Dec 09

Mets to talk with Pedro ….

MARTINEZ: Wants another year with the Mets.

MARTINEZ: Wants another year with the Mets.

The Mets’ rotation could again include Pedro Martinez, who wants to return and GM Omar Minaya has a reciprocal interest in bringing him back.

Said Minaya to ESPN.deportes: “We have interest in him. We’re going to talk to his agent when we have the opportunity.”

The Mets have three starters – Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine – but with their odds long on getting Derek Lowe, they might have to settle for bringing back Oliver Perez, and that’s not a given.

Jon Niese would be expected to compete with Martinez for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Dec 09

Should they add Fuentes, too?

FUENTES: Could he still be in play?

FUENTES: Could he still be in play?

OK, you’re the Mets and you’ve landed the top reliever in the market, Francisco Rodriguez. Pending a physical, of course. So, do you also make a FA play for Brian Fuentes or make a trade for Huston Street?

Considering they first courted him as a closer, the Mets might have to offer more money if they want to Fuentes to take a lesser role. Street, of course, would have to come in a trade for prospects.

Dec 09

They have a deal ….

The Mets reached agreement with closer Francisco Rodriguez on a three-year, $37 million deal, pending a physical. The deal includes a $14 million vesting option for a fourth year that would raise the total value of the contract to $51 million.

The option is based on innings pitched, which means he has to be healthy to get the year, and consequently, his money.

Dec 09

Bullpen notes ….

Bullpen bits:

-Free-agent reliever Chad Cordero will meet with the Mets about a set-up/situational role. Cordero is coming off shoulder surgery so there is trepidation.

-Houston GM Ed Wade to ESPN.com: “I don’t like to talk publicly about potential trades, but I can assure that (Jose) Valverde is not being traded.’’

-The Mets do not have a meeting scheduled with Kerry Wood.

-The Mets have talked to Brian Fuentes and have mentioned money. However, there has not been an offer.

Dec 09

Closing in on K-Rod ….

K-ROD: Will he celebrate soon?

K-ROD: Will he celebrate soon?

The Mets are getting closer to getting a deal done with soon-to-be former Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez. The numbers are being reported at $37 million over three years, which is a far cry from the original asking price of $75 million over five years.

I’m guessing the agent’s thinking could be to take the three years in this rotten economy because Rodriguez will be young enough at the end of the contract (27 now) for another huge pay day.

You know things are heating up when the player talks. Here’s what Rodriguez told the LA Times: “I don’t want to say much about it. But it’s going well with them. Everything is going OK, so we’ll see what’s going to happen.”