Here's the latest out of New York:
Mets lose Cruz in Rule 5 - Mets Blog - ESPN New York
The Mets lost hard-throwing right-handed reliever Rhiner Cruz in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning as the winter meetings draw to a close. The Houston Astros took Cruz with the first overall pick in the draft. Cruz went 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 36 relief appearances after a promotion to Double-A Binghamton. He struck out 51 and walked 39 in 58 2/3 innings.
Getting to Know the New Mets Bullpen - Amazin' Avenue
"All in all, the Mets quickly constructed a reasonably-priced bullpen, finalizing all three acquisitions in the course of what seemed like ten minutes on Tuesday night. If the season were to begin tomorrow, the three new pitchers would probably be joined by Byrdak, Bobby Parnell, Manny Acosta, and either D.J. Carrasco of Daniel Ray Herrera in the pen. For a team that struggled pitching in relief this year, that should be a significant step up."
Source: Parnell trade mulled - Mets Blog - ESPN New York
"The Mets were debating Wednesday whether to trade Bobby Parnell to an unspecified team for a starting position player, a major league source said."
Queens Diary: With Jose Reyes on Miami Marlins, Queens economy could take hit - NY Daily News
"Only three seasons ago, Reyes symbolized the optimism in Queens: the opening of a gleaming new stadium and the hope for a return to playoff baseball. Now, cheers have turned to jeers from fans upset about the Reyes departure. They’ll never go to another Mets game, they rant, or they’ll go to far fewer than they did before."
Five Questions With Yankee Source's David P. On Hiroyuki Nakajima - Pinstripe Alley
"I reached out to David P. from YankeeSource on the recent news that the Yankees won the bidding for Hiroyuki Nakajima. David scouts the Pacific Rim, primarily NPB and Taiwan but also spends time in Latin America prior to International Free Agent signings."
Twitter / @Joelsherman1 - "#Yankees close to signing 1-time big #Indians prospect Adam Miller to minor lge deal. RHP was derailed by finger issues. Yanks see as rlvr"
Twitter / @BryanHoch - "Yankees have released OF Greg Golson. He was actually here at the Winter Meetings, in the trade show."
Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and Insanity - Pinstripe Alley
"Both times that Rodriguez signed his record setting deals, he was coming off 9+ WAR seasons. Pujols, by comparison, is coming off of a 5 WAR season. Obviously, that's not shabby, but whether this is a fluke and Pujols ultimately returns to his 7-8 WAR self, or it's a sign of things to come the way that Rodriguez's 2008-2009 seasons were, remains to be seen. And that's huge here."
Twitter / @Joelsherman1: - "Scouts talked to liked both #Yankees Rule 5 picks. Called Meyers extreme strike thrower (0BBs, 36.1IP at Double-A this yr). Cabral good gamble because fastball/slider combo could work in majors against LHs, and competent vs. RHs due to changeup."
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