Just finished session with Mets GM Omar Minaya, who said he’ll meet with agent Scott Boras this week regarding FA lefty Barry Zito. Reportedly, Zito has offer of $102 milliion over six years. Minaya said Mets have the ability to add payroll, but haven’t determined their parameters.
The meeting with Boras will be informational. “Scott will have a lot of statistics saying how great his player is,” Minaya said. An offer, if it comes, will come after the reports are digested. Minaya said the trade market for pitching is cool right now, with those teams that have pitchers to deal waiting to see how the market shakes out.
Again, Minaya said pitching is a priority, and if a starter isn’t added he would be content going into spring training with what he has. I think he’s playing his cards close to the vest and tempering his interest in Zito. No sense showing urgency that would drive up the price.
Among other things, Minaya also said:
* He’s reviewing a list of relievers also, and said the market is pricey.
* Negotiations on manager Willie Randolph’s contract extension are on-going.
* There’s no overwhelming need to add position players.
* He’s still considering reliever Guillermo Mota.