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Clock is ticking, folks

The Mets intended to make a few cuts before moving across the state Thursday.

Then they didn't.

With Sunday's 3 p.m. roster deadline looming, there's not a lot of time left, and it would seem to make sense for the Mets to set their 25 before flying back to New York on Saturday night.

But it probably won't go that way. The Mets like to take every last minute before announcing a decision - call it paralysis by analysis -- and we can expect some more buzzer-beaters this weekend after the team's Sunday workout at Citi Field.

It can be frustrating for the players, too. "Unbelievable," is how one described the whole roster roulette with only 72 hours remaining before Opening Day. Both Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel said the club could still learn a lot from these two final games in Florida - tonight vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field and tomorrow vs. the Orioles in Sarasota.

I'm not sure about that. The Mets have played 28 games to this point, not including an intrasquad and an exhibition with the University of Michigan. What's the mystery here?

"In the last couple of days, you’re seeing guys that kind of step up or are going in the other direction," Minaya said. "So there is value to these games."

I put together a tentative 25-man roster here last night, but will the Mets spring some last-second surprises? Raul Valdes? Russ Adams? Doubtful. But it seems that the Mets don't even know for sure yet.





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