I hope everybody had a happy and safe holiday. I enjoyed spending time with my family. I don’t get out here that often, so the time is special.
I wrote several days ago it was time for the Mets to take a “take it or leave it” approach with Jason Bay. With his agent, Joe Urban, talking to the Red Sox and stonewalling the Mets, it’s obvious where Bay’s heart lies.
The Mets are ignoring one of the cardinal rules in dating when it comes to Bay, which is some girls play hard to get until they become hard to take.
It has come to that with Bay. It’s time to cut the fantasy with him.
He doesn’t want to play for the Mets, but would be willing to for five years and not four. I’m not deluded into thinking Bay is any different from any other free agent. He’s following the money.
The Red Sox don’t want to go over the $170 million luxury tax marker, so Urbon will have to be creative in backloading the deal. I would have to think the Red Sox would rather have Bay in their batting order over Mike Cameron (making him a fourth outfielder).
But, what about your heroes? Who’s going to play left field for them? They should be thinking hard about this because it should have been obvious to them Bay was a longshot.
Jermaine Dye is still out there, but he wants more than one year. Even if the Mets gave him two, they’d still have plenty left to pursue pitching. Which begs the question, why in the hell aren’t they?
I know, I know, there’s Kelvim Escobar, but I’m actually thinking about them getting a starter. The game is all about pitching and the Mets have a new park seemingly built for pitching. And, their rotation has holes four deep.
Joel Pineiro and Jon Garland are still available, along with several other middle-tier arms. With the aces gone, the Mets need to match with dependable, but hardly spectacular arms.
It’s clear the Mets’ approach is to hope everybody gets better physically and for their non-descript rotation to show developmental signs.
That’s also a fantasy.