GM Omar Minaya said yesterday the Mets are pretty well set position player wise, but now I learn they are still talking to Julio Lugo. One media outlet reported the numbers at $36 million over four years.
Lugo hit .278 with 12 homers and 37 RBI last season while making $4.95 million. He’s a lifetime .277 hitter.
I’m not sure what the attraction is. If they did because they aren’t satisfied with Jose Valentin, or think he can’t repeat last season, then why did they bother to re-sign him?
I don’t think Lugo is worth the money. Mark Loretta could be a better option for next year, and surely, somebody else equally as mediocre as Lugo will surface next winter.
One scout told me Lugo “is a gamer, but not a game breaker.’’ There’s a big difference. That’s a lot of money for a No. 8 hitter who’s no great shakes in the field, either.
Every year the market is flooded with players who are as good as Lugo, if not better. There’s no reason to tie up that much money over the next four years.