Omar Minaya just finished with us. Among the highlights. Or lowlights, as the case might be:
* Said the Mets’ needs for a starter and catcher are more likely to be filled via free agency than the trade market.
* Despite rumors of Randy Wolf being close to a deal, Minaya said it was his understanding the lefty “is still on the board.”
* Said nothing has changed since yesterday and the team isn’t close to making a move. Today was spent exchanging information. “Nothing is close,” he said.
* For the most part believes the pitchers are on the high side in terms of the years they are asking. That includes Wolf wanting three years.
* To the news Ryan Church was designated for assignment by Atlanta, meaning the Mets won that deal. “I haven’t had many W’s lately. I’ll take it,” he said.
We’re expected to talk with Mets GM Omar Minaya shortly.
Jerry Manuel met with the New York and national media this afternoon and touched on the following issues, saying:
* The injury reports have been good and said Jose Reyes is expected to be ready for spring training.
* He anticipates David Wright having a more normal power season in 2010.
* The team can live with Daniel Murphy’s power production at first base if power comes from other sources, naming Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jeff Francoeur and whomever plays left field. Even so, he said the team remains open to bringing back Carlos Delgado.
* Bobby Parnell will come to spring training as a reliever.
* He hasn’t given up on Oliver Perez. “We have to be optimistic at this time,” he said.
The Mets are meeting today with the agent for left-hander Randy Wolf. Could be posturing on Wolf’s part, as he wants a three-year deal. Not sure if the Mets want to go that long with him. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting Wolf is talking to the Brewers about a three-year deal in the $28 million range.
The Mets are also expected to meet with John Lackey’s agent before the meetings break up.
Omar Minaya admits the Mets are talking trade, and one interesting rumor surfaced late last night. Milwaukee, with outfielder Corey Hart coming to the Mets for pitcher John Maine. Makes for interesting winter meetings reading on Day One of the winter meetings, but that’s all it is.
The Mets are so thin at starting pitching, and with John Maine pitching well enough at the end of last season to ease concerns about his health, there’s no way they are dealing him at this stage. Bats are always easier to acquire than power arms and there’s an upside to Maine.
I wouldn’t make this deal for that reason. How about you?