Reliever J.J. Putz will join David Wright on Team USA during the World Baseball Classic this spring.
Also representing the Mets this spring will be: outfielder Carlos Beltran, first baseman Carlos Delgado and reliever Pedro Feliciano (Puerto Rico); closer Francisco Rodriguez and pitcher Johan Santana (Venezuela) and shortstop Jose Reyes (Dominican Republic).
Reports have John Smoltz going to the Red Sox and Atlanta replacing him with Derek Lowe. Have the Mets misplayed this? Should they have been more proactive with Lowe and given in to the big-bucks demands? Do you think they’ve blown it with Lowe and now have to settle for Oliver Perez?
If that’s the case, can’t you just see them bringing back Pedro Martinez and having the same rotation as last season?
While the Mets posture for Derek Lowe and/or Oliver Perez for their fourth starter, they have made an offer to the Washington Nationals’ Tim Redding.
GM Omar Minaya has always believed in the numbers philosophy; that a team can’t have too much pitching: “We’d like to have six, seven starters in camp.”
Redding is 30, and was 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA in 33 starts for the Nationals this past season. Around .500 is the norm for a fifth starter, and the assumption has to be it would improve with the Mets’ offense and bullpen superior to that of the Nationals.
This doesn’t mean the Mets still aren’t interested in Lowe/Perez, but it’s a sign they don’t want to get caught short.
Scott Boras was in town the other day. Had a tour of Citi Field. Spoke with the Mets about Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez. Manny Ramirez, it appears, was not one of the topics. Meanwhile, reports out of Boston and Atlanta have the Braves making a push for Lowe.
The mystery team?
Perhaps. Of course, I would have given the no-trade to Jake Peavy if I were the Braves. The Mets were never in the talks with San Diego about Peavy.
If the Mets to get Lowe, I think they’ll have to give up more money per year than give the extra years. That’s the way to go. Besides, they can also make up extra years by adding options.