer look than once we get into the regular season, so I enjoy dissecting what I saw. Away we go:

1. Mets. If you read Terry Collins'...

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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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Why even an illegal PED confession shouldn't be relevant to the Hall of Fame

Based on the numbers, Mark McGwire has a

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The Hall of Fame always generates good discussion in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best), and the release of my HOF ballot yesterday received plenty of feedback, the majority of which - as far as I could tell - was positive. I appreciate all feedback, of course, but sure, I like positive better than negative.

Predictably, what there was of the negative feedback concerned my feelings about...

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Comment Winter Olympics: Bobby Valentine, Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols

Well, it was a busy week for me at the winter meetings, and a busy week for commenting, as well. Which is a great thing, no matter how much work that meant for the judges.

So without further ado, here are your medalists:

--The bronze goes to Islander505, who, when informed that I attended Bobby Valentine's news conference at Fenway Park, reacted thusly: How was the chicken? Regular...

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Jose Reyes to the Marlins

Jose Reyes (7) of the New York Mets

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Sure, there have been a few blips during the last 12 months when we thought, "Hey, Jose Reyes might actually stay with the Mets." But we usually snapped back to our senses quickly, and now, once he passes a physical, Reyes will be a Marlin.

Here's my take, in which I contend that the Mets' recent history of incompetence failed to give them the benefit of the doubt on this decision...

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Overrated and over-hated 2011

Goodness, is it Thanksgiving Eve already? Where does the time go?

We're on year five of this list, and I think it's more relevant than ever. We're so comfortable viewing topics through a black-and-white, great-or-awful prism, and that leads to people, places and things being either overrated or over-hated, rather than being regarded with more nuance.

Which do we overrate, and which do...

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There's something about Dale Sveum

After serving as what we call a "backup beat writer" in the 1995 through 1997 seasons, filling in on the Yankees and Mets for The Bergen Record when the beat writers didn't work, I got my break in 1998, getting promoted to cover the Yankees.

You know that club went on to win 114 regular-season games and the World Series, and while I've evolved into a numbers-first geek, I'd never...

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Hal Steinbrenner, Yu Darvish, Alex Rodriguez, Sandy Alderson and Frank Francisco

It has been another...day here at the GMs' meetings, which today mophed into the GMs/owners' meetings. The agenda of the actual meetings is more loaded than previous years, according to multiple people, which has led to less work on the baseball operations front.

Fred Wilpon arrived at 11:15 this morning, shook hands of the media members he knew and then said, "You know I have nothing...

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CC Sabathia, Citi Field and Tony La Russa

Greetings, everyone! Did you miss me? I missed you. It was an eventful vacation of...about 11 hours.

Nah, that's all right. The Yankees' re-signing of CC Sabathia is huge news and - permission to speak freely - makes this winter much easier to cover.

Sure, the Yankees have more work to do: Strengthen the starting rotation, find another lefty reliever and explore a trade of Nick Swisher...

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