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  • Not sure if anyone covered this, but David Wright received 86 points in the MVP vote, tying Adam LaRoche for sixth place. RA Dickey received 16 points.

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    • The Bixler Era Begins

      We are really getting after it in Flushing:
      Mets sign Brian Bixler to a minor-league deal

      The Mets have signed utility-man Brian Bixler to a minor-league contract, the team announced. Bixler will also have an invite to major-league spring training.
      Bixler, 30, spent most of last season with the Astros' Triple-A club. In 75 games, he hit .269/.346/.361. He did receive 96 plate appearances with the major league club last year and hit just .193.
      Bixler could make the team as a super-sub. He's capable of playing nearly every infield position and also has experience as a corner outfielder.


      From David Wright's perspective, this has to be huge.
      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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      • This isn't threadworthy, and belongs in the off-season thread (possibly the Alderson thread since it's another potshot).

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        • Originally posted by Strawman View Post
          We are really getting after it in Flushing:
          Mets sign Brian Bixler to a minor-league deal

          The Mets have signed utility-man Brian Bixler to a minor-league contract, the team announced. Bixler will also have an invite to major-league spring training.
          Bixler, 30, spent most of last season with the Astros' Triple-A club. In 75 games, he hit .269/.346/.361. He did receive 96 plate appearances with the major league club last year and hit just .193.
          Bixler could make the team as a super-sub. He's capable of playing nearly every infield position and also has experience as a corner outfielder.


          From David Wright's perspective, this has to be huge.
          Sometimes Strawman your as transparent as my front window.

          For what its worth....I rather see the Bixler era begin than the Oliver Perez era, the Luis Castillo era, and the Jason Bay era. Now thats 130 million well spent dollars.

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          • Originally posted by Paulypal View Post
            Sometimes Strawman your as transparent as my front window.

            For what its worth....I rather see the Bixler era begin than the Oliver Perez era, the Luis Castillo era, and the Jason Bay era. Now thats 130 million well spent dollars.
            All my agendas are transparent! Nothing hidden...
            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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            • 02DELAWAREbixler.jpg

              The latest New York Met!
              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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              • I remember Brian Bixler. He hit a home run off Oliver Perez in his last game as a Met, a spring training game before Perez was released.

                http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13240255
                The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                • Originally posted by Strawman View Post
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                  The latest New York Met!
                  Going to Modells today to get my Bixler Jersey. On a serious note, I think Aldersons comments yesterday set the stage for BOTH Dickey and Wright to be shopped if they do not agree to extensions before the Winter meetings. Gotta go, the lines will be long.

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                  • Originally posted by rjsallstars View Post
                    Going to Modells today to get my Bixler Jersey. On a serious note, I think Aldersons comments yesterday set the stage for BOTH Dickey and Wright to be shopped if they do not agree to extensions before the Winter meetings. Gotta go, the lines will be long.
                    As with any other team any other GM/Owner relationship....Alderson asked how high he can go.....His BOSS told him how high and thats the rope Alderson is playing with. If this isnt sufficient rope for Wright/Dickey...they will be shopped.

                    This process is so simple that I dont grasp how some just cant themselves grasp it.

                    Dont bother going to Modells....I got the last one.

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                    • Bixler should learn how to keep his eye on the ball - he clearly needs to work on his fielding form.

                      I think there may be some of those new blue beer league batting practice spring straining jerseys left ... wait a second ... I'm being informed those uniforms will actually be used in regular season Major League games by the Mets.

                      Get a Bixler, then decide!
                      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 Paulypal View Post
                        As with any other team any other GM/Owner relationship....Alderson asked how high he can go.....His BOSS told him how high and thats the rope Alderson is playing with. If this isnt sufficient rope for Wright/Dickey...they will be shopped.

                        This process is so simple that I dont grasp how some just cant themselves grasp it.

                        Dont bother going to Modells....I got the last one.
                        Yep, Its a business negotiation from both sides and they each want the final compromise to be in there favor as much as possible. I do like that both players seem to actually want to be with the team long term. It shows that management has shown THEM that they are on the right path to improving. If the team and organization was as much of a mess as the pessimists say I think both players would be content with either playing out next year and being free agents or would want to be traded. I also think the players and agents were given a lot more info about the franchise than the average fan has. BTW, not a Bixler jersey in site at my local Modell's, they must be selling like hotcakes!!

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                          Incredibly, I spotted a young woman this morning at the local coffee place already sporting a "Bixler" - and apparently, he's going to wear No. 24. (Say hey, Bixler!) She graciously allowed me a couple of shots with my cell phone camera. She also told me the line for Bixlers was only 30 minutes at the Citi Field store.
                          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 rjsallstars View Post
                            Yep, Its a business negotiation from both sides and they each want the final compromise to be in there favor as much as possible. I do like that both players seem to actually want to be with the team long term. It shows that management has shown THEM that they are on the right path to improving. If the team and organization was as much of a mess as the pessimists say I think both players would be content with either playing out next year and being free agents or would want to be traded. I also think the players and agents were given a lot more info about the franchise than the average fan has. BTW, not a Bixler jersey in site at my local Modell's, they must be selling like hotcakes!!

                            Let's see ...that path has taken them to 83 losses in 2010, 85 losses in 2011, 88 losses in 2012.....so how many losses are they headed to in 2013 on this RIGHT PATH ?

                            As far as pessimists versus optimists, fan's true colors came out right after the Yankees swept the Mets at Yankee Stadium this year and the so called optimists actually stayed away from these forums for days.

                            When they did return, they followed Howie Rose's cue and blamed the size of the playing field at Yankee Stadium !

                            It's not called being pessimistic when a team has 4 straight losing seasons...and the 'right path' has them losing more games each of the past 3 seasons. It's called being realistic. They are not improving , they are getting worse. Under your right path, it will only take about another 3 seasons to lose 100 games !

                            By the way, when Wright or Dickey, or their agents, ask Mets management who will be the 3 outfielders on this team on the right path, what is the answer? Or who is the everyday catcher? And on this team on the right path, who comes out of the bullpen?

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                            • Originally posted by Strawman View Post
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                              Incredibly, I spotted a young woman this morning at the local coffee place already sporting a "Bixler" - and apparently, he's going to wear No. 24. (Say hey, Bixler!) She graciously allowed me a couple of shots with my cell phone camera. She also told me the line for Bixlers was only 30 minutes at the Citi Field store.
                              Very funny. Your best post ever. See what can be accomplished when you allow your mind to be cleansed of the Sandy Alderson is responsible for everything bad about the Mets thoughts! Now she"s optimistic!!

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                              • Originally posted by mandrake View Post
                                Let's see ...that path has taken them to 83 losses in 2010, 85 losses in 2011, 88 losses in 2012.....so how many losses are they headed to in 2013 on this RIGHT PATH ?

                                As far as pessimists versus optimists, fan's true colors came out right after the Yankees swept the Mets at Yankee Stadium this year and the so called optimists actually stayed away from these forums for days.

                                When they did return, they followed Howie Rose's cue and blamed the size of the playing field at Yankee Stadium !

                                It's not called being pessimistic when a team has 4 straight losing seasons...and the 'right path' has them losing more games each of the past 3 seasons. It's called being realistic. They are not improving , they are getting worse. Under your right path, it will only take about another 3 seasons to lose 100 games !

                                By the way, when Wright or Dickey, or their agents, ask Mets management who will be the 3 outfielders on this team on the right path, what is the answer? Or who is the everyday catcher? And on this team on the right path, who comes out of the bullpen?
                                Don't know the answer to any of those questions, then again, its only November silly. I do know that since I, like you, cannot be privey to what is going on in those meetings, I can only base my thought process on what actions the people in the meetings take after the meetings. I do take it as a positive that both Dickey and Wright want to be long term pieces of the Mets. I think enough about each of them to believe that if they thought the Mets were not on the right path (path-A road, way, or track made for a particular purpose) they would simply ask for a trade or play out there contracts. Now lets see what the Mets are willing to pay them. Thats the real question.

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