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49 days until spring (training)

I know a lot of people are still enjoying a three-day weekend, but today is my first day back to work in 2012.

signed Darren Oliver 2007 Topps card from my collection

The Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays were busy yesterday, completing a New Year’s Day trade that sent reliever Jason Frasor back to Toronto in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Toronto also inked former New York Mets reliever Darren Oliver, who had more recently been part of the Texas Rangers bullpen, on Friday. On New Year’s Eve, the White Sox traded outfielder Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaguers.

Meanwhile, we’ve heard very little from the New York Mets lately. Part of that is no doubt by design – there are fewer media leaks in Sandy Alderson‘s front office than there were in Omar Minaya‘s. Part of it is probably because nothing major is happening. With the 40-man roster full and most of the projected payroll dollars accounted for, we’re more likely to see minor league free agent signings than the splashy moves that were the hallmark of Minaya’s regime.

But that’s ok. Today, we are exactly seven weeks away from the start of spring training. Pitchers and catchers will report to Port St. Lucie on Monday, February 20th. The first workouts are scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd and position players are due to report on Saturday, February 25th.

Nevermind the calendar you just hung on the wall that tells you spring officially begins on March 20th – we’re just 49 days away. I can hardly wait. 🙂

Twenty-one players have worn #49 in New York Mets history, according to Mets by the Numbers. Except for a few months in 1964 when Johnny Stephenson wore it, #49 went largely unused during the early years of Mets history. Since Kevin Kobel donned it in 1978, #49 has seen fairly regular usage – usually by pitchers. Jonathon Niese has a chance to unseat Armando Benitez as the most famous #49 in Mets history (and some might remember that Todd Hundley also wore it at the start of his major league career.)

A few items from other blogs to start your morning: