The Mets have a three-year, $36-million offer on the table to Derek Lowe, which is considerably less than the five year, $90-million he was seeking.
Lowe has averaged 15 wins and over 200 innings the last seven seasons, which statistically would make him the Mets’ No. 2 pitcher.
His production blows away that of Oliver Perez, who has being 27, left-handed and a blazing fastball in his arsenal.
While Lowe’s career is marked by durability and inconsistency, Perez’s is the opposite.
Agent Scott Boras is throwing out the mystery teams again, saying there are more teams interested now than a week ago.
He doesn’t have to go to the trouble, because in addition to the Mets, there is Boston and Philadelphia.
The Mets rank their pitching priorities as Lowe, Perez and Randy Wolf.
Has been an eventful few days. Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and are bracing for the New Year. Just pulled in from visiting my family in Ohio. Decided to drive. Yup. That was a mistake. Should have sucked it up and gone with the flight. But, not working full time has me thinking about saving the bucks.
Lousy weather before the trip has leaks coming in later. Buckets all over the place. Gift card from Home Depot came in handy.
Have been busy which explains the lull in posting the past week. But, there’s been a lull with the Mets, too.
Last I checked, they were hot after Derek Lowe. Their fourth starter priorities are Lowe, Oliver Perez and Randy Wolf. I thought Lowe would end up back with the Red Sox. Didn’t think the Mets would go that hard for him, but they are tired of Perez’s inconsistency.
I don’t believe the Mets would make a player decision simply in response to something the Yankees did. They know they need pitching, which, despite speculation he was headed to Boston, the Mets pressed hard for Derek Lowe.
Word is they are deep in negotiations, with the numbers three years for around $13 million a season. Could be a little steep, but considering his durability and reliability, it might not be such a bad deal afterall.
Definitely, less risky than say giving that money to Oliver Perez. A rotation of Johan Santana, Lowe, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine is solid to the point of being one of the best in the National League. And, if you match them up, it is as good as what the Yankees put together this winter.
REDDING: On the Mets' radar.
While the Oliver Perez talks remain in limbo, the team is considering other options, which include Tim Redding, a right-hander, who went 10-11 with a 4.38 ERA last season with the Washington Nationals.
Redding will be 30 when spring training opens. His most important stat is 182 innings. He had a 120-65 strikeouts-to-walks ratio last year.
His record wasn’t great, but it’s sure to improve with the Mets’ offense.
GM Omar Minaya wouldn’t confirm Redding by name, but did say the Mets would look at “anybody that could help us.’’
Scott Greene, a friend to the blog, e-mailed me this link if you want to check out the Mets’ prospects. The prosect list is compiled by John Sickels on Minor League Ball.
Sickels rates 3B/SS Wilmer Flores first, followed by OF Fernando Martinez. Rounding out the Top Ten are LHP Jon Niese, RHP Brad Holt, SS Reese Havens, 3B Jefry Marte, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Robert Parnell, RHP Eddie Kunz and 1B Nick Evans.
There’s some interesting reading.