With the bare bones pitching market, GM Omar Minaya will have to think twice about those spending parameters and hope his staff is right about all those young arms. Minaya admitted there’s some age to his team – Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez and several position players – which means there’s a closing window of opportunity.
If guys like Gil Meche, Ted Lilly and Vicente Padilla are getting $10 million-plus a year, and we’re not talking anything great here, then there’s no doubt Barry Zito will get a lot more. You also have to understand that Zito, while the best available now, is four years removed from his best season.
That’s a gamble. However, one thing working in the Mets’ favor should they plunge for Zito is in two years they’ll move into their new cash-cow stadium, where the naming rights should cover them.