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Mets' Jeff Wilpon clarifies 'solidified' roster comments

Jeff Wilpon looks on before the Mets' game

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Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon clarified comments he made earlier this week regarding the team's offseason plans.

While naming some of the players that the Mets believe have "solidified" roster spots for next season, Wilpon also made some glaring omissions, including second baseman Daniel Murphy and catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

But Wilpon said that he was merely "speaking...

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Jeff Wilpon talks first base, Matt Harvey and more

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, left, and Mets

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GARFIELD, N.J. -- Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon joined other team employees on Tuesday morning to help refurbish parts of the Boys & Girls Club here, one year after Hurricane Sandy caused severe water damage to the facility.

"To have all the kids come in later to see all this stuff freshened up will be really neat," said Wilpon, who helped workers add a new coat of...

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Managers are maddening in this World Series

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks on

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There’s an episode of “South Park” where the kids, at the end of a long little league baseball season, decide to stop trying so they can lose and finally go home. Only problem is their competition decides to do the same thing and the two sides engage in a battle to avoid winning.

Sometimes it feels like this World Series is following the same script.

To be clear, no one is accusing any...

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Robinson Cano lone Yankees player nominated for Gold Glove

Robinson Cano looks on in the seventh inning

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Robinson Cano could have one more item to add to his free agent resume now that he's been nominated for what would be his third American League Gold Glove Award at second base.

Cano's advanced defensive metrics this season were hardly overwhelming, but it was a thin AL field. Cano had six Defensive Runs Saved and an 0.8 Ultimate Zone Rating. DRS is the key defensive stat used in the oft-cited...

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Juan Lagares snubbed for Gold Glove nomination

Juan Lagares of the Mets makes a catch

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This is why statistically-inclined folks generally disregard the Gold Glove Award.

Rookie Juan Lagares was a defensive revelation for the Mets in center field during 2013. Among all players with at least 800 innings at one position last season, Lagares had the sixth-most Defensive Runs Saved with 26. DRS is an important stat since it’s the key defensive component in the oft-cited Wins Above...

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David Ortiz not quite a Hall of Famer

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox celebrates

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It was a predictable reaction.

As David Ortiz's one-out, two-run home run cleared the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series, the tweets proclaiming the October hero a Hall of Famer appeared fast and furious.

A two-time World Series champion -- and a key member of those teams -- Ortiz is bidding this year for the hat trick. A superb...

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Dan Haren a free agent bargain Yankees, Mets should look at

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren delivers a

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As the Yankees and Mets begin looking for free agent values this offseason, here's a name to keep an eye on: Dan Haren.

Haren seemed to struggle with the Nationals last season, posting a 4.67 ERA and allowing 28 home runs in 169.2 innings.

But appearances are deceiving.

After all, there’s a big divide in the numbers between Haren’s first 15 starts and his final 15, particularly...

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Adam Wainwright's bad omen

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes

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Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night and right then and there you could have turned off your TV set, confident in what was about to follow.

The very act of Wainwright walking the first batter he faces (as a starter) is so rare -- and such a portent of things to come -- that perhaps...

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Masahiro Tanaka free agent profile and video

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of Japan reacts after the

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The stigma that Japanese pitchers can't succeed in the United States has disappeared quicker than a Kei Igawa fastball that's been blasted into the Yankee Stadium bleachers.

The success of pitchers like Rangers ace Yu Darvish and Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda shows that Japan not only offers suitable rotation alternatives, but true, top-of-the-line talent.

The current big name headed...

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Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series primer

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester smiles during

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Before the World Series kicks off Wednesday, we go inside the hitting and pitching numbers the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have posted this postseason to give you the inside info on how these two powers match up:

OFFENSE

The Red Sox have the edge here, but there’s not as big a gap as may appear at first.

The Sawx have batted .236 with a .315 on-base percentage and .365...

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