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Mets Notes: Tuiasosopo, Payroll Drop-Off, Lucas Duda, Rick Ankiel

GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 11:  Matt Tuiasosopo #27 of the Seattle Mariners gets ready to swing the bat against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on March 11, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 11: Matt Tuiasosopo #27 of the Seattle Mariners gets ready to swing the bat against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on March 11, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets have signed Matt Tuiasosopo to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America (h/t Adam Rubin).

Other notes around the club have the team possibly facing the largest payroll drop-off ever, a sabermetric look at prospect Lucas Duda over at Amazin' Avenue, and reports that the Mets are looking at lefty outfielders like Rick Ankiel:

  • Project: Lucas Duda - Amazin' Avenue
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  • Mets Rumors: New York Is Looking At Lefty Outfielders - MLB Daily Dish
    The New York Mets are looking at a variety of left-handed outfield options, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. The five names that Crasnick specifically mentions are Johnny Damon, Kosuke Fukudome, Rick Ankiel, Juan Pierre and Raul Ibanez.
  • New York Mets Complete Organizational Chart - MLB Daily Dish
    A complete, live chart of the New York Mets organization -- leadership, rosters, salaries, arbitration and options, as well as prospect rankings.