It’s like the season never ended. Alex Cora left his winter league game with a back injury.
Before jumping on the Bay Bandwagon, let’s kick the tires a bit and look at some of the reasons to be cautious with him.
* He’s a dead pull hitter, which everybody is saying fits the style for Citi Field. That said, don’t you think pitchers know that and will give him nothing but breaking stuff over the plate? I can envision another David Wright dropoff.
* What does it say to you that the team that knows him best prefers Matt Holliday and is holding firm at four years, $60 million. Posturing? Perhaps. But, it must be considered.
* At 31, he’ll be 35 at the end of a presumably back-loaded contract. If the Mets make it five years, he’ll be 36. There are reports in Boston the Red Sox would have to move Bay to the DH slot at the end of his contract for concern of him being a defensive liability.
* Bay is a strikeout machine, fanning 162 times last season and not less that 129 in his career.
On the plus side, John Maine, Pedro Feliciano and Jeff Francoeur will be tendered. No for Tim Redding and Jeremy Reed.
“Thing could get interesting,’’ Mets GM Omar Minaya said. “It’s like a whole new wave of free agents with the non-tender guys coming in.’’
Reportedly, the procedure on Jeff Francoeur’s left thumb was more complicated than originally thought, caused because he played with the injury instead of shutting it down. With the season over from a competitive standpoint, there was no reason to keep pushing the envelope with Francoeur. He’s supposedly will be ready for spring training, but what if he weren’t? The risk wasn’t worth it.
These guys are investments, and you don’t take unnecessary risks. It wasn’t as if the Mets had a World Series to win. At the time, they couldn’t have even finished at .500.
Well, you can’t say the Mets didn’t make an offer to one of the Big Three. They are in at a $65 million over four years for Jason Bay. Considering the initial Red Sox offer was for $60 million and he’s reportedly asking for $80 million indicates the Mets are in an auction they have no chance of winning.
The Mets will need to up their offer by at least 50 percent to be a serious contender for Bay.