As expected, the Mets did not offer arbitration to Carlos Delgado, Fernando Tatis, JJ Putz, Marlon Anderson and Gary Sheffield.
There was no way they were going to do Delgado, who could have come away with a $12 million deal had he accepted. That would have been just dumb.
Not that the Mets had a chance at trading for him anyway, but Roy Halladay says he won’t approve a deal after spring training. That means, in order to get prospects instead of compensatory draft picks, the Blue Jays better push it now or have him walk after next year. This can only mean a bidding war between the Red Sox and Yankees. He will not fall back to the pack the way Johan Santana did and was snatched by the Mets.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the Braves will not offer arbitration to first baseman Adam LaRoche, who would represent an upgrade at first base for the Mets. Don’t hold your breath on that one, either, as LaRoche would want at least three years while the Mets want to give one, maybe two years, because they are keeping the job open for Ike Davis.
Jason Marquis was offered arbitration by the Rockies, making it likely he’ll stay in Colorado. He had been on the Mets’ radar. Also on their radar is catcher Rod Barajas, who was offered arbitration by Toronto.
Tampa Bay acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Indians. Shoppach could have been a platoon for Omir Santos. Shoppach means the Rays could look to deal catcher Dioner Navarro, once a hot Yankees prospect.