We’re expected to talk with Mets GM Omar Minaya shortly.
Jerry Manuel met with the New York and national media this afternoon and touched on the following issues, saying:
* The injury reports have been good and said Jose Reyes is expected to be ready for spring training.
* He anticipates David Wright having a more normal power season in 2010.
* The team can live with Daniel Murphy’s power production at first base if power comes from other sources, naming Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jeff Francoeur and whomever plays left field. Even so, he said the team remains open to bringing back Carlos Delgado.
* Bobby Parnell will come to spring training as a reliever.
* He hasn’t given up on Oliver Perez. “We have to be optimistic at this time,” he said.
Despite how last season unraveled, and the collapses of the previous two years, Mets manager Jerry Manuel insists his team doesn’t have a delicate psyche and said a fast start wasn’t essential for a good year.
It is, however, important for something else.
“If they want to keep me around it is,” Manuel joked.
Manuel also admitted the Phillies are the team to beat in the National League.
“How can I say we’re the team to beat,” Manuel asked. “We haven’t won anything. The Phillies are the team to beat.”
The Mets are meeting today with the agent for left-hander Randy Wolf. Could be posturing on Wolf’s part, as he wants a three-year deal. Not sure if the Mets want to go that long with him. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting Wolf is talking to the Brewers about a three-year deal in the $28 million range.
The Mets are also expected to meet with John Lackey’s agent before the meetings break up.
Omar Minaya insists the Mets have the chips to make a trade – but barely.
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.