Good morning! Some worthwhile notes from around Mets land, as spring training still looms roughly a month away.
The Mets avoided arbitration with all four eligible players. Mike Pelfrey will earn $5.68 million, Andres Torres checks in at $2.7 million, Ramon Ramirez will receive $2.67 million, and Manny Acosta will earn $875,000. The Mets avoid the unenviable task of needing to talk down their own players. That’s the kind of thing they save for New Yorker articles.
The team is also looking to replace Wayne Hagin with Josh Lewin in the broadcast booth, as per Newsday. As someone who was repeatedly frustrated by Hagin’s refusal to give the score, and seeming delay om providing basics of the play he was calling, I am hopeful that this will be an upgrade.
Finally, for details on yesterday’s decision by the judge in the case brought by the trustee for the Bernie Madoff victims against Met ownership, I’ll refer you to my piece in Capital New York.