Just got off the phone with Omar Minaya. It’s official. Pending a physical, Orlando Hernandez is back for two more years at $12 million total.
“With the way the pitching market is if we wanted to get him we had to give two years,” Minaya said.
Is two years too much?
Not necessarily. Hernandez keeps himself in good shape and should produce good enough enough numbers to be a back end of the rotation starter.
Among other things, Minaya also announced:
* The Mets will bring back Jose Valentin for one year, and said he’s comfortable with him as the starting second baseman. Minaya said he’d still look at the second base market, with the idea of using Valentin in left.
* Said proposals have been made to reliever Chad Bradford and left fielder Cliff Floyd.
* Said the team is prepared to move on to other pitching options in anticipating the probability of not winning the bid to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. That announcement comes at 8 p.m.
* Not surprisingly, endorsed Willie Randolph for NL Manager of the Year, which is to be announced tomorrrow.