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The Mets probably aren't getting Ted Lilly

Jul 29, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

Joel Sherman reports that while the Mets have engaged in conversations with the Cubs about Ted Lilly, it’s now “very doubtful” that they’ll be able to do a deal for him. The sticking point: the Mets don’t want to pay the $4 million or so he’s owed for the rest of the year plus give up prospects for him.

Moreover, Sherman reports, there is no chance they can get the other pitcher about whom they’ve been inquiring — Brett Myers — because the Astros are showing no sign of wanting to move him.  In this the Astros are apparently continuing to hold the rather confusing belief that they’ll have Brett Myers next season.  There’s a mutual option for $8 million bucks, but with the kind of season Myers is having it certainly seems like he could land a multi-year deal someplace, so why would he stay in Houston?

In any event, time is not on the Mets’ side.  After last night’s demoralizing loss, they stand 7.5 back in the East and 6.5 back in the Wild Card with five teams ahead of them.  With Philly improving and Atlanta continuing to play good baseball, it’s hard to see how New York can make any headway absent landing a big fish.

  1. BC - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Why should the Mets bother at this point? No sense throwing money away to save a dead season. Start looking to next year or two years down the road. I’d even see if they could unload Reyes for some good near-MLB-ready pitching or corner outfield help.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    It just doesn’t seem as if the Metropolitans want to make any sense. Look at them and they seem like a team with an $80M payroll. Rumors of the Farnsy-Frenchy trade a few days ago left me on the floor for ten minutes. Doesn’t anybody around here know how to play this game?

  3. BC - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    No. They don’t.
    I prey that they clean house and can the whole front office and coaching staff this offseason.
    Either that or contract them, and I’ll just concentrate on NASCAR over the summer.

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