Morning all …
Thanks for your many responses over the past few days. Meetings are breaking up today. Omar Minaya will leave right after the Rule 5 Draft. I’ll be heading to the airport soon after he leaves.
Freddy Garcia to the Phillies last night was a stunner. Was having dinner with a Philly writer when he got the call around 10. It makes the Phillies stronger and takes away a potential arm from the Mets. It also means the Sox are less likely to deal another starter.
If the Mets leave today without doing anything else, Minaya said he’s happy. He got a power arm for his bullpen and laid the groundwork for further talks. He’s still keeping tabs with Scott Boras about Barry Zito. He’s also talking to Oakland about getting one of its starters. Harden, Haren or Blanton. Late last night I heard more Haren than Harden. The packages offered will vary by player.
Time to check out the draft. Will check back with you later.