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.
-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.
The more I think about it, the more I believe Omar Minaya is playing this closer hand the right way. Patience is the way to go.
The Mets are the contender in the most dire need of a closer, so they’ll market. The asking price for Francisco Rodriguez should go down from the original five years at $75 million. If that’s the guy they really want, having Brian Fuentes on the market (there doesn’t seem to be a line outside his door) should keep Rodriguez’s salary in line, more like three years.
I believe the Mets will come away with a closer, but it makes no sense to throw out huge bids right now when the market isn’t even set.
I keep hearing because of the landscape of the closer market that the Mets have the pick of the litter. The Angels, Rockies and Cubs have closers in waiting so there’s no urgency for them to bring back Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes or Kerry Wood.
We’ve seen the Mets wait – too long – in the past and come away empty. What’s your gut telling you today? Will that happen again or will Omar Minaya land a closer.
My stomach tells me he’ll bring somebody in. It doesn’t tell me, however, he’ll get a closer and rebuild the bridge.
One closer won’t do it.
The starter we’ve been hearing the most about is Derek Lowe, but he will cost more than what they expected.
They will keep Carlos Delgado, so let’s forget about that. Left-field, for now, is a platoon of Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis. I suppose you don’t want to hear this, but second base is going to be Luis Castillo. I know, I know ….