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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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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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Fred Wilpon and Terry Collins

Mets owner Fred Wilpon and Mets co-owner Saul

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Greetings from Port St. Lucie, spring-training home of your New York Mets. I lucked into a good first day, as principal owner Fred Wilpon spoke while the team took the field for its first full-squad workout.

He didn't offer much new, besides some details on the four-percent shares they are trying to sell (and perhaps will actually finalize someday). Otherwise, he pledged that his family would...

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The long-term commitments

Apologies for the delay this morning. I had to go see the dentist.

With virtually all of the big names off the board this winter, let's conduct our every-18-months-or-so audit of how clubs stand regarding their long-term commitments. The only remaining name that figures to receive a contract into 2015 is Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler (yes, the Yankees like him a lot).

In the past - this...

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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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Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda, Bud Selig, Fred Wilpon, Ryan Madson and Barry Larkin

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Michael Pineda reacts after

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While I was gallivanting at a super-secret location, Anthony Rieber earned his salary covering a very busy baseball week. So let's play our favorite winter blog game - catch up - and check in on all of the major happenings.

We'll go in reverse chronological order:

Friday: The Yankees acquired Michael Pineda and Jose Campos from Seattle in return for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, and...

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Bud Selig's pain tolerance and the Wilpons

So the Mets took out another loan recently - good job by The New York Times - and their money problems are reaching a level of absurdity, are they not?

The Mets, in confirming the loan, said in their statement that “The process for the sale of minority shares in the team continues to go very well." As if that's going to assuage anyone at this point.

What's saving the Wilpons and...

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Comment Winter Olympics: Fred Wilpon, Tony La Russa and Dale Sveum

Yes, 'tis the season once more for Comment Winter Olympics, the weekly offseason endeavor (on Fridays, when I'm on the clock) that rewards you, the reader/commenter, for contributing insight, irreverence or even a good insult to our little community here.

The judges, having enjoyed their eight-month respite and just as surprised by the rest of us by the Cardinals' World Series title...

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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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