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Doug Miller at MLB.com reminds us that Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a day off in the hot stove league:

Mets GM Omar Minaya might have put it best last year when he told the
New York Daily News, “In this business, Thanksgiving is still a work
day.”

Minaya’s Red Sox counterpart, Theo Epstein, proved that in
2003, when he and club president and CEO Larry Lucchino flew to Phoenix
and showed up at the home of then-Arizona Diamondbacks ace Curt
Schilling. The two actually ate Thanksgiving dinner with Schilling and
his family while Epstein tried to convince the right-hander to waive a
no-trade clause and accept a contract extension, presumably between
bites.

It worked. They carved out the turkey and the trade that
brought Schilling — and the following year’s World Series title — to
Boston.

The famous Josh Beckett-Mike Lowell-Hanley Ramirez swap occurred on Thanksgiving too, as did the Mets’ trade for Carlos Delgado.  Omar traveled to the Dominican Republic on Thanksgiving to woo Pedro Martinez as well.

The upshot: something big could happen today, and if I’m not buzzed on Beaujolais, zonked out on tryptophan or filling my pie hole with pie, I’ll tell you all about it. 

The Mets expect Tim Tebow to come back next year

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Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told Newsday today that he expects minor league outfielder Tim Tebow to return for a third season in professional baseball.

Tebow, 31, broke the hamate bone in his right hand while swinging a bat in late July, ending his season. It was a fairly successful season for him all things considered. After being promoted to Double-A Binghamton to start the year he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs, a stolen base and a .734 OPS in 298 plate appearances and made the Double-A All-Star team. That’s not the stuff of a top prospect — he strikes out far too much and the power numbers aren’t fantastic given that power would figure to be his strongest tool — but it’s pretty respectable for a guy his age and with his relative lack of baseball experience. As I said back in July, you can believe the Mets’ interest in Tebow is more marketing than baseball, but that does not preclude you from giving the guy a deserved tip of the cap for working hard and sticking it out in the bush leagues.

Assuming he does come back, the Mets are likely to start him at Triple-A Syracuse in the hopes that he’d eventually get to the bigs as a late season callup if the Mets aren’t in contention. Indeed, many believed that was the plan for him this year had he not been injured.