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Fred Wilpon, Accountability and Rod Barajas en route

It's not every often that Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon holds court with reporters, so when he discussed a number of topic yesterday after the pitchers workout, it was good to get some explanations from the top.

Of all the topics he touched on, I thought it was most interesting that Wilpon laid the responsibility of this offseason on his "baseball people" without mentioning anyone by name. Wilpon claimed that money was not the reason the Mets didn't spend more on free agents - he was only following the recommendations of his baseball people.

Whether or not that's true, that statement is paving the way for dismissals in the front office if the Mets stumble again this offseason. Again, that's no big shocker. Omar Minaya and Co. already are on shaky ground, as is Jerry Manuel, though Wilpon refused to talk specifically about anyone's job status.

Evidently, hearing Wilpon say that his family would be in control of the Mets for "generations" did not go over well with a number of you. Most of the reaction I received, via emails or Twitter, amounted to a loud groan of despair from the fan base. I think that's a little extreme. The Mets have had winning seasons under Wilpon -- and their payroll is second only the Yankees - so it's not like he hasn't tried to build a winning team.

In other news yesterday, I thought it was important that Manuel brought up the word "accountability" when talking about his plans to have the pitching staff chart each other's bullpen sessions. I think there's been far too little of that word used around this team and it's about time they started checking themselves. We'll see if it works out.

And finally, the Mets have their starting catcher after agreeing to terms with Rod Barajas. Tough break for Omir Santos, who went from potential starter with the Mets to probably backup behind Josh Thole at Triple-A Buffalo. But it is a long spring, so plenty can happen before then. 

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