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Guessing the Mets roster: Take 1

Lucas Duda watches his solo home run during

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Sandy Alderson – fresh off being named the best GM in baseball by New York Magazine – still has some work to do. But the Mets’ roster for 2014 is beginning to take shape, so here’s how we see things shaking out based on the players currently on the 40-man roster (or those reportedly already in the mix but not officially added yet):

Lineup

1. Eric Young Jr., LF 2. Daniel Murphy, 2B 3....

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Sandy Alderson is best GM in baseball, magazine says

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks during a

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If nothing else, it's greatness by contrast.

Compared to his predecessor, Omar Minaya, current Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been a miracle worker. He's turned expensive soon-to-be free agents into valuable, controllable prospects and has even spent a little bit of money this winter, on (largely) sensible deals.

For the first time since 2008, the Mets are truly on the verge of contention...

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Minnesota Twins hoping New York's trash is their treasure

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes takes a breather

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They were considered aces in the making.

Phil Hughes was ranked the No. 4 prospect in the game by Baseball America before the 2007 season, a near-certain pillar of Yankees rotations for years to come.

Mike Pelfrey was rated the No. 20 prospect in the game by Baseball America that same year, and it appeared just a matter of time before he was leading a promising Mets squad to multiple...

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Texas Rangers draft Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rushes against

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The Mets took a pitcher and the Yankees lost a pitcher during Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft, but the most interesting transaction occurred during the minor league phase of the annual event and involves a player who will never take the field.

The Rangers took Colorado second baseman Russell Wilson – yes, that Russell Wilson, the Seahawks star quarterback. Wilson was selected by the Rockies...

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Mets' chances of trading Ike Davis improve with Corey Hart, Logan Morrison reportedly on the move

Mets' Ike Davis celebrates his two-run home run

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Within the space of 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon, the Mets improved their chances of trading first baseman Ike Davis.

According to multiple reports, the Mariners lured free- agent first baseman Corey Hart from the Brewers with a one-year deal. Minutes later, the Mariners traded righthander Carter Capps for Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison.

Nevertheless,...

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Curtis Granderson talks heating up with Mets?

Curtis Granderson sits in the dugout watching a

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The Mets have reportedly moved on from the salmon course.

Multiple reports have the Mets' talks with Yankees free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson heating up. The Mets are said to be offering a three-year deal, while Granderson is pushing for four or five years.

The news comes a day after Granderson acknowledged a Sunday meeting with Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

[See today's updates...

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Wally Backman to remain Mets' Triple-A manager

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman says he's

Wally Backman will return next season to manage Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced on Tuesday. Last season, Backman guided the Mets' top minor league affiliate to an 81-63 record, good enough to win a division title. Backman's future with the Mets had been in doubt. He has long aspired to manage in the big leagues, though that chance may not come with the Mets in the near future. At the end...

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Mets sing for holiday video

A screenshot from a Mets.com holiday video featuring

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David Wright can do just about anything.

The Mets captain can hit for average and power. He has a great eye at the plate. He's even become a decent fielder at third base.

But we now know one thing he can't do: Sing.

Wright, Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, Justin Turner (because of course Justin Turner is involved) and several other Mets were filmed singing and wishing fans a happy holiday....

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Mets sign Chris Young for outfield

Chris Young and the Mets have agreed to

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Outfielder Chris Young has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets pending a physical, Newsday has confirmed.

The deal is for $7.25 million. That would be a slight pay cut from the $8.5 million Young made last season with the Athletics, but it's in line with what similar outfielders have earned so far this winter: David Murphy signed with the Indians for two years and $12 million while Marlon...

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Ike Davis vs. Lucas Duda: Mets facing decision

Ike Davis, right, and Lucas Duda celebrate after

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If one thing has become increasingly clear early in this offseason, it's that the Mets will  trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. This accomplishes two goals for the Mets, who must resolve a logjam at first base while capitalizing on a market in which power is scarce.

Yes, both Davis and Duda have their flaws. But both have also flashed enough power for rival teams to take a chance that...

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