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Meetings kick off Mets' long, cold winter

Let Sandy Alderson & Co. spin it any way they want, but budget woes don't bode well

Updated: December 9, 2010, 3:23 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The first offseason under Omar Minaya, the New York Mets threw big dollars and extra years at Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran and landed both. A year later, Carlos Delgado and Billy Wagner came on board. Subsequent offseasons brought Johan Santana, Francisco Rodriguez and Jason Bay.

Now? Signing right-hander Boof Bonser to a minor league contract qualifies as major activity by the Mets during the winter meetings.

Welcome to the big-market Mets. On austerity.

With ...

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