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Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in February 2016. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Back in the heady days of summer and early fall, when the Mets' pursuit of big-ticket outfielders like Shin-Soo Choo populated some newspapers and Sandy Alderson spoke openly of $100 million payrolls, one thing was all but certain: Ruben Tejada wouldn't be the shortstop in 2014.
For all the attention paid to the pyrotechnical end to Alex Rodriguez's appeal of Major League Baseball's 211-game suspension, very little was resolved this week.
A few months ago, the Knicks and Pacers were two evenly matched teams, battling through six games in the Eastern Conference playoffs, despite the Knicks playing with injuries to most of their important players.
The Mets' winter of 2013-14 is already falling far short of the team's predictions, weeks before the winter meetings even begin.
Last season, the Brooklyn Nets existed in the shadow of the New York Knicks, and it had to be infuriating for owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
There's been an overriding theme so far in this baseball offseason, still in its early stages: prices are going up.
Back in the summer of 2012, the Knicks elected not to match an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets to promising point guard Jeremy Lin, author of Linsanity, for three years, $25.1 million.
Wednesday afternoon at the General Manager meetings in Orlando in the winter the Mets have long claimed would be different than those that came before it offered a tableau suggesting that absolutely nothing has changed.