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Ten days til spring training: Trying (not very successfully) to accentuate the positive

We’re ten days from the official start of spring training for the New York Mets, and GM Sandy Alderson told the New York Post yesterday that his roster is “pretty much there.”  Now I could point out the folly of going into the season with substantially the same team – minus Jose Reyes – that finished 4th with a 77-85 record in 2011, but spring training is a time for optimism.

2010 Topps National Chicle Josh Thole autograph card from my collection

So instead, let me point you toward a picture of Johan Santana working out in Port St. Lucie that the Mets posted to their Twitter account yesterday, and a Newsday story about how Josh Thole has been working to improve his defense. See? Positives.

And speaking of Twitter and Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager now has an account: @MetsGM. He’s already shown that he has a sense of humor… let’s hope he’s prepared for interaction with Mets fans.

A pair of Mets minor leaguers – pitcher Scott Moviel and catcher Dock Doyle – were suspended for violating Minor League Baseball’s Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Neither was considered a big prospect at this stage of their careers, but Moviel was the team’s second round pick in 2007.

(The 2007 draft wasn’t a particularly good one — the Mets had five picks in the first 100. Eddie Kunz briefly pitched in the majors in 2008, but has been stuck in Double-A for the last two years. In 2011, he played for the San Antonio Missions in the San Diego farm system. Nathan Vineyard retired from baseball at age 19 after 11 pro games. Moviel has yet to move past the Single-A level and was 5-10 with a 5.10 ERA for the St. Lucie Mets in 2011. Brant Rustich has been plagued by arm issues, has not pitched above the Single-A level and did not pitch at all last season. Eric Niesen has spent the last three years at Double-A Binghamton. He struggled in his first full year as a reliever, posting an 0-5 record with a 7.94 ERA in 27 games.)

I know I have a few occasional readers with ties to the Binghamton, N.Y. area, so I thought I’d mention that ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is again reporting rumors that the Binghamton Mets franchise could be moving to Ottawa, Canada.

Back to something fun, Corey Mansfield is creating a set of virtual 2012 Long Island Ducks baseball cards for his LI Ducks Blog. The latest creation? New York Mets fan-favorite Buddy Harrelson.

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Autograph of the day: Eddie Kunz

Eddie Kunz, a highly-touted prospect in the Mets farm system, reached the big leagues just over a year after being drafted with the 42nd overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft. 

In limited opportunities, Kunz struggled and never seemd to gain interim manager Jerry Manuel’s trust. Kunz did not receive a September call-up, but was instead sent to the Arizona Fall League for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, Kunz is not dominating the hitters in Arizona, either.

With Manuel secure in the manager’s role for 2009, Kunz is going to need to impress early in spring training if he hopes to be considered for the Mets bullpen next year.

I got this TriStar Projections card signed through the mail earlier this season while Kunz was playing for the Binghamton Mets.