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Paul Sullivan: Slow-moving market leads to winter blahs for baseball fans

Mets ace Noah Syndergaard probably spoke for the rest of his peers Tuesday morning when he tweeted a message about the long offseason:

"Really missing that ballpark smell right about now."

With the holidays in the rearview mirror and the NFL playoffs nearing an end, mid-January is the time players and fans alike typically start counting down to spring training.

Pitchers and catchers will start reporting to Arizona and Florida in mid-February, and the road to October begins anew.

But this has been the winter of our discontent, with relatively few free-agent signings and only a handful of

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