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Francisco Rodriguez wants $10 million to sign | HardballTalk

I thought K-Rod‘s 8-figure salary days were over since Omar Minaya is no longer a major league GM, but I guess he still thinks he’s worth that much to some team. The Dodgers have certainly been willing to spend big money on other players, but I agree with Aaron Gleeman – they can come up with a more creative solution to their short-term closer problem..

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Random thoughts on some early hot stove season news and rumors

baseballsKansas City Royals fans are on the verge of celebrating their team’s first trip to the World Series since 1985. San Francisco Giants fans and St. Louis Cardinals fans are hoping that their teams will be the one to represent the National League.

Mets fans get to talk about outfield dimensions, who could be the team’s next hitting coach, whether certain players won’t be offered contracts to save money, and if a former GM will land a job with the New York Yankees. Fun stuff.

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Ponies, squirrels, and alternate timelines, oh my

It’s Saturday, so I’m going to start off with a link to something silly but wonderful.

Dayf, who may be the only blogger on the internet obsessed with both baseball cards and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, has re-imagined Keith Hernandez as a pony for a one-of-a-kind art card for Sean at Condition: Poor. (After you check that out, head over to Cardboard Junkie to see another one of Dayf’s sketch cards. The new Miami Marlins logo really does look 20% cooler when it’s paired with ponies.)

Photo credit: Paul Hadsall

On to more serious subjects, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin continues to report rumors that the Binghamton Mets will be relocating to Ottawa for the 2013 season. (It should be noted that the team president denies the reports.) Toby Hyde has a more detailed explanation of the circumstances, which might make it easier to discern fact from speculation. And over at 11th and Washington, Dan weighs in with his thoughts.

My take? Economics and demographics suggest that Double-A baseball’s days are numbered in Binghamton, which is a shame. But for fans who only get to see the B-Mets when they visit Trenton, it’s not a story that’s worth paying that much attention to until facts start replacing the rumors and speculation.

In speculation of the more entertaining “what if” variety, Patrick Flood examines a potential timeline where Omar Minaya didn’t trade for Johan Santana prior to the 2008 season. For all the recent talk about whether the Mets “won” the Santana trade, Flood’s alternate history scenario seems very plausible but not necessarily better. (Spoilers: A.J. Burnett might have found his way into the Mets’ rotation in Santana’s place.) Continue reading “Ponies, squirrels, and alternate timelines, oh my”

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Did you know Omar Minaya is still on the New York Mets payroll?

Omar Minaya
Omar Minaya (Photo credit: Wknight94)
I had completely forgotten that former New York Mets General Manager Omar Minaya is still on the team’s payroll through the end of next season.

New York Times reporter David Waldstein jogged my memory when he mentioned this little detail in a blog post yesterday.

Fortunately, it seems like Minaya might be employed soon by the Toronto Blue Jays or another major league team. Of course, Minaya’s influence on the Mets will linger until at least 2013, thanks to the contracts he gave to Jason Bay and Johan Santana.

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Oddball Item Of The Day: 2005 New York Times Jose Reyes Pin

In 2005, we were all excited about the New York Mets. Our new GM Omar Minaya got us Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran — two of the biggest stars on the market that winter. The team’s marketing slogan was “Next Year Is Now” and it seemed like it might actually be true.

History shows that the picture wasn’t quite as rosy as we wanted to believe, but that sense of optimism produced some interesting collectibles.

The New York Times created a series of 25 commemorative pins, which featured everyone from stars like Mike Piazza, Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and David Wright to lesser-known  and less popular players like Victor Diaz, Victor Zambrano and Kris Benson. The Mets logo, Mr. Met and Shea Stadium also had pins.

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