Mets GM Omar Minaya spoke with us this afternoon in a conference call about several issues.
Here’s what’s going on:
* Re-signing Tom Glavine remains a priority.
* Minaya also said the club is interested in bringing back Orlando Hernandez and Chad Bradford. Darren Oliver didn’t come up in the conversation. Minaya said he wants to address his own free agents first, and that would include Jose Valentin.
* Negotiations with manager Willie Randolph about a contract extension haven’t started. Minaya has talked to Randolph, but not to the agent.
* Minaya danced big time on the Guillermo Mota issue. He said Mota is somebody they wanted, but that they would have to re-evalutate. Mota made $3 million last year, so don’t forget playing it cool is a way to keep the price low.
* Minaya wouldn’t identify any of the already declared free-agents, among the Barry Zito, Alfonso Soriano and Jason Schmidt. They can’t negotiate with any free agent other than their own until 15 days after the World Series, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make contact. You’d better believe if there’s interest Minaya has expressed it with the agents.
* Rookie Mike Pelfrey has been shut down in the Arizona Fall League. Minaya mentioned aches and pains and not wanting to wear down the pitcher. No injury, he said. The same with Phil Humber.