New York Mets: Anthony Scaramucci

Mets morning briefing 4.25.11

April, 25, 2011
4/25/11
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With their winning streak at four games after a series sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Mets take a day off before opening a series in Washington on Tuesday. Read the series preview here.

Monday's news reports:

• Post columnist Joel Sherman writes the Mets were contemplating putting Jon Niese in the bullpen if he did not have a credible outing Sunday. Writes Sherman:

The Mets were concerned Niese was dismissing his changeup (he had thrown just nine in four starts), which reduced him to more of a reliever-like repertoire of fastball and curve. That the Mets were even pondering such a move shows just how dedicated they are early this season to win rather than play for the future. They further demonstrated that by announcing after yesterday's 8-4 win over Arizona that they were keeping Gee to pitch out of the pen and demoting D.J. Carrasco, the only free agent they gave a multi-year contract to in the offseason. Niese halted talk of moving him to the pen by ending what was an eight-start winless streak dating to last year. And he hardly needed his changeup to do so.

Jim Baumbach of Newsday catches up with Double-A manager Wally Backman, whose team is back on track after opening the season 2-6. (The B-Mets are still tied for the Eastern League's poorest record at 5-8.) Writes Baumbach:

Losing was tough enough, but what really bothered the gritty, fiery former Mets second baseman was when players didn't take the game seriously. In a telephone interview, Backman said a few players on his team were simply "going through the motions" during the losing streak. Stuff like not hustling during games or not taking batting practice seriously, Backman said, that's what ate at the competitor inside him. Backman knew he had to stop that type of behavior right away or face the prospects of a long season of uninspired play. "You got to do it as quick as you can," Backman said, "or else players will fall into a pattern."

• The Post's Josh Kosman and Lenn Robbins report the sale of a minority share of the Mets could be weeks away. The article includes:

Sources close to some suitors suspect that the Mets' auction may not be going as well as advertised, although the Mets maintain it is. Suitors who made it past the first round include: former Glencore commodity trader Ray Bartoszek; hedge fund honcho Steve Cohen; a group led by Steve Starker, co-founder of trading firm BTIG; and hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci.

David Wright had the 16th multi-homer game of his career Sunday, further distancing himself from last week's 0-for-20 drought. Wright tied Dave Kingman and Carlos Beltran for third on the franchise's multi-homer game list. Darryl Strawberry is the leader at 22, followed by Mike Piazza with 17. Read more in Newsday and the Journal.

D.J. Carrasco, not Dillon Gee, was dispatched to Buffalo after Sunday's game to make room for the activation of Chris Young (biceps tendinitis) for Tuesday's start in Washington. Carrasco received the lone multi-year deal for a free agent from Sandy Alderson during his first offseason as GM -- two years, $2.4 million. Alderson said Gee in the bullpen may last only seven to 10 days. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and Newsday.

Jason Pridie delivered his first major league homer. He received the souvenir from the three-run shot off Armando Galarraga because it landed in the bullpen. "I've been waiting for a couple of years to get to the big leagues and be on a team where it matters, not just a September courtesy call-up," Pridie said.

• Read game stories from Sunday's 8-4 win in the Star-Ledger, Times, Record, Daily News, Post and Newsday.

BIRTHDAY: Former Mets reliever Brad Clontz turns 40. Clontz pitched in three games for the 1998 Mets. He is better known for throwing the wild pitch that scored the winning run for the Mets in a 2-1 win over the Pirates on the final Sunday of the 1999 season. Wins by the Mets and Reds forced a one-game playoff in Cincinnati, which the Mets won to clinch the wild card. -Mark Simon

Mets morning briefing 4.13.11

April, 13, 2011
4/13/11
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The Mets and Rockies were rained out Tuesday night, and will play a single-admission doubleheader Thursday at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday night's game features last night's planned pitching matchup -- Jon Niese vs. Esmil Rogers. The team will need a spot starter no later than Sunday in Atlanta, with Dillon Gee being called up from Buffalo, or D.J. Carrasco, seemingly the logical candidates. Check the rainout ticket policy here.

The rainout news reports:

Richard Sandomir and Peter Lattman of the Times say the Mets have narrowed the list of prospective minority investors to three groups. The report focuses on billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen. It also identifies Skybridge Capital hedge-fund founder Anthony Scaramucci and 1-800-Flowers.com founder James McCann as alive in the bidding. Writes the Times regarding Cohen:

Cohen runs SAC Capital Advisors, a powerful $12 billion hedge fund headquartered in Stamford, Conn. He has posted some of the best investment performances on Wall Street, generating annualized returns of about 30 percent over nearly two decades. Over the past two years, Cohen has elevated his former low profile, speaking at conferences and stepping up his philanthropy. He also frequently shows up at art shows, where he looks to add to a world-class collection of paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. SAC has been touched by the government’s widespread crackdown into insider trading at hedge funds.

Steve Popper of the Record speaks with Mike Pelfrey about pitching without the help of sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman, who passed away Feb. 28. Pelfrey and Dorfman would speak by telephone the morning after each start last season. "You know what I did, the first two starts?" Pelfrey tells Popper. "I read his book [The Mental ABC's of Pitching]. I picked up sections of his book and read parts of his book that I always would have, certain sections that we talked about, stuff that I know he would tell me after. Reading it I can see him saying that stuff as I’m reading it. Of course it’s not quite the same as hearing it. But going through it and reading it, it all made sense because it’s all stuff he had told me before." Dorfman was employed by Pelfrey's agent, Scott Boras. Boras also employs former major league pitcher Don Carman -- who went 53-54 with a 4.11 ERA in 10 major league seasons, primarily with the Phillies -- in that mental-coach role. Pelfrey did speak with him after his disastrous start in Philadelphia, when he went only two innings. But it's a slow process opening up about your life to someone unfamiliar.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen acknowledges Bobby Parnell cannot indefinitely continue in the eighth-inning role if his struggles persist. Parnell allowed three runs in the eighth inning Monday against the Rockies, which included a misthrow to the plate and a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki. He has an 8.31 ERA and has allowed six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. "If he keeps struggling in that role, we will go elsewhere," Warthen tells the Post's Dan Martin. "We'll go with the hot hand, which might be [Jason Isringhausen], Pedro Beato or D.J. Carrasco. We're looking, but nobody is jumping out. ... Bobby is either going to step up and do the job or we'll have to find someone else. Other than that, I think we'll be fine." Warthen went on to note that the Mets are missing the predictability and reliability of Pedro Feliciano and Hisanori Takahashi, who are making a combined $8 million this season elsewhere.

Writes Andy Martino in the Daily News regarding Parnell:

Warthen has felt frustrated in the past with Parnell's reliance on the two-seamer, and the resulting drop in speed. Lately, though, he sees a pitcher mostly willing to throw the four-seamer, but sometimes unable to execute it. "He is probably throwing the ball as hard as he should, arm-speed wise, but the hand isn't staying behind the baseball, and thus the lesser velocity," Warthen said. "The delivery is not executing the pitch."

Sandy Alderson said he now does not expect Jason Bay (rib-cage strain) to return before April 26. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I'm not excited to play," fill-in Willie Harris tells Tom Rock in Newsday. "I am excited to play. But I also know my role. That's Jason Bay's spot and it's my job to fill in for him until he gets back. That's my job."

Daniel Murphy was due to start a second straight game at second base on Monday night. Terry Collins did note he was not exactly switching to a platoon between the lefty-hitting Murphy and righty-hitting Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus, who is 0-for-his-last-12. Writes David Lennon in Newsday:

Emaus is batting .167 (4-for-24) with a .286 on-base percentage and twice as many strikeouts as walks. Again, we're talking tiny sample sizes here. But the Mets are trying to win games, and right this minute, Murphy seems better equipped to help in that pursuit -- even if it's just a platoon situation. Murphy is a career .280 hitter against righthanders and also has a full season in the majors on his resume. In 2009, he played 155 games after stepping in at first base for injured Carlos Delgado, and he hit .266 with 38 doubles and 12 homers.

Carlos Delgado officially retired. Delgado had a failed comeback attempt in the minors last year with the Boston Red Sox. He had not appeared in the majors since May 10, 2009 with the Mets, when hip troubles overcame him. "He tried everything, it just didn't work out for him," Carlos Beltran tells Kimberley A. Martin in Newsday. "Of course, it makes me feel bad for him because he had some goals that he wanted to accomplish and he couldn't do it."

• Daily News columnist Filip Bondy also covers Delgado's departure, minus the part about Willie Randolph feeling undermined by Delgado in the Mets clubhouse.

• Collins says he does not want to bounce Angel Pagan, who is hitting .179, throughout the order. The manager over the weekend decided to return Pagan to the No. 2 hole where he had success last year. But Collins since has abanoned that. Partially, it's due to Pagan's struggles. But if Pagan bats second against the Rockies, it also means Collins is lining up four straight left-handed batters lower in the order when Murphy starts -- Ike Davis, Murphy, Harris and Josh Thole. That makes it too easy for Colorado manager Jim Tracy to summon a lefty specialist to try to mow down four straight batters. And Collins would have his hands tied pinch-hitting because the Mets only are playing with a four-man bench to allow for an eight-man bullpen. "It's a lot of adjustment you have to make because in every different position in the lineup, they pitch you differently," Pagan tells Newsday. "So it's a little stressful, but it's doable. I did it, I did it well and I'm willing to do it again if I have to."

Scott Cacciola of The Wall Street Journal discusses nail care with R.A. Dickey.

• Post columnist Steve Serby doesn't mince words contrasting the early 1960s Mets to the present. Writes Serby:

They were loveable losers, and New York had a National League team again. But you have learned the hard way lately that there is quite a difference between loveable losers, and losers.

BIRTHDAY: John Stephenson, who played in 162 games for the Mets from 1964 to '66, was born on this date in 1941.

Mets morning briefing 3.8.11

March, 8, 2011
3/08/11
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Tuesday marks the final start of Oliver Perez's Mets career, as the southpaw opens the untelevised road split-squad game in Kissimmee against the Houston Astros. Chris Capuano gets SNY's Port St. Lucie-based game against the Washington Nationals. Terry Collins insists Perez will not be released after this appearance -- that there definitely will be an intermediate step of Perez auditioning for a left-handed specialist role. For what it's worth, Sandy Alderson and Collins will be making the trip with Perez. So will ESPNNewYork.com.

Tuesday's news reports:

• The Times reveals another financial heavy hitter, who is a leading part of a group of potential buyers that includes Anthony Scaramucci, the managing partner of asset-management company SkyBridge. It's James F. McCann, the founder of Westbury, L.I.-based 1-800-Flowers.com. That company has sponsored the Mets' Kiss Cam between innings. A company spokesman told the newspaper: “The only thing I can tell you is he’s a very close friend of Fred and Jeff Wilpon’s and knows them very well. ... [McCann] has a strong affinity for the Mets.”

@Josh_Thole talks with Newsday about signing up for Twitter. He notes he is following 56 people (including @AdamRubinESPN). "I started doing the whole 'what was I doing all day' thing but I stopped that," Thole tells David Lennon about the content of his tweets. "I'm sure people liked it, but it was kind of too much for me. ... I have no idea what I'm doing. As somebody explained it to me, it's like sending a text message to 5,000 people. If I say something wrong, or say something that shouldn't have come out, it could be a problem. I'm just going to keep it simple right now." David Wright says he is considering creating an account this season.

• The Post's Dan Martin talks to on-the-outs Perez and Luis Castillo about the pressure they are facing. Neither is expected on the major league club.

"I don't worry if people don't think I can do it," Perez tells Martin. "The Mets have given me a chance to start games. All I can do is pitch my best. When I'm on the mound, I don't think about it being maybe my last start or anything else."

Says Castillo: "My job is to make the team. It's hard to do when you don't play much. I know there's a lot of pressure on me for me to stay here, and I want to. I feel healthy. I know I can help this team, and I think they're being fair. I just want one more chance."

Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus looks like the frontrunner for second base, with Daniel Murphy also on the team. The simplest way for Nick Evans to get on the team, though, is for Murphy to win the second-base job outright and Emaus returned to Toronto, even if that's not the likely scenario. That way, Evans could sneak onto a five-man bench with Chin-lung Hu, Mike Nickeas (until Ronny Paulino's remaining eight-game suspension is served), Scott Hairston and Willie Harris. Evans is out of options and is more likely than not to get claimed off waivers.

Andy Martino of the Daily News notes that Collins, as well as Alderson, are going to Kissimmee to watch Perez because they promised him a fair shot and it would be going against their word otherwise. "When you have a conversation with a player, and you give him a program that you're going to put down, you stand by that program," Collins said. "Credibility is at stake here. I don't think it's fair to him not having me there. If I was trying to make a team and make a rotation and the manager wasn't there, I would question that."

• Collins picked uniform No. 10 as a tribute to Jim Leyland. Leyland named Collins to the Mets skipper's first major league coaching gig, with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 as bullpen coach. So the two men naturally chatted for 20 minutes Monday behind the batting cage when Leyland's Tigers visited Port St. Lucie. "His dealings with the players were so honest," Collins tells The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa about Leyland. "I watched him communicate on a daily basis, and I probably didn't live up to that the way he did. But he gave me my chance when nobody else would." Collins has repeatedly cited Leyland since being hired. Most recently, Collins said Sunday that he might place Hairston in the clean-up spot on days Carlos Beltran sits during the regular season because that's what Leyland would do -- or did while managing the Pirates. Collins noted when No. 3 hitter Andy Van Slyke sat, Leyland put John Cangelosi from the bench into that spot, so the rest of the hitters could remain in their customary slots.

Leyland tells Costa that he had a kinship with Collins because both never reached the majors as players. "When you're a former big-league player, you have to lose the players' respect," Leyland said. "But when you're a minor-league guy and never a player, you have to get the players' respect. That's the difference."

Leyland even prepped Collins for a managerial interview with the Houston Astros. Collins was hired.

David Waldstein in the Times also chronicles the relationship between Leyland and Collins, and notes the two will get a chance to reunite when the Mets face the Tigers in interleague play in June. “It will be a lot more fun in Detroit when it’s a real game,” Collins tells Waldstein. “I remember the first time I managed against him when I was in Houston, trying to match wits with a guy who I think is one of the best, if not the best, managers in the game. That was pretty fun.”

• Post columnist Joel Sherman says it's vital for Angel Pagan to become one of the NL's top center fielders, but it's not a given. He writes:

I asked two personnel men what they thought, and the AL one said he liked but didn't love Pagan, while an NL counterpart graded Pagan higher. AL personnel man: "We see Pagan as a capable everyday player on a contender, not an above-average one. We like his ability to hit for average and run. However, we're a little mixed on his defense; scouts would call him a strong-average center fielder, whereas stat guys would call him above to well above average." ... NL personnel man: "I think he is a legitimate front-line player. He is a well-rounded guy who can impact the game with his bat, glove and legs."

• Daily News columnist John Harper was impressed with Bobby Parnell's ability Monday to mix in sliders with his sizzling fastball. Harper notes that Bobby Ojeda on the game telecast said: "There are a lot of guys who throw 95 [mph] who are driving UPS trucks." Because batters have to commit so early to Parnell's fastball, which was clocked 102 mph last August in Houston, the slider would make Parnell a viable successor to Francisco Rodriguez as Mets closer. "When my velocity started going up, I kind of lost the feel for my slider as I threw harder," Parnell tells Harper. "But I worked on it this winter and I've had a good feel for it here in spring training. It's there for me right now."

Arthur Stapleton of the Record takes a closer look at Jason Isringhausen, who will attempt to demonstate his durability on Tuesday by pitching the second of back-to-back days. “I know how old I am when David Wright says he used to come to [Triple-A affiliate] Norfolk to watch me pitch when he was a little kid,” Isringhausen tells Stapleton. “I’m glad I am the old man because it means I’ve been in the big leagues awhile.” Based on the efffectiveness of his curveball and the fact he already was sporting an 89-90 mph fastball Monday, if Isringhausen can get through the next three-plus weeks healthy in his first spring-training camp in three years, he likely will find himself breaking camp with the Mets.

Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger talks to hitting coach Dave Hudgens about trying to raise Jose Reyes' on-base percentage, which was .321 last season. Writes McCullough:

Tempering Reyes’ eagerness and elevating his on-base percentage provides both short-term benefits for the Mets and long-term benefits for Reyes. The team reaps the benefits of Reyes on the base paths. And Reyes can rebuild his case as an elite player on the open market. In 2010, Reyes experienced his most erratic season at the plate. Offspeed offerings tempted and tormented him. Reyes swung at a career-high 32.1 percent of the pitches outside the strike zone. His walk rate shrunk to 5.1, his lowest since an overeager rookie season in 2005.

On-base percentage is perhaps the key value of the new front office.

• If you like Securities and Exchange Commission coverage in sports, check out the Daily News.

• Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton was fired by MLB from his role overseeing on-field operations, while VP of umpiring Mike Port and VP of administration Ed Burns also were let go as Joe Torre assumed his job as executive VP of operations.

• The Mets will hold auditions for national anthem singer Monday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at Citi Field. The first 100 to show up are guaranteed an audition, which can include any song other than the national anthem. A cappella, please.

BIRTHDAY: Willard Hunter, who originally was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, and who pitched in a combined 68 games for the Mets in 1962 and '64, was born on this date in 1934.

Mets morning briefing 3.3.11

March, 3, 2011
3/03/11
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On-the-ropes Oliver Perez starts for the Mets on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals in Port St. Lucie. Francisco Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League appearance during the game, after being scratched earlier in the week because a court appearance limited his throwing.

There's also an appeals court hearing on Judge Burton Lifland's "clawback" standard being money withdrawn over money invested, if that excites you.

On to Thursday's news stories:

Andy Martino in the Daily News says the Mets are close to releasing Perez, and may do so if he flunks Thursday's outing. Perez isn't making it to Opening Day, so it's just a question of when. Terry Collins has been consistent in saying that Perez would start one of the split-squad games on March 8. The manager added Wednesday that he was "quite sure" Perez would appear again in a Mets uniform beyond today's appearance. Bottom line: If you predict the imminent demise of Perez, and a likely parting with Luis Castillo, you're likely to be right within the next four weeks.

• Well, it looks like trustee Irving Picard continues to play hardball with Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz. The court has given Picard until March 18 to file an amended lawsuit against the Mets' ownership family. The Wall Street Journal reports Picard is threatening to add new charges regarding the money invested with Bernard Madoff. Authors Matthew Futterman and Michael Rothfeld quote former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who has been appointed mediator, as saying about a settlement possibility: "The job of the mediator is to either find the road or make the road."

• K-Rod's agent, Paul Kinzer, tells Newsday's David Lennon he will be closely watching this season to ensure there's no funny business and that Rodriguez is used in a way to allow his contract to vest for 2012 at $17.5 million if he finishes 55 games. "It's going to be a point of interest," Kinzer says. "I would hope that their desire to win would override anything like that. We'll be following it very closely." Until he was injured and suspended last year, K-Rod had exceeded 55 games finished five straight seasons. The last time he didn't? When Rodriguez was still Troy Percival's understudy with the Angels, in 2004. From 2005 through 2009, his games finished totals were: 58, 58, 56, 69 and 66.

Brian Costa of The Wall Street Journal looks at the budding relationship between Jason Bay and new hitting coach Dave Hudgens. While managing Caracas in the Venezuelan winter league, Hudgens spent his mornings at a Best Western watching every one of Bay's 2010 plate appearances with the Mets. Bay indicated he made too many adjustments last year in-season and too often lunged at the ball. Costa writes: He swung at a career-high 27.1 percent of pitches outside the strike zone in 2010, according to FanGraphs.com, a 7 percent increase from 2009. Bay, by the way, went 2-for-3 against the Cardinals on Wednesday in Jupiter and drew praise from Collins for his early spring look at the plate.

Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger gets more into the nitty gritty of Bay's change in the batter's box. The gist: Working during the offseason in Seatte with Don Long, his former hitting coach with the Pirates, Bay simplified his swing by cutting down on extra movements. Long, by the way, was one of the candidates interviewed for the position that went to Hudgens.

• Even with financial woes, the Mets and St. Lucie County split the $15,000 cost of trucking in dirt from Pennsylvania to replicate the Citi Field infield at the Mets' spring-training home, writes David Waldstein of The New York Times. Third base/infield coach Chip Hale recommended the upgrade, since Florida dirt can be sandy. "It’s basically identical to Citi Field now,” David Wright tells Waldstein. “It’s like night and day to the way it used to be. It just makes it a lot easier when you go up north and it’s the same surface you’ve been practicing on for six weeks.”

• The Times reiterates the three groups identified by the Post as being interested in buying into the Mets, although it disputes Bobby Valentine being a part of the group led by Anthony Scaramucci, a managing partner at the asset management company SkyBridge. The groups have paid a $25,000 fee to Major League Baseball to undergo the vetting process, which would pave the way to examining the Mets' books.

The group including Steve Starker of BTIG, a global trading company, has ties to the Tampa Bay Rays. Authors Peter Lattman and Richard Sandomir write:

Starker’s consortium includes Kenny Dichter, a co-founder of Marquis Jet, a company that pioneered the fractional private jet card concept; and Doug Ellin, the creator of “Entourage,” the HBO series; and Randy Frankel, a minority owner of the Rays.

Later in the Times report:

Another group includes David Heller, a Goldman Sachs senior executive; and Marc Spilker, a former Goldman Sachs executive who recently became president of Apollo Global Management, a large New York private equity firm.

Heller declined comment to ESPNNewYork.com. Scaramucci did as well, through an intermediary.

Mark Cuban did not submit paperwork to MLB, by himself or as part of a group, the Dallas Mavericks owner tells Newsday's Jim Baumbach.

• Newsday's Steven Marcus says MLB isn't necessarily entirely cutting off the Mets from additional funding. "There may be a 30-day period before a deal [in which a minority share] is closed where funds [from MLB] could be advanced,'' a source tells Marcus. "That would then be repaid with funding from the [new] partnership."

• Newsday notes Carlos Beltran is supposed to appear in a Grapefruit League game for the first time Sunday, when he serves as DH against the Boston Red Sox in Port St. Lucie. Collins has said Beltran should be in a game in right field seven to 10 days after that, although Beltran is less specific. "Right now, we're going to start with DH," Beltran tells David Lennon. Beltran won't write off returning to center field in 2012, although it's highly unlikely he's back with the Mets. "I feel like I can still play center field," Beltran said. "This was just the right move for now."

Mike Puma in the Post notes how R.A. Dickey did not pitch with any "sense of entitlement" Wednesday, in his first outing since signing that two-year, $7.8 million deal. ... Steve Popper in the Record also reviews Dickey's performance.

• Record columnist Bob Klapisch speaks with Jose Reyes. “Jose has done more to make me a better player than anyone I’ve played with,” Wright tells Klapisch. “I can’t think of what it would be like if he were gone.” Klapisch goes on to note that Ruben Tejada is being placed at Triple-A as a shortstop to be Reyes' heir apparent. A scout tells Klapisch: “[Tejada] is OK, but nothing special, definitely not someone who will remind you of Reyes. He’ll make the routine plays, occasionally make a great one, but not an impact player. No way.” I think that's too harsh on Tejada's fielding ability -- he'll make a lot of above-average plays. But even slightly bulkier this year, he still may struggle to get extra-base hits and may be best suited as a backup middle infielder during his career.

BIRTHDAY: Jorge Julio turns 32. He was famously referred to as Julio Jorge by Anna Benson, as in: "They got a ---- bag of balls for Kris. They didn't get ----. Julio Jorge [sic] and John Maine. They traded a No. 1, stud pitcher who was 30 at the time, and they blame the red dress."

Names of prospective owners emerge

March, 2, 2011
3/02/11
9:14
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The leaders of three of the more serious groups interested in buying into the Mets have surfaced.

According to the Post, Bobby Valentine's group is headed by Anthony Scaramucci, the general manager of asset manager SkyBridge Capital.

Another group, according to the report, includes David Heller, co-head of the Goldman Sachs securities unit.

A third investment group includes Steve Starker, co-founder of trading firm BTIG, and Ken Dichter, co-founder of Marquis Jet.

The Post also reports Rays owner Stuart Sternberg would be interested if a majority share would be sold, although he has disavowed interest.

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