Though he was banged and beaten during the ALDS against the Yankees, Molina hasn't yielded playing time, something that's sure to be catching the Mets' eyes.
"I've heard some pretty strong rumors that (the Mets) are trying to do something good," Molina told reporters in New York earlier this week. "We'll just have to wait and see after the whole thing is over here."
The Phillies officially said goodbye to longtime GM Ed Wade Monday, and it has been no secret Duquette is hoping to return to a general manager position. He served as the Mets' interim GM, and then their official GM, before being yanked from the role in favor of Omar Minaya after the 2004 season.
The Mets announced shortly after the season that Lind, 59, would not be offered a contract extension for 2006. Pitching coach Blaine Beatty, briefly a Met in 1989 and 1991, was also let go.
An interesting cross-section of Mets prospects spent time in Binghamton this season, including organizational player of the year Mike Jacobs, who won Eastern League MVP honors by hitting .321 with 25 homers and 95 RBI before leaving Double-A for the majors.
22-year-old switch-hitter Anderson Hernandez impressed with a solid stroke, batting .326 before promotion to Triple-A. The second wave of the B-Mets' offense included top prospect Lastings Milledge and first baseman Brett Harper, who hit 16 homers in 227 at-bats. The club finished the year leading the league in hitting with a .270 average.
Bannister, 24, went 9-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 18 starts and Petit, 20, was 9-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 21 starts, opening even more eyes and leaving open the possibility of big-league debuts in 2006.
The rest of Binghamton's staff was largely unimpressive. The B-Mets used 13 different starting pitchers and finished next-to-last in the Eastern League with a 4.40 ERA, allowing 134 home runs. The B-Mets also lost Tim Hamulack to promotion and watched arm injuries befall pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Deaton and Ken Chenard.