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Saturday reading: Ike Davis, Jenrry Mejia, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Carl Crawford

Here's my column on the Mets' optimism, as we discussed yeseterday. I appreciate you not alerting the competition to my thoughts.

David Lennon wrote his story about Ike Davis, who is a big boy. I focused on watching some of the veterans yesterday, but Lennon was particularly impressed with Davis' defense. Dave also wrote about young pitcher Jenrry Mejia.

Over in Tampa, Jorge Posada caught Phil Hughes and hit against Joba Chamberlain, and discussed them both.

Joel Sherman, in his column for the New York Post, addressed a Yankees concern that we've discussed here: How their long-term commitments, while latched onto very good players, nevertheless bring risk. It's why I think, for all of the fanfare the Yankees received for their 2008-09 offseason, I think this past one was better and smarter.

--Good column by Jon Paul Morosi on Carl Crawford, who - by cutting off negotiations on a long-term deal - has basically ensured that he'll be playing for another team next season. Really, the only way that wouldn't be the case is if Crawford suffers a serious injury and has to sign a one-year deal with Tampa Bay.

Otherwise? Pencil him in as your Yankees leftfielder in 2011.

How did I discover Morosi's story? Why of course, it was MLBTradeRumors. You thought I was going to say Twitter, didn't you?

But Twitter did guide me to Tyler Kepner's story on Brad Mills this morning. A good read.

UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Not enough going on to mandate a new blog post, but Jerry Manuel confirmed what we discussed yesterday: Kelvim Escobar very likely won't be ready for the start of the season.

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