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Non-tender day news bites

Signed 2011 Topps Mike Nickeas card from my collection

A few news items from Mets-land, before we get to some fun old photos and baseball cards later today.

  • New York Times writers Michael S. Schmidt and Richard Sandomir report that the Mets received a $40 million “bridge loan” in the past six weeks. Ownership continues to express optimism about the ongoing process of selling $20 million minority shares in the team, but I wonder how many multi-millionaires would be interested in sinking money into the team without gaining any input into its operations.
  • Yesterday was the deadline to tender contracts to unsigned players on the 40-man roster. The Mets opted to non-tender backup catcher Ronny Paulino and reserve outfielder Mike Baxter. Mike Nickeas is now the front-runner to share catching duties with Josh Thole. I can think of one blogger who should be absolutely thrilled 🙂
  • The Mets claimed minor league pitcher Jeremy Hefner off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and signed pitcher Garrett Olson and catcher Lucas May to minor league contracts. Olson has major league experience with the Orioles, Mariners and Pirates, but I expect these additions are mostly about adding organizational depth.