Omar Minaya leaves Padres to take job with MLBPA (Big League Stew)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 30, 2015 at 1:30 am



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Omar Minaya leaves Padres, joins union as adviser (The Associated Press)

Omar Minaya is switching sides. The former New York Mets general manager left his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres on Thursday to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark. Born in the Dominican Republic, Minaya started in baseball management as a scout for the Texas Rangers, where he helped sign Sammy Sosa. He became the major leagues' first Hispanic general manager with the Montreal Expos from 2002 to 2004.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm



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Reliever Jenrry Mejia, Mets get 1-year deal, no arbitration (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Reliever Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets have reached agreement on a one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm



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Red Sox All-Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78 (The Associated Press)

Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday. Monbouquette spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm



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Michael Cuddyer brings card tricks, optimism to Mets clubhouse (Big League Stew)

After finalizing a seven-year, $210 million contract with free agent Max Scherzer, it appears the rest of the NL East will need nothing short of a miracle or perhaps even some magic to overcome the Washington Nationals. With that in mind, it's probably a good thing the New York Mets had already gone out and hired a magician this offseason, signing outfielder Michaal Cuddyer a two-year, $21 million deal in November. And no, we're not exclusively referring to Cuddyer baseball skills, though many times he has looked like a magician at the plate. Especially 2013, when he took home the NL batting crown. He's actually a magician with a wide range of card tricks. It's a unique talent, but it's a talent he's used for years in the clubhouse to keep teammates loose and entertained. On Thursday, Cuddyer spent part of his afternoon sharpening his skills in the Mets clubhouse. Only this time, he had a different audience. The Mets brought in students from PS 92 in Queens, and as you might expect, the kids were quite impressed with Cuddyer's slight of hand. As you also might expect, because this is New York after all, the topic of the day eventually turned to the Mets outlook this season. In this case, Cuddyer didn't attempt to the pull wool over anyone's eyes. He acknowledged the Nationals are the team to beat, but made it known that the Mets will also compete for that position. From MLB.com: "I don't see why we couldn't. Obviously, they're going to have a great staff, there's no question about it. They've got All-Stars on the staff. They've got ERA champions on the staff, strikeout champions on the staff. But at the same time, we've got guys that can compete with that as well. I think the 'Baseball Almanac' would be written a lot differently if you donned a champion in February every year." Admittedly, Cuddyer can't see the future, but he does make good points. Often times the favorites in February are afterthoughts by August. However, the Nationals are a different animal. Their starting rotation is as loaded as we've ever seen in recent years, and should they elect to not immediately trade from that depth, will be equipped to handle absorb some adversity. Where the Mets should make some noise is in the wild-card race, and we don't think that will require magic. Just good health should do the trick. If Cuddyer, David Wright and returning ace Matt Harvey can hold up for 162 games, the Mets will have staying power and an opportunity to reappear in the postseason following an eight-year absence. Actually believing they can do it won't hurt either. BLS H/N: Cut 4 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm



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Reds’ Billy Hamilton getting stronger for encore season (The Associated Press)

Billy Hamilton set a Reds rookie record by stealing 56 bases last season, tied for second-most overall in the major leagues. So the 6-foot, 160-pound outfielder is on a weight-lifting regimen this offseason, trying to make his body ready for the extra wear-and-tear of a major league season. ''This offseason I've had a chance to do stuff like that,'' Hamilton said on Thursday, before the start of the team's annual media caravan to nearby cities. I'm not a power hitter, but I want to be stronger than last year.'' He took the National League by surprise during his first promotion in September 2013, batting .368 for the month and stealing 13 bases while getting caught only once.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm



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Topps is releasing baseball cards of celebrity first pitches (Big League Stew)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm



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All Team Bullpen Audit (Rotoworld)

Today we'll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm



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Strawberry’s deferred compensation auctioned for $1.3M (The Associated Press)

The deferred compensation agreement included in Darryl Strawberry's 1985-90 contract with the New York Mets has been auctioned for $1.3 million by the Internal Revenue Service. The buyer, only identified as a man, was among 31 bidders during the sale Tuesday in Fairview Heights, Illinois, according to Michael Devine of the IRS's St. Louis office. Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers in Pensacola, Florida, ordered the sale last September to satisfy tax liens for Strawberry's federal tax debts for 1989, 1990, 2003 and 2004. The federal government sued Strawberry in 2007, seeking to collect what then was nearly $500,000 in unpaid taxes from the eight-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm



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Rangers obtain pitcher Gonzalez Germen from Yankees for cash (The Associated Press)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The New York Yankees have traded pitcher Gonzalez Germen to the Texas Rangers for cash, a month after acquiring him from the New York Mets.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm



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