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  • Originally posted by rjsallstars View Post
    High meaning prospects they currently own, Wheeler, Flores, Syndegaard,Mejia,Edgin. Sorry I didn't make myself clear. The point was they can improve there current roster without cleaning out the farm.
    Their farm, at least to some degree, came from draft picks.

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    • The Royals have claimed George Kottaras.

      Also, Shaun Marcum got one year at $4 million with incentives from the Mets.
      The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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      • Mets sign minor league deal with Scott Atchison. Atchison pitched for the Red Sox in 2012, posting a 1.58 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 in 51 1/3 innings.

        Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/0...-atchison.html
        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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        • The Mets signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal.

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          • The Mets have signed Marlon Byrd to a minor league deal.
            The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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            • Mets Close To A Deal With Brandon Lyon
              The Mets are closing in on a deal with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Lyon would be the third right-handed bullpen piece added this week after the signings of Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo tweets this move will probably complete the Mets' bullpen makeover.

              Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/0...on-lyon-1.html
              The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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              • Updates on some former Mets:

                Jon Rauch just signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, Ramon Ramirez inked a minor league deal with the Giants and Omir Santos signed a minor league deal with the Indians.

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                • Mets sign outfielders Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to minor league deals.

                  Patterson was once a hot Cubs prospect while Wilson used to play for the Mariners.
                  The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                  • Any projections for the year guys?

                    ...I...I'm back in Mets Mode...the 49ers...they...they...five yards away from the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and they...

                    THEY BECAME THE METS AND BLEW IT!

                    Meet the Mets...Meet the Mets...
                    "Ya Gotta Believe!" -Tug McGraw ... "How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life." -James T. Kirk ... "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -Sherlock Holmes ... "It is out of the deepest depth that the highest must come to its height." -Friedrich Nietzsche ... "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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                    • The Mets signed relief pitcher Brandon Lyon to a one-year deal.

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                      • Originally posted by Shea Knight View Post
                        Any projections for the year guys?

                        ...I...I'm back in Mets Mode...the 49ers...they...they...five yards away from the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and they...

                        THEY BECAME THE METS AND BLEW IT!

                        Meet the Mets...Meet the Mets...
                        65-97. They battle the Marlins all year long for last place.

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                        • Originally posted by Paulypal View Post
                          65-97. They battle the Marlins all year long for last place.
                          I think they might get to 70 wins if everything falls perfectly - agree they'll duke it out with Marlins for the cellar. Looking forward to big series between Alderson's Blue Jays and the Yankees.
                          Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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                          • Originally posted by Shea Knight View Post
                            Any projections for the year guys?

                            ...I...I'm back in Mets Mode...the 49ers...they...they...five yards away from the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and they...

                            THEY BECAME THE METS AND BLEW IT!

                            Meet the Mets...Meet the Mets...
                            I say 75-87. Johan gets traded. Harvey throws about 180 innings with a 3.25 era. Wheeler comes up in June, throws 100 innings 3.50 era. Parnell develops into a good, not great relief pitcher. Ike Davis hits .260 35/95. Wright .285 25/90. d'arnaud gets 350 AB, .275 13/50. Duda .260 24/70, bad defense and he looks like 1b is his best position. The Wilpon's do not sell the team and pay all there bills. Alderson goes into 2013 offseason with a 40 mil payroll with at least 2 OFs needed and a true closer needed. Attendence will go down. Young players will play hard for Collins, saving his job and fans who do show up will see hustle and get a glimpse of the nucleus of a team being built the right way.

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                            • Team will scrap and be near .500 in early July and a few games off wild card. Many here will clamor and rant and rave when trades are not made to make a run at the post-season. Oh wait that was the last few years. Really 75-87 seems about it. The offense will begin and end most games with 2-6 Murphy, Wright, Davis, Duda. Maybe Buck catches fire with the HRs, Tejada steps up to a solid .270-.280 with 50-60 BB 25 2B Kirk hits like he did for the few weeks when he looked good (that did happen right I didn't imagine it), but otherwise its about watching young guys turn into bona fide MLB players and if the stars align stars themselves (Harvey, Wright rebounds to MVP levels, Davis). It is really a season of I hope these young guys not only don't suck but actually are good.

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                              • Mets By The Numbers reports that Spring Training uniform numbers have been assigned (newly assigned numbers in bold):

                                1. Jordany Valdespin
                                2. Justin Turner
                                3. Omar Quintanilla
                                4. Collin Cowgill

                                5. David Wright
                                6. Marlon Byrd
                                9. Kirk Nieuwenhuis
                                11. Ruben Tejada
                                12. Brandon Hicks
                                15. Travis d'Arnaud
                                16. Brian Bixler

                                19. Zach Lutz
                                20. Anthony Recker
                                21. Lucas Duda
                                22. Landon Powell
                                23. Mike Baxter
                                27. Jeurys Familia
                                28. Daniel Murphy
                                29. Ike Davis
                                30. LaTroy Hawkins
                                32. Jenrry Mejia
                                33. Matt Harvey
                                34. Brandon Lyon
                                35. Dillon Gee
                                36. Collin McHugh
                                38. Shaun Marcum
                                39. Bobby Parnell
                                40. Tim Byrdak
                                44. John Buck
                                46. Greg Burke
                                47. Aaron Laffey

                                48. Frank Francisco
                                49. Jonathon Niese
                                50. Scott Atchison
                                52. Carlos Torres

                                53. Jeremy Hefner
                                55. Pedro Feliciano
                                56. Scott Rice

                                57. Johan Santana
                                58. Cesar Puello
                                60. Darin Gorski
                                61. Wilmer Flores

                                62. Elvin Ramirez
                                63. Juan Lagares
                                64. Reese Havens
                                65. Zack Wheeler

                                66. Josh Edgin
                                67. Hansel Robles
                                68. Matt den Dekker
                                70. Wilfredo Tovar
                                71. Gonzalez Germen
                                72. Juan Centeno

                                73. Robert Carson
                                74. Rafael Montero
                                75. Cory Mazzoni
                                76. Josh Satin
                                77. Andrew Brown
                                80. Jamie Hoffmann

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