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Omar Minaya: "We are pursuing Matt Holliday"

Dec 28, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

With the Jason Bay negotiations at an utter standstill, that whole “we think Jason Bay may be easier to sign than Matt Holliday” stuff we had previously heard from the Mets may no longer be operative. I mean sure, Holliday is represented by Boras, but at least Boras will return your calls.  Bay is apparently off on Mars contemplating existence or something.

Omar acknowledged this last night when he said “we are pursuing Matt Holliday.”  He still said Bay would be an easier deal to make, but he probably has to say that unless and until Bay finally tells him that he wants no part of the Mets.

Holliday may or may not want to play in New York — if he uses the Mets as leverage against the Cardinals the Cards will probably tell him to have fun in Queens — but he’d probably be a better choice for the Mets than Bay would in terms of defense, age and all of that.

  1. Eat a Peach - Dec 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    And like Jason Bay, Matt Holliday is running away at top speed.

  2. Joey B - Dec 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Put an offer on the table for each player and tell them the first to accept gets the contract, and the second will be withdrawn.

  3. Pam - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    If the Mets don’t want to give Bay 5 years, why in the world would they give Holliday the 8 years he is asking for????????????

  4. Ahmet Hamdi - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Is that a Watchmen Reference to Bay? Or is today just THAT slow that my mind is wandering to crazy references?
    The one contract fishing scheme would be interesting to see, Joey, but I’m sure Boras will have no part of that, and I think Bay is being too stoic to jump at that.
    I predict they will both sign in mid-to-late January with Holliday getting about a 8-18% premium over Bay. Then again, I’m just pulling that date and numbers out of a random number generator on Excel, so don’t hold me to it. (Hey, I had 35 as a date the first time through before I realized I had to make it into a random day, not just a random number)

  5. Old Gator - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Of course, 186,000 miles per second is as fast as he could go without become so massive that he sucked us all up his…well, anyway, it might leave us all praying that he winds up in…Flushing. A speed at which, incidentally, only a few seconds would kinda render all these stupid observations of how much younger Holliday is pretty moot. Advantage: Bay.
    If Bay is off contemplating existence, I do hope he remembered to take his copy of Signing and Nothingness with him. And if indeed he used those few seconds traveling at Einstein’s constant to get to Mars as you suspect, Craig, it does get lonely out there, and pet sitters are expensive in Boston. I do hope he remembered to take Rover.
    …sorry about that.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    That was a Watchmen reference. I’m bored too.

  7. Brian - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Why would anyone want to be on that disaster of a team, the Mutts? As an Angel fan I wonder if K-Rod is wishing he took the offer the Angels gave him? It was almost as good. Be careful going for more money. You might regret it. Sometimes all the money in the world isn’t eough if you end up in a disaster. I don’t see the Mutts signing anyone good this winter. These guys will just use them to push offers by other teams up.

  8. Dougster - Dec 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    I agree, Boras is just trying to up the cost so he can roll around in his commission. I love baseball but quite frankly i don’t think any veteran ball player is worth the kind of money that they are being offered. I’m sick & tired of all the boo hooing going on by players who make millions of $$$$ while the rest of us hard working americans struggle just to pay their bills. Come on! Having to pay $6.95 for a coke at the game is highway robbery. I cant afford to go to the games anymore with my family. Athletes in general have gotten to the point that if he can make lots of $ then I should make more. I say, Get over yourselves and do your jobs like the rest of us and be happy with what you’ve got!

  9. summerof67 - Dec 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Hey, Jason! How’s free agency workin’ for ya? Have a great New Year. Signed, Theo Epstein.

  10. Tony A - Dec 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Without commenting on anything else you said, I have a question for you. Do you, honestly, think that if every ballplayer in the Majors took a 50% pay cut, your in-stadium Coke would cost any less?

  11. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 28, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Doug, would you play for free if you were a ball player, would you say, ” ah forget the few extra millions, I love playing for this team, in this state”.I don’t think so, I myself go to less Yankee games because of the cost, it doesn’t bother me all that much, I have YES but it bothers me I can’t take my nephew, the biggest Yankee fan I know.I think it is so easy to blame the athletes, the are many different angles involved, what can you do.

  12. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 28, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    I don’t think the Angels made a offer, you better check that.

  13. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 28, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Theo is a sheet head.

  14. basedrum777 - Dec 28, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Supply and demand. Millions upon millions of people can (probably) do the job you’re doing well….. far far less can do the job of a MLB player. Do the math…

  15. basedrum777 - Dec 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    For 3 years I have paid $12 a seat to go to Yankees games. I don’t go there to eat 6 dogs with 5 beers, I go there to watch baseball games. It costs me more in mass transit ($20 round trip) than it does to get into the game…

  16. John Pileggi - Dec 28, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    This could end up as a no win for Mets, no matter what. They have given Bay an offer to shop to Red Sox or where ever else he prefers to Citifield. Now they join the Card in being all that there is for Holliday. From what I have read, Holliday wants to stay in St. Louis. So, Boras gets him something more than what is offered today. I hope that I am wrong, and as one writer said, Minaya gets the chance to say, “here it is guys. first one to accept has a deal.”

  17. n8genius - Dec 28, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    and when he returns, if he returns, we will have aged decades and the Mets still wouldn’t have signed a productive leftfielder…so he will be enlightened and sign for inflated dollars

  18. Lew - Dec 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    To Bay Holliday: Live long and prosper.
    Spock out.

  19. Tom - Dec 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    The $6.95 coke is $3.50. The other $3.50 goes to the city/county/owner of the stadium as ‘rent’. If you want to gripe about the cost of food/drinks at games, ask one of the vendors. They’ll tell you. They have to inflate the prices…that’s the deal.

  20. Mr. Anti Me - Dec 28, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    I bet if Jason Bay’s real name was Juan Carlos Bay Omar would sign him in a half-second

  21. William V. - Dec 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    @Mr. Anti Me, thats such a racist remark and you are ignorant for saying it. Omar signs more than just hispanic players. He did the trade last year for Church and Schneider, then for Francour, plus he got JJ Putz and other white players. I hate when people try to make it a race thing.

  22. Aaron - Dec 28, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    bc holliday is way younger, more productive in average, stolen bases, and in the field

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