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Sandy Alderson, Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano and Wilson Valdez

Before the Mets beat the Cubs in a rain-shortened game, Sandy Alderson addressed the media once again, as the club's first-year GM is still trying to clean up the mess created by his boss Fred Wilpon.

The bottom line is, it's still way too early to know what the Mets' 2012 payroll will look like. Shoot, it's still too early to know if Alderson will even be the general manager; a new majority owner could come in and clean house. We'll see if David Einhorn, as ESPN is reporting, indeed buys a minority share of the team.

What we think we know is, if the Mets fall out of contention - not a guarantee, but more likely than not - then Jose Reyes will be traded. The only way around it would be if Reyes agreed to accept a massive hometown discount, and why in the world should he do that?

--Jason Bay won't hit second, Terry Collins said.

--In the Yankees' victory, Mariano Rivera made the 1,000th appearance of his career, and he's the only player to have reached that figure entirely with one team. Looking at the all-time list, Rivera probably would have to play another four years to break Jesse Orosco's all-time record of 1,252. Could happen. Definitely.

--Rafael Soriano will miss at least two months with right shoulder problems. 

--Good column by Anthony Rieber on Freddy Garcia, yesterday's winning pitcher.

--Finally, did anyone stay up for the Reds-Phillies game? I did. Cuh-razy. Great pitching job by Wilson Valdez, the middle infielder, who threw a shutout top of the 19th before the Phillies scored in the bottom of the inning.

Alas, I still couldn't make it up for the completion of the night's final game, Marlins-Giants. Apologies. We''ll see how bad Buster Posey's injury is.

--UPDATE, 10:06 a.m.: The Mets have announced that Einhorn is indeed the chosen minority partner. More today as it comes.

 

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