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Mets waiting out starting pitcher market

Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: December 21, 2010 10:00 pm
Young The Mets only have about $4 million to spend and the market for starting pitching is still robust enough that New York has decided to wait for prices to drop, as Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Chris Young (pictured) remains high on GM Sandy Alderson's radar and the righty is among the candidates to sign in New York. The Mets will certainly end up signing one starter, but it may not be Young. Other candidates include Freddy Garcia and Jeff Francis although the Mets will also consider any other established starters looking for a deal such as Brad Penny or Jeremy Bonderman. (Bonderman, in particular, might be a nice grab as he is just 28 and could rebound for the Mets.)

However, Mike Puma of the New York Post hears from team sources that New York is more likely to go the trade route after so much frustration on the free-agent market. The top name on the trade market is Tom Gorzelanny, who figures to make less than $2 million via arbitration.

Matt Garza, the top pitcher left in the starting-pitching market , is also an option but Alderson would have to appeal to management for the funds Garza would earn as well as surrender some of his top prospects. That's highly unlikely to happen.

The Mets, as Martino writes, may be waiting for starter Brandon Webb to sign a deal and set the market for free-agent pitchers with injury concerns.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Martino tweets that the team isn't going forward with any negotiations with Garcia beyond its initial contact and is unlikely to make any moves until next month. The team has not made an offer to Young, Martino tweets .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 6:49 pm

Mets waiting out starting pitcher market

correction: should read if 'there' is an opportunity. In my anger I used the wrong spelling lolol

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 6:48 pm

Mets waiting out starting pitcher market

I am all for being patient as a Met fan and am happyto see that they are not going to continue to give out bad contracts on top of those that they already have. But if their is an opportunity for the Mets front office to obtain Matt Garza for the rumored deal of Wilmer Flores and Henri Mejia and ownership does not allow it becuase of a small amount of money then the franchise really has become a joke.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:56 pm

Mets waiting out starting pitcher market

Ludicrous...  and not the singer.  This is the equivalent of the choice between luxury cars and looking into the Ford Fusion and the Hyundai Elantra....   Are you kidding me with the posturing?  These are all throwing stuff at the wall.  Why wait.... offer 'em all a similar contract and let the first one get it.  We are playing for 2nd place at best in this division and probably more likely for third.

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