If Willie Randolph had one thing to say to free agent Barry Zito it would be this: “We have a good thing going here and would like you to be a part of it.’’ Not surprisingly, Randolph named starting pitching as his primary concern.
Among other things, Randolph said:
- He has confidence in his bullpen and the team still wants to bring back Guillermo Mota.
- Talks are on-going with his agent Ron Shapiro, on a contract extension.
- As of now Jose Valentin and Shawn Green go into spring training as the second baseman and right fielder, but “nothing is etched in stone.’’
- The plan is to move coach Sandy Alomar from first to third and hire a new first base coach.
- He has not lost confidence in Lastings Milledge and that he felt he was over scrutinized last year.
- He’s a little disappointed in not being named NL Manager of the Year.