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METS SHOULDN’T BE SHORT ON PATIENCE

Wilmer Flores

When has Wilmer Flores’ glove become so important?

From Day One he was touted as a major league hitter. The Mets knew it. Scouts knew it. Flores knew it.

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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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WHAT ABOUT ‘THAT’ GUY?

Michael Bourn

For better or worse, Michael Bourn fell off the New York Mets radar Monday when he agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cleveland Indians.

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FISH OUT OF WATER

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You didn’t really believe all that stuff, did you? The images of Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes hamming for the cameras; the aberration in May; the suggestion that Miami is a baseball town.

The Miami Marlins returned from last December's MLB Winter Meetings with a new manager (Ozzie Guillen), a new closer (Heath Bell/3yr, $27 million), a new lead-off hitter (Jose Reyes/6yr, $106 million) and a starting left-handed pitcher (Mark Buehrle/4yr, $58 million) -- $190 million -- to parade  around their gaudy new ballpark. It marked the birth of The Franchise and a team-record $101 million payroll. The Marlins were certain their new stars would bring new fans, more wins and a World Series title.

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ALL-STAR APATHY

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In June Major League Baseball teams launched their team-centric All-Star Game marketing campaigns. Last week team's stepped up their PR as the deadline closed in Thursday night. The effort generated a single-day record 3.8 million votes. But, for all the hype and hometown pride, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is pathetic.

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CASHEN’S OPEN LETTER TO FANS

John Strubel

While researching another story, I stumbled on to this "open letter" former Mets general manager Frank Cashen wrote for the New York Times. It is fascinating, to say the least, because:

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING ON WRIGHT DEAL

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The Hot Stove rumors about David Wright are both true and false. True: the Mets will trade write. False: a deal with the Colorado Rockies is in the works.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has an impeccable sense of timing. Moving Wright is no longer a matter of if, but when.

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RISKY BUSINESS IN MIAMI

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Miami Marlins president David Samson admits the team’s recent spending spree comes with its fair share of anxiety.

"We need to be right," he said. "Everything sounds good at the winter meetings but it’s the dog days of summer when it matters."

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METS POST-SEASON HOPES QUIETLY IMPROVE

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Teams of equal or lesser talent than the 2012 New York Mets (a roster still undefined at the time of this post) have backed their way into the post-season. Usually, it's a combination of one team getting hot and another going stone cold in September. In the case of Mets, a pair of non-roster moves may prove to be the most beneficial to the team's success in 2012: revised Citi Field dimensions and another Wild Card slot.

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REYES MISSING MOST IMPORTANT TOOL

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In the past I've been verbally and textually scorned for my stance on Jose Reyes -- one I have held firmly since 2008 -- and, to be entirely transparent on this disclosure, today I was given a tongue-lashing from my mother when I argued for Derek Jeter just as the ink drys on the final chapter of the Reyes vs. Jeter debate (for those living and reading this blog post outside the boundaries of the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area, any Mets fans submission to Yankee superiority is an act of sin).

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