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RISK MANAGEMENT

Sandy Alderson

The suggestion that the New York Mets “intend to follow the Boston Red Sox template” is not news, but more of the same; more of what Sandy Alderson has been saying since Day One.

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HARVEY’S SURGERY IMPACTS METS PLANS

Matt Harvey

When Matt Harvey announced he would undergo Tommy John surgery and likely miss the entire 2014 season, the New York Mets were forced to rethink their off-season plans.

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NO MORE IF’S, AND’S OR BUT’S

Terry Collins

New York Mets manager Terry Collins has run out of excuses to keep Jason Bay in the starting lineup. The time has come for Collins to make the difficult decision, moving the $16 million left fielder from starter to role player. No more ifs, ands or buts.

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THE $66 MILLION MYSTERY

Jason Bay

This is what the New York Mets were expecting: a middle-of-the-lineup right-handed power hitter who’d hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs; an above-average defensive left fielder with a strong throwing arm; a clubhouse leader and team player.

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FRANCISCO SAVES GAME, COLLINS SAVES FRANCISCO

frank-terry

New York Mets manager Terry Collins could have leaned on any number of reasons to remove Frank Francisco as the closer, the most obvious being the two blown saves last weekend against the Miami Marlins. Instead, Collins did what any manager who is trying to build confidence in his players would do: he gave his closer a vote of confidence.

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GO SELL CRAZY SOMEWHERE ELSE

Jose Reyes

A scout told New York Post sportswriter Kevin Kernan he believed Jose Reyes is “the measuring stick for the shortstop position.”

Hearing that assessment from an unbiased third party – not a Mets fan, a columnist or blogger – is a telling statement about what the rest of baseball thinks of Reyes. His bat is red hot. His health: never better. His stock is at an all-time high. As the Mets hopes for a post-season run wear thin, the plot thickens and the debate over Reyes’ future in New York rages on.

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