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Now that Fred Wilpon has signaled he's too obtuse to retain Jose Reyes, which contenders can and should stake a claim?

In recent weeks, the Dodgers' Frank McCourt had taken a commanding lead in Major League Baseball's ongoing Embattled Owner Derby, dominating headlines with his futile machinations as Bud Selig moved to strip him of his mismanaged franchise. The Mets' Fred Wilpon got his club back in the game on Monday, courtesy of a lengthy Jeffrey Toobin profile in The New Yorker. While the all-access article provides an enlightening perspective on Wilpon's rags-to-riches story and his entanglement in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, most notable on the baseball side is the owner's comments regarding pending free agents Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, comments which leave little doubt that both players' days in Queens are numbered.

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