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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/1

And just like that, the Mets are 0-2 in Grapefruit League play.

helmets2-22What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Too early to call him on it.” –Bobby Parnell, on breaking Daniel Murphy’s bat during live batting practice

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Valdespin hooks on in NL East: a match made in heaven?

The Marlins on Friday signed fun-times infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin to a minor league deal (sans invitation to big league spring training). Seems like self-written destiny, doesn’t it? It was barely more than a year ago that Valdespin created a mini maelstrom by tweeting a (since-deleted) photo of himself in a Marlins cap.

He was, at the time, an employee of the Mets.

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It was not an isolated incident in terms of Valdespin’s comportment. Remember this? Or this? Or this? (So much for this, I suppose.)

Ah, memories.

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The scene: Harvey vs. Fernandez

The future is vibrant tonight at Marlins Ballpark, where Matt Harvey and the Mets are taking on rookie Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.

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Mets to witness Greenberg’s dream

The Mets will play a role in an inspirational story next week when New Haven, Conn. native Adam Greenberg, a former professional baseball player whose career ended after he was hit in the head by a pitch in his only Major League plate appearance, joins the Marlins on a one-day contract.

Greenberg will make a second career plate appearance Tuesday for the Marlins, potentially with R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets in Miami. And the Mets will be supporting him in their own way.

“Certainly, it’s a sad story, but I’m anxious to have a chance to wish him luck and tell him we all support his charge back to try to become a Major League player again,” manager Terry Collins said. “It’s a sad case, but he obviously had some great skills because there’s a lot of guys who didn’t get one at-bat for lots of reasons. They might have gotten hit in the head in the Minor Leagues. Again, it’s a sad case but I know our guys will be on the top step clapping for him when he gets in the batter’s box.”

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Ozzie: Santana is the reason I got fired

Asked today how well he knows Johan Santana, Marlins (and former White Sox) manager Ozzie Guillen responded with this riff:

“Santana is the reason I got fired. I gave Santana his award; the Cy Young award belongs to the White Sox. If you take Santana’s wins against the White Sox when he won the Cy Young, he don’t win any Cy Young. That’s six, seven wins. Santana, he’s one of the best lefties I’ve ever seen. I see him very good. I saw him, like I made a comment the last time we faced him, since Santana was pitching bad, as soon as he sees me, back to normal. … He sees my face, there we go, nine-inning shutout. What can I say about this kid? He’s a hard-worker, he takes a lot of pride in his job, he loves to compete and he loves to win. That’s all I can say, because I’ve seen him for a long time and I’ve seen him on the top of his game. I don’t see anything better. He throws 95-96 and his changeup is 78, and breaking ball is 84. He’s been competing against good pitching staffs and good hitting teams and he’s still one of the best lefties in the game the last 10 years, maybe more than that.”

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/15

So the Mets finally got a glimpse of old friend Jose Reyes today, playing his Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. You can read about that on Mets.com and Marlins.com.

I also caught up with Frank Viola III, son of the former Cy Young award winner who, with the help of R.A. Dickey, is trying to revive his career with the knuckleball. That story is here.

I’m taking a long weekend off, so don’t expect any updates on Mets Cetera until Tuesday. But I’ll be back in full force then, bringing you all the news from the second half of Mets Spring Training.

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Reyes’ contract details with Miami

Wondering just how sweet Florida’s offer was to Jose Reyes? Below are the full details of his new deal, including bonuses:

Salary breakdown:

2012: $10 million
2013: $10 million
2014: $16 million
2015: $22 million
2016: $22 million
2017: $22 million

2018:  $22 million club option or $4 million buyout.

Total value: $106 million, or $124 million if seventh-year option is exercised.

Incentives:

MVP: $500,000
World Series MVP: $1 million
LCS MVP: $250,000
Silver Slugger: $100,000
All-Star selection: $50,000
Gold Glove: $50,000

Extras:

  • Reyes will donate $176,666 per year to charity.
  • He will receive a personal suite both on the road and at home.

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