One of the most ridiculous things I’ve read over the past few days was the idea of the Mets being interested in signing FA pitcher and Alyssa Milano reject Carl Pavano as their fifth starter. Let’s be realistic about this, the penny-pinching Mets have no chance of signing Pavano, even if they wanted him.
Pavano made $8.5 million last year with Minnesota, and although he could take a pay cut, even that will be too pricey for Sandy Alderson. If anything, of all the veteran FA starters on the market, the one they have the best chance of signing would be to bring back Chris Young.
The Mets are also searching for relief help, and Francisco Rodriguez – been there, done that – Matt Capps and Jose Valverde are also too rich for the Mets’ blood.
-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.
Talkin' money with K-Rod
K-Rod’s initial asking price was $75-million over five years, and the Mets’ responded today with three years at $40 million, a considerable gap.
The Mets also plan on meeting with free-agent closers Brian Fuentes and Trevor Hoffman today. There is also a chance they’ll meet with Kerry Wood, too.
Reports also have the Mets talking trade with Seattle for J.J. Putz, Houston for Jose Valverde, the White Sox for Bobby Jenks and Toronto for B.J. Ryan.
“In the next four days, we will probably be more aggressive with dialogue with agents,” GM Omar Minaya said. “And at the same time, we have some potential trades that are out there that we might be able to get done.”
Meanwhile, the Mark Healey from Gotham Sports is reporting the Yankees are talking trade with Robinson Cano to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp.