Martin Silver, owner of Syosset-based Star Industries, wants to buy the Mets from the Wilpons, and after speaking to potential investors said he could put together a $700 million offer.
“As a life-long Mets fan and a season ticket holder for over 25 years, I would not like to see the Mets organization fall into the wrong hands,” Silver write in a letter to Wilpons reported The Daily News.
Forbes magazine has put the value of the Mets at $824 million.
Although the Wilpons took a reported $300-million hit in the Ponzi scandal, Fred Wilpon told MLB the losses won’t affect the team’s operations.
NADY: I'd take him back.
It’s been reported should the Yankees sign Manny Ramirez they’d might want to trade Xavier Nady. Well, if he were available, would you want him back?
Nady showed power and a reliable glove in the short time the Mets had him in 2006, prior to sending him to Pittsburgh in the deal for Oliver Perez.
Nady made $3.3 million last year and will be a free agent after the season. He can play the outfield corners and first base.
NPB Tracker, which monitors Japanese baseball players, is reporting the Mets as the front-runners to sign left-hander Ken Takahashi, who was 8-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 21 games last season for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
Takahashi hopes to sign by the end of the year. Reports are he can start or relieve, and he could fit a long-man role. He’s 40, so his best years are behind him.
WOLF: Mets interested in lefty.
His name has been mentioned on this blog several times, now it appears the Mets have interest in signing lefthander Randy Wolf.
GM Omar Minaya placed the odds at 50-50 the Mets would re-sign Oliver Perez.
It’s a smart move on Minaya’s part to look elsewhere. The more he pins his pitching hopes on Perez, the longer agent Scott Boras will drag this out with the hope of driving up the price.
ORDONEZ: Traded on this date.
Shortstop Rey Ordonez is traded to Tampa Bay for two minor league prospects. Ordonez had a love-hate relationship with Mets’ fans. He once called them stupid. Not a nice thing to say.
I remember this guy was slick with the glove, but I didn’t cover him on a daily basis so I never got the chance to get to know him. For those who saw him regularly, any moments that stick out?