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Blog Roundup: Giving Thanks

This year, I’d like to give thanks for baseball, the New York Mets, and their loyal/crazy/passionate bloggers.  Thanks to them, I enjoyed 2011’s 77-win season like no other 77-win season before.  When Jesse Orosco hung on to finish off the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS, Keith Hernandez said to him, “Way to make it interesting.”  To Joe Janish and the good folks at Mets Today, and Mets bloggers everywhere, I say, “Way to make it interesting.”

Thankfully, here are the Blogs:

  • John Delcos wonders if Joe Nathan would have been worth the price for the Mets.
  • Mets Fever says the Mets are still interested in Huston Street.
  • Media Goon nearly reached Red Hulk status while trying to purchase his 20-game ticket plan.
  • LoHud Mets figures out if Jack Wilson is a free-agent fit.
  • Tedquarters (with a nod to Optimistic Mets Fan) reviews a Tostada from Wayne, NJ, the home of my alma mater.
  • Amazin’ Avenue takes an in-depth look at Bobby Valentine, and endorses him for the next manager of the Red Sox.  Based on this piece, I’d hire him.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Mets Today readers.  We’re most thankful for you.

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Rangers Sign Joe Nathan

In case you missed it, the Texas Rangers have signed former Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5M contract that includes an option for 2014.

Sorry Timo.

Apparently, Nathan was uninterested in the Mets’ generous and complex offer that consisted of an unlimited Metro Card, 10 copies of the Playing for Peanuts Uncensored 3-DVD set, gift certificates to the Shake Shack, 50 bags of popcorn, a poster signed by Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, and an undetermined amount of expired green stamps. But hey, you have to give the Mets’ front office credit for being creative.

With Joe Nathan off the market, I suppose the Mets will set their sights on Matt Capps, Frankie Francisco, and/or Fernando Rodney. Though, none of the three are old enough to know what green stamps are, and that could make the Mets offer appear less valuable.

In other news, former Mets captain of grission Ty Wigginton has been traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Philadelphia Phillies. A nice move for the Phils, who add Wiggy to a bench that already includes free-agent signee Jim Thome. Not too shabby — a solid one-two pinch-hitting punch for the late innings.

Another individual once associated with the Mets — Bobby Valentine — has emerged as the top candidate for the Boston Red Sox open managerial position. I can’t imagine a better fit for both parties.

As for the Mets, they are reportedly kicking the tires on Jack Wilson. Wow. Can you imagine? Talk about trumping all the above-mentioned news. It would be a quite a coup for the Mets if they can find a way to fit Wilson into their payroll … and of course, who would miss Jose Reyes if Jack Wilson were playing shortstop? Cross your fingers, and perhaps Christmas will come early for Mets fans!

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Window Shopping: Pirates

A team that is sitting in last place, nine games below .500 and in a division headed by the Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers, would presumably be sellers. Indeed, the fire sale began a few weeks ago for the Pirates, who dealt away Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, Sean Burnett, and Eric Hinske over the past few weeks. But there isn’t much left in the cupboard, so the store in Pittsburgh will be closing shortly.

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