Anyone else feel really bad for hockey fans? I'm not a big fan of the sport, myself, but I can certainly empathize with fans missing their favorite game.
- Another day, another huge extension: the Mets, much to many-a-surprise, got it done with David Wright, extending him for seven years and $122 million. The deal, which kicks in after 2013, in which Wright will make $16 million, is the largest in franchise history, if you include that 2013 season. His extension comes on the heels of a similar six-year deal given to Evan Longoria, and after a season that saw stars like Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Andre Ethier land massive extensions. We are clearly in an extension boom in baseball, and we won't know for many years whether these teams are out in front of the game, or if they'll regret these long-term, big money deals. I'm sure, for now, Mets fans are happy to know that their brightest star won't be going anywhere after 2013. And it's not like the Mets are buying out too many aging years - Wright will be just 36 when the deal expires.
- Speaking of New York stars sticking with their team, the Yankees have agreed to re-sign rehabbing - and aging - closer Mariano Rivera to a one-year, $10 million deal, plus incentives. It's a lot of money to pay a 43-year-old pitcher coming of a torn ACL, but Rivera is special - both in terms of his ability and his meaningfulness to New York fans.
- The Pirates snaked a player from those Yankees, signing catcher Russell Martin for two years and $17 million. The Yankees have a couple young catchers they'll give a look, but I wouldn't put a Mike Napoli pursuit past them.
- The Nationals finally got their center fielder, picking up Denard Span from the Twins for top 100 pitching prospect Alex Meyer. Whether you like or dislike the deal for either team necessarily depends on your opinion of the two players involved - some see Span as overrated, some see Meyer as risky.
- It's dated now, but it happened since the last MLBullets, and in case you're the one person who missed it: the Braves signed B.J. Upton for five years and $75.25 million.
- The Dodgers reportedly met with Zack Greinke yesterday, presumably in an effort to get the groundwork for a megadeal laid down before the Winter Meetings, which start on Monday. Here's hope Zack likes being paid in Monopoly money.
- Grant Brisbee offers the reason Sammy Sosa doesn't tend to evoke a strong push from any side in the Hall of Fame debate sphere.
- The domestic violence charges against Francisco Rodriguez, arising out of a September domestic dispute, have been dropped. This was K-Rod's second domestic violence arrest, which could impact the free agent market for his services in 2013, rightly or wrongly.