Dec 08

Minaya: Warns of trading depth ….

Omar Minaya insists the Mets have the chips to make a trade – but barely.

SANTANA: No blockbusters like him on the horizon.

SANTANA: No blockbusters like him on the horizon.


Citing the amount of players given up in the Carlos Delgado and Johan Santana deals, Minaya said: “You have to be careful that you don’t continue to go into the farm system … You don’t always want to trade your prospects to fill your major league needs.”

Minaya insists the Mets aren’t opposed to making a deal, but will be cautious. There probably won’t be deals like Santana where they deal four or five prospects for one major league commodity.

Translated, if the Mets are to make a splash, it would likely be in the FA market. But, considering their desire to keep their spending down, it would be a middle-tier splash as they will not spend to get John Lackey, Jason Bay or Matt Holliday.

Minaya said it isn’t just the Mets, but other teams, because of the need to build payroll flexibility by building from within, teams overall prefer to hold their cards.

“People value their prospects more,” Minaya said. “As time goes by in the game, I’ve noticed more value of a player that has zero to three that can perform than in past years. You value those guys that can perform.”

The key, remember, is guys who can perform.

Dec 08

Hart for Maine? No deals ….

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?

Dec 07

You’re not going to like this ….

Omar Minaya just spoke with the Mets beat writers. He said progress is being made in dialogues with agents and other general managers, but he’s not close on anything.

MINAYA: Banking on a lot.

MINAYA: Banking on a lot.


He also said he believes the Mets have enough pitching without them making a move.

“Do I think we have enough pitching? Yes, I think, if our pitchers pitch to their potential,” he said. “Yes, but they have to pitch to their potential.”

OK, a show of hands, please. How many think that’s going to happen. Are you willing to gamble 1) Mike Pelfrey takes a positive step, 2) John Maine comes back healthy, 3) Oliver Perez comes back healthy and with a clue, and 4) somebody from within the organization will step forward to be the fifth starter?

Dec 07

Pedro wants another year ….

MARTINEz: Wants another year.

MARTINEZ: Wants another year.

Pedro Martinez, at 38, is not ready to hang them up. Martinez said he’d like to pitch another season for the Phillies.

Martinez was 5-1 in nine starts for the Phillies down the stretch and started two games in the World Series. Game 2 was a decent start. Game 6 wasn’t so good. Both starts were at Yankee Stadium. The pitching deprived Mets aren’t interested in an encore. The Phillies haven’t said whether they’ll bring him back.

Martinez also said he will pitch for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican winter league. Martinez, obviously, is one of these players who won’t let go of his career. It has been a good one, but it can’t be overlooked that last year he pitched in a fraction of the games he would normally start, which must factor into his effectiveness.

Dec 07

Lackey wants Burnett bucks ….

Word is John Lackey rejected a $60 million package from the Angels and is looking in the AJ Burnett neighborhood of $82.5 million over five years.

LACKEY: Wants big bucks.

LACKEY: Wants big bucks.


Lackey does have an injury history, but if the reports are true that the Angels are making a bid to retain him, then that should be less of an issue because they are the team that knows him best.

There have been reports both ways, that Lackey could get up to $100 million or lucky to get the $60 million.

I’d be surprised if the value of all the Mets did this winter will add up to $100 million.