Scott Boras isn't pleased with the Mets right now

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We’ve discussed the Walter Reed situation ad nauseam in this space this week, so I don’t want to give it too much time. Besides, the Mets have already found a new disaster with the pending shoulder surgery for Johan Santana. Still, it was hard to ignore this one.

Scott Boras, who represents both Carlos Beltran and Oliver Perez, told the New York Post that Mets COO Jeff Wilpon should have given the players more than a few days’ notice about the visit.

“My
point is, the team has a duty to run the organization professionally. Giving the players [short] notice, knowing they have plans
or obligations in their personal lives, and then to admonish the players
without checking, it’s totally unprofessional on all fronts.”

“A major league baseball team has to be cautious about how it treats its star players.”

I would be worried about how the Mets’ behavior will affect their chances of landing future free agents — which is what I believe Boras is implying here — but that is assuming the team has any wiggle room to even be active on that front. They really don’t. If the Mets pick up Jose Reyes’ $11 million club option for 2011, they will have $116 million tied up in just eight players next season.

Wanna see Yasiel Puig and Dallas Keuchel naked?

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On the one hand, the ESPN Magazine “Body Issue” is a transparent attempt by ESPN to sell magazines via the objectification of the human form in a time of the year when only one major team sport — the one ESPN seems to care about the least, baseball — is active and people are generally not buying a ton of magazines.

On the other hand, unlike “Sports Illustrated’s” swimsuit issue, ESPN objectifies men as well as women, at least making things putatively fair. Oh, and they also, on occasion, put people like Prince Fielder in the thing so as to not exclusively promote unrealistic body standards.

So, on balance: not great and still cynical, but it’s better than its antecedent, and I suppose that’s not nothing.

If you can make your way through the moral and ethical implications of all of this unscathed, feel free to gawk at Yasiel Puig and Dallas Keuchel naked. Here is the link to Puig’s spread, here is the link to Keuchel’s. For what it’s worth, Puig looks like he’s having more fun. Shocker.

A taste, from Puig’s Twitter feed:

Keuchel didn’t tweet out pics of himself in the all together. Like I said: he didn’t seem to have quite as much fun with it.