Ken Griffey, like a lot of people, is looking for work. He’s not ready to retire, and hitting 18 homers last season with 71 RBI in 490 at-bats. Not great, but good enough in a part time role.
While the Mets aren’t in it for Manny Ramirez, and I don’t believe they’ll be able to make a trade with the Yankees to reaquire Xavier Nady. They apparently, and this is too bad, aren’t interested in Adam Dunn.
Why not give Griffey a year? The guy still has his moments, and for one year, he’d be a good fit in left field.
Ten million is an insult to Andy Pettitte, but eventually I can see him and the Yankees kissing and making up. The Dodgers and Joe Torre are interested. But, how about the Mets? Nothing indicates they are, but would you take Pettitte for a year, if for no other reason than to tweak the Yankees?
At this stage, Pettitte is nothing more than a fourth or fifth starter, which is what the Mets are looking for.
Is he worth a shot?
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.
VALENTINE: Can you picture him in pinstripes?
Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine
told The Associated Press
the Chaba Lotte Marines will not offer a contract extension after the 2009 season, the final year of his four-year contract.
“They just wanted to go in a different direction,” said Valentine. “They wanted to change things and I certainly understand that.”
After winning the Japan Series championship in 2005, but the team finished in fourth place this past season and did not make the playoffs.
OK … we all know Valentine won’t sit still. So, where do you think he’ll end up? I can see him with the Yankees if Joe Girardi doesn’t get them back into the playoffs following their winter of free spending.
NADY: I'd take him back.
It’s been reported should the Yankees sign Manny Ramirez they’d might want to trade Xavier Nady. Well, if he were available, would you want him back?
Nady showed power and a reliable glove in the short time the Mets had him in 2006, prior to sending him to Pittsburgh in the deal for Oliver Perez.
Nady made $3.3 million last year and will be a free agent after the season. He can play the outfield corners and first base.