Dec 10

Laying the groundwork ….

The Mets are expected to offer catcher Bengie Molina a contract before the winter meetings break up this afternoon. If so, they obviously won’t get a response today. Just because the Mets will leave Indianapolis without making a splash it doesn’t mean they won’t get something done.

Omar Minaya said the Mets are talking and laying the groundwork for the future. It’s usually like this during the winter meetings. Not too often does the blockbuster happen during the meetings as it usually is an information gathering process. For free agents, there’s usually the obligatory visit to the new city and stadium to be wined and dined.

Minaya said the Mets would be “players,” but he didn’t say big players and there’s a difference.

Dec 10

Baywatch?

Reports out of Boston has the Mets interested in Jason Bay. Why wouldn’t they be? However, interest and willingness are two different things. Omar Minaya said they are in contact with agents and general managers.

This would include the agent for Bay.

Because Bay would be the cheapest of the Big Three – John Lackey and Matt Holliday – he would be a more probable signing. Even so, the reported numbers are still steep at $!6 million a season for five years. That’s an $80 million chunk of change, and my impression is if the Mets spent that kind of money they’ll spread it over several areas.

Bay is a good player, but not that good.

Dec 09

Hi folks ….

I had to make an executive decision today and it took me away from the Internet all day. My plan was to spend most of the morning in the press room blogging, then catch an afternoon flight out. However, I had to follow up a job lead early around breakfast, then when I learned the weather in Indy was going to turn rotten I bolted for the airport to beat the snow out of town.

When I was working I would have just stayed and not worried about it, but this was my dime and I didn’t want to have to spend another night at Indy and the additional expense. Purely, an economic decision. I thought I could blog from the airport, but that didn’t work out either.

Any way, I just got home. I wanted to say hello, sorry and I did have some good leads. Maybe something will pan out. Talk with you tomorrow.

Dec 08

Minaya holds court ….

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.