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Joel Piniero on the Mets' pursuit last winter: "it was weird"

Apr 15, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

Many people assumed that the Mets, obviously short of starting pitching, would go after Joel Piniero last winter. According to the Daily News, first among them was Joel Piniero.

The Mets’ Alex Cora is reportedly tight with Omar Minaya, and he told Piniero that the Mets were definitely going to try to sign him. But they didn’t. When it was all said and done the Mets — after a long period of inactivity — offered $15 million over two years after the Angels’ $16 million offer and that was that. Says Piniero “Alex was telling me (it was going to happen). I was like, ‘all right, I’m just waiting for that good thing
to happen, and I’m ready to go,’ but it never came . . . it was just weird.”  Assuming the bit about Cora is true, this sounds to me like Omar Minaya wanted Piniero but was overruled by Jeff Wilpon, with the $15 million offer coming in late for the sake of appearances.

After Piniero made the Yankees’ look like minor leaguers with that sinkerball yesterday, you can’t help but think that the Mets weren’t exactly taking the long view of things in that negotiation.  Shocking, I know. 

  1. Stone - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    The Mets never should have gotten rid of Bobby Valentine. I’m not sure why they haven’t cleaned house lately either. It seems like their entire organization makes horrible decisions from the top down.

  2. David Brenner - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Well that is why Bobby V. is back in the states as an ESPN Baseball Analyst. Believe me it is not a coincidence that he left Japan. I guarantee he has a stipulation in his contract that if a managerial position becomes available he can opt out of his contract with ESPN. If Omar and Jerry can’t get something started I expect the return of Bobby V. Who else is out there crazy enought to take the Mets job?

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