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Are the Mets in on anyone big?

Dec 9, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

An hour or so ago Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman said that the Mets were talking to John Lackey, Matt Holliday and Jason Bay “with renewed hopes to sign 1 of big 3.”  This contrasts with the general
consensus here in Indy — especially among the New York writers –
that the Mets aren’t really players for any of those guys and that if they do anything this week it will be to sign Bengie Molina and eat a few nice catered meals. 

Could that have changed? And if so, what could have “renewed those hopes?”  A sudden change of budgetary heart on the part of the Wilpons? A sudden backtracking on the part of Lackey’s people regarding their desire for the five or six year deal that no one seems to want to give him?  The Red Sox dropping out of the Jason Bay derby? Here’s a theory of my own: if the Mets are suddenly thinking bigger, it’s because the Yankees have been going hog wild (relatively speaking) this week, and they don’t want to get blown the hell off the back pages of the tabloids.

Whatever the case, any renewed push for one of the big three on the Mets’ part strikes me as a reactive move as opposed to one that was planned out ahead of time, because until this afternoon, all signs pointed to a relatively quiet Winter Meetings for the New York Mets. 

  1. Simon DelMonte - Dec 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Given that the Mets seemed determined to do as little as possible, reactive is not a bad thing. Isn’t there a theory that the AL on the whole is better because everyone is trying to keep up with the Yankees? Why not the Mets, too?
    Of course, if they were trying to keep up with the Phils, I’d be happier. But if the Mets get one of the big three, I will be happy.

  2. RonOK - Dec 9, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    The problem with the Mets — IMO — is that they need Lackey AND either Bay or Holliday …. just one will not do it and is as good as none at this point.
    The team is a mess …. they need to solidfy the rotation behind Santana and fortify the offense with some power … one or the other is a band aid and will just continue to add to the frustration of failure and frustration with this team.

  3. chris - Dec 9, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    How do we really know what their strategy really is? From reporters and Twitterers? Doesn’t seem they know much. It now says the Mets haven’t even met yet with Molina’s people so where did this 2 year 12 mil “offer” come from?
    How do we know whether the will or won’t spend? I think 99.9999 percent of what is reported is bull crap or complete speculation.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Dec 9, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Universe: “I’m buying a Lexus 450″
    Mets: “Seems like a good idea, I will too”
    Next day: Pinstriped Lexus, orange Corrolla.

  5. Eric Solomon - Dec 9, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Craig – Heyman is a shill for Boras. He’s trying to help Boras make it seem that there are more/qualified players for his clients’ services, when in reality there doesn’t seem to be much of one.

  6. YANKEES1996 - Dec 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    YankeesfanLen, It’s not all their fault, they have orange in their team colors it’s only logical to believe that the free agents they buy all turn into PUMPKINS!!!

  7. lolligaggin - Dec 9, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Just saw a Family Guy that explained the Mets perfectly. Stewie designs a clone of himself only uses only his recessive genes creating an exact clone of himself except it is completely stupid.
    Mets = B%@$c Stewie

  8. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 9, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    SOUNDS LIKE NO ONE IS BUYING THE SCOTT BORAS KOOL AID, THEY JUST SIPPIN, THE CASH- MAN RESPONDED TO BORAS 4 YEAR 60 MILLION REQUEST FOR DAMON BY TRADING FOR GRANDERSON, REMEMBER CASH TRADED FOR SWISH
    BEFORE SIGNING TEX.
    THE METS ARE NOT SIPPING BECAUSE BERNIE MADOFF WALKED OFF WITH A COUPLE HUNDRED MILLION OF PAPA WILPONS MONEY.OMAR IS BLOWING SMOKE SCREENS.

  9. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    I’M FED UP OF ALL THIS BORAS SHENANIGANS, REALLY I’AM.

  10. AllYankeesInNY - Dec 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    The problem with the Mets, other than ownership, manager, gm, players, shortstop, 3rd baseman, etc… is that all three “big” free agents can come over and they will still stink. No 1B, a 100 year old 2B, a CF that no one wants to talk about as far as lack of leadership, no corner OFs (but that can be solved if they get Bay and Holliday). What will they have in their rotation from 3-5? Can you really trust their pen?
    Wanna change the Mets? Start at the top

  11. AllYankeesInNY - Dec 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Once the Yankees said they are trimming payroll (yet to be determined), it puts Boras in a very tough spot. If they Yankees are out of most free agent dealings, and by the looks of what they got it seems that way, then Boras has very few teams to put against each other. Only the Red Sox are left with a need for Bay or Holliday so they can now take their time in negotiations, or pull a page out of the Yankees’ book and trade for a corner OF. (Vernon Wells, Quentin, Gary Mathews Jr. come to mind – and heck, even Alfonso Soriano could be had if the deal is right)

  12. jackov - Dec 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    The Mets need to hire a strength and conditioning coach more than anything. They always have a stacked lineup at the beginning of the season but everyone ends up on the DL year after year.

  13. B.Luciani - Dec 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    I agree with the above. Other than Santana and Wright they need a full roster. Mediocrity won’t win diddly. Buy them all and trade the rest to start over.

  14. AJ Gallo - Dec 9, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    “Mets were talking to John Lackey, Matt Holliday and Jason Bay”. And why were they “talking” to them? To wish them a Merry Christmas?

  15. Tom Gallagher - Dec 9, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    The Mets still have a good team when healthy. This past year they had $89 million in payroll on the DL. If the Yankees and Phillies had lost comparable players to the DL, they too would have watched the post-season from their couches/hospital rooms. As for going after the big 3 free agents other publications have been saying they were in on Lackey and Holliday since the beginning of the off-season. According to other sources, when they saw the way the free agent pitching market was developing, and the money being thrown at 2nd tier free-agent hurlers, it got them to put Lackey higher on their wish list. Calling it a reactive move is a great theory and, in a world where access to other sources doesn’t exist, a viable theory.

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