MLB roundup: Sources saying Rodriguez does not plan to retire (The SportsXchange)

Alex Rodriguez has refuted a Thursday report that he is unlikely to play for the New York Yankees again.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 31, 2013

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On Alex Rodriguez, What Would George Steinbrenner Do? (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | New York Yankees albatross Alex Rodriguez seems prepared for a high stakes battle over his baseball future and personal fortune. He’s got a high-priced lawyer and a high-priced public relations firm and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

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Hawkins signs minor-league deal with Mets (The SportsXchange)

The New York Mets signed reliever LaTroy Hawkins to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, according to a USA Today report.

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Mets sign RHP LaTroy Hawkins to minor league deal (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have signed right-hander LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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Alex Rodriguez Could Have Been the New York Mets’ Mess (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Considering what’s transpired with the franchise over the years, isn’t it feasible to think that the drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez could very well have been the New York Mets’ problem?

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 30, 2013

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Marcum and Mets finalize one-year deal (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Shaun Marcum was excited to sign with the New York Mets because they offered him an opportunity to pitch every five days. As for replacing R.A. Dickey, that will take a team effort.

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No. 11 Yankees: With A-Rod’s future in doubt, N.Y. straddles line between contending, expiring (Yahoo! Sports)

As the rest of the AL East grows younger and hungrier, the Yankees look old and brittle.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 30, 2013

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Daniel Murphy and Mets agree at $2,925,000 (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,925,000, avoiding salary arbitration.

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MLB: A-Rod, others tied to PED report; Teixeira takes Broadway stage (The SportsXchange)

Major League Baseball players Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the athletes connected to performance-enhancing drugs to appear on records from a Miami anti-aging clinic, according to a Miami New Times report.

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Pressing Questions: The New York Mets (Roto Arcade)

The Mets actually had a winning record at the All-Star break (46-40) last season but ultimately finished 74-88 and in fourth place in the NL East. The offense, pitching and defense were all middling to poor, and an already strong division got even tougher, as the Nationals and Braves might both be among the best teams in all of baseball in 2013 after adding more pieces during the offseason. New York locked up David Wright long-term, signing him to a new eight-year contract extension, but otherwise this is a franchise in rebuild mode, so patience is going to be required, especially playing in the NL East. Still, there are some really interesting young arms on this roster, so the future could eventually be bright.
One other quick note before we move onto the pressing questions is that despite moving the fences in before the start of last year, Citi Field continued to play as a pitcher’s park, tying for 23rd in runs according to Park Factors. However, it did seem to help hitters when it came to home runs, as the stadium ranked 12th in long balls (in 2011, it ranked 28th and it came in at 27th the year before that). It’s a small sample that could mean nothing, but it’s something that could be worth paying attention to moving forward.
Here are some pressing questions regarding the Mets entering the 2013 season:

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